Watch | Europe’s Largest Balloon Festival Takes Flight
Bristol was host to Europe’s biggest balloon festival. It is estimated that around 500,000 people will visit the fiesta between 11-14 August. However, gusty winds prevented flying on Saturday but conditions were ideal on Sunday morning. One hundred and sixteen hot air balloons took to the skies only on Sunday. The event attracted balloonists from around the world but nobody travelled further than Nithis Thongdee from Thailand. Thongdee is only the fourth person in Thailand to receive a balloon pilot’s license and he thinks the calm winds of his home country make for easier flying conditions than England.