The Giants of Bristol

The Giants of Bristol

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“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…” Have you ever wondered why there is a cave under the Observatory? Or what the Camera Obscura is used for?

Camera Obscura Day!

Camera Obscura Day!

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In celebration of Aristotle’s 2400th birthday, come and take part in a day of fun with cameras. 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!

Our beautiful city: a mural of Bristol

Our beautiful city: a mural of Bristol

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We’re excited to let you know about our new, very special mural; an artistic representation of beautiful Bristol.

We teamed up with Paula Bowles, children’s book illustrator, earlier on the year to help design our Clifton Observatory Shaun the Sheep as part of the Shaun in the City project.

Brian Blessed hails a successful Flash Gordon @ Observatory

Brian Blessed hails a successful Flash Gordon @ Observatory

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When Bristol Sunset Cinema came to the Observatory this September for a screening of Flash Gordon (1980), we weren’t expecting the all-star cast to make an appearance. It was a fantastic surprise to receive two very enthusiastic messages from Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed) and Flash himself (Sam J. Jones) to introduce the screening!

10 Things You’ll Know If You Live in Bristol

10 Things You’ll Know If You Live in Bristol

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You might spend your first few months here struggling to understand the locals, but after a while you’ll find yourself using “mi luvver” with every other sentence, and “cheers drive!” when you’re getting off the bus. Bristol has some of the WORST hills you’ll ever have to tackle in your life (looking at you Park St.) But that also means that it has the absolutely BEST views.

Shaun settles into his new home at Clifton Observatory

Shaun settles into his new home at Clifton Observatory

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The Observatory’s very own Shaun the Sheep has been settling into his new pen this week and enjoying the baaa-eautiful weather as the Shaun in the City trail gets under way around Bristol.

The Shaun’s arrived in style last week, coming over the suspension bridge on a tractor driven by Nick Park, creator of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit, to take their long awaited places around the city.

“What do you mean, ‘Flash Gordon approaching’?”

“What do you mean, ‘Flash Gordon approaching’?”

FLASHH, AHAAAAAA!!! Just in time to celebrate the iconic film’s 35th anniversary (yes, it’s really been that long) Flash Gordon is landing at the Observatory hosted by Bristol Sunset Cinema on the 26th September for an outdoor screening of this lycra filled, cheesy-in-a-good-way classic. In case you (somehow) haven’t heard or seen the story of Flash, here’s a quick synopsis: American football hero Flash (Sam Jones) is dragged from Earth to the outer reaches of the Universe where he must battle the evil dictatorship of Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow). He is helped by technical wizard Dr Hans Zarkov, the winged Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed) and the brooding Prince Barin (a pre-Bond Timothy Dalton). As if that wasn’t enough, the films iconic soundtrack is provided by none other than Queen: We’ll be kicking off at 8.30pm on Saturday 26th September, so bring your best 1980’s hairdo’s (or hairdon’ts) and join us for the evening to reminisce or to discover your new favourite film at the site of one of Bristol’s most famous landmarks. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children (under 10 years), and can be purchased in advance from Bristol Sunset Cinema here: https://ti.to/bristol-sunset-cinema/flash-gordon “Flash, I love you! But we only have 14 hours to save the Earth!”...
Top things to do in Bristol this Summer

Top things to do in Bristol this Summer

To explore… Shaun in the City: 6th July – 31st August Here at the Clifton Observatory we’re very excited to announce that we’ll be having a familiar face join us in the coming weeks. As part of the ‘baa-rilliant’ new charity arts trail which will be hitting the streets of Bristol this summer, Shaun the Sheep will be popping up all over the city, including at our very own Observatory! From 6th July to 31st August, the charity are bringing 70 b-ewe-tiful giant Shaun the Sheep sculptures, created by artists, designers and celebrities, to green spaces across Bristol for the public to enjoy. Each of the five-foot sculptures has been individually designed by a whole flock of artists, designers and famous faces including Wallace & Gromit, and Shaun the Sheep creator Nick Park. Download the official Shaun in the City: Sheep Spotter app to your Apple or Android device to find our Shauns, collect ewe-nique achievements and trophies, and connect with the wider Shaun-hunting community! All proceeds go to The Grand Appeal and Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity, so you’ll be supporting amazing causes, too! Find all the locations here: http://www.shauninthecity.org.uk/news/shaun-city-bristol-locations-0 Bristol Harbour Festival: 17th-19th July Bristol’s biggest FREE event will once again transform the city’s harbourside, with three days of cultural celebrations from 17-19 July 2015. The Bristol Harbour Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to explore the two mile stretch of the harbour featuring seven areas including dance, music, children’s activities, a busy on-water programme and phenomenal circus performances. Festival goers can expect all their festival favourites from the festival market in Queen Square to the...