The popular Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta announced this year that it will be the last event to be held in York – due to changes to the schedule at a nearby venue.
The team behind the event, which is held annually on the Knavesmire, has revealed it will be moving after this year’s Fiesta next month. This is due to changes to the York Racecourse timetable for next year – which is located directly opposite the usual Fiesta venue.
Balloon Fiesta organizer John Lowery said: “We can confirm that this will be the last Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta to be held at York, on the Knavesmire, due to changes to the York Racecourse schedule.
“Since its start in 2017 it has been a fantastic venue for the event which continues to evolve and grow. We have exciting plans for the future, and are looking for venues across Yorkshire for the year next which will also allow us to offer camping which will benefit many of our visitors.
“We are really excited about this year’s Balloon Fiesta which we are sure will be our best yet with star-studded programming and activities for the whole family, and we look forward to welcoming visitors in September.”
Headlining this year’s Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta are Scouting for Girls, Craig Charles, Gabrielle, Heather Small, BoyzLife, DJ Howard Donald, Symphonic Ibiza and York’s party band Huge.
It will also feature Brainiac Live performing their outrageous science experiments and daredevil stunts. Andy and the Odd Socks from CBBC’s hit show “Andy and the Band” and fellow CBBC star YolanDa with her Band Jam Show are all ready to delight and entertain the youngest members of the crowd.
Over 50 hot air balloons will appear at the festival, including the return of Europe’s distinctive balloon ship, as well as a range of new character balloons.
Other elements of the packed program include encounters with balloon pilots, a daredevil stunt show, birds of prey displays, the world’s largest inflatable assault course, a covered bar with live entertainment, plus York’s largest funfair, including the UK’s largest transportable roller coaster. be enjoyed by the whole family.
The festival finale will be York’s biggest fireworks display on Sunday evening.
The 2021 party attracted over 60,000 visitors throughout the August bank holiday weekend. The event organizers have also donated £1 from every ticket sold to three local charities and will do the same in 2022 to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, York Rescue Boat and St Leonard’s Hospice.
The event is open Friday, September 23 from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, September 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.