• Bristol Balloon Fiesta

    The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2024

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Balloon Fiesta Bristol

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. The Fiesta truly is a sight that can only be seen in Bristol. Held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate, the event is completely free (so you don't need tickets), with charges made for car parking on the event site. Shuttle buses are also available. Alongside the fantastic sight of hot air balloons filling the skies, there are great trade stands, fairground rides, live music and entertainment.

When is Bristol Balloon Festival

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons taking place between 8 - 11 August 2024.

Balloon Festival Bristol

Four days of free, family-friendly fun


The Fiesta’s first day opens at midday with hot air balloons tethering through the afternoon. This year, the first mass ascent, which usually takes place on Friday morning, will take place at 6pm. At 9pm, as dusk sets, the legendary Nightglow begins. The balloons light up the sky to a synchronised soundtrack and fireworks.


The festival's second day starts with a mass accent at 6am, with up to 100 hot air balloons. The second mass ascent starts at 6pm, again with balloons taking to the sky. Alongside this, there is plenty of family-friendly fun with live music on the bandstand and children's entertainers. There will also be parachute displays and daredevil stunts. 


The third day of The Fiesta again starts with over 100 hair air balloons at 6am. The second mass ascent starts at 6pm, again with 100 balloons taking to the sky.


The Fiesta’s final day includes more mass hot air balloon lifts at 6am and again at 6pm. 


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Bedrooms at Future Inn Bristol

Hotel near Ashton Court 

Future Inn Bristol is an ideal base for the night in the heart of the city centre, offering various-sized bedrooms, including ones that can sleep up to four adults or a family. The hotel is in the city centre, close to the popular and free tourist attractions. Alongside parking for £9 per night and free WiFi, there are many home comforts. 

Future Inn Bristol is an ideal base for families. In fact, those under 12s stay for free. The Superior Double Rooms are large and spacious, with two queen-sized beds. Meaning the room can sleep up to four guests. The City King Bedrooms are large and spacious, with a king-sized bed. Some interconnect with our City Twin Rooms - ideal to keep everyone together. 

Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night.

Book your stay online or with our Reservations Team on 0117 304 1010 or email reservations.bristol@futureinns.co.uk.

Hotel near Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Ashton Court Estate is a 20-minute drive from Future Inn Bristol. Alternatively, it is a 9-minute taxi ride. Or a bus can be caught from across the road from the hotel, which will take around 30 minutes or 18 minutes to cycle. 

Packed Lunches

Order at Reception the night before. They will be ready for collection in the morning.

  • Sandwich or Wrap
  • Packet of crisps
  • Piece of fruit
  • A fizzy drink
  • Bar of chocolate

£8.50 per person

Sandwich fillings include;

  • tuna mayonnaise and red onion
  • ham and cheese or grilled vegetables
  • roast pepper and hummus wrap (vg)

Gluten-free bread is available.

Subject to availability. Pre-ordering is essential.

Dishes on the menu in Chophouse Restaurant

Bristol Restaurant

Chophouse Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after the event. The team serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, or an evening a-la-carte menu. Our set menu offers 3 courses for £26 daily from 5pm. Under 5's always eat for free. A large selection of drinks is also available, including 2 for £16 on cocktails.

Bookings can be made on 0117 304 1020 or chophouse@futureinns.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can book online: 

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