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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

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  • Duration: 4 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TCRU9080

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

4 days

Special 4-day Weekend

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 hot air balloons from across the globe. This spectacular event features a mass ascent of  hot air balloons taking off at dawn and dusk and throughout the event, visitors can also expect entertainment and activities  throughout the day including aerial displays, fairground rides, delicious food stalls and bars, balloon tethering and demonstrations, model aircraft displays and a local music stage. As night falls, over 20 balloons gather for the famous Night Glow lighting up the sky to the specially created soundtrack. Come and experience this fabulous event, staying in a central Bristol hotel. A day out in Beautiful Bath is also included.
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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Day 1 - Board your holiday coach to head west to the centre of Bristol to check into 4* Novotel Bristol Centre in time to freshen up for dinner. Buffet dinner on first and last evening included. Bed & breakfast on Saturday to allow you to make you own food selection at the Balloon Fiesta

Days 2 - 3 - At leisure in Bristol with two included excursions

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Early risers may like to witness the early morning mass ascent at 06.00 from the comfort of the hotel as over 100 hot air balloons fly together over Bristol. After a leisurely breakfast and morning in Bristol, head to Ashton Court Estate, the historic park with over 850 acres of woods and grasslands and home to Bristol's International Balloon Fiesta. Comfy shoes are the order of the day. The fiesta is truly a sight that must be seen to be believed and throughout the day you can expect to see hot air balloons tethering (weather-permitting) plus plenty of activities, live music, traders, five public bars and street food, all positioned around a huge launch field. The early evening mass ascent takes place around 18.00 followed by the hugely popular Night Glow at around 21.00. There is no dinner included at the hotel tonight to allow you to make your own selection from the catering options available on site. Return to the hotel late

NB Ballooning is very weather and wind dependent so the decision to fly is left to the last minute when the flying committee announce with a smoke cannon whether it is safe for pilots to take to the skies. This jeopardy is a big part of ballooning and adds to the magic when there are perfect conditions to fly. The event goes ahead regardless of weather 

Beautiful Bath 
Enjoy a lie-in and a leisurely start to Sunday before heading off to spend the day in the exquisite Georgian city of Bath with its many historical monuments and beautiful architecture dating back to Roman times. Bath's extraordinary array of architectural treasures has earned the whole city UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Explore the Abbey, Roman Baths and the famous Pulteney Bridge or just relax on the banks of the River Avon. Bath is, of course, also home to many of the locations and scenes of the popular Netflix production 'Bridgerton and its portrayal of Regency England. Enjoy free time or join the optional city sightseeing tour (details available from your driver). 

Day 4 - Retrace your footsteps after breakfast as you head homewards with a refreshment stop along the way.

Weekend Highlights

  • Hotel for 3 nights with breakfast 
  • Two buffet dinners in the hotel (first and last night)
  • Excursion to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
  • Visit to Bath
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Novotel Bristol Centre

The Novotel Bristol Centre is a modern red-brick 4* hotel just a 15-minute stroll form the thriving Harbourside area and the Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. Spacious guestrooms offer flat screen TV, hair dryer, safe, WiFi and tea / coffee making facilities. There is a relaxed restaurant and bar as well as a fitness centre. There is a lift to all floors Back to top