One of the things I love about having kids is the way it gives you a push to do things that you wouldn’t have done in your pre-parent days.
I’ve been living either in or no further than an hours drive away from Bristol for the last 15 years and yet for some reason I’d never been to the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta that is held there each year.
It’s not something that is just for kids so I’m not sure why I’d never been before but this was the first year that I’ve ever considered it and I’m glad I did because Cherry absolutely LOVED it. In fact I’m pretty sure she enjoyed it more than anything else in her whole life!
It runs over four days and the balloons go up at 6am and 6pm each day, as well as after dark launches on a couple of nights. We went in on Saturday afternoon so we could stay to watch the 6pm take off. I didn’t realise just how much else there was to do there. It was heaving and there were rides /massive inflatable slides, lots of bars and food stalls.
We met up with some of our old school friends and ended up going to sit down as it was a lovely sunny afternoon and Iyla was a bit young for all of the other entertainment, well that’s what we told her anyway
Cherry was so excited when the balloons started going up and I can completely understand why as it was so amazing to watch. I didn’t realise just how many there would be.
This was definitely the best though, how cool is that?!
After about an hour Mr C suggested leaving to avoid the crowds, this didn’t exactly go to plan as we went out a different exit to the one we came in and ended up walking for half an hour only to get lost and have to turn back. Oops! There was a fair amount of arguing on the way back to the car about whose fault it was but it did mean we got to see the balloons floating over the city…
Luckily we made it back to our car just as it started to rain and our sat nav took us back a way that avoided all traffic so it was all okay in the end!
It was a brilliant experience and we will definitely be going back next year.
And unlike most things, it’s totally free!!
I would highly recommend it to anyone who lives within a drivable distance from Bristol.