In Pictures: Bristol from above
It takes up to an hour for all the balloons to take off during a mass ascent.
The balloonists' entrance to the fiesta arena was still looking remarkably mud-free on Friday morning.
The pilot uses the balloon's powerful gas burners to expertly control the altitude of the craft.
The sensation of flying in the open air is exhilarating.
Flying among the other balloons during a mass ascent can be an awe-inspiring experience.
You really need a good head for heights to look straight down from the basket
A balloon trip with a Suspension Bridge photo opportunity is always a treat.
This balloon flew from Ashton Court to Hengrove, via Ashton Gate.
Pilots are always on the lookout for suitable green spaces to land.
Hengrove's mix of green spaces and modern retail outlets is illustrated in this view from the balloon.
The early morning sun threw the balloon's shadow on the ground just prior to landing.
You'd be amazed just how much you can see from just above the city - here the Second Seven Crossing can be seen clearly.
Bristol looks like toytown from the basket of a balloon in flight.
Hengrove residents often get the chance to spot balloons over Bristol due to the city's prevailing winds.
The prevailing wind took several balloons towards Hengrove where many of them landed in the park.