Bristol's socially distanced Balloon Fiesta: is there more to come?

More than 40 balloons took off at the start of the week. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA images

Bristol's slightly different Balloon Fiesta launched on Monday with a flypast of more than 40 hot air balloons in the sky over the city.

Organisers promised that the inaugural Fiesta Flypast would take place in 2020, despite the event being cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday 3 August, 43 balloons floated above Bristol to mark the beginning of a socially distanced version of the iconic annual event.

And you'll be delighted to know, there is more to come.

Some of the balloons formed a heart shape before launching into the air. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA images

The Fiesta would not be the same without the Nightglow which, this year, will be virtual.

On Saturday (8 August) a dozen balloons and their crews will take part in the evening spectacle, which can be viewed on the Fiesta's social media pages from 9pm.

Viewers are promised "extra special additions" and music to "lift the spirits of the city".

People are reminded to watch the glorious sights from their doorsteps and gardens in line with the government's social distancing guidelines.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta plans to be back at Ashton Court from 12 August 2021.