36th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

The 36th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is taking place at Ashton Court, just outside the city. Over 150 hot air balloons are involved, and organisers are expecting 500,000 spectators over the four days.

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Balloon fiesta success despite weather say organisers

A record 90 balloons landed at a former chocolate factory Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta say it was a success, despite flights being grounded on Sunday by bad weather.

The event featured four mass ascents - and even broke a world record, landing 90 balloons at the former chocolate factory in Keynsham. The take offs were watched by thousands although the night glows attracted the biggest crowds.

X Factor's Jahmene takes to unusual stage at Fiesta

X Factor finallist Jahmene Douglas took to an unusual stage at the weekend as he performed at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

The singer from Swindon climbed into a basket for his performance at the event:


Wet weather hits Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Empty fields at Sunday's balloon fiesta Credit: ITV News West Country

The final day of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta got off to a wet start - with the morning mass assent cancelled because of the bad weather. Organiser say it has impacted on numbers - but it's too soon to give any official figures. A total of 325 balloons have flown over the four day event.

"We've not had a mass ascent this morning and we were very honest late last night to say that there wouldn't be a mass ascent so the crowds are reflective of that. But we've had a really great fiesta weekend. Thursday was a record crowd, Friday and Saturday were really very busy on site so we'll obviously have to do the counting up tomorrow morning once we've finished the event."

– Ben Hardy, Event Director, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta


Final morning mass ascent cancelled due to bad weather

This morning's final mass ascent was cancelled due to bad weather Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bad weather meant this morning's final mass ascent at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta was cancelled. Organisers say the public car parks are operating fine but they are limiting the access for trailers. A meeting is being held this morning to discuss the rest of the day's plans.

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