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Bristol Balloon fiesta

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta attracts over 100 hot air balloons with 500,000 members of the public attending over the four days of the event. The involvement of the business community is still central to the Fiesta, through The 100 Club.

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a world famous spectacle, originally designed as a meeting of balloonists and now one of the UK’s most iconic events.

Whether you will be joining us for ‘breakfast and balloons’ in the morning at 6am, heading down to the mass ascents at 6pm, getting together to enjoy the spectacular Night glows on Thursday and Saturday or planning a full weekend visit, the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is a spectacle which must be experienced.

Throughout the four days there will be a wide array of attractions on site including model aircraft flying displays, model balloon parades, inflation races, balloon tethering, appearances from the RAF Falcons parachute team. There is also a music stage running throughout the fiesta to keep you entertained, showcasing local talent from the South West.

During the days there will be fairground rides, a delicious selection of food vendors and of course the essential ice cream vans for a classic ’99 in the sun.


The Brunel Suite

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Clifton House is excited to announce that the new Brunel suite is now open and available to book tonight at only £150.00 per night.  Check out all our photos and come and get your self booked in this lovely luxurious room .

Shaun in the City

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

We here at Clifton House are super excited for  Shaun in the city hitting Bristol this summer in just under a months time!

Organised by Wallace & Gromit’s children’s Foundation – introducing, Shaun in the City!

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.

At the end of both trails, all 120 sculptures will be united for two special exhibitions! The first ‘Great Sheep Round Up’ will take place in in Bristol from 12th to 20th September, with all 120 sculptures on display together, and another exhibition of all 120 sculptures in Covent Garden from 24th to 27th September. All sculptures will then go to auction on 8th October, with proceeds from the Bristol sculptures benefiting The Grand Appeal which funds pioneering medical equipment, facilities, and comforts for patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Proceeds from the London sculptures will benefit Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity supporting children’s hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.


Theatre in Bristol: Jane Eyre and Shakespeare

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The Old Vic’s Jane Eyre is a bold and dynamic re-imagining of Brontë’s timeless masterpiece, presented in two parts, marks the return of Sally Cookson to Bristol Old Vic’s Theatre stage after her triumphant production of Peter Pan last Christmas. She brings her extraordinary storytelling talents to bear on one of the most influential works of the 19th century with an ensemble cast of ten actors and musicians.

Almost 170 years on, there is still much in Charlotte Brontë’s story to inspire today’s generation. At a time when equal pay is still debated and ”Feminist” is seen as a negative label by 90% of young women, this empowering and courageous production throws into sharp relief one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms. It also realises a life-long ambition of Cookson’s to take the iconic figures and radically re-examine the characters we think we know so well. Bertha will be expressed and explored through music composed by Sally’s long-term collaborator Benji Bower and questioning her depiction as merely the “madwoman in the attic.”

This production is exploring themes of individual freedom, accountability, the stigma of mental illness and uses an original score and live music created by Benji Bower, the two parts will draw on dark fairy tales and folk tradition to create a vivid and compelling journey.


The Tobacco Factory’s interpretation of As You Like It is both funny and moving, this is Shakespeare’s greatest exploration of the meaning of love, its madness and transcendence.

Expelled from the city, Rosalind and Orlando – the one fleeing a tyrannous uncle, the other a murderous brother – rediscover each other in the Forest of Arden. But what awaits them in that Arcadian wilderness? Will they find true love, or just lose themselves? Are they merely players in a pastoral fantasy, or do they have a rare opportunity – to explore the reality of their feelings free from all the normal constrictions of courtly convention and parental oversight?

Following the success of last year’s tour of Two Gentlemen of Verona, this production will embark on the company’s second UK tour immediately after its Factory Theatre run – generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Coming Up: Exhibition: Idols and Illusions

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

From February to March 2013, The Royal West Academy hold hosts to Idols and Illusions.

Idols and Illusions presents over sixty photographic images from the Golden Age of Cinema, 1925-1960. These now iconic publicity stills portray Hollywood legends, including Audrey Hepburn, Joan Crawford, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Buster Keaton, Marlon Brando and Bristol’s own Archibald Leach (Cary Grant) going about their everyday business, promoting themselves and their movies.

These candid shots of stars relaxing on the beach, playing tennis or just ‘goofing around’ on the back-lots of the movie studios were produced in their thousands, providing endless fodder for their legions of fans, desperate to have a peak at their idols off-duty. However, these shots were far from ‘natural’. Stars were contractually obliged to perform for the static camera, as they did on set, with locations, props and wardrobe, all carefully selected and prepared to create an artificial wonderland, perpetuating the illusion of glamour.

These seminal images created a system of stars in which the cinema-going audience are complicit in their making: ‘in this sort of Photography the camera is the mirror and we the fans are basking in the polished beauty.’

All the works in this exhibition have been kindly lent by the John Kobal Foundation. John Kobal is widely recognised for rediscovering the great Hollywood Studio Photographers and the Foundation continues to promote this work, mounting exhibitions worldwide and publishing a number of books including Glamour of the Gods, Hollywood Unseen and Hollywood Dogs. To find out more please visit

Price: Adults: £5.00 (£4.50 without Gift Aid) Concessions: £3.50 (£3.10 without Gift Aid), Art Fund card admission: £2, Under 16s/SGS, UoB & UWE students: Free, Return ticket: £8 (unlimited repeat visits for exhibition duration)

Gromit Unleashed!

Friday, June 7th, 2013

We here at Clifton House are super excited for the Gromit Unleashed hitting Bristol this summer in just under a months time!

Did you know though, that all proceeds from Gromit Unleashed will benefit Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

Want to know more? Check them out here on BBC Breakfast

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Love Jazz..

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Love jazz and are looking for something to do? In March, Bristol will hold host to the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, with a huge supply of choice the Inernational Jazz and Blues Festival, spread over a weekend of bliss, is sure to blow your mind. The line up incudes the liked of Yolanda Quartey & the Big Buzzard Big Band and Lillian Boutte. Tickets start at £12 for individual concerts and £60 for whole days, its seriously hard to say no?

Just check out the Website for full details on who is playing and when, and don’t forget to think of us when your booking your accomodation…


Bristol Events – Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The world-renowned touring exhibition from the Natural History Museum returns to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. The stunning, thought-provoking images provide an insight into the beauty and variety of nature and shine a spotlight on the rarely seen wonders of the natural world around us.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is an international showcase for the very best nature photography. The competition is owned by two UK institutions – the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

Each year, tens of thousands of entries are received and judged by an international jury of photography experts. The Winners and Runners up for the 2012 competition will be announced by the Natural History Museum in October 2012 and will be on display at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery from 24 November.

Admission Free. Recommended donation £2.

So if you are looking for something to do this weekend, or perhaps an idea for a city break over Easter holidays, come and stay with Clifton House, and enjoy the delights of Bristol’s night life right on your doorstep.

Happy New Year!

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Clifton House is now up and running again and ready for the New Year!


Looking forward to the next holiday already?

Call and book now for Easter to avoid dissapointment!


The Clifton House Team.