When you think of Bristol, then a few things spring to mind, usually beginning with b – boats, Banksy and BALLOONS!
Last weekend the whole of Bristol went into an excited frenzy as the 37th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Took place. As is fast becoming tradition in our household, we woke up at 5am (yep, 5am on a Saturday) to take a trip up to beautiful Ashton Court to gawp at some balloons taking flight at the crack of dawn.
One of the few advantages of waking up this early on such a beautiful summer’s day is that there’s a certain magic to it – knowing that you’re awake and dressed while everyone is still dozing. Plus the mist was doing breathtaking things over Ashton Court at sunrise <3.
In my opinion, the 6am ascents every morning over the weekend are far better than the evening events – there are fewer crowds, probably because the only people who are drawn towards getting up at 6am on a Saturday are the hardcore balloon spotters. There are lots more dogs too, which is always a plus. This year the nightglow on the Saturday evening was completely full and they had to turn people away; if you’re travelling up to Bristol specifically to see the balloons then check into a hotel and get up early to see them in the morning! It’s so much better.
We grabbed a bacon sandwich from one of the vans and spent a good hour watching the balloons ascend into the morning sky and drift over towards the city. It’s always a magical event and this year was no exception. The only sad thing about the balloon fiesta is that it’s all over too quickly! Roll on next year 🙂 I’m going to attempt to go on the Friday AND the Saturday next year. That’s dedication.
Did you go to the balloon fiesta, fellow Bristolians?