Another year gone and the 39th Balloon Fiesta has arrived. Like many people I have lived in the area for much of my life and it wasn’t until 2015 that I attended the fiesta. I was lucky enough to be there on the Friday night for the night glow, and what an occasion it was. Now the biggest balloon fiesta of its type in Western Europe it attracts around 500 000 people to Bristol over the 4 days, and it is free to attend (if you don’t park on site) which does really appeal to me! (Eds: Tight!)


From the humble beginnings where the only balloons to take off where the familiar upside-down pear shape to the present day when 150 balloons of different designs are there to behold, including motorbikes, pallets, galleons, the world cup, and all manner of shaped craft taking off from Ashton Court. As well as many different shapes there are balloons from many countries across Europe and further afield, a truly multicultural get together.


You can get more involved with the option of a trip in a balloon, with just a big basket to keep you safe up in the tranquil surroundings of fellow balloonists, with just the clouds to keep you company. It makes for a memorable experience or so I am told…… it is still on my bucket list.


A tranquil method of transport, whilst most enjoyable, it is not the preferred method if you are looking to get something from A – B with any urgency, especially if you are at the mercy of the wind!! You can’t take off or land if the wind is too strong and if the wind isn’t there you can’t go too far, apart from up and down, but still a fabulous experience.


In 2015 a solar powered balloon took off on its inaugural flight, you can’t get much more environmentally friendly than that.


I guess there are many ways of getting around but few can compare with the trusty van when moving urgent items for business. Given its range, directional and speed control capabilities, it still represents a great way to move items especially when managed by Planet Logistics.