Balloon Fiestas

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Balloon Fiestas organises multi-day hot air balloon festivals combined with live music concerts and entertainment for all the family

Balloon Fiestas is responsible for the largest hot air balloon and music festival in the north of England. Our family-friendly festivals offer a fun-packed experience for everyone, incorporating hot air balloon displays, entertainment, music, funfair rides, fireworks, food and drink, laser and drone shows.

Our flagship event is the pioneering Yorkshire Balloon Festival, held over four days and hosting more than 60,000 people each year. We now have the expertise, resources and know-how to organise and deliver major balloon festivals anywhere in the UK.

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Case study

Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta


Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta is held annually in Yorkshire, attracting more than 60,000 visitors. The aim of the event is to provide high-quality family entertainment at an affordable price. The event raises money for three local charities each year.


In 2021, the Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta had to be different from the previous year by providing more activities for more people and supporting more local suppliers, business and charities, while complying with all Covid-related health and safety legislation. The event had to deliver high-quality entertainment whilst maintaining an affordable ticket price for families.


The team understood how important a family-orientated event in a safe environment would be for the local and wider community after an 18-month period of lockdowns and families not being able to socialize together.

We collaborated closely with safety advisory groups, local councillors, local businesses, charities and the wider community to discover how previous Balloon Fiestas could be improved upon and ensure that this event became a regular highlight of the Yorkshire events calendar.

We coordinated the build of the site over a period of seven days, which included various tent areas, stages, arenas, a giant funfair, catering, bar, charity stands, trade stands, toilets, medical facilities, trackway, lighting, entrance and ticketing staff and facilities, waste disposal and all arenas.

Our team created, hired and stage-managed all the Balloon Fiesta content and programme, including stage acts, parachute jumps, falconry displays, helicopter landings, balloon launches, night glows, fireworks and much more – ensuring the whole four days were dedicated to activities for the whole family.


Throughout the five build and four live days, our full team worked on site 24 hours a day to ensure the smooth running of the entire event. The four days of the Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta produced excitement, thrills, activities and memories for more than 60,000 people. Flawless production and site management maintained the wonderful atmosphere throughout the event.

The best Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta to date:

  • Four mass balloon launches.
  • 80 hot air balloons.
  • Two nightglows.
  • Parachute team landing.
  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance drop-in.
  • Full programme of stage and arena acts (including Andy and the Oddsocks).
  • Giant funfair (including 32m-high giant observation wheel).
  • Local bar, catering and trade stands.
  • Grand firework, drone and laser finale.
  • £60,000 raised for three local charities.

Make it happen

If you want to stage a major event, add an exciting attraction to your venue, or create a unique new visitor experience – contact us to find out how to make it happen. When it comes to major events, we know where to start, how to plan, how to manage expectations and how to deliver memorable experiences.

Contact our team for an initial conversation – or visit one of our attractions to experience the joy for yourself. We can invite you to the VIP area at one of our events, so you can witness our event management up close.

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