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Weatherman Alex heads into the skies in a Minion

It has been perfect weather for the 37th Balloon fiesta. The mass ascent took place early this morning in bright sunshine with around 100 balloons taking to the skies around the city.

Today was the first full day of the Bristol International Balloon fiesta. Our weatherman Alex Beresford was lucky enough to go up in one of the hundred or so balloons taking part in this morning's mass ascent - none other than Stuart the Minion.

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta is Europe's biggest hot air balloon festival and over half a million visitors are expected to descend upon the Ashton Court Estate this weekend. There are seven mass ascents in total as well as the famous Night Glow, which took place last night and will also be held tomorrow night as well.

We've put together a montage of what's happened so far:


Glowing pictures of last night's Balloon Fiesta opening

Bristol balloon fiesta opened in style last night. Credit: Aaron Sims
Thousands of people went to Ashton Court to watch the spectacle. Credit: Aaron Sims
40 hot air balloons were lit up in time to music. Credit: Aaron Sims

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Kylie heads to the Balloon Fiesta (and takes a few selfies along the way)

Up, up and away! Stunning aerial pictures of Bristol

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Some of the ITV West Country team pause for a selfie at Night glow. Credit: ITV West Country / Sarah Norman


Up, up and away! Stunning aerial pictures of Bristol

One of our team was up bright and early this morning, taking an early balloon flight over the city, for the start of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2015.

Laura took to the skies in the Jones Lang LaSalle balloon and managed to take some incredible aerial shots of the city.

Here are just some of the pictures she took for you to enjoy:

The view from up above looking down on the Balloon Fiesta. Credit: Laura Heads
Plenty of other balloons in the distance. Credit: Laura Heads
Watching the sun rise over the city of Bristol. Credit: Laura Heads
Have you ever seen Bristol look more beautiful in the early morning sun? Credit: Laura Heads
Look at all that colour! An array of different shaped hot air balloons. Credit: Laura Heads

Solar-powered hot air balloon makes its debut flight

First solar-powered hot air balloon gets the go ahead to make its maiden flight. Credit: ITV West Country / Richard Payne

The first solar-powered hot air balloon in the world has made its debut flight at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Sunny weather meant the hybrid ballon could make its maiden flight this morning, to mark the city’s status as the UK’s first European Green Capital.

The balloon is partially powered by the sun and a conventional propane burner.

Constructed by Cameron Balloons in Bristol, it has been made using panels of fabric, which are specifically designed to soak in the sun’s rays.

Kylie heads to the Balloon Fiesta (and takes a few selfies along the way!)

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta launched in style with its famous Night glow opener.

Thousands of people made the trip to the Ashton Court Estate to watch 40 hot air balloons being lit up in time to music.

And our very own Kylie Pentelow was there to soak up the atmosphere...

Snapping away with those two penguin balloons in the background. Credit: Kylie Pentelow
The sun was shining for the start of the 37th International Balloon Fiesta. Credit: Kylie Pentelow
Sunglasses are on for the next balloon selfie! Credit: Kylie Pentelow
Hot air balloon inspired by the Walt Disney film Up. Credit: Kylie Pentelow
It's getting dark - time for those hot air balloons to glow! Credit: Kylie Pentelow
A spectacle for the eyes and ears at the magical Nightglow. Credit: Kylie Pentelow
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