18 August: Bristol Balloon Fiesta 08.08.2015

This is the first year I have managed to incorporate the Fiesta with a visit to family in Bristol and the day turned into an event which I will not forget in a hurry.  Never having been to a festival before I had no idea as the number of people this free event would attract, plus the fact that the weather was very much in our favour.

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Before the evening launch there were various aerial displays.

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I was able to take images from the fence separating the launch area from the spectators and realised that a lot more is involved in launching the balloons than I previously had thought possible, with all ages being involved in the operations.

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Once airborne it was a breath-taking sight and evoked a loud cheer from the crowd every time a balloon took to the sky.

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Another time I need to investigate about how I can gain access to the press enclosure, as it would have enabled me to walk around the launch site to take pictures, instead of trying to take them from the side-lines.

The Fiesta ended with a really spectacular ‘Night Glow’ where the burners were set of into the part inflated balloons in time to music.  I later discovered that the site had been closed and in turn the Clifton Suspension Bridge as an exit route from the site back into the city, due to the capacity of the crowd.  So the exit route involved a long round trip back to the M5 motorway before being able to access Bristol city centre.