A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
VINTAGE HOMEWARE |COMING SOON
The Vintage Furniture Flea returns to Bristol on 3 October!
The award-winning Vintage Furniture Flea is taking over Paintworks Event Space on 3 October. As sustainability plays heavy on everyone’s minds, and shoppers seek interesting and unique homewares and furniture, The Vintage Furniture Flea – now in its 11th year – aims to provide an eco-conscious way of shopping homewares while keeping prices low. Look out for European glassware, mid-century sideboards, rattan chairs, handmade ceramics, bold prints and fabrics and restored lamps – all sold by an awesome group of hand-picked furniture and homewares traders. Tickets from £3. Pre-book online or pay on the door.
As always, our new issue will have a collection of great features by our team of wonderful writers as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bristol's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy the read!
15,000 copies are delivered door to door, and you can pick up a copy at many places around town – including our stands at Waitrose, John Lewis, House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols.
And if you would like to have a copy sent in the post every month, then we offer a postal subscription for just £30 for 12 issues, £15 for six issues or buy a copy for just £3.95. UK mainland prices. For Euro and World zone subscription prices - see our website.
Bringing raspberry jam, smooth, nutty frangipane and flaked almonds together in perfect sweet pastry-encrusted harmony, Bakewell tart is a classic teatime pick-me-up that few can resist.
This recipe fills one 22cm/8-9 inch sweet tart case (make your own, roll a ready-made block or use one of those fabulous ready-made, pre-baked sweet shortcrust shortcuts) with a luxurious, almond-tinged custard filling. Use any jam that takes your fancy for the base, but raspberry works particularly well. You can of course opt for the full-on cherry Bakewell finish by icing the tart when cold and topping with a glacé cherry, but to my mind such frippery is a sweet step too far; this recipe guarantees teatime tart perfection just as it is.
120g softened butter 120g golden caster sugar 1 egg 1 tbsp plain flour 110g ground almonds 90g seedless raspberry jam 1 small handful of flaked almonds If making your own sweet pastry, you'll need around 300g.
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4.
2. If you've made your own sweet pastry, use it to line a greased 22cm/8-9 inch tart tin and blind bake for 10-15 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until pale, light and fluffy before whisking the egg in, followed by the flour. Fold the ground almonds into the mixture.
3. Spread the jam across the base of the pastry case, followed by the frangipane filling. Smooth the top with the back of a spoon and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the frangipane is golden and springy and the flaked almonds have just started to brown. Allow to cool completely in the tin before slicing and serving... with a big mug of tea.
WEEKEND WINE | FOUR FINE FRENCH
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Looking for something a bit special? These are just four absolute lip-smackers from a fabulous selection available from The Great Wine Co
Pouilly-Fuissé - Domaine Ferret Probably the finest Pouilly-Fuissé producer that we have encountered, whose wines have that ‘mineral’ edge more typical of Chassagne, Puligny, etc. This comes from a variety of vineyards surrounding the village of Fuissé. It has an immediate approachability, with the Domaine’s hallmark tension and zestiness still in evidence – a thrilling balance. There is an understated oakiness, a slight flintiness on the nose, then honeyed ripeness and creamy texture in the mouth, complemented by bright acidity. £39.50 Chablis Premier Cru Côte de Léchet Réserve - Bernard Defaix A flinty wine offering layers of butter cream, honey, green apples, white flowers and a hint of herbal freshness. A white wine of good complexity, with pleasing concentration and mouthwatering and lingering finish. £32.50
Mercurey 1er Cru - Michel Juillot Deep, brilliant, ruby red in colour with violet-blue hues. Although the nose remains a bit shy in its youth, the extent of its mineral content, fruit scents (cherry, red currant) and woody aromas beg to be revealed. On the palate its richness bursts forth. It is broad, rich and gamey. This is the very essence of a Mercurey Premier Cru. £37
Margaux, Le Relais de Durfort-Vivens - Château Durfort-Vivens A delicious, classic Margaux wine, with juicy, ripe fruit aromas. In the mouth, it is supple-textured and beautifully balanced, with excellent sustain on the finish. £47.50
This collection, designed by Nina Koppel, has a choreographed pattern, with three basic components giving endless combinations of two, three or more interlocking rings in rose gold, white gold and diamonds to mix up and collect to create new looks. Beautiful yet simple as well as a tribute to the craftsmanship of Georg Jensen’s metalsmiths.
