Enchanting Night Glows Transform Bristol Balloon Fiesta into a Visual Symphony

Enchanting Night Glows Transform Bristol Balloon Fiesta into a Visual Symphony

The eagerly awaited Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2023 commenced with a spectacular display as balloons soared into the skies on Friday morning.


This marked the first mass ascent of the event, setting a thrilling tone for the festivities ahead.

The previous night’s plans had been thwarted due to strong winds, leading to the cancellation of the Thursday evening event.

A Radiant Night Glow Amidst Delay

Undeterred by the weather setback, attendees were treated to a mesmerizing night glow on Thursday evening.

The sight of numerous balloons lighting up against the darkened backdrop of the night sky proved to be a captivating experience for onlookers.


As the weekend unfolds, the skies above Bristol are set to be adorned with hundreds of balloons, drawing in crowds of eager visitors to the Ashton Court Estate.

Anticipation for Mass Ascents and Night Glows

Over the course of the fiesta, if weather conditions permit, there are six more mass ascents planned, each promising a breathtaking display of colorful balloons against the horizon.

Additionally, Saturday evening holds the promise of another enchanting night glow, adding a touch of magic to the event.

The ascent on Friday morning, August 11, saw the participation of around 75 balloons, kickstarting the aerial spectacle.

The Enchanting Night Glows

As dusk settles, the Night Glows commence, creating a surreal visual spectacle.


Approximately 20 hot air balloons are skillfully illuminated by their pilots, who intermittently ignite propane burners, causing the balloons to glow and come alive.

These tethered displays not only showcase the balloons in all their splendor but also offer attendees a chance to observe them up close.

This year’s Night Glows are accompanied by a specially curated soundtrack provided by BBC Radio Bristol, enhancing the multisensory experience.

Upcoming Events and Safety Measures

Saturday, August 13, holds another afternoon mass ascent scheduled for 6pm, followed by a Night Glow event reminiscent of Thursday’s vibrant affair.

To ensure the safety of festival-goers, Clifton Suspension Bridge will be closed from 6pm to 12am on Saturday, preventing an excessive influx of pedestrians. Instead, visitors will be directed to use the Festival Way route for their convenience.


A Festive Weekend in Ashton Court

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta extends its vibrant celebrations from Thursday, August 10, until Sunday, August 13, at the picturesque Ashton Court.

As the balloons continue to grace the skies and night glows cast their enchanting glow, visitors can revel in the joy of this annual spectacle that unites the wonders of flight with the beauty of the Bristol landscape.

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