Bristol Balloon Fiesta to sparkle with aerobatics
AN AEROBATICS performance that will light up the night skies with sparkling fireworks over Ashton Court is set to wow crowds at Bristol Balloon Fiesta.
For the first time in its 34-year history, organisers are introducing a programme of entertainment on its Friday evening.
The iconic event, held at Ashton Court, takes place over four days and this year will be staged on August 9 to 12.
It features mass hot air balloon ascents every day at 6am and 6pm, night glows on Thursday and Saturday evenings and air displays on Sunday.
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This year the new Friday Night IlluminAir will offer a wider range of evening events and performances with its centrepiece an aerobatics performance at dusk.
A pair of agile Silence Twister single-seat airplanes will perform aerobatic manoeuvres including loops and rolls while trailing sparkling fireworks and smoke. This will be the first time the display has been performed in the South West.
The display has been wowing crowds around the world since 2010 and is performed by a precision flying squad known as the SWIP Team.
The Friday Night IlluminAir will also include a variety of performances and events for all the family, with a range of entertainment to be announced over the coming months.
Chris Hathaway, chairman of the Balloon Fiesta organising committee, said: “The Friday Night IlluminAir is going to be a fantastic addition to the weekend.
“The SWIP Team displays are truly awe inspiring and they’ll be a welcome addition to our already packed schedule.
Peter Wells, SWIP team leader, said: “The fiesta is one of the country’s top events so we’re absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.
“To be chosen as the centrepiece of the new Friday Night IlluminAir is the icing on the cake.”
Members of the public planning to attend this year’s event can find out more, and book advanced car parking tickets, at Bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk