Morning mass ascent at Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Friday 11 August 2017

My favourite part of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta is the early morning mass ascent. We went to see it in 2014 and again in 2015. The forecast looked favourable, critically with very little wind, so we set a very early alarm. It's beautiful to watch so many balloons take off and slowly drift over Bristol.

Arriving a little late, several balloons are already in the air

Arriving a little late, several balloons are already in the air

02-Bristol-Balloon-Fiesta-Morning-Mass-Ascent Getting ready to fly

Getting ready to fly

The arena isn't too busy for the early morning mass ascents

The arena isn't too busy for the early morning mass ascents

05-Bristol-Balloon-Fiesta-Morning-Mass-Ascent 06-Bristol-Balloon-Fiesta-Morning-Mass-Ascent Up up and away

Up up and away

A lone balloon finds space

A lone balloon finds space

So many balloons above Bristol - just over 100 took off

So many balloons above Bristol - just over 100 took off

The final few balloons take off

The final few balloons take off

A slice of history - the Bristol Belle, the first modern hot air balloon made in Britain

A slice of history - the Bristol Belle, the first modern hot air balloon made in Britain

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