Bring Darth Vader to the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

Bring the Darth Vader special shape hot air balloon home for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta and show some love for our balloons over Bristol

About This Project

The Darth Vader special shape hot air balloon was built in Bristol by Cameron Balloons but has never flown in this fine city (we know!).  The incredible feat of engineering has toured the world and been photographed over Australia, United States, China and Malaysia (to name just a few) but has never flown in the skies over Brunel’s Suspension Bridge, the coloured houses of Totterdown and the city that Vader himself David Prowse called home.

This year, as the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta celebrates the icons of Bristol, we want to bring the balloon home so it can rightfully join this year’s festivities, which take place from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 August.

To do this we need your help.

Not many people realise this but the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a not-for-profit event, it receives no public funding and each year, led by a committee of volunteers, the organisers raise the £750,000 it takes to put on this event, which brings balloons to the skies of Bristol and puts us on the international map.

While each year through relentless energy, passion and hard work we just about manage to raise the required funds to put on this incredible event, we’re left with very little reserves to really add something special to the programme and protect the event for future years to come.

We’re asking you to help us raise the funds to bring this special balloon home and to help us make the fiesta better in 2019 and beyond. 

                                                                                                                                             

Support & Be Rewarded

With a magical event like this, we have some money-can’t-buy experiences as well as some really nice rewards in return for you support! 

So by giving to this crowdfund you won’t just be left with that warm, fuzzy feeling that you’ve helped support our event. You'll be helping us to keep it free for the thousands that visit and watch all over the city. 

The Team

The Fiesta is overseen by a voluntary board of directors who then appoint a voluntary organising committee and flying committee, with the event management outsourced to an external provider who organise all the lovely onsite logistics. Come the event, it takes a massive team of 1,100 people to put on the event, 800 of whom are volunteers. The Fiesta truly is an event by Bristol for Bristol.

Thank You

Let us take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to our sponsors, partners, suppliers and all the incredible volunteers that put an incredible level of energy and passion into delivering this magical event. We couldn’t do it without every single one of you.

 

 

 

 

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£5 – Big FIesta thanks!

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Receive a huge thank you from us and that warm, rewarding feeling that you've supported a much-loved event

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£10 – Support the balloon teams!

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An even bigger thank you from the Fiesta team, as well as a copy of the 2019 programme

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£25 – Waves from the pilots plus an up close encounter with Darth Vader!

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The biggest thank you we have to offer, as well as a copy of the programme AND your picture taken with Vader.

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£3 – Official Balloon Fiesta Programme

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Receive a copy of the official 2019 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta programme and a huge thank you from us for supporting

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£3 – Bring Darth Vader to Bristol

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Make a donation to help us bring the Darth Vader hot air balloon home to Bristol and be rewarded with that warm, fuzzy feeling that you helped make something really cool happen!

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£10 – Have your photo taken with Darth Vader balloon

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Receive special access to a perfect photo vantage point to have your photo taken with the Darth Vader Special Shape hot air balloon, who knows you might even meet a storm trooper or two!

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£20 – A tour of Thatchers for 2

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Enjoy a guided tour of Thatchers, where you’ll learn about how Thatcher's craft their ciders on Myrtle Farm and get the chance to try a few ciders too!

You’ll see how times have changed over the 100 years of cider making and we’re sure you’ll hear a story or two about the Thatcher Family!

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£40 – Official Icons of Bristol Print by Bemmie

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Local artist Bemmie has designed a special edition poster to commemorate the 'Icons of Bristol' theme for the 2019 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

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£100 – Access to the Balloonists Village for 2

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Enjoy all four days of the Balloon Fiesta from the Balloonists Village for two people. Set within the arena, the Balloonists Village is home to our onsite restaurant and bar providing a perfect base for your to enjoy the free entertainment on offer.

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£145 – Balloon Flight in the Tribute Hot Air Balloon

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Courtesy of St Austell, take to the skies in the Tribute hot air balloon. Please note balloon flights are subject to availability and it may not be possible to claim this reward during the Balloon Fiesta. All flights are subject to weather conditions,

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£150 – Night Glow VIP Hospitality for 2

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Enjoy the Saturday Night Glow from our VIP hospitality marquee and garden within the arena, there's no better view of the iconic Fiesta Night Glows

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£150 – Night Glow Balloon Crew Experience

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Ever wondered what it's like to operate one of the hot air balloons during a Night Glow? Well this is your chance to join one of the crews and be as close to the action as is possible.

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£150 – Access to the Balloonists Village for a family of 4

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Enjoy all four days of the Balloon Fiesta from the Balloonists Village with the family. Set within the arena, the Balloonists Village is home to our onsite restaurant and bar providing a perfect base for your to enjoy the free entertainment on offer.

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£450 – A glamping bell tent for two at the Fiesta

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Enjoy the Fiesta from your very own bell tent for two in Ashton Court Estate for the duration of the event (Thurs 8 - Sunday 11 August), courtesy of Red Sky Tent Company. These sumptuous bell tents come fully furnished with carpets, real beds and mattresses with warming duvets and cosy cotton sheets and pillows. Tables, mirrors, lights and all the home comforts needed to make your stay amazing

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£400 – Balloon flight for two people

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Fly in a hot air balloon with a guest of your choice. Please note balloon flights are subject to availability and it may not be possible to claim this reward during the Balloon Fiesta. All flights are subject to weather conditions,

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£100 – Hot Air Balloon Baby Quilt

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Designed by Katy Ferrari, this quilted throw is perfect for cooler nights, and for layering with cozy blankets and sheets; screen printed with my exclusive hot air balloon design this quilt is just the right size for a cot, crib or toddler bed.

The front of the quilt is printed with my hot air balloons design, in fog/charcoal colour.

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£15 – Balloons over the Toll Bridge, Bristol Print

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A beautiful open edition signed A3 print of the vibrant Bristol collage 'Balloons over the Toll Bridge' by Bristol artist Emmeline Simpson.

Printed in Bristol on high quality 250gsm paper
Actual image size is 38.5cm x 25.5cm.

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£100 – Factory Tour at Cameron Balloons

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Take a tour (for up to 4 people) of the Cameron Balloons factory in Bristol, the world's largest manufacturer of hot air balloons. This is an incredibly unique opportunity to see behind the scenes, walk through waves of fabric and see the machinists at work as they build these incredible feats on engineering.

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