A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
COLSTON STATUE |A CITY-WIDE CONVERSATION
One summer in Bristol
One year on, the Colston statue now forms part of a new display at M Shed to start a city-wide conversation about its future. The statue, alongside a selection of placards from the protest as well as a timeline of key events leading up to 7 June 2020, is on display from today (4 June) until 5 September.
As part of your visit at M Shed, you will have the chance to complete a survey. The museum wants to hear your thoughts on what happened that day and what you think should happen next. This is an opportunity to have your say on how we move forward together.
The Colston statue display is a partnership between M Shed and the We Are Bristol History Commission. Your feedback will help the History Commission make a recommendation on the future of the Colston statue.
A new BBC Two programme is also exploring the response to the toppling of the Edward Colston statue in Bristol – documenting the local reaction to this global story.
Statue Wars: One Summer in Bristol is a new BBC documentary that will give viewers an insight into how the city responded. It follows Bristol's directly-elected mayor as he deals with the aftermath of the protests.
With access to the mayor's office, the film documents the subsequent weeks that followed which left Bristol on a knife-edge.
Caught in the eye of this storm was Bristol's mayor, Marvin Rees, the first directly-elected mayor of Black African heritage of a major European city.
It goes behind the scenes at City Hall as mayor, Mr Rees, is faced with rising tensions, counter protests, the appearance of a new statue, and racist abuse directed at him personally.
Born and bred in Bristol and himself a descendant of enslaved people, Mr Rees also talks openly about his own experiences of racism and growing up in the city as well as the struggles his mother faced.
Statue Wars: One Summer in Bristol is directed by Francis Welch and produced by Uplands Television for BBC Two. It airs on 10 June at 9pm. If you miss it you can catch up via the BBC iPlayer.
Just arrived in the UK and 'utterly fabulous' according to Tom at the Great Wine Co – this is XF Rosé, an irresistable and delicious limited-production wine made by the Eguren brothers of Sierra Cantabria, in collaboration with Xandra Falcó, the Marchioness of Mirabel.
XF is the result of a meticulous selection by Marcos and Miguel Eguren of the most suitable vineyard sites: those that produce the freshest and most refined fruit. These are located on the left bank of the Ebro River, and are cultivated with minimal intervention and the upmost respect for the environment.
XF Rosé is a special wine that is every bit as good as the most prestigious rosés from Provence. At £25 per bottle, it isn't cheap, but it is seriously high quality. Order as part of a dozen, and it comes down to £22.50 after case discount. Very, very, highly recommended. Click the button to find out more at The Great Wine Co
There are certain occasions – in the garden towards the end of a sunny day, perhaps, or during an impromptu get-together with friends – when all that's called for to turn the moment into a perfect memory is a glass ofroséor a chilled beer accompanied by a little something to take the edge off your appetite... and these fritters, made from store cupboard ingredients and served with a deeply umami mayonnaise, are that perfect little something. Both the mayonnaise and the fritters can be made on a whim or in advance (see notes below).
Ingredients (makes 15-20 fritters)
For the anchovy mayonnaise:
6-8 plump anchovy fillets, drained of oil 200ml good quality mayonnaise Juice of half a lemon Cayenne pepper, to taste
For the fritters:
2 x 400g cannellini or butter beans, drained 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1 large onion or shallot, peeled and finely chopped 100g mature Cheddar cheese or Parmesan, grated 2 large eggs Fine dry breadcrumbs for coating (panko breadcrumbs work well) Vegetable oil for frying
To make the Anchovy Mayonnaise, mash the anchovy fillets into a paste and stir into the mayonnaise with the lemon juice and cayenne pepper (to taste.) Put to one side.
Mash the beans to a pulp by hand, using a stick blender or in a food processor. Add the garlic, chopped onion or shallot, grated cheese and one of the eggs. Season well and combine thoroughly until you have a stiff-ish paste.
Take the mixture out of the bowl a tablespoonful at a time, roll into balls between your flour-dusted palms and flatten into little patties (you should end up with around 15-20 patties, depending on the size of your palms.) If you have the time, allow the patties to chill on a greaseproof paper-lined plate or oven tray in the fridge for 20 minutes; if making straight away, expect your fritters to have slightly ragged edges that in no way detract from the taste.
Beat the remaining egg and sprinkle the breadcrumbs onto a plate. Heat a generous slick of oil in a large frying pan until medium-hot. Dip each patty into the beaten egg followed by the breadcrumbs and shallow fry for around 3 minutes on each side (you will probably have to do this in batches).
