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Update: To all our passengers hoping to fly at this year’s Bristol Balloon Fiesta.

On 2nd July 2020, it was confirmed by the organisers that this year’s event at Ashton Court will not be taking place due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions on large gatherings.

New government guidelines for passenger hot air ballooning also allow only five passengers, plus a pilot to fly from 4th July.

Because our balloons need 10-12 passengers to reach the safe and legal minimum weight to fly, we are still unable to operate and have therefore further postponed our flying season until the end of August.

While we are gutted this year’s event won’t be taking place, we’re already looking forward to taking you up, up and away at the 2021 fiesta.

Read the full update from Bristol Balloon Fiesta organisers here.

Fly With Virgin Balloon Flights At Bristol Balloon Fiesta


Due to the high demand of passengers that wish to fly at this event we ask that you register your interest by using the submission form below. You will be contacted closer to the event regarding availability.

You can look forward to taking to the skies at the 2020 International Bristol Balloon Fiesta in an iconic Virgin balloon.

Over the years, our passengers and our celebrity guests chose to do this once-in-a-lifetime ballooning experience. Check out the video of JLS star JB Gill and wife Chloe flying high -our special celebrity guests at the 2017 Fiesta.

We think JB sums up this magical experience pretty nicely.

Fly together with over 100 hot air balloons

Fly at Europe’s largest free hot air balloon festival, taking place over four days from 6th to 9th August 2020.

Experience the spectacular mass ascents, with over 100 balloons, including dozens of special shapes, launching at the same time. Tens of thousands of people watch the amazing display from the ground. Now imagine how it feels to actually be in our Virgin balloon, lifting off alongside so many others.

Our passengers say, year after year, that launching in a Bristol Balloon Fiesta mass ascent was one of the most memorable experiences they ever had.

2020 will be the Fiesta's 42nd event, having first launched back in 1979. As the UK's most famous hot air balloon festival, the event attracts half a million visitors every year. It keeps growing from one year to the next, with more visitors and balloonists participating from all over the world.


Our iconic Virgin balloons have launched at the festival year after year, with as many as four of them taking to the skies at the same time. Discover more about our previous years at Bristol Balloon Fiesta . Or find out about what happened at the 2017 Bristol Balloon Fiesta - including our very special celebrity guests!

Nobby, our pilot in the area, has been flying for us at Bristol Balloon Fiesta for more than two decades. Read about the festival through his eyes.


Get the Virgin glow at Bristol Balloon Fiesta

A hot air balloon ride at Bristol Balloon Fiesta is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in its own right.*

You will not only get our usual 3 – 4 hour adventure in the skies over the beautiful surrounding landscapes, but will also admire the dozens of other balloons in the air at the same time. The sight of them serenely floating over the spiritual home of hot air ballooning in the UK will leave you in awe.

Reach incredible heights and fly over famous sites like the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Take it all in before landing wherever the wind has taken our Virgin balloon. And when you come back down to earth, what can be more appropriate than to celebrate with a Prosecco toast.

See you in the skies above!

For a full list of events and attractions the next fiesta, visit the official website here.

*Please note Virgin Balloon Flight vouchers for the Bristol Balloon Fiesta must be purchased directly with Virgin Balloon Flights. Call us on 01952 212750 for prices, including information on whether you'll need to upgrade your existing flight voucher for the fiesta.

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