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York Balloon Fiesta 2017

Hot air balloons have been a regular feature on the York skyline for a number of years. 2017 sees the very first Balloon Fiesta taking place in York from the 29th September to the 1st October. With around 50 balloons participating this event is not to be missed. Hot air balloons and pilots from all corners of the UK will be in attendance, creating a stunning spectacle over the historic city of York. The event is completely free of charge to attend over the 3 days (though car parking if required is £6 per car) To accompany the breath-taking sight of so many hot air balloons emblazoned across the sky, there will also be a range of attractions and food available including fairground rides, live music and other entertainment. For the early bird out there, the morning balloon launch will start early at 07.15 on Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st. Bring along a breakfast picnic or enjoy breakfast from one of the many hot food outlets to enjoy the launch. At 16.30 there will be afternoon balloon launch and this is expected to be the most popular. Plan your journey well as there will be an abundance of visitors around the Knavesmire. The most spectacular part of the Fiesta will be our Nightglow. At 20:30 on Saturday the 30th a handful of our balloons will tether and light up the night’s sky to our specially commissioned soundtrack. Times may vary slightly subject to weather conditions and all balloon activity is weather permitting. For anyone interested in participating in their own balloon ride, there are several companies that offer balloon rides in York throughout the year. With prices starting at £112 per person, Virgin offer a 3-4 hour balloon experience flying out in the morning. Even flights are also available at different prices. See https://www.virginballoonflights.co.uk/location/york-racecourse/ for more details. Alternatively, try https://www.balloonridesltd.co.uk/ that also operate hot air balloon rides from York. The beauty of ballooning is the fact that you never know where you’re going to land! So brace yourself for the experience of a lifetime!

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