18ct Yellow Gold End Ring - £925 18ct White Gold Centre Ring - £1,025 18ct Rose Gold End Ring - £925
Wild is a new refillable natural deodorant – aluminium-free with compostable, plastic-free refills and a 100% effective formula – that's delivered straight to your door. Check out the reusable deodorant container, available in six colours alongside a selection of natural, fresh scents.
After a six-year break, Toast has released a relaxed, considered new menswear collection with plenty of highlights.
The craft-core brand, famed for its beautiful fabrics and functional cuts, is offering relaxed workwear pieces, weighty wool sweaters and slubby cotton tees, rendered in an earthy palette accented by pops of vibrant clementine, lavender and sulphur. Nikki Sher, head of menswear and buying at Toast, says that the tightly edited collection is packed with a rich mix of wear-forever knits and workwear silhouettes. “Toast has really found its groove and it was a natural transition for us. A Toast man is just like a Toast woman: they share the same creative confidence.”
The arrival of a charismatic young priest brings glorious miracles, ominous mysteries and renewed religious fervour to a dying town desperate to believe.
Starring Kate Siegel (The Haunting of Hill House), Zach Gilford (The Purge), Hamish Linklater (Tell Me Your Secrets), Midnight Mass is set to be a highly anticipated thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entirety of the seven episodes.
At a glance More Or Less would appear to be a luxury fashion magazine, which it is, sort of. MOL is about ‘reshaping a society of excess’. It believes creativity to be the new luxury and claims to be the first magazine to prioritise sustainability in the fashion industry. It asks us why we buy clothes (do we need them? Do we really want them?) and to consider the realities of cost and consumption. But this is in no way a grind to read, quite the opposite – fun, informative and impressively deluxe. £14
Magalleria is a Bath-based shop and online retailer, selling fine and interesting magazines from independent and selected publishers from all over the globe. Visit the website to find out more: magalleria.co.uk
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BRISTOL STREET ART |A LOCAL READ
Vanguard book launch, 30 September
Join Vanguard at Waterstones at 6.30pm for the launch of the its book, an in-depth exploration of the evolution of Bristol street art.
Presented as a series of essays compiled by Mary McCarthy and Charlotte Pyatt and edited by Richard Jones of Tangent Books, Vanguard features the voices of some of the biggest names in Bristol street art. Contributors Melissa Chemam and John Nation will lead a reading and Q&A, before signing copies of the book.
Prolific artist Eko will be launching and signing limited edition prints of one of the four original pieces featured in the exhibition Vanguard: Bristol Street Art, live on the night.
The book navigates the historic triumphs and hardships of street art’s anarchist origins in the 1980s and 1990s, the explosion of works in the early 2000s and its rise beyond Bristol to engage with the broader global conversation, spotlighting the growing relationship between art and sustainability.
Shake off any Covid blues, get outdoors, enjoy nature, walk, explore and party at the brand new Let’s Walk Bristol Festival running from 1 to 3 October. There’s something for everyone, whatever your fitness level, as well as evening entertainment and an Ashton Court family adventure trail for only £5.
The festival weekend starts on Friday afternoon with a walk around Bristol’s lively and historic regenerated harbourside, finishing at a local pub for drinks. On Saturday, take your pick from popular city walks and beautiful countryside trails – all led by experienced, insured guides – to a ferry and Underfall Yard harbour experience, a Dudes and Dogs walk and a Banksy and street art tour. Round the day off at a choice of two venues with delicious food and fabulous music. On Sunday, there’s a hub in Ashton Court with street food and music as well as a free Nordic walking workshop and plenty more. Explore and enjoy!
Spectra, by multimedia artists Limbic Cinema – the creators of the recent immersive multimedia experience ‘Iron Island’ at the SS Great Britain – and music producer K-lone, is a large-scale immersive sculpture that explores our relationship with light through the use of projection mapping, volumetric lighting, and intricate sound design. Limbic Cinema has also worked with Glastonbury Festival, Eden Project, Edinburgh Fringe, Vivid Sydney in Australia and this year’s Sundance Film Festival and this new project – taking place as part of the Simple Things Festival – promises to be equally as impressive.
It's free to attend – arrive via The Station main reception (Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2AG). You do not need to book ahead, but please note that at busy times a 15-minute queue time is likely.
