The Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta has made a flying start, with spectacular mass launches taking to the sky over at its classical new venue.

Balloonists from across Europe wowed the crowds with their colourful creations, flying above the splendid backdrop of Castle Howard.

The North Yorkshire stately home and its grounds is the setting for this year’s fiesta, which began with a stunning night glow display.

Unique balloon shapes on show included a frog, a chicken in an egg and a bear. The night glow featured an iconic ship balloon brought from the Netherlands specially for the event.

The Northern Echo: Day two of the three-day Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta, at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

Among the line-up of entertainment on offer included performances from talented local acts, Beautiful The Musical, York Stage, Hyde Family Jam and Beth McCarthy, as well as Toploader, Blue and headliner, Ella Henderson. Interactive entertainment including Cosmic Kids Yoga, Raver Tots Big Top, Roller Rink, ParentFolk and craft tents also kept the younger members of the crowd entertained.

The Northern Echo: Stunning night glow display at the Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta, at Castle Howard

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More than 20,000 tickets are already sold for the rest of the weekend, with the impressdive line-up featuring performances from Sam Ryder, Disco Classical, Sister Sledge, Rak-Su, Megan McKenna, Ministry of Sound, Diversity, Phats & Small, Symphonic Ibiza and Joel Corry.

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Mass balloon launches and further night glows are planned both Saturday and Sunday evening, weather permitting.

The Northern Echo: Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta staged against the backdrop of Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

Campers have also enjoyed the added treat of mass morning launches, before the site is open to the general public.

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday (August 26 and 27) programmes are available online at, with parking available on site and included with all ticket admissions.