I’ve gone to Bristol Balloon Fiesta every year for as long as I can remember. It was a sort of ‘tradition’ in our family, something to look forward to. I actually feel guilty going without my parents and Grandma now and kind of sad about growing up too. Do we really have to? Although you know what they say, ‘everyone has to grow older but it’s a choice to grow up’. I like to think I stick to this rule as anyone that knows me knows I’m such a child at heart.
This year wasn’t great, many people moaned and moaned but what can you expect from a free event on one of the hottest days of the year. It was the first time in the 37 years that Bristol Balloon Fiesta has been running that they reached capacity and had to turn people away. Although they probably should have done that a while before they did as we were packed in like sardines with a 45 minute queue for a porta loo and the decision to go to McDonald’s on the way home instead of queuing the 100+ people queues for a crepe. Sorry, I’ll stop moaning myself now because life is what you make it. We had a lovely time, found a spot to plonk our bums and have a few ciders. Sun, cider and great views, what more can you ask for really?
Once all the balloons had launched it was almost 8pm and we only had an hour to wait until the night glow which seemed to fly by. This is probably the most popular aspect of the event and it’s so beautiful to watch live. The balloons ignite their fire to the beat of the music but obviously because it’s dark it all looks so pretty (I can’t think of a good way to explain it). They always do classic songs too such as Mariah Carey or Somerset classics such as the Wurzels although they did add a bit of Taylor Swift in this year. We went on the Saturday which was the last day of the fiesta so they finished off with some lovely fireworks.
Have you visited the Bristol Balloon Fiesta before? Have you been to anything similar to this?
Until next time,