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Telford Balloon Fiesta 2024 in England

A spectacular summer festival in Telford Town Park

Dates: August 23–25, 2024

Telford Balloon Fiesta
Telford Balloon Fiesta
Telford Balloon Fiesta

The Telford Balloon Fiesta is a highly anticipated annual event that takes place in Telford, Shropshire, approximately 28 miles (45 km) from Birmingham. Held every August, this event transforms the Telford Town Park and QEII Arena into a vibrant spectacle featuring over 25 hot air balloons, including unique shapes that delight attendees. The Fiesta is ideal for families, balloon enthusiasts, and anyone looking to enjoy a community-centered festival with a wide range of activities.

Balloon Launches and Night Glow

One of the primary draws of the Telford Balloon Fiesta is the mass balloon ascension. These visually stunning events are weather-dependent, ensuring the best possible experience for spectators. The Night Glow, taking place at 9:30 pm on Friday, August 23, is another highlight. Tethered balloons light up the night sky in synchronization with music, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. Gates open at 5 pm on Friday, with family entertainment throughout the evening, including a new Science Show with Boardroom Gaming Cafe at 6 pm and a SPARC Drum and Light Show at 8:45 pm.

Entertainment and Activities

The Telford Balloon Fiesta offers a variety of entertainment options throughout the weekend. On Saturday, August 24, and Sunday, August 25, from noon to 7 pm, visitors can enjoy free family fun without needing tickets. Activities include performances by the Wings Parachute Team, a Kidszone, a live music stage, tethered balloons in the arena, a carnival parade on Sunday at noon, circus workshops and shows, archery, food and drink vendors, crafts, and stalls. Balloon flights will be available, weather permitting.

Tickets and Parking

While entry to the event on Saturday and Sunday is free, tickets are required for the Night Glow on Friday, August 23. Tickets are now on sale, with priority booking for Telford and Wrekin borough residents from 2 pm Sunday, July 7 to midnight Sunday, July 21, 2024. The booking link will open to everyone from 10 am Monday, July 22. Tickets are priced at £5 for a family ticket (up to five people), £2 for a single adult ticket, and £1 for a single child ticket. Children under 12 months old can attend for free but still need a ticket. For booking Night Glow tickets, attendees need to create an account with Telford Theatre if they do not already have one. Tickets are only available through Telford Theatre and Tickets Telford, not through any other agents. There are ample parking facilities near Telford Town Park, ensuring easy access for visitors.

Location and Infrastructure

Telford Town Park is well-equipped to host large events. The park is about a 45-minute drive from Birmingham and is easily accessible by public transport. The park itself offers various attractions, including Sky Reach, Disc Golf, Adventure Golf, and multiple picnic spots. This proximity to both nature and urban amenities provides attendees with plenty to explore beyond the Fiesta activities.

Memorable Moments

Each year, the event introduces new attractions and activities, while maintaining its core focus on hot air ballooning. Over the years, the Fiesta has hosted numerous exciting events, including the Carnival Parade, which sees a procession from Southwater to the arena, drawing large crowds with its vibrant displays. The addition of special guests like the Red Devils parachute team and various themed entertainment acts has helped the Fiesta evolve into a multifaceted festival that offers something for everyone.

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