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Bristol balloons will fly this summer.


Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has just announced this morning that a Fiesta Flypast and a Virtual Nightglow will replace the event at Ashton Court this year.

Organisers have announced plans for 2020 which will include activity in the sky and online, but not on-the-ground at Ashton Court. Instead there will be a Fiesta Flypast, which will see iconic balloons flying over the city this August.

Chris Allcock, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta Chair says: “We’re all deeply saddened that we can’t gather at Ashton Court to celebrate the 42nd Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, but we have been working with our balloonists and the authorities to create an event which adheres to the social distancing restrictions. “We are inviting Bristolians to watch the balloons from the safety of their own doorsteps and gardens. Social distancing means we absolutely cannot gather in parks or Bristol’s open spaces or invite our audiences to see the balloons take off or land, to protect our pilots and the public. Instead we’re asking people to give them a wave as they fly past Bristol’s communities.” Organisers have teamed up with BBC Radio Bristol for another lockdown treat, in the form of a virtual nightglow, staged with extra special additions and a soundtrack produced to lift the spirits of the city on Saturday 8th August. Emma Britton, Breakfast Show presenter at BBC Radio Bristol says; “We loved creating the soundtrack to last year’s Nightglow - so we’re delighted to be able to team up with the fiesta organising team again this year to bring a taste of the event to Bristolians, as well as being able to reach fans of the fiesta further afield through a virtual event. We’ll be creating an upbeat soundtrack and working with the balloonists to choreograph what we hope will be an amazing show to watch online with some special surprises.” The location of the balloon launches will remain private in order to adhere to government guidelines and people are urged to stay away from public spaces and protect the city from incurring any surge in Covid-19 as a result of the event. Anyone who has already purchased car parking for the event will be able to log into the ticket platform to select a refund, which will be automatically processed within 25 days of selecting. Those wishing to support the event through 2020 can select the option to donate their ticket, either the full, or partial amount, using the same process. With just over one month to go to the traditional fiesta event dates, more information will be announced over the coming weeks. Follow the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. @@@br@bristolballoon@bristolballoon

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