Hot-air balloons over WinterbourneHot-air balloons are a frequent sight in the area. Bristol is the balloon capital of the world with manufacturers Cameron and Thunder and Colt both based in Bedminster.
The premier launch site is Ashton Court, the prevailing winds are south-westerly, so balloons often drift over this area.
There are at least three qualified hot-air balloon pilots living in Winterbourne - impressive when you consider there are only a few thousand hot-air balloon pilots in the entire world!
During the 1990s there were frequent balloon launches from The Hillyfields, Frenchay Common and the Collegiate (now Silverhill) School. There were also launches from Frenchay Hospital and Winterbourne Rectory.
Balloons ready for take-off at Frenchay Hospital
G-CRAK "Mobile Windscreens" takes off from the Collegiate (now Silverhill) School grounds in Winterbourne
G-CRAK "Mobile Windscreens" over Winterbourne
G-BPBU "Skymaid" takes off from Eastwood Garden Centre
G-BPBU "Skymaid" over Winterbourne
G-BPBU "Skymaid" over Frenchay Church