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...
Taxi app Uber launches Bristol service at the Observatory

Taxi app Uber launches Bristol service at the Observatory

The cashless taxi service Uber, which originated in Silicon Valley San Francisco, has arrived in Bristol making it the first city in the South West to gain the service. The app allows users to order cabs from their exact location, and watch in real time as their driver moves across the city to pick them up. The service also alleviates the need for users to carry cash, with the app automatically linking to a credit or debit card, or PayPal. With a fitting choice of an iconic Bristol landmark, Uber chose the Observatory to launch it’s Bristol campaign as it begins service in the city from today. Rachel Thomas, Director of Operations for the Observatory said, “It’s fantastic to have the observatory associated with exciting new companies such as Uber who are moving to the area. With the versatility of the building, and its strong links to the history of Bristol, we’re really pleased to have the opportunity to work with Uber and bring together Bristol’s past and future”. Hundreds of drivers in Bristol have already registered to become Uber “partners”, which offers them the ability to work flexible hours which fit with their own schedules. The service will launch from 4pm on the 5th June, and will be offering first time users of the service a free journey up to the value of £15...
We’re writing a book!

We’re writing a book!

We’re starting to put together everything we can find on the Observatory’s history and background, and we need your help! We’re looking to get hold of anything which would be interesting for the thousands of visitors who come and visit us every year. From the people who’ve lived there, to paintings undertaken there, and from the history of the site before the Observatory was there, to myths and legends surrounding the cave. It’s all important stuff to brining a lot of the history and heritage back to the Observatory in the form of a museum to tell its story, and make an interesting read. A view of the suspension bridge from the 19th Century. The Observatory has a rich history and a huge part to play in Bristol’s heritage, it’s played a part in the snuff trade, the art world and boasts one of the few camera obscuras left in the UK. As a landmark the building and surrounding area has been part of the Bristol skyline for over 250 years, and we want to tell its story. If you think you could have useful background information on the obscura, cave, and surrounding area, even BC, we’d love to talk to you, so please get in touch! You can email us at observatoryclifton@gmail.com or call us at +44 177 974...