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York Ballon Fiesta
Find out more about this amazing event here!

 

The skies of York will be transformed this September from Friday 29th September and Sunday 1st October when the city welcomes its first hot air balloon festival, sponsored by TalkTalk Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband.

Minster FM is thrilled to be the media partners for the York Balloon Fiesta 2017, taking place during the last weekend of September. The Minster FM roadshow will be there with a host of live music and entertainment across the weekend.

The Balloon Fiesta is the first of its kind in Yorkshire. A total of 50 hot air balloons, from all across the UK, will fly across York while a fun packed festival-style weekend takes place below. The spectacular display of colourful balloons will be visible from the Knavesmire, home to York Racecourse. The skies will also be lit up with a dazzling Ultra Fibre Optic Night-Glow performance on the Saturday evening.

Visitors and residents can watch the balloons lift off from the Knavesmire while they explore the funfair complete with Victorian inspired rides, live music, a beer tent and tasty street food stalls from Yorkshire vendors.

If you are bringing the kids along then don’t miss the fly-in from Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday afternoon, as they will get the opportunity to sit in the helicopter. Yorkshire Fire & Rescue will also have a fire engine on site for the kids to explore and for adults, there will be beer and gin tasting throughout Friday and Saturday evening.

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Each balloon taking part in the festival will have a pilot and dedicated ground team with them to help the balloons get airborne. The balloons will fly twice a day, once just after sunrise then later in the afternoon depending on the weather. Visitors are advised to watch the York Balloon Fiesta Facebook page for details.

The York Balloon Fiesta 2017 is free for everybody to enter and no tickets are required.

Car parking will be available at Knavesmire Racecourse York for a small fee of £6, with £1 per car being donated to the organisers chosen charity, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Public balloon rides will not be available this year as the 50 hot air balloons attending are flown by private pilots for sport.

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York Balloon Fiesta Line up:

 

Friday 29th September 2017

4.45pm - 5.45pm

Balloon Launch

4.30pm - 8.00pm

Live Music & Entertainment on the Minster FM Roadshow Stage

5.00pm - 7.00pm

Balloon Tethers In The Arena

All Day

Beer Tent Open Throughout, Gin Tasting

 

Saturday 30th September 2017

7.15am - 8.15am 

Mass Balloon Launch

12.00pm - 3.45pm

Live Music & Entertainment  on the Minster FM Roadshow Stage

12.00pm - 3.45pm

Balloon Tethers In The Arena

4.00pm - 4.30pm

Owl Adventures Bird Flying Show

4.45pm - 5.45pm

Mass Balloon Launch

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Live Music & Entertainment on the Minster Fm Roadshow Stage

8.30pm - 9.00pm

TalkTalk Fibre Optic Night Glow

All Day

Beer Tent Open Throughout, Beer Tasting

 

Sunday 1st October 2017

7.15am - 8.15am

Mass Balloon Launch

11.00am - 12.30pm

Balloon Tethers In The Arena

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Yorkshire Air Ambulance Fly In

2.15pm - 2.45pm

Owl Adventures Bird Flying Show

3.00pm - 4.30pm

Live Music & Entertainment on the Minster FM Roadshow Stage

4.45pm - 5.45pm

Mass Balloon Launch

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Live Music & Entertainment on the Minster FM Roadshow Stage

All Day

Beer Tent Open Throughout

 

Times may change as the planning process continues. Balloon activity is weather permitting. Please keep an eye on the York Balloon Fiesta Facebook Page for up to date announcements.

 

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