A very special guest with a fondness for muddy puddles is set to join the Virgin Balloon Flights team at this year’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

Peppa Pig will visit the event for the afternoon on Saturday 8th August 2015, when children will get the chance to say hello to the cheeky little piggy. There

Running from Thursday 6th until Sunday 9th August, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is one of the biggest festivals of its kind in Europe, attracting crowds of up to 500,000 across the four days. Virgin Balloon Flights pilot Mark Simmons – known as Nobby to his passengers and crew – attends the event each year and said this year’s was looking to be one of the best yet.

“Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a fantastic day out for the whole family,” he said.

“This year we wanted to do something special for the smaller visitors who are too young to fly in a hot air balloon, so we have invited Peppa Pig along for the Saturday afternoon.

“Although given the reaction among our own team when they heard the news, Peppa will be proving just as popular with the grown-ups as she will the under-fives.”

Peppa Pig will make a number of personal appearances at the festival at intervals throughout the afternoon, starting from about midday.

Founded in 1979, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become one of the UK’s top five outdoor events.

Virgin Balloon Flights is just one of more than 100 commercial balloon flight companies and private enthusiasts to take part.

From the popular ‘mass ascent’ on Friday morning to the spectacular ‘night glow’ and fireworks displays, the event continues to grow in popularity each year.

To book your place on one of our hot air balloon flights at the fiesta, call us on 01952 212750.

For more information about Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, visit http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/.

About Peppa Pig

Pre-school phenomenon Peppa Pig was created by animation studio Astley Baker Davies and is co-owned and distributed by Entertainment One.

It has received wide critical acclaim and accolades including 3 BAFTA Awards for best Pre-school Animation, 5 Licensing Awards for best Pre-school Brand, 1 LIMA Award for Best Entertainment Program of the Year, 1 El Chupete Award, and 3 Licencias de Actualidad Award.

Peppa Pig is the UK’s number-selling preschool toy license and consistently achieves high ratings on Channel Five’s Milkshake and Nick Jr. A theme park attraction Peppa Pig World opened in 2011 in the UK at Paultons Park in Hampshire and attracts over 1 million visitors per year.

The show is broadcast in over 180 territories worldwide and is fast gaining an international following with successful merchandise launches in the US, Australia, Spain, Italy, Benelux, CEE, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

There are over 300 licensees globally with licensing programmes launched in 50 countries.

For lots more fun and games, visit the official Peppa Pig website.