Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
Special 4-day WeekendThe 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.
PRICE FROM ? £499 per person
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Bristol International Balloon FiestaDay 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
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.
- 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