With Bristol International Balloon Fiesta wrapped for another year, the public may have to wait a while to witness the great spectacle of hot air propelled vessels filling the skies again en masse.
The city has become synonymous with balloons over the years and you’ll rarely see a rack of postcards in a Bristol giftshop without viewing the image of the colourful teardrop shaped objects floating above Clifton Suspension Bridge.
However, they don’t always come in that form and have taken flight in a variety of shapes and sizes over the years.
Darth Vader, Rupert the Bear and the Minions are just a few of the cast to have made an appearance so far and there’s often a great sense of anticipation to see what characters will emerge next over the trees of Ashton Court and beyond.
For centuries balloonists have taken to the skies, balancing the thrill of the relatively unknown with a sense of absolute calm and the phenomenon of ballooning, the colourful shapes with baskets of people hanging from them floating high above never fails to amaze.
Below is a gallery of ballooning in the city from our archives spanning the last few decades.
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