Bristol celebrates itself
The 46th Bristol Harbour Festival is a celebration of the vibrancy and depth of the artistic and cultural scene that makes Bristol one of the top places to live in the UK. Each year, we work hard to ensure that the harbour itself is the star of the show. Gracing the skyline this year were the tall ship masts of the Earl of Pembroke, Kaskelot and the Phoenix.
The festival programme provided visitors with an opportunity to explore and enjoy an event site stretching 3 miles, from Underfall Yard into the city centre and up to Castle Park, of dance, storytelling, poetry, circus performance and workshops, boats, nautical capers, music and great food as well as a range of sports to mark Bristol’s year as a European City of Sport.
Despite the inaccurate weather forecast, around 200,000 visitors paid little attention and went ahead with their plans to attend the city’s flagship free family and cultural event.
The Festival came to a stirring end with a finale performance by Bristol Ensemble celebrating the 300th anniversary of Handel’s Water Music on the water. The 22-strong orchestra travelled around the Harbour onboard the Tower Belle before finishing the piece with a boat parade and confetti canons at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
All shipshape and Bristol Fashion
Fire, Air, Fiesta!
Anyone involved in the event industry can’t help but be fascinated by weather forecasts. For balloon pilots and crews, it’s a way of life.
Over the four days of the 39th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, four successful mass ascents took place as well as two magical night glows on Thursday and Saturday. In total 334 balloon flights took to the skies putting on a great show for the hundreds of thousands of visitors.
New shapes and special balloons delighted the crowd over the weekend as Sunday saw an appearance from a brand new special shaped balloon named Busby, a member of the Queen’s guard. Balloon Lindy made its first flight outside of the US and pilots travelled from all round the world to be at the Fiesta from as far away as Hong Kong
The weekend ended on a high with both the morning and evening ascents taking place on Sunday to a packed audience.
Entertainment for all the family, throughout the day, included fairground rides, Happy’s Circus, our new Fiesta Big Wheel, delicious food stalls and bars, balloon tethering, model aircraft displays, experiential activities and a local music stage, showcasing the best local bands and solo performers.
Truly a unique spectacle – whatever the weather