Bristol’s Best Bits: Balloon Fiesta 2015

When you think of Bristol, then a few things spring to mind, usually beginning with b –Β boats, Banksy and BALLOONS!

balloons over ashton court bristol

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.

mist over ashton court bristol

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. crowds at the early morning ascent bristol balloon fiesta 2015
bristol balloon fiesta 2015 crowds
balloon spotters at bristol balloon fiesta

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.

bristol balloon fiesta 2015 | lily doughballl bristol blogger
bristol balloon fiesta 2015 | lily doughballl bristol blogger
bristol balloon fiesta 2015 | lily doughballl bristol blogger
bristol balloon fiesta 2015 | lily doughballl bristol blogger
bristol balloon fiesta 2015 | lily doughballl bristol blogger
bristol balloon fiesta 2015 | lily doughballl bristol blogger
balloons over fairground at bristol balloon fiesta 2015
balloons over fairground bristol balloon fiesta 2015

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 πŸ™‚ 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?

6 comments on “Bristol’s Best Bits: Balloon Fiesta 2015

  1. Fantastic photos, Lily! I’ve been tp the fiesta once, and really didn’t enjoy the slog across the field to get there–admittedly I had a leg injury at the time, but the memory keeps me from going back. We usually get a great view of the balloons flying over our house, but this year we had to get a bit more creative than sitting in the front garden!

    • Aw no! Yeah I do agree there’s better places to see it round the city rather than trekking up to Ashton Court! x

  2. Aww man, I loved seeing everyone’s photos of the fiesta this year – I chuffing love it and there is something about it that is so Bristol. Well done you for being hardcore enough to get up at 5am for it! x

    • Haha cheers me dear! It is superbly Bristolian. I bet there’s enough events in San Fran to keep you occupied though! πŸ˜‰ x

  3. Sarah by the Sea

    I was one of the Sardines packed into Saturday evenings launch >..< Perhaps next year I'll get it right πŸ˜› it's awesome to see the balloon fiesta through someone else's eyes ^_^
    Love how you've managed to capture a sneaky double balloon selfie happening on in fourth pic up from the bottom πŸ˜› papped!

    Sarah xxo | thesaltyseablog.blogspot.co.uk

    • Haha glad you spotted that!!

      Ah it’s mad for the nightglow, that’s why we get up at the crack of dawn every year. Ah that’s a shame did you miss it trying to get back into town? πŸ™

      x

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