Bristol will play host to Europe’s largest ballooning event, an amazing spectacle and FREE experience for the whole family from Thursday 11 th – Sunday 14 th August 2016. Over 100 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate at dawn and dusk, and light up the skies at night with evening balloon glows.
The 2016 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta will see the world premiere of Luke Jerram’s latest artwork – The Museum of the Moon.
Measuring seven metres across and using exact data collected from NASA to make the moon as realistic as possible, it’s another stunning piece of art from the man who put street pianos in cities across the world and a giant water slide down Bristol’s Park Street.
The artwork has been created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres.
The moon is being made by Bristol company Cameron Balloons and will be illuminated after dark to add another captivating sight to the Fiesta experience. For people who want to study the real moon, staff from At-Bristol will be close to the artwork offering the chance to study the moon through high-precision binoculars, and running lunar-themed games and workshops for children during the day.
Late night visitors can take in the spectacle of the famous nightglows, a stunning sight with 30 teams lighting up their balloons in time to music as night falls. The Night Glows take place on Thursday 11 th August and Saturday 13 th August at approximately 9.15pm. As the balloons finish their performance, the skies light up over Ashton Court Estate to spectacular fireworks by Skyburst at 9:30 pm on both nights.
For information on car park tickets and what’s on visit bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk