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Bristol Balloon Fiesta Backed By Firms Including Tesla, Thatchers And Airbus

Electric car manufacturer Tesla, cider maker Thatchers and aerospace giant Airbus are among the companies providing backing to this year’s Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, it has been announced.

Bailey of Bristol caravans, restaurant chain The Ivy and Butcombe Brewing Company have also pledged their support to the biggest annual gathering of hot air balloons in Europe.

The Bristol Junior Chamber, which was involved founding the Fiesta, is also joining forces with the event organisers as an official partner, while Clifton-based public relations firm Ambitious is providing PR and communications.

Ben Hardy, executive director, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, said: “We are proud that the 2024 Fiesta will be associated with celebrated local supporters in the business community in Bailey’s Caravans, Butcombe Brewery and Thatcher’s alongside iconic restaurant The Ivy, and global heavyweights in Airbus and Tesla.

“We are delighted they are all backing us with such enthusiasm and to partner with such renowned brands is an important validation for the fiesta. The event will have the eyes of the world on it thanks to media attention that mirrors its growing popularity.”

The 2024 event will take place over three days from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 August.

The mass ascents of more than 100 hot air balloons are scheduled twice daily, with the first balloons taking off at around 6am and again at dusk, around 6pm.

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The event will also include two Night Glow events, which are being held on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Night Glows take place after dark with dozens of hot air balloons inflating and using their burners to glow in time to a soundtrack of music by BBC Radio Bristol.

Organisers have also announced an extension of the fiesta. Between Monday 5 and Thursday 8 August, ‘Fiesta Week’ will see a fleet of hot air balloons popping up in locations across the city.

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