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Big August Events in Bristol

1 August 2018 | Charlie Kenber

With the Harbour Festival all wrapped up for another year, you could be forgiven for thinking that the summer season is all but done – but you’d be wrong! Bristol has some cracking festival events still to come. Check out our selection for some inspiration…

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta
A must-visit for any local and a massive International event in its own right, the Balloon Fiesta is the pride of Bristol’s calendar. Running since 1979, the Fiesta regularly attracts 100,000 visitors every year, with balloonists travelling in especially from all over the world. There are two main balloon launches a day across the four-day event, and at its peak each mass ascent can feature as many as 100 balloons.

Arguably the greatest part of the festival is the nightglow: taking place at 9pm on Thursday and Saturday nights you’ll witness tethered balloons firing their burners in time to a specially-crafted soundtrack. And it’s all topped off with a firework display – unmissable! Last time Culture Calling attempted a flight it didn’t go quite to plan, but at the Fiesta there’s so much more to see than the balloons. With fairground rides, food and drink stalls, and the beautiful setting of Ashton Court Estate to behold, it makes a great day out whatever the weather. Plus, the event is totally free (aside from parking), making it the ideal family day out without breaking the bank.

Image Credit: Bristol International Balloon Fiesta via Twitter

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta takes place from Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th August at Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, BS41 9JN. Further info is available from their website.

Valley Fest
Out in beautiful Chew Magna you’ll find this family-fuelled festival of organic food, farming, and of course music! The site, overlooking Chew Valley Lake, is truly stunning, and at the heart of Valley Fest is the Lake Stage, which showcases top acts – last year there was everything from a giant fancy dress hoedown to a club night! Joining it this year is the Barnstormer stage, alongside old favourite The Gathering Place, a low-key poetry, storytelling and music den.

Set up by BBC Food & Farming’s Outstanding Farmer of the Year nominee in 2014, the festival unsurprisingly has a strong emphasis on top local food and drink, and this year, everything will be organic, so you’re sure to find plenty of tasty dishes. Plus, there are lots of workshops to get involved in, from pasta and burger-making to an insight into Carib-Asian cookery. Make sure to join the Midnight Feast on Saturday night or the Sunday Picnic to enjoy food with the whole crowd, before jumping straight back into the dancing! Or, when it all gets a bit much, head to the Wellbeing area or the Yoga sanctuary for a proper chill out.

Adult tickets start at £86.09 (without camping), with kids no more than £37.94, and even free if they’re small enough! There are lots of day tickets and campervan/camping options available, so make sure to have a good look through.

Image Credit: Valley Fest via Facebook

Valley Fest runs from 3rd to 5th August at Denny Lane, Chew Magna, BS40 8SZ. Tickets and more info available from their website.

Pizza and Prosecco Festival
This one is exactly how it sounds, and it’s the ideal stop for a summer breather. With over 20 varieties of Prosecco to try, along with wood fired pizzas to get your teeth into, it’s a straightforward festival that has it all. By way of entertainment there’ll be a combination of live music and DJs to keep you grooving all day long.

This pop up event has been touring the country to great acclaim, so get involved when it’s in town! Plus it’ll be situated right by Temple Meads station, so it should be handy for everyone.
The early birds have gone so tickets are now from £18.50, but each one comes with an Aperol spritz and slice of pizza to get you going.

Image Credit: Pizza and Prosecco Festival via Facebook

The Pizza and Prosecco Festival takes place on Saturday 18th August from 12pm to 11pm at the Passenger Shed, Station Approach, BS1. Tickets available here.
 
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