11 – 14th August 2011, Ashton Court Estate
This year’s 33rd Bristol Balloon Fiesta promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The theme is ‘Made in Bristol’ with the acknowledgement of Cameron Balloons 40th anniversary.
Taking place from Thursday 11th – 14th August, over 100 balloons of all shapes and sizes are already expected at this year’s event, providing a spectacle as they take to the sky in mass ascents each morning and evening from Friday to Sunday.
This year, for the first time, visitors will get to see how a hot air balloon is made. To celebrate its 40th anniversary, the world’s largest hot air balloon manufacturer, Cameron Balloons will take on the challenge of constructing a passenger‐carrying balloon, on site, in about four days.
This year the event will include an extended Bristol food court, which made its maiden appearance last year and local brewer, Zero Degrees will be providing a bandstand, programmed with local acts as well as the bars around the site.
What’s on at Bristol Balloon Fiesta
- The world famous Bristol Nightglow, where 30 or more balloons will glow in time to music
- Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascent - over 100 balloons will take to the skies from Ashton Court, weather permitting
- The world famous Red Arrows
- Food Court
- Local acts
For a full line-up and timetable please visit the Bristol Balloon Fiesta website.
Be crowned ‘Super Sweet’
As part of a nationwide road show, leading daytime show This Morning will be appearing at this year’s Bristol Balloon Fiesta in search of the UK’s best dessert recipes.
The competition, Super Sweet aims to discover a delicious homemade dessert that’s tasty enough to be stocked in the shopping aisles of leading grocer, Tesco.
On Saturday 13 August the Super Sweet judging panel, This Morning chef Gizzi Erskine, celebrity foodie and ex‐corrie star Wendi Peters and an expert from Tesco’s will be tasting the South West’s efforts between 11am and 3pm at the Fiesta.
The judges will then choose their favourites who will be asked to take part in the semi final in London. The winning dessert is crowned Super Sweet and will be sold at Tesco.
Anyone wishing to participate should come to the Fiesta, armed with their best dessert on Saturday 13 August.