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HANSE SAIL ROSTOCK 2019

WHAT: HANSE SAIL ROSTOCK 2019
WHY: SAILING CRAFT EXTRAVAGANZA FEATURING FIREWORKS
WHERE: ROSTOCK, MECKLENBURG, GERMANY
WHEN: 8TH – 11TH AUGUST 2019
COST: FREE

The annual Hanse Sail Rostock welcomes 200 traditional sailing ships alongside steam and museum ships on the quayside at Rostock and Warnemunde. It is one of the World’s largest gatherings of traditional sailing ships. Ten years ago, eleven small but quick sailing ships made their way from Denmark’s City of Nysted to Rostock the day prior to the Hanse Sail which has since become a regular occurrence.

The ships represent countries across the globe including Russia, Brazil, UK, Mexico and of course from across Sweden, The Netherlands and Germany.

The event includes rides, showmen, demonstrations and culinary experiences around the world. The ships vary in age from the oldest built-in 1888 to the new reproduction craft. In 2000, the Brazilian Navy commissioned the building of the Cisne Branco (The White Swan), a tall, fully rigged ship inspired by the design of 19th century clippers which remains in use today for the education of the Brazilian Navy cadets.

There will be cruise liners, ferries, ships of all sizes and types alongside naval vessels from around the globe so it should make for a great sight.

The ethos of the event is Fair Trade and all the traders offering food and drink are tasked with ensuring that at least two of the ingredients in everything they sell are sourced from sustainable, organic fair-trade suppliers. So, whether that’s delicious ice cream or a satisfying cup of coffee, they will all be sourced fairly.

On Saturday 10th August, the evening ends with a HUGE firework display in the harbour which will light the skies over the water of the bay.

Concerts, ships and pleasure craft, exhibitions and more – if you are in Germany for business or pleasure, get along and show your support.

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NOTTINGHAM RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL 2019

WHAT: NOTTINGHAM RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL 2019
WHY: MUSIC FESTIVAL FEATURING FIREWORKS
WHERE: VICTORIA EMBANKMENT, NOTTINGHAM
WHEN: FRIDAY 2ND TO SUNDAY 4TH AUGUST 2019
COST: FREE

Nottingham once again holds the biggest free music festival in the Midlands bringing together a huge range of musical acts from the UK and beyond. The music will be everything from salsa to Senegalese, jive to jazz and everything in between ensuring that there is something for every taste.

LIVE MUSIC

GIANT FUNFAIR

RIVER FUN

HUGE FIREWORK DISPLAY

KIDZONE

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL

PLAY PARK EXTRAVAGANZA

There will be the usual smattering of food and drink concessions but if you are looking for something more than a burger, there is a multitude of restaurants, cafés, and eateries to tempt you. From Michelin two-starred ‘Restaurant Sat Bains’ with 7 & 10 course taster menu’s available to the more discerning visitor (£105 – £120 per person) or a very reasonably priced A la Carte menu with a huge array of dishes available at Tom Brown’s brasserie where everything from the bread to the ice-cream is home-made and fresh.

If you are over in Nottingham for the weekend you really must get along to Sherwood Forest and enjoy some of the activities on offer for all the family. There are special walks and trails to suit all ages and abilities and you can even check out one of the longest residents of the forest – The Major Oak which is thought to be aged somewhere between 800 and 1100 years old and is the biggest in the UK. Whilst you were able to go right up to the tree many years ago, in order to allow the public to keep on appreciating this magnificent oak in the future, it has been cordoned off and secured to the ground to prevent high winds, etc from damaging it.

The Nottingham Riverside Festival has been part of the entertainment calendar for many years now and today attracts around 120,000 visitors.

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BRISTOL BALLOON FIESTA 2019

WHAT: BRISTOL BALLOON FIESTA 2019
WHY: HOT AIR BALLOON FESTIVAL FEATURING LIVE MUSIC AND FIREWORK WEEKEND
WHERE: ASHTON COURT ESTATE, LONG ASHTON, BRISTOL
WHEN: THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST TO SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST 2019
COST: FREE

The annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta is once again on the horizon which entertained over 100,000 visitors last year. The event takes place in the grounds of the beautiful Ashton Court Estate where 130 plus hot air balloon flyers congregate for the biggest annual meeting of balloonists in Europe.

The itinerary is as follows:

THURSDAY 8TH AUGUST

12PM – FIESTA OPENS

6PM – MASS BALLOON FLIGHT

9PM – NIGHT GLOW AND FIREWORK FINALE

FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST

12PM – FIESTA OPENS

6PM – MASS BALLOON FLIGHT

9PM – NIGHT GLOW AND FIREWORK FINALE

SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST

6AM – MASS BALLOON LAUNCH

8AM – MODEL HOT AIR BALLOON COMPETITION

12PM – 5.30PM – ARENA ENTERTAINMENT

6PM – MASS BALLOON FLIGHT

9PM – NIGHT GLOW AND FIREWORK FINALE

SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST

6AM – MASS BALLOON LAUNCH

12PM – 5.30PM – ARENA ENTERTAINMENT

6PM – MASS BALLOON FLIGHT

Each of the weekend events will close at 10.30pm

The event started over 40 years ago and instantly captured the hearts of the spectators and local residents alike. As free events go, this one is packed to the rafters with things to do. There are special ‘shaped balloon’ events alongside the more common tear drop shaped examples and on the Fiesta Band Stand, there are a huge array of musicians and acts playing everything from rock and pop to jazz, country and folk.

You can enjoy all that the event has to offer by camping overnight or staying at one of the glamping sites. If like me the thought of no electricity and shared showers fills you with dread, there are a smattering of hotels nearby.

Some of the old favourites of the balloons have already confirmed their attendance at the meet, including buster the bulldog, the Maxwell house coffee jar, Simbaloo and busby, the queens guard, to name just a few. Organisers have been asked to try to secure the attendance of the dark ‘lord vader’ but there is no word yet on whether we are going to see this icon in the skies over Bristol this year.

One of the main attractions is the beautiful ‘Night Glow’ where the balloons are tethered and light up in time to the music. This is certainly one of those ‘bucket list’ occasions that you simply must see. The ballooners blast hot air into their creations in patters to match the music from BBC Radio Bristol.

FAIRGROUND RIDES

SHOWS AND MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

TRADE AND CRAFT STALLS

BALLOON RIDES

NIGHT GLOW

FOOD AND DRINK CONCESSIONS

FIREWORKS

Be warned, although some of the food is good, it is VERY expensive (according to the hundreds of google reviews) so take along a picnic and blanket to save time (queuing) and cost!

The fireworks will be handled by the professional team from Skyburst The Firework Company who even have their own balloon. Skyburst Fireworks has competed all over the UK but as one of the busiest teams in the industry, they certainly know how to capture the hearts of the crowds.

So, there you have it; a great day out for all the family which if you plan in advance (don’t forget the hand sanitizer and loo roll for the portaloo) needn’t cost an arm and a leg and for families looking for something to entertain the little darlings whilst the school holidays are taking place, this is a great alternative.

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