Friday 27 September 3pm-9.30pm
Saturday 28 September 7am-10.30pm
Sunday 29 September 7am-6.30pm

York Balloon Fiesta Opens
3pm

Pilot Weather Briefing
4.15pm-4.45pm

Mass Balloon Launch*
4.45pm-5.45pm
*Weather depending

The Arena
Owl Adventures Bird Flying Show
6pm-6.30pm

Main Stage
Gary Goodmaze
6.54pm-7.45pm
Europe’s No 1 Freddie Mercury Tribute

Main Stage
Abba Arrival
7.55pm-8.55pm
Voted ‘Best’ & Most Authentic Tribute Show 2018

The Arena
Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
9pm-9.20pm

Last bus leaves York Racecourse
9.40pm

Pilot Weather Briefing
6.30am-7am

Mass Balloon Launch*
7am-8am
*Weather depending

Minster FM Stage, Funfair and Labyrinth Challenge
11am-10pm

The Arena
Jez Avery Stunt Show
12pm-12.30pm

The Marquee
Children’s Activities and Workshops
Noon-4pm
In association with York Mumbler

The Arena
Balloon Tethered
12:45pm-2.15pm

The Arena
Owl Adventures Bird Flying Show
3.30pm-4pm

Main Stage
Twist and Pulse
2.30pm-4.30pm

The Arena
Jez Avery Stunt Show
4pm-4.30pm

Pilot Weather Briefing
4.15pm-4.45pm

Mass Balloon Launch*
4.45pm-5.45pm
*Weather depending

The Main Stage
The Upbeat Beatles Tribute
6.15pm-7.15pm

The Main Stage
The Dolly Parton Experience including Kenny Rogers Tribute
7.30pm-8.30pm

The Arena
Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
8.40pm-9pm

Main Stage
Rule The World Take That Tribute
9pm-9.50pm

The Arena
Firework and Laser Show Finale
9.50pm-10pm

Last bus leaves York Racecourse
10.20pm

Pilot Weather Briefing
6.30am-7am

Mass Balloon Launch*
7am-8am
*Weather depending

Minster FM Stage, Funfair and Labyrinth Challenge
11am-6pm

The Arena
Balloon Tethered*
11.10am-12.50pm
*Weather depending

The Marquee
Children’s Activities and Workshops
12pm-4pm
Yorkshire Air Ambulance*
1pm-2pm
*Subject to availability

Main Stage
Rock Choir
1.30pm-2pm

The Arena
Owl adventures Bird Flying Show
2.15pm-2.45pm

The Arena
Jez Avery Stunt Show
2.45pm-3.15pm

Main Stage
Mr Bloom & His Band
3.30pm-4.30pm

Pilot Weather Briefing
4.15pm-4.45pm

Mass Balloon Launch*
4.45pm-5.45pm
*Weather depending

Last bus leaves York Racecourse
6.10pm

Latest Twitter updates

It was already a soaraway success.

Now in its third year, York Balloon Fiesta is under new management – and they are promising an event that is even bigger and better.

There are new attractions – notably an inflatable obstacle course so large it can probably be seen from space – plus live music.

But all the old favourites are there, with masses of hot air balloons taking to the skies, and then the remarkable night glows in the evening.

Entry is free – and the organisers are confident they have sorted the traffic situation which caused gridlock last year.

So here’s all you need to know about the York Balloon Fiesta 2019.

New attractions

The Labyrinth Challenge

Look at the size of it! Photograph: The Labyrinth Challenge
A new highlight for 2019 will be The Labyrinth Challenge, which is the world’s longest continuous inflatable assault course. The inflatable offers over 1,000ft of bouncy fun spread across five unique themed zones – some race for the fastest time possible whilst others enjoy the inflatable environment at a more leisurely pace. Admission to the Labyrinth Challenge is £5 per person, with the activity available throughout the festival.

Live music

Abba Arrival
The new event organiser, John Lowery of York-based Events & Attractions, said: “Our stage, hosted by Minster FM, will feature acts throughout the weekend to appeal to young and old alike, from Freddie Mercury and Abba tributes on Friday evening to CBeebies’ Mr Bloom appearing with his band on Sunday afternoon – this is a real feel-good event.”

Music programme

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Friday 27 Sept 6.45pm Gary Goodmaze , Europe’s No 1 Freddie Mercury Tribute
7.55pm Abba Arrival , Voted ‘Best’ & Most Authentic Tribute Show 2018
Saturday 28 Sept 3.00pm Twist & Pulse , as seen on Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions
6.15pm The Upbeat Beatles Tribute
7.30pm The Dolly Parton Experience including Kenny Rogers Tribute
9.00pm Rule The World, Take That Tribute
Sunday 29 Sept 1.00pm Rock Choir
3.30pm Mr Bloom & His Band

Arena events

As well as the return of the funfair – complete with new rides like the spinning and bouncing Jumper Jumper – an arena will host events like bird flying displays and a stunt show.

Arena programme timings

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Friday 27 Sept 6.00pm Owl Adventures Bird Flying Show
Saturday 28 Sept 12.00pm Jez Avery Stunt Show
12.45pm Balloon Tethered
2.30pm Owl Adventures Bird Flying Show
4.00pm Jez Avery Stunt Show
9.50pm Firework and Laser Show Finale
Sunday 29 Sept 2.15pm Owl Adventures Bird Flying Show
2.45pm Jez Avery Stunt Show

Ballooning fun

Flights

The balloons are the stars of the show of course.

Subject to favourable weather conditions, flights will take place from 4.45pm on Friday, 7am and 4.45pm on Saturday and 7am on Sunday morning.

All times are subject to change, according to prevailing weather conditions, with regular updates on social media in the event of changes or cancellations.

Night glows and fireworks

Photograph: Vanessa McDougall

Hot air balloons – approximate timings

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Friday 27 Sept 4.45pm Mass Balloon Launch
9.00pm Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
Saturday 28 Sept 7.00am Mass Balloon Launch
12.45pm Balloon Tethered
16:45pm Mass Balloon Launch
8.40pm Hot Air Balloon Night Glow
Sunday 29 Sept 7.00am Mass Balloon Launch
12.45pm Balloon Tethered
16:45pm Mass Balloon Launch

Transport and parking

For 2019, an extensive new traffic management programme has been introduced to minimise congestion around the city. On-site parking will be available (£10 per vehicle) but organisers are working with public transport providers to minimise vehicular traffic.

Askham Bar Park & Ride

Buy a ticket in advance and up to five people can travel for just £5. Tickets must be booked in advance and are only valid to and from Askham Bar Park & Ride.

Shuttle bus from York Station

There will be additional buses on services 3 and 4 which provide travel from the Railway Station to the Knavesmire. Travel is £3 per person.