This year’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta saw a record-breaking seven out of seven mass ascents at Ashton Court. Over 100 hot air balloons took to the skies at sunrise and sunset. Of course, this included our iconic red Virgin balloon – one of the largest to launch at this world-famous event.

Read the full take on the 2015 Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

With a huge Minion, two colourful Power Rangers, plus dozens of other shapes in the sky – there was plenty to see at this unique festival.

Our pilot Mark Simmons aka ‘Nobby’ looks forward to this unique event each year. “It was awesome the weather was glorious for us this year, all passengers were fantastic too and really gelled – I’ve always enjoyed flying at the Fiesta, but this year, in particular, is one I’ll never forget.”

Marketing executives Maria and Hannah went on their first flight and were able to capture some great photos of the action – visit our social media pages for full visual coverage:






When we weren’t busy flying, we were giving away hot air balloon stickers and goodies for all the little ones at this popular family event. Peppa Pig even paid a visit, giving children the opportunity to meet and have photos taken with the cheeky piggy.

Our good friend Ceri from the Travelzoo team went on our Friday PM hot air balloon ride and took some great GoPro video footage on her flight. Keep an eye on the Travelzoo blog for this.

Watching the sunset while floating over stunning landscapes with dozens of other balloons was such a magical and romantic experience – one couple on our Friday evening flight even got engaged - big congratulations to Lesley and Stuart!

Free Family Day Out

The free hot air balloon festival is the largest of its kind in Europe and attracts over 500,000 visitors. Families come from far and wide to watch the fantastic mass launch, night glow and firework display.

Make sure you book well in advance for next year if you’d like to fly with us.

Don’t forget, we fly from March – October so there’s still time to book your sky-high experience and float across your county’s landscapes.

Visit our buy page and tick ballooning off your bucket list or treat that special someone.