Up, up and away!
The Bristol Balloon Festival is a must-see event, held every year in August from 1979. Teams from around the world take to the skies in gigantic hot air balloons in an awe-inspiring show of colour and skill. Last year’s event saw over half a million people come to watch, with the famous Night Glow a festival favourite – the balloons glow and move to music after the sun sets over the Bristol countryside. They’re not just your standard balloons though; previous years have seen cartoon characters and animals take to the skies, including Stuart the Minion, Rupert the Bear, UFOs, penguins and, of course, an Up!-themed balloon, complete with the crew in costume. In 2014, the Bristol Balloon Fiesta broke a world record when 90 balloons landed in the former Cadbury chocolate factory, and the 2015 event saw an incredible 103 hot air balloons take part in the event.