This weekend marks the 35th Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, a spectacle famous the world over and undeniably one of the UK’s most iconic events. Held at the city’s beautiful Ashton Court Estate located near the Clifton Suspension Bridge, another Bristol landmark, the Fiesta will welcome more than 150 hot air balloons which will take off twice a day during the four day-long festival. As a West Country girl, I’ve spent many a happy summer evening watching the ‘Night Glow’ where numerous coloured balloons of all shapes and sizes remain tethered to the ground in awe. For me, there’s no surer sign that summer has arrived once the balloons come to town! Given that Somerset means ‘land of the summer people’, there couldn’t be a better time to visit than now. Why not take a look at our cottages in Somerset and plan a last minute summer getaway?