Organisers of Bristol International Balloon Fiesta have shared their plans for the 2021 edition of the historic event.
Last year’s spectacle was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, although there was an early morning ‘Fiesta Flypast’ to enjoy, as well as a live-streamed Virtual Nightglow.
However, fans will be delighted to hear there are plans this year to stage an event “as closely aligned to the Fiesta and its values as possible,” say organisers in a statement.
They say they are working on a “variety of options for the event,” which is due to take place between August 12-15, depending on the success of the roadmap to exit lockdown.
“As restrictions ease in the UK, it was good to see a number of test events taking place over the bank holiday weekend as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, putting smiles on thousands of faces,” reads the statement.
“This is something that we hope to be able to achieve in August.
“We are carefully monitoring the guidance and regulations and planning to an event as closely aligned to the Fiesta and it’s values as possible.
“Inclusivity is at the forefront of our minds and so we will continue to develop our plans to ensure as many people as possible can enjoy our balloons safely.
“As new research and guidance is completed, we are working on a variety of options for the event, in line with Step 4 of the government roadmap, to take place on or around the August 12-15 2021.”
Organisers have today (May 7) opened balloonist registration and trader applications, as well as given the opportunity for the public to register their interest in the event to be sent advance announcements of plans.
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is one of the city’s most iconic events, normally attracting more than 100,000 visitors to Ashton Court and generating around £15 million for the region.
“We want to do everything we can to help the recovery of the ecosystem of businesses around the event and produce a show that is distinctly Bristol for our residents and visitors,” add organisers in their statement.
“We’re looking forward to putting Bristol on the global stage once again, and creating a spectacle in the skies this summer.”
To register your interest in the Bristol International Balloon fiesta 2021, head to the Balloon Fiesta’s website to sign up to the latest news and updates.
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