The organiser of Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has taken the decision to change its plans for Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court Estate in 2021. Instead, it is planning to deliver “Fiesta Fortnight” with flypasts and ballooning spectaculars for the city this August. That residents can enjoy from the safety of their own homes.

Citing uncertainty regarding organising large-scale events within the Government’s roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown, the organising team have stated that it will not be possible to stage the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in its usual format at Ashton Court Estate this year.

A statement read: “We understand this will be a disappointment to our visitors, as well as the various businesses and organisations across the city and region that benefit from the significant economic impact of the event taking place.  It really is not a decision that we have taken lightly.

“We have considered a number of alternatives to deliver the fiesta using the various measures currently being trialled by public events, however, these significantly change the ethos and accessibility which is at the heart of the fiesta. Without any certainty that we will be able to stage the event with no limits on capacity in August, it means a huge financial gamble of a seven-figure sum.

“However, we are determined to continue to put a show on for the city and we will deliver a number of launches across the city and region during the first two weeks of August. These events will be designed for members of the public to enjoy at a distance, from the safety of their own homes and communities.”

Further announcements are expected in the coming weeks.