York Balloon Fiesta 2017, York, Friday, 29. September 2017

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.

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.

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:
York Balloon Fiesta Event Programme

Friday 29th Sept

16:45 – 17:45 Balloon Launch*
17:00 - 19:00 Balloon Tethers In The Arena*
16:30 - 20:00 Live Music on the Minster FM Stage
End

Saturday 30th Sept

07:15 - 08:15 Mass Balloon Launch*
12:00 - 15:45 Live Music
12:00 - 15:45 Balloon Tethers In The Arena*
16:00 – 16:30 Owl Adventures Bird Flying Show
16:45 - 17:45 Mass Balloon Launch*
18:00 - 20:00 Live Music
20:30 - 21:00 Talk Talk Ultra Fibre Optic Night Glow
End

Sunday 1st Oct

07:15 - 08:15 Mass Balloon Launch*
11:00 - 12:30 Balloon Tethers In The Arena*
13:00 - 14:00 Yorkshire Air Ambulance Fly In
14:15 – 14:45 – Owl Adventures Bird Flying Show
15:00 - 16:30 Live Music
16:45 - 17:45 Mass Balloon Launch*
18:00 - 20:00 Live Music
End

* Please note that balloon activity is subject to the safe weather conditions and some of these times may change as the planning process continues.

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GETTING HERE BY CAR:
Head to "Knavesmire Road" and follow the signs for the Balloon Fiesta Car Park. Car parking is £6 per car for the whole day. £1 of each sale will be donated to the Yorkhire Air Ambulance. Please note that this is not an entry fee, purely a car parking fee.

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GETTING HERE BY BUS:
Jump on the Park & Ride at Askham Bar and relax whilst First York take you to a specially positioned, event bus stop. It's only £2 return per person. Timetable Below,

Friday - First bus from Askham Bar Park&Ride at 06:00 and then every 15 minutes (every 10 minutes from 07:00) – Last bus 19:45
First bus from Knavesmire Road (Mount Vale) – approx. 06:20 and then every 10 to 15 minutes – Last bus 20:40

Saturday - First bus from Askham Bar Park&Ride at 06:00 and then every 15 minutes (every 10 minutes from 08:30) – Last bus 20:15
First bus from Knavesmire Road (Mount Vale) – approx. 06:20 and then every 10 to 15 minutes – Last bus 21:40

Sunday - First bus from Askham Bar Park&Ride at 06:15 and then every 15 minutes (every 10 minutes from 09:30) – Last bus 19:45
First bus from Knavesmire Road (Mount Vale) – approx. 06:40 and then every 10 to 15 minutes – Last bus 20:40

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GETTING HERE BY TRAIN:
Get off at York train station. Cross over the road and catch the park and ride which will take you straight to the event for only £2 return.

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