Morning mass ascent at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2016 cancelled – again

Bristol Post By Michael_Yong  |  Posted: August 12, 2016

Balloons floating around Bristol have become a familiar sight to many living here, but there will be none in the air this morning.

Dozens of balloons stayed tethered to the grounds of Ashton Court this morning, due to weather conditions, after what was meant to be the first mass ascent of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta this summer.

Thursday night’s ascent was also cancelled because of high winds, but that has not dampened the enthusiasm around the festival as thousands of people arrived on Friday morning to watch.

After a short meeting among pilots it was decided the balloons should remain grounded.

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The fairground this year is slightly smaller, but the stalls were still packed last night after the first night glow. Morning ascents have always been a highlight to any balloon fans, as the colourful blobs can be spotted from various places around Bristol.

Clifton Observatory and Brandon Hill are good bets for anyone living close to the centre, and while almost every household in nearby Bedminster will be able to spot them above their home at some point.

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Tonight’s mass ascent will be decided before the evening’s flight.