Balloons soar at weekend festival.
COLOURFUL balloons of all shapes and sizes scattered across the skyline of southwest England as 103 hot air balloons took part in a mass launch.
Half a million visitors are expected to descend on Bristol as the city plays host to Europe's largest ballooning event this weekend.
The Tribute Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, now in its 37th year, features four days of displays by hot air balloons from across the world.
Balloons are soaring from the Ashton Court estate at dawn and dusk, taking in glorious views of the city including the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
The world's first solarpowered hybrid hot air balloon, funded by Bristol 2015, is taking part to mark the city's status as European Green Capital.
Developed by Cameron Balloons, it is powered by the sun and by a conventional propane burner.
A night glow, in which balloons are illuminated in time to music, will take place before a firework display over the estate and there are further displays tomorrow.
Hot air balloons lift off during the first mass ascent at the 37th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at |Ashton Court Estate, Bristol