What: The largest event of its kind in Europe, with over 150 balloons taking to the skies
Where: Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
When: 9-12 August
Why go: The free event turns 40 this year, and promises to be bigger and bolder than ever. As well as lift-offs at dawn and dusk, there are also spectacular Night Glows, where hundreds of balloons light up the night sky in time to music.
A new look at Russia
The plastic problem
Start-up company Loliware has created edible straws, cups and lids to help reduce the amount of plastic ending up in rivers and oceans. The company’s products are mostly made out of seaweed, with other flavours added to complement different drinks.
If you’re in Los Angeles this summer, don’t miss the eye-popping Beyond The Streets exhibition. The graffiti and street art showcase celebrates how this thoroughly modern art movement has boomed, with works by the likes of Banksy and Jean-Michel Basquiat colouring the streets. Until 6 July.
Our favourite UK summer spots
Pembrokeshire Coast Path // Stephanie Cavagnaro
Salcombe, Devon // Connor McGovern
Broughty Ferry, Scotland // Jo Fletcher-Cross
Seven Sisters, East Sussex // Tamsin Wressell
Hertford Union Canal alongside Victoria Park, London // Josephine Price
In numbers: Kennedy Space Center
rocket launches planned for 2018
as close as you can get to a rocket launch as an observer (with a VIP ticket)
the number of people in a group who can train at the Astronaut Training Experience
the distance in miles the new Parker Solar Probe is expected to orbit from the surface of the sun when it launches on 31 July
Published in the Jul/Aug 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)