Get into the festive spirit with our  Christmas Masterclasse, Belle de Jour  style.

Get into the festive spirit with our Christmas Masterclasse, Belle de Jour style.

Get into the festive spirit with our  Christmas Masterclasse, Belle de Jour  style. Discover the fresh and fragrant materials synonymous with the festive season with a fun and fabulous day dedicated to the delights of Christmas decoration. The afternoon class will focus on designing a classic Christmas table centre and Christmas flowers Add mince pies and mulled wine for a memorable day out to start the festivities in fabulous Clifton Observatory style as we share our secrets to Christmas success. Classes commence at 2pm  and finish at approximately 4pm, Light refreshment is provided, as well as tea and coffee throughout the matinee This workshop gives you the opportunity to experiment and will cover how to construct and build beautiful wreaths. Hosted at the prestigious clifton landmark the Clifton Observatory  and lasting for approximately three hours you will be given all the materials to create an original and stylish wreath to take home at the end of the session. It’s a fun, relaxed workshop with wine, nibbles and a sprinkling of festive Belle de Jour magic. Book by email Kika@belledejourflorist.co.uk Saturday 2nd , Sunday 3rd December and Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th From  2pm  to 4pm If concession we are flexible on...
Watch the balloons from 360 at the Observatory, Bristol’s newest rooftop café

Watch the balloons from 360 at the Observatory, Bristol’s newest rooftop café

  It’s official! Bristol’s newest rooftop café has just opened atop Clifton Observatory and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome you. 360 at the Observatory is the new name for our recently renovated roof terrace, where you can grab a refreshing drink and a snack and watch the world go by. Serving tea, coffee and soft drinks, as well as a range of ice creams from Marshfield Farm, what more could you need to go along with these stunning views?!     Join us from Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th August when the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta returns to Bristol, and grab yourself a spot at the second highest point in the city (after Cossham hospital) – perfect for a balloon-spotting session during the 6am and 6pm mass ascents. We will be open from 6am until late during the balloon fiesta (weather dependent).     Make sure to tag us in your photos on Twitter and Instagram! We look forward to seeing...
The Giants of Bristol New Book

The Giants of Bristol New Book

Clifton Observatory is delighted to introduce a new children’s book, The Giants of Bristol, written by Paula Bowles and Ian Johnson. The book brings to life the myth of the Giant’s Cave at the Observatory, with a tale of the friendly giants’ game of hide and seek in the city.   A magical story of giants at play, in the city of Bristol they frolic all day. Have a peek and take a look, at the mischief they cause inside out little book…   The original myth tells the story of how a giant named Ghyston created the cave in an attempt to win the heart of the lady Avona. In 1835 William West, owner of the Observatory from 1828-1861, dug a tunnel leading to Ghyston’s cave. Using West’s drawings of the Avon Gorge, Isambard Kingdom Brunel sumbitted designs for the Clifton Suspension Bridge, one of which proposed a road tunnel connecting the bridge to the Giant’s Cave. Brunel won the competition, although his ‘Giant’s Hole’ design was not chosen. The Giants of Bristol is a story of three giants; Goram, Ghyston and Avona, who live in the Giant’s Cave and love to play in their city. In The Giants of Bristol you will find out about their favourite games (have you ever played badminton over the Suspension Bridge?!) and the best giant hiding places…     Available at Clifton Observatory reception and online for £6.49...
Camera Obscura Day!

Camera Obscura Day!

  In celebration of Aristotle’s 2400th birthday, come and take part in a day of fun with cameras at Clifton Observatory. Wear an I-scura Climb into a Tri-clops Draw your own Canaletto Find out how to make your home into your own ‘walk in’ camera obscura! Come along to the Clifton Observatory on the Downs from 1pm till 4pm on Sunday 1st May (bank holiday weekend) where pinhole photographer Justin Quinnell will be showing you how the world should be seen – upside down! This is a free event, taking place outside the Clifton Observatory. Entry to the Clifton Observatory Camera Obscura and Giant’s Cave is £4 for adults and £2.50 for children under 14. www.pinholephotography.org  ...