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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.


Harbour Festival

Monday, July 13th, 2015

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.

Organisers have promised a packed three day event, across a two mile stretch of the city from Brunel’s ss Great Britain to M Shed, and from Queen Square to the city’s leafy Castle Park. Visitors will be entertained by a vibrant mix of live performance, artists, musicians, dancers, circus acts, markets and street stalls. On the water, hundreds of sailing vessels, from historic ships and boats to pleasure yachts and harbour ferries will provide a colourful backdrop to Bristol’s annual celebration of its maritime heritage.

Festival goers can expect all their festival favourites from the festival market in Queen Square to the dedicated children’s area in Castle Park and from the dance stage in Millennium Square to the maritime activities in Bristol’s historic harbour. And there will be plenty of live music, street artists and circus acts too.

Entry to the festival is free and many of the festival events and activities are also free. Some shows and performance will incur a charge.

Grill Stock Festival

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Bristol Grillstock Festival, now in its 6th year, is an original and true celebration of all things BBQ with thousands of visitors attracted to the hillbilly hysteria each year. It’s simple really, gather your people and head down to Bristol’s Harbourside to share some great meat and music, from 11th July to 12th July 2015.

Dozens of competition BBQ teams from across the world will light their coals and compete to be crowned King of the Grill ‘Grand Champion’ in a smouldering US style low ‘n’ slow BBQ cook-off. There are seven rounds in total, with the best of the best showcasing their skills, hoping to win over the judges with their slow smoked chicken, ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Be in the right place at the right time to sample the finest BBQ the UK has seen.

Tickets are on sale from the website with prices starting at £25. There are a limited number of ‘early bird’ discount tickets available online with up to 35% off the regular price.

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…


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Saturday, January 19th, 2013

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