General Questions

Why has York Balloon Fiesta changed its name?

York Balloon Fiesta is now Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta. We changed the name to encourage people and businesses from wider parts of Yorkshire to get involved.

Is Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta cancelled?

No, Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta isn’t cancelled. The event has been postponed and will be held from Fri 24th Sept to Sun 26th Sept 2021.

How many people go to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

In 2019, we welcomed approximately 35,000 people to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta over the 3 days.

Where is Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta is held on the Knavesmire at York Racecourse YO23 1EX.

What time should I get to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

The best time to come to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta depends on what you want to see. Look at the Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta schedule to plan your days.

What should I wear to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta is an outdoor event on grass. Dress for the great British weather and wear appropriate footwear. You may wish to bring a raincoat and umbrella and some sunscreen.

How much does Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta cost?

Entry for Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta is £3 for anyone over 1 metre In height. Once you have received your wristband you can come and go as you please over the 3 days.

£1 from every ticket sold will be split equally between our three Yorkshire charities; St Leonards hospice, York Rescue Boat and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

What is included in the entry fee?

All arena acts.

All stage entertainment.

All balloon activities (night glows, mass launches) *Weather dependent.

Firework, laser and drone display

Please note bar, food, funfair rides and trade stands etc will incur additional charges.

Do I need a ticket for Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Yes, tickets cost £3 and can only be bought on the Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta website or on the gate.

Anyone else claiming to be selling a ticket is not an authorised seller.

How long does Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta last?

Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta runs over 3 days from Fri 24th Sept to Sun 26th Sept 2021.

Can I bring my dog to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Yes, you are welcome to bring well-behaved dogs to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta for free. Please always keep them on a lead and come prepared to pick up any messes they might make.

Please be aware there Is a lot of activity and noise I.e. funfairs, fireworks and arena display.

Is Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta suitable for people in a wheelchair?

Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta is on the Knavesmire at York Racecourse. The event is flat, but on grass that could be quite bumpy. Additionally, if there has been a lot of rain, it could become boggy and difficult to use a wheelchair. Please note that rides are not accessible for wheelchairs.

Disabled toilets are available.

Is Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta suitable for children?

This is a family orientated event. There are lots of activities for children at Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta, including face painting and entertainment by CBeebies’ Andy and the Oddsocks. The hot air balloon tethering and mass launches are also extremely popular with children of all ages. Please see the event schedule for the full details.

Travel and Parking

How much is parking at Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Car parking tickets are available with limited capacity, advanced booking Is advised on

What bus can I take to get to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Please check local public transport links.

How do I get to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Yorkshire balloon fiesta postcode is YO23 1EX. Please follow event signage.

Food and Drink

Can I bring food to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

You’re more than welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks with you to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta. However, there will be lots of choice for delicious food that you can purchase during the event.

Strictly no glass or alcohol

Can I bring alcohol to Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to drink alcohol that you have brought from home due to our licensing. Alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase from our onsite catering partners.

Can I drink alcohol at Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Alcohol will be available to purchase from our onsite catering partners and can be consumed onsite. However, due to our licensing, we cannot permit you to bring alcohol with you.

Activities and Entertainment

Can I go up in a hot air balloon at Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

Hot air balloon rides can be purchased from our event partner, Yorkshire Balloon Flights. There is limited availability and is subject to weather on the day. Please see their website for further details.

What is there to do at Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta?

There’s lots going on at Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta including funfair rides, tribute acts, dance troupes, children’s entertainment, mass hot air balloon take-offs and the popular Night Glow with firework and laser show.

This year there will also be Europe’s largest continuous inflatable assault course.

Please see the event schedule for the full list and times.