Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2016

More than 150 hot air balloons from across the world are expected to take part in this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. The festival runs from Thursday 11 August to Sunday 14 August 2016 and attracts up to half a million people to Ashton Court over the four days.

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How many people does it take to pack away a hot air balloon?

How many people does it take to pack away a hot air balloon?

As Kylie found out, just her - while the rest of our crew stand and watch!!

You can watch Kylie and Alex's ballooning adventure below:

Bride and groom put the 'hot' into hot air balloons

Bride and groom in the basket at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Credit: ITV News

The balloons may not have gone up this morning at Ashton Court in Bristol but that didn't stop the fiesta providing a great wedding backdrop.

This bride and groom climbed on board for that perfect shot for their wedding album. You could say the kiss between the happy couple put the 'hot' into hot air balloons.

No disappointment here that the balloons didn't go up this morning Credit: ITV News

This morning's mass ascent is called off

No flights at Ashton Court this morning - but the balloons are still an impressive sight Credit: ITV News

There were glum faces all round this morning when news came that the first mass ascent of the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has been called off. The decision was made right up to the wire.

Unfortunately due to weather conditions with cloud and wind there will not be any free flying this morning.

However, some of the balloon teams will try and get their balloons out to tether in the arena and try to put on a show for you guys.

– Bristol International Balloon Fiesta spokesperson
Up, up but not away - balloons remained tethered in the windy conditions Credit: ITV News

The weather may have been too bad for flying this morning but there is hope that further flights will take place over the festival, which runs until Sunday night.

It comes after yesterday's disappointment when the giant moon balloon, meant to be a star attraction, ripped and will not be featuring this year.


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