Tiverton hot air balloon event is a soaring success

The Tiverton Balloon Festival culminated on Sunday, August 26 at Tiverton High School with the mass inflation and ascent of almost 20 huge hot air balloons, followed by a spectacular night glow arranged to music.

The festival was attended by thousands of spectators and was originally planned to finish on Bank Holiday Monday. Sadly, a poor weather forecast of strong winds and squally rain prevented the early morning mass ascent planned for Monday, August 27, which was to have been the highlight of the event.

A number of other attractions had been planned to ensure that visitors would be fully entertained over the weekend, no matter the weather, with a fly past of vintage aircraft and a model helicopter flying display. A very popular falconry display thrilled the crowds, who were also entertained by around 20 local bands and musicians on stage over the three days of the event.

Zookeepers from Exmoor Zoo brought a number of different insects to Tiverton High School on the Sunday to show children the diversity of the insect world, although all those in the exhibition were connected with flight in some way, to link with the hot air balloon theme. Workshops were held for children to make model insects from recycled materials, either from life studies or from their own imaginations.

In hot air balloon circles, the Tiverton Balloon Festival has the reputation of being a well-run event. This year’s was no exception, once again being considered a huge success by the organisers.

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