Serve immediately, blobbed with (or accompanied by) the Anchovy Mayonnaise and wedges of lemon. Or, make both the fritters and the mayonnaise up to 24 hours in advance and reheat the fritters on a baking tray in a medium-hot oven for 10-12 minutes, turning once halfway through. Any leftover mayonnaise will keep well in a screw-topped jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.
A HIDDEN GEM |FINEST COFFEE AROUND
Dareshack is a creative studio fuelled by speciality coffee and food. Like many others, Dareshack had to adapt. When it was just about to start implementing its concept combining hospitality and live entertainment, the pandemic hit. Nevertheless, it has worked tirelessly to launch part of the hospitality arm that is now becoming a go-to place for speciality coffee and treats.
All sweets are made in-house, including its popular artisan doughnuts. Its exclusive coffee blend 'Triple Dare' has been developed with Triple Co. and is served alongside rotating single-origin guest coffees. The exquisite interior is also complemented by pieces from local artists. You can't miss Dareshack on Wine Street as you will surely be caught by their tasty window display!
A hamper of South West craft beers for Father's day
QWERTY Beer Box started in lockdown last year with two students; Quinn Leatherbarrow-Stoke and Nikolaus Porsch, a bike and an aim to help struggling local breweries. One year on and they’re championing independent breweries through their regional craft beer selections and helping Britain’s beer lovers find their next favourite pint.
With the business in full flow, Quinn and Niki are looking forward to launching a new ‘Best of Cornwall’ hamper and running tasting sessions of their best of the South West selection with curious fellow beer fans and breweries.
For our readers they’ve also made an exclusive discount code ‘SUPPORTLOCAL10’ for 10% off any regional collection and free national delivery. Order now for the perfect Father's day gift!
A cream-gel bronzer with a velvety, delicate finish and adjustable coverage, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream provides just the right amount of pigment where the sun naturally hits. Now available in a Soleil Tan Deep Bronze shade for darker complexions. Easy to access in its wide jar, it glides on smoothly with the help of a kabuki brush. Highly malleable and easy to blend, it can be used all over the face, with emphasis on the forehead, temples, nose and chin. The skin takes on a radiant, naturally sun-kissed glow.
All action, sea-faring, exploring or just the coolest dude in the beach bar - we love the dressed down casual strap when coupled with a superb timepiece. Here's four great classics to grace the wrist.
Above: Omega Seamaster 300 M. 007 No Time To Die Edition - Titanium 42mm case featuring a brown face and dial with luminous markers and rotating ceramic bezel on a Grey Nato Strap. Water resistance to 300 Metres. Superb Co-Axial Master chronometer movement. Sport the look ahead of the movie release. £6,950.
Breitling Superocean Héritage II - Housed in a46mm steel case the blue dial watch with silver batons and date marker at the 6 o'clock positoin. Striking blue ceramic bezel on a blue Aero Classic rubber strap. Water resistant to 200 metres. Breitling automatic self-winding movement. High tech precision. £3,660.
Below: Longines HydroConquest - An all action, tough looking watch with a 41mm steel case with green face featuring Arabic numbers and batons, with date marker the 3 O'clock position. Green ceramic bezel on a green rubber strap. Automatic movement. Water-resistant to 30 bar [300 metres]. £1,300.
IWC Pilot's Watch Automatic Spitfire Steel. A steel 39mm case with black Arabic dial with luminous markers and steel bezel on a green fabric strap. Automatic self-winding movement by IWC made in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Water resistance to 6 bar. Cool, casual and elegant. £4,290.
On a perilous adventure across a post-apocalyptic world, a lovable boy who's half-human and half-deer searches for a new beginning with a gruff protector.
From executive producers Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr., starring Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar, James Brolin and Will Forte, this dystopian series is a gentle take on the DC Comic and an unmissable watch.
Apartamento describes itself as an ‘honest’ interiors magazine. It’s built around interviews with interesting, creative personalities at home and/or in their studios and I would have to say that the majority of these spaces are, let’s face it, a bit messy. It’s not the stuff of Homes & Gardens. Rather than plush homes or minimal, cool or environments that have been curated to death, these habitats feel private and they us a lot more about their owners. Apartamento is based in Barcelona but has an international outlook and has been published since 2008 which is an aeon in the world of indie magazines and has been called ‘the world’s best interiors magazine’ by The Guardian. Yes, it’s truly inspiring and its devotees never miss a copy.