Circus City returns this autumn with a programme of indoor and outdoor shows, interactive events, talks and much more. Presenting 35 shows from all over the globe, from suggestive satire to social comment; activism to audacious aerial acrobatics; and organic acoustics to risky ropework, this is not one to miss.
Nic Dartnell is a Bristol-based artist who used to live and work in London. This is Nic's second exhibition at Cass Art. After his previous show, in 2019, he won the People's Choice Award at the Mall Gallery/Federation of British Oil Painters (ROI) in London. In recent years his work has mainly focused on images from Notting Hill Carnival and Kerala in Southern India. As there is no gallery commission at Cass Art, Nic is able to offer his paintings there at significantly lower prices than those he sells at major London galleries or to corporate buyers. See all his paintings on his website.
Join Harvey Nichols Bristol for a celebration of beauty trends, tips and tricks.
This looks set to be a beauty-full evening showcasing the very best the new season has to offer, via mini masterclasses, on-counter treatments, one-to-one consultations and live demos.
Discover the latest cult brands and hero products, from pro-worthy eyeshadow palettes to winter skincare solutions. Find your inner glow this autumn and rediscover the art of getting made up ahead of the festive season.
Tickets are £10, redeemable on beauty purchases made on the evening.*
The all-electric Q4 e-tron is one of the most significant car launches Audi has ever made, and is poised to shape the future of motoring. This could well be your next car, says Dara Foley...
Audi has certainly played the waiting game when it comes to all-electric vehicles. The brand – although developing an EV strategy with group partners like VW and Skoda – has been patiently keeping its cards close while the other manufacturers have been rushing out their electric and hybrid offerings, often directing their efforts at the luxury end of the market. After all, until now that’s where the money was. But where the real battle to transition from internal combustion to greener motoring will take place is at the entry level and middle market for new car sales. Mitigating climate change needs to be in the hands of the masses.
Based in Lansdown, but available online, Weaver & Steele is a small but ever-growing British workshop which takes pride in designing and creating all its pieces by hand. Taking inspiration from the timeless design of mid-century style, working in a contemporary twist, each piece is truly a labour of love. The growing collections range from the popular 'LULU lamps' – bespoke frames hand-wrapped in 100% British cotton – to the unique design of the 'Block Desk', bringing a colourful elegance to any home or office. Always happy to help, Weaver & Steele would love to hear from you to discuss your every idea.
A wonderfully versatile light-filled family home with a self-contained lower ground-floor flat, south-facing garden and raised decked terrace.
10 Clifton Park Road is an attractive, non-listed, period family house, situated on the edge of Clifton village with an expanse of light-filled rooms and versatile accommodation.
The house can be accessed in several ways; either by the self-contained one-bedroom lower ground-floor flat, or by the front door on the paved promenade above.
On entering through the ground-floor front door the light is immediately obvious. The entrance lobby gives way to a welcoming entrance hall complete with a curved balustrade staircase leading to floors above, and stairs down to the self-contained flat below.
On this floor is a charming reception room with shuttered triple-sash windows and lovely period features to the front. To the rear is a full-width family kitchen, with a generous amount of space for a dining table and chairs, and light flooding in from the south-facing garden via French doors leading out to the raised dining terrace.
Over the first floor is a delightful full-width front-facing sitting room; once again full of charm and character with delightful features and exposed timber floors. To the rear is a versatile bedroom/reception space; complete with an en-suite shower room.
Above, the top two floors are five double bedrooms providing versatile accommodation for families of all ages and size. The master bedroom is to the front of the second floor, complete with an en-suite shower room, while the remaining bedrooms share a family bathroom. On the top floor is a full-width bedroom (bedroom four) where there are fittings for a bath, should further en-suite facilities be required.
On the lower ground floor is a well-appointed one-bedroom apartment, with a sizeable reception room with doors out into the garden and a full wall of fitted cupboards. The kitchen is separate and fully fitted, with windows overlooking the rear. To the front is a double bedroom with en-suite wet room. With its own the front door, the flat has a part-covered courtyard terrace to the front with a gated entrance onto Clifton Park Road. There is also a paved courtyard terrace with access into the lower ground floor flat.
This really is a most impressive grand house in a great location. Guide price, £1,395,000.
To find out more, visit the property page on estate agent Rupert Oliver's website at: rupertoliver.co.uk