Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2012

The 34th annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is getting underway at Ashton Court in the city. Half a million people are expected at the event which runs until Sunday

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Thousands turn out for Bristol International Balloon Fiesta night glow

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta night glow Credit: ITV West

Thousands of people descended on Ashton Court in Bristol last night for the night glow, one of the highlights of the city's balloon fiesta.

Around 30 hot air balloons were lit up in time to music in the now world-famous spectacle. Events continue today with the first mass ascent of the festival going ahead this morning - weather permitting.

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