Case study

Bristol International BALLOON FIESTA


The challenge

We’ve been the lead contractor for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta for nearly a decade now. However 2018 marked a momentous occasion in the event’s 40th anniversary & celebrating 40 years of ballooning in Bristol required something spectacular!

The solution

Having been involved in the Fiesta for many years and being appointed the lead contractor in 2010, this is an event we know well and we deliver everything except for flying related activity… but to deliver a stand-out & memorable 40th Anniversary for Fiesta, we’re going to have to pull out all the stops... and then some!

Inspired by the number 40 we set out to find 40 of the most iconic special shape balloons to ever feature at the Fiesta.  In secret we even managed to find and secure the iconic Rupert the Bear balloon – which was thought to have been destroyed.

In advance of the 2018 Fiesta we also successfully undertook site negations for the use of Ashton Court; a challenge given the site is governed by two local authorities each with their own expectations and agendas.

The result

Despite some adverse weather conditions the 40th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta was a resounding success. The 40 special shapes, combined with the regular morning and afternoon mass ascents and the iconic Night Glow evening events brought in 500,000 over the four days of the Fiesta.


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