For a day out, Bristol isn't the shortest journey from where I live in Liverpool, but for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, it's probably worth it.

I've always had a fascination with air balloons, their old-time majestic beauty as they silently and stealthily traverse the sky has had me in awe since childhood, so the opportunity to get up close and person with not one, but hundreds of the things, was one that couldn't be missed.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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Now I don't know if you know this, but hot air rises (go figure!) so the balloons can only take flight if their air is warmer than the atmospheric air, like a crisp early morning - this posed a problem for someone like me, who let's just say, isn't a morning person, as the balloons first take flight at 6am. Needless to say, I missed this bit, opting to mooch about the eclectic Fiesta itself for the afternoon until the sun had cooled and the balloons could once again shine.

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There was everything from Falafel to Soaps, Loombands to Cheese on offer across the huge variety of independent stalls at the Fiesta. It's a free event with lots to do for children including a traditional style fairground and a much crazier by comparison, modern fun fair where you really can "Screeaaaam if you want to go faster"!

For the adrenaline junkies amongst us there were also some pretty scary fly-pasts from the very best the RAF has to offer, as well as wing-walkers and stunning spitfires that really were beautiful to see.

The evening balloon flight was really worth sticking around for, dozens and dozens of stunning air borne beauties in all different shapes and sizes and hanging like Christmas decorations across the Bristol sky. A truly breathtaking sight which I will definitely be making the trip back for next year.

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Jemma is Regatta's PR Manager, she loves adventures with air balloons but doesn't like rollercoasters.

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