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The Giants Easter Hunt

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Clifton Observatory invites you to take part in our Giants Easter Hunt! Join Ghyston, Goram & Avona in exploring the Camera Obscura and the Giants Cave searching for clues that will lead you to an Easter surprise. All you need to do to get involved is head up to Clifton Observatory during the Easter holidays […]

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Glass Cafè at Clifton Observatory, lunch with a view.

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You may have had the pleasure of visiting the Clifton Observatory 360 rooftop café for the last two summers, taking the opportunity to enjoy a drink overlooking the spectacular views of Bristol City and Brunel’s Suspension Bridge. It has been unfortunate that the café has remained seasonal and unable to open all year round due […]

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Flirty Dancing at Clifton Observatory

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Channel 4 has launched its first episode of Flirty Dancing at Clifton Observatory. Hosted by Ashley Banjo, who rose to fame through his work with leading dance crew Diversity. The show brings together hopeful singles with the aim of finding love through the medium of dance.  The program sets up a blind date for two […]

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Clifton Observatory welcomes Wallambard to the Team!

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This summer, the Clifton Observatory partnered up with the amazing Grand Appeal charity to take part in the Gromit Unleashed 2 trail. That saw us welcome the ‘Wensleydale Kid’ to the Observatory, providing families from across the UK the opportunity to have their photo taken and enjoy the spectacular views of the city of Bristol.

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Balloons with a View: enjoy Bristol Balloon Fiesta at 360 café

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Bristol’s world-famous Balloon Fiesta began today; with just three days left, we wanted to remind you that we’ve extended our café opening hours to join in with the celebrations!  […]

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An Iconic Venue: Clifton Observatory is ready to host your event

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As you may have heard, we’ve opened our doors as a wedding venue, but the great news is that you don’t need to tie the knot to host your event at the Clifton Observatory!
We are now open for all kinds of events. Whether you are looking to host a corporate or private party, we have plenty of adaptable options to suit your requirements. […]

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Gromit Unleashed 2: Clifton Observatory to join the charity trail

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If you happened to be enjoying a jog or a stroll across the Downs soon after sunrise yesterday morning, you will have spotted some familiar, but unexpected figures on our doorstep… […]

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Bristol’s Newest Wedding Venue: Enjoy your special day at Clifton Observatory

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With spring in the air and wedding season upon us, we are delighted to reveal that the Clifton Observatory is now a fully licensed wedding venue…open all year round!
Those of you who have visited us before will know… […]

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

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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 […]

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

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  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 […]

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Clifton Observatory on Escape to the Country

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  Back in August 2016 Escape To The Country filmed at Clifton Observatory and you can catch the episode on BBC One at 3pm tomorrow, followed by BBC iPlayer. We look forward to seeing the final footage!   […]

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The Giants of Bristol New Book

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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? […]

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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! […]

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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. […]

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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! […]

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BBC’s The One Show film The Street Choir of 1926 at the Observatory

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In 1926 a Welsh male choir in embarked on an unforgettable “street-singing” tour to raise money for children affected by miners’ strikes. Today, with the help of a diary account of the trip, Carrie Grant is taking modern choir members back to Bristol to retrace the steps of their forbears. […]

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99 red balloons (and every other colour you can imagine) floating in the summer sky…

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Bristol’s world famous International Balloon Fiesta has kicked off and will be wowing crowds over the entirety of this weekend (Okay, there’s actually over 100 balloons, but we couldn’t resist the reference).

Thursday (5th August) will see festivities kick off with… […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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

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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 […]

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Top things to do in Bristol this Summer

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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 […]

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Taxi app Uber launches Bristol service at the Observatory

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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 […]

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We’re writing a book!

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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 […]

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Watching the Balloons from the Observatory accompanied by ice-cream

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  Lloyd Williams of Roderick Thomas has described his favourite summer sight in the April edition of Clifton Life as watching the balloons over the city from the Clifton Observatory. Whilst Lloyd’s partial to a Solero we’re personally big fans of the classic Feast ice-cream! Be sure to join us this summer where we can […]

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Calling all photographers! Come and view the eclipse from the Observatory viewing platform.

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The morning of this Friday, March 20th, we will be treated to a solar eclipse over Bristol. Weather permitting the Observatory will be throwing its doors open early for all photographers and budding photographers to set up their equipment and share experiences and skills photographing this rare celestial event. The eclipse will begin at 8.23am […]

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