Festivals near Glasgow: Strathaven Balloon Festival to launch special 25th anniversary edition

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Strathaven Balloon Festival is a highlight on the calendar which celebrates a special anniversary this year.

Strathaven Balloon Festival will once again be held in the award winning Strathaven Park this year with the event set to take place in August between 23-25 August.

This year marks 25 years since the inaugural festival was held back in 1999 with the event still being Scotland’s only hot air balloon festival. As well as the festival preparing their usual souvenir programme, they are also planning on producing a limited edition 100-page book featuring images, programme content, newspaper articles and memories from previous festivals. Balloons will arrive on Friday, and weather permitting there will be flights in the evening after 6pm with an action-packed weekend in store for those who are heading along.

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Strathaven Balloon Festival

Throughout Saturday and Sunday, from 12pm, there will be all sorts of entertainment in the park. During the Family Fun Day there will be live music, a fun fair, stalls galore, classic vehicles and much more. Weather permitting, the festival will also tether hot air balloons in the arena. 

Admission to the event is absolutely free with programmes for the event available to purchase in local stores with their proceeds contributing to putting the festival on each year. You can pick up tickets here.

The annual event is the only balloon festival in Scotland: “The Strathaven Balloon Festival began in 1999 when a group of local people thought it would be good to generate an exciting public event within the town, to help the local economy. 

“A hot air balloon festival was suggested and, as one of us happened to know Don Cameron of Cameron Balloons, the largest manufacturer of hot air balloons this seemed the ideal choice.

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“Don Cameron was extremely helpful from the start and went out of his way to encourage and help us. With a lot of meetings and a great deal of work, we managed to get the Strathaven Balloon Festival off the ground.

“The festival now attracts pilots and visitors from all over Europe with over 30,000 spectators attending over the weekend.We are the only balloon festival in Scotland and  classed as one of the top 3 balloon festivals in the UK amongst balloon pilots.”

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