Telford Balloon Fiesta 2023

It’s kind of nice to see things rolling around in the annual calendar, and the balloon fiesta is no exception. We managed to duck most of the showers yesterday on our visit to Telford Town Park. I think the weather had put a few people off, so it was a little quieter than last year, but still a really nice relaxed atmosphere.

circus tent at Telford Balloon Fiesta

In the end, we only saw one of the balloons, but my little one has been a bit off colour so we only stayed for a couple of hours. Despite that, we managed to cram a lot in! There was music and song on the main stage throughout our visit, while in the arena the Midland Kite Flyers did a great job of keeping us entertained. I now have an almighty need for an oversized lizard kite. But that speaks to all of us I’m sure.

Things to do at the Balloon Fiesta

There were the usual array of food trucks and fairground rides and attractions. But those who ventured a little further (to the disc golf area in usual times) would find a great kids’ zone. There was a lot going on there for free – try archery (with a 3 year old I took a hard pass on that one), some great arts and crafts in one tent, circus skills in the circus tent… There were also outdoor games like hoopla and some lovely displays and stalls from local charities. The highlight for us was obviously gingerbread man decorating with the friendly team from Wonderland. That has a very immediate return and is such a simple activity for all ages.

We settled back on the grass for a drink and a snack. Amazingly we had timed it perfectly to catch the flyover from the Lancaster Bomber. I have never seen my kid looking up to the skies with such awe and delight. It absolutely made the experience for her.

I can see why this event is on every locals ‘must do’ list. Fingers crossed that by next year we’ll be able to stay late enough to witness the late night (well, 8pm) glow-up display for ourselves!

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