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14/08/2011 : Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The Silverline Balloon lifts off at Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta, at Ashton Court Estate, 11th – 14th of August.

Now in its 33rd year, the Balloon Fiesta is a world class hot air ballooning festival, recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe and one of the top 5 outdoor events in the UK. This year’s theme was ‘Made in Bristol’ to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the world’s largest balloon manufacturer, Cameron Balloons, which has its factory in Bedminster.

Despite the cloudy weather, over 60 balloons of all shapes and sizes took to the skies, bringing together half a million people to the festival and providing an unforgettable spectacle. Visitors enjoyed local food courts, popular bands, animal entertainment for the kids and displays from the famous Red Arrows with their daredevil stunts.  Evenings also consisted of the ever popular night glow, where balloons light up the skies of Bristol in sequence to music, like giant light bulbs.

This year, for the first time, visitors also got the chance to see how a hot air balloon is made thanks to balloon manufacturer Cameron Balloons, which constructed a passenger-carrying balloon, on site, during the 4 days of the festival.

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