The beachgoers will tell you that Bristol and Poole are the the best places to spend sunny summer weekends. Apart from soaking up the sun, you can enjoy some exciting events, as both cities packed their summer schedule with plenty of entertainment and fun!

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2011

Bristol Balloon Fiesta – 8th-11th August

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now in its 35th year and is Europe’s largest ballooning event. It’s a spectacular, free, four days of fun for the whole family during which over 150 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate at 6am and 6pm and light up the skies on Thursday and Saturday night with the famous nightglows. Fun activities on the ground will keep everyone entertained.

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 Bristol Festival of Puppetry – 30th August – 8th September

Now in its third year, Bristol Festival of Puppetry is the only English Festival to celebrate the artform of puppetry on stage and film, attracting audiences from far and wide to the city. Expect a rich and diverse programme that presents local and regional companies and artists, while showcasing some of the very best international puppetry and animation. The festival boasts more then just a live performance programme with lots of participatory opportunities and new initiatives for adults and children alike. These include practical puppetry workshops, the Creatures of Bristol Carnival, this year’s opening event, the Puppet Trail along North Street and Open Doors day at Puppet Place.

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Poole Park Sports Festival – 28th July

The 1st anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics will see Poole Park play host to the Join In Sports Festival, a mass participation sports event that will showcase the sporting opportunities that exist within Poole and Bournemouth. The park will be filled with sports clubs offering have a go sessions, tasters and demonstrations. Visitors to the event will be able to try a large number of sports including mainstream, non-traditional and disability sports. The event is open to all ages and abilities and with over 20 sports present, there will be something for everyone.

chilli festival_ 2013_banner_608x376Great Dorset Chilli Festival – 3rd-4th August

Bringing the exciting world of chillies to the beautiful surroundings of Dorset for the third year, the Dorset Chilli Festival is a great day out for chilli enthusiasts, food lovers and families. Held with the kind permission of the Earl of Shaftesbury at St Giles Park, a glorious August weekend of “chilli fiesta” has been lined up with stalls selling all things chilli, from pepper plants to cayenne condiments; seeds to ceramics; plus cooking demonstrations; artisan food producers; music spicy street food; local ice creams to cool the mouth; local beers to slake the thirst.

You will have a chance to meet some dedicated independent sauce manufacturers and retailers; and some of the country’s best specialist chilli growers to will be presenting their plants and seeds to thousands of visitors at what is sure to be this years’ hottest event in Dorset. The development of the Dorset Naga, at one time reputed to be the world’s hottest chilli, has really put Dorset on the map for chilli enthusiasts.

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