Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta: Road closures and restrictions in York

DRIVERS are being warned of a number of road closures and restrictions when a major event takes place in York next weekend.

The popular Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta will take place next Friday (September 23) from 3pm to 10.30pm, Saturday (September 24) from 10.30am to 10.30pm and Sunday (September 25) from 10.30am to 8pm on Knavesmire.

York City Council advises that during the event vehicles will not be able to use the south-eastbound carriageway of Knavesmire Road, between its junction with Tadcaster Road and Herdsman’s Cottage, or Knavesmire Avenue, between its junction with Knavesmire Road and Crescent of Knavesmire.

There are also a series of parking/waiting restrictions for the duration on both sides of Bishopthorpe Road between its junctions with Campleshon Road and Church Lane at Bishopthorpe out of bounds, as is the north side of Church Lane, on both sides of Campleshon Road, on both sides of Knavesmire Avenue, on both sides of Knavesmire Crescent between its junctions with Queen Victoria Street and Knavesmire Avenue, on both sides of Knavesmire Road and, on the north side of Scarcroft Road between its junctions with Scarcroft Hill and Bishopthorpe Road.

The festival announced earlier this year that it would be the last event to be held in York – due to changes in the schedule at a nearby venue.

Yorkshire Hot Air Balloon Festival

The team behind the event, which is held annually on the Knavesmire, has revealed it will be moving after this year’s Fiesta. 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: “Since its debut in 2017, it has been a fantastic venue for the event which continues to evolve and grow. next year it will also allow us to offer camping which will benefit many of our visitors.

“We are truly delighted with 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.”

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.