Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2022: All you need to know including parking and Met Office weather forecast

Balloon asending from Ashton Court home of the Balloon Fiesta

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a highlight in the city's calendar, but like hundreds of other events it has been hit by the pandemic in recent years.

But in 2022 the fiesta is set to return with mass ascents, night glows and plenty more.

When is Bristol Balloon Fiesta?

The 2022 fiesta will run from the evening of Thursday 11 August until Sunday 14 August.

What is Bristol Balloon Fiesta?

Bristol's Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest hot air balloon event and has been running since 1979 - with mass ascents taking off from Ashton Court, sending balloons flying above the skies of the city.

It all began when Don Cameron, founder of Bristol-based balloon company Cameron Balloon Ltd, talked about his worldwide adventures at the pub and the idea was then floated to hold a balloon meet.

The event has now happened for decades and celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019.

Where is Bristol Balloon Fiesta?

The Balloon Fiesta has called Ashton Court Estate its home since 1979 - and this year will be no different.

What to expect from Bristol Balloon Fiesta?

The fiesta's most iconic events are its mass ascents, which happen each morning and evening if the weather allows it.

A nightglow then entertains visitors at night on the Thursday and Saturday of the festival, with tethered balloons lighting up to music.

Usually the nightglows end with a spectacular fireworks display, but this has been cancelled this year due to the increased fire risk caused by the hot weather.

How much does it cost to go to Bristol International Balloon Fiesta?

The Balloon fiesta in Bristol Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Entry to the fiesta is free to attend but there are several car parks near the site which charge a fee. Prices start at £14.85.

There will be food available to buy onsite as well as a fun fair as well.

What is the weather forecast for this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta?

Watch out for a British feel to the fiesta's famous night glows - the first of which will take place tonight Credit: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Ltd

In previous years the festival has been hit by bad weather and downpours, but this year bright sunshine is forecast with an amber weather warning for extreme heat in place for the event.

The Met Office has issued the amber weather warning, which covers Bristol, for extreme heat on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It comes as temperatures are expected to peak at 32C on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 31C on Sunday.