THE first ever Cheshire Balloon Fiesta saw stunning mass balloon launches of more than 30 hot air balloons taking to the skies over Bolesworth Castle across the weekend.

Balloonists who travelled from across Europe to attend the Fiesta wowed the crowd with their colourful balloons and unique character shapes including a frog, bear and a chick in an egg.

Visitors enjoyed a jam-packed weekend of entertainment including fantastic performances from Gabrielle, Disco Classical, Sister Sledge, Rak-Su, Phats & Small, Scouting for Girls, Ministry of Sound, The Vamps, Megan McKenna, Boyzlife, Chris Moyles 90s Hangover and Heather Small.

Whitchurch Herald: The Balloon FiestaThe Balloon Fiesta (Image: Milner Creative)

Whitchurch Herald: Balloons over BolesworthBalloons over Bolesworth (Image: Milner Creative)

Interactive entertainment including Cosmic Kids Yoga, Raver Tots Big Top, Roller Rink, ParentFolk and Angel and Butterflies craft tents and character meet and greets with Bluey and Paw Patrol also kept the younger members of the crowd entertained.

With more than 15,000 tickets sold, the event closed of its successful first year with a spectacular firework finale on Sunday evening.

Whitchurch Herald: Scouting for Girls onstageScouting for Girls onstage (Image: Milner Creative)

Balloon Fiesta organiser, John Lowery, said: ‘We are thrilled with the reception our first ever Cheshire Balloon Fiesta has received!

"We welcomed over 15,000 visitors to Bolesworth Castle across the weekend, with over 40 balloon flights taking place, including lots of special shaped balloons which came from across Europe to wow the crowds.

"The closing firework display was spectacular and a fitting end to a fabulous weekend of family entertainment. We are planning to return to Cheshire next year, more details will be announced soon!"