With issue #15 out this week, why not check in if you haven’t already? £15
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IT'S A BIT LIKE DARTS... |AXE RELIEF
Ready, steady, throw!
Ditch the virtual and celebrate the return of in-person fun, by throwing axes at Whistle Punks!
You can chop 15% off your booking using BRSMAG15.
All sessions are designed for first-timers and include a safety brief, individual training, a tournament on each lane and some trick shots at the end - Ever fancied throwing two axes at once? Once your session is done, you can take advantage of the well-stocked bar and tasty pizza provided by Pizzarova.
Kasabian make a most welcome return to touring with 15 must see intimate shows kicking off 13 October at the 02 Academy, Glasgow, before heading to their hometown show at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall 27 October, and stopping off at Bristol 02 Academy on 31 October.
“We’re incredibly excited to announce these intimate shows. We love our band, our music and our fans too much to ever stop! We’ll be playing all the classic tunes plus something new for the mosh pit to bounce too. So come join us for the biggest party of 2021! See you there.” - Sergio, Chris and Ian x
New ‘behind the scenes’ attraction launched at Brunel’s SS Great Britain
New for summer 2021, Brunel’s SS Great Britain has launched a viewing platform, looking directly onto the Albion; a living, working, authentic dockyard with a long and surprising history. Visitors are promised a unique behind-the-scenes look at the Grade II listed dry dock which dates back to 1820.
Located within Bristol’s top-rated visitor attraction and next to the SS Great Britain herself, the attraction will be the first of its kind in the country. Notable ships, which have been serviced in the dock so far, include the remarkable tall ship, Pelican of London, and the multi award-winning live music boat venue, Thekla.
The operation to manoeuvre Thekla into the 540ft dry dock involved two tugs and the oversight of the Harbourmaster and his team. 173ft long, Thekla is one of the longest ships residing in Bristol’s Floating Harbour – a true spectacle.
Visitors will be able to view the working shipyard from a level, accessible surface. New interpretation signage and knowledgeable volunteers will bring the history and stories of the dock to life.
The ship repair operation is run by experienced maritime manufacturer Martin Childs along with Paul and Steve Beacham who also run Sharpness Shipyard at the head of the Bristol Channel.
LDA Design has joined creative, education and media industry leaders in unveiling a vision for the world’s first ‘augmented reality zoo’, based within Bristol Zoo Gardens' historic 12-acre plot.
The plans come after Bristol Zoological Society announced last year that it was to sell the site for private housing development, relocating the animals to the Wild Place Project in South Gloucestershire.
Our World Bristol will create a new centre of research and education, fusing the site’s rich heritage with emerging technologies.
It aims to provide an immersive experience, enabling visitors to travel in space, time and scale to experience animals in their natural habitat, enter the world of insects or go back millions of years to when dinosaurs roamed the adjacent Downs.
The vision brings together ideas developed by the Eden Project and a collaboration between the University of Bristol, the University of Bath and UWE Bristol. It includes proposals for:
A viewing tower offering sights across Clifton Downs, where visitors can use digital headsets to see Bristol during earlier periods dating back to the Ice Age and prehistoric times. This is supported by technology developed in partnership with Bristol’s ground-breaking MyWorld creative hub, led by University of Bristol Professor Dave Bull.
A virtual walk around the area once occupied by Alfred the gorilla, who made Bristol Zoo famous during the 1930s and 1940s.
Augmented reality experiences that bring users face-to-face with animal life.
Image: a journey from pre-history to the distant future (LDA Design)
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BRISTOL IDEAS |CELEBRATING OUR FILM-MAKING PAST
The father of cinema
A city-wide project celebrating Bristol’s film-making past, present and future has been awarded over £100,000 of funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Marking the centenary of the death of Bristolian inventor William Friese-Greene (1855-1921), a pioneer of early motion picture film-making, Opening up the Magic Box will include film screenings across the city, walking tours exploring cinema buildings, photography exhibitions, talks and panel discussions, and the launch of a special publication recounting people’s memories of cinema-going from the past 70 years. The project is part of Bristol Ideas' wider Film 2021 programme, which was announced earlier this year.
Only in recent years has Bristol-born cinematographer, William Friese-Greene, been recognised for his outstanding contributions to motