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Children’s Halloween Trail

It is officially Autumn – October is here and as the nights draw in Halloween is nearly upon us! For the duration of October half-term we will be holding a Halloween Trail activity for children to come and enjoy…

Afternoon Tea At Clifton Observatory

Join us here at Clifton Observatory for one of our delicious tea packages. Whether you would like a simple yet tasty breakfast or want to indulge in a prosecco afternoon tea, we have something for all to enjoy…

Candelight Open Air – Vivaldi’s Best Works

This September an exciting new event is coming to Clifton Observatory! We are delighted to have partnered with Fever Up to host ‘𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐥𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐀𝐢𝐫: 𝐕𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐥𝐝𝐢’𝐬 𝐁𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝗪𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬’ on Sunday 6th September!…

360 Roof Terrace Is Back!

We are excited to announce that our 360 roof terrace has officially reopened! After being closed for renovations the last month we are delighted to invite guests back to enjoy the incredible views and surroundings…

Wedding Ceremonies At Clifton Observatory 2020

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to resume weddings at Clifton Observatory! Our stunning William West room and 360 terrace have recently been refurbished and offer the perfect setting for a wedding ceremony…

Weddings At The Observatory

2019 has been a wonderful year at The Clifton Observatory with numerous exciting events having happened including the launch of our 360 Café, a number of successful birthday & special occasion events, conferences, anniversaries and our first hosted wedding…

Christmas Elf Hunt

This December, Santa’s elves have taken over Clifton Observatory!! We will be holding a special Christmas Elf Hunt throughout December to get your help in finding our hidden elves. We invite you and your children to join us in exploring our Giant’s Cave and tower in search for all of Santa’s Elves…

A Look Back At October

This October was a month of many firsts for Clifton Observatory! Throughout the year we have enjoyed hosting a number of private events, ranging from weddings and parties to corporate meetings, yet in October we were excited to debut our very own public event…

Clifton Observatory Fights Food Waste

We are very excited to announce that we have just joined Too Good To Go to help combat the global issue of food wastage. ‘Each year, over 10 million tonnes of food is thrown away, that’s the weight of 190 Titanics! This waste is estimated to be worth £17 billion a year…

Haunted Hill Halloween Party

This October we are proud to present our very own Halloween event at Clifton Observatory! What better place to celebrate Halloween than the spooky setting of one of Bristol’s most iconic venues…

Christmas At Clifton Observatory 2019

Christmas is just around the corner and The Clifton Observatory have officially launched our Christmas packages for 2019! The magical atmosphere at our unique venue gives the perfect setting to celebrate the festive season in style…

Clifton Observatory Featuring On BBC Radio Bristol

We recently featured on BBC Radio Bristol’s lunch time show with Steve Yabsley. Steve came over to The Clifton Observatory and met with local historian Mary Coward, who has lived in Bristol and the North Somerset area for many years…

Bristol Loves Nomination

We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted in this years Bristol Loves Awards. After an exciting year including; the successful launch of our 360 café, multiple events and vast amounts of Tourism to our Camera Obscura, Giants Cave and Museum…

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The Bristol Balloon Fiesta is just a few days away and what better place to view the spectacular show than from the Café 360 at Clifton Observatory rooftop terrace. The café opening hours will be extending for the Balloon Fiesta weekend so why not come and view the balloon ascents, night glow and fireworks…

360 Cafe Launch

We are delighted to announce that the Clifton Observatory 360 café is officially now open! Our first week of welcoming visitors to enjoy the new café and spectacular views from the rooftop terrace was a great success and we look forward to the summer ahead…

The Giants Easter Hunt

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…

Glass Cafe At Clifton Observatory

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…

Flirty Dancing At Clifton Observatory

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…

Clifton Observatory Welcomes Wallambard To The Team!

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…

Balloons With A View: Enjoy Bristol Balloon Fiesta At 360 Café

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…

An Iconic Venue: Clifton Observatory Is Ready To Host Your Event

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…

Gromit Unleashed 2: Clifton Observatory To Join The Charity Trail

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…

Bristol’s Newest Wedding Venue: Enjoy Your Special Day At Clifton Observatory

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

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…

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…

Clifton Observatory On Escape To The Country

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…

The Giants of Bristol New Book

“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!

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

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

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!

BBC’s The One Show Film The Street Choir Of 1926 At The Observatory

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…

99 Red Balloons (And Every Other Colour You Can Imagine) Floating In The Summer Sky…

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…

10 Things You’ll Know If You Live In Bristol

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

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’?”

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…

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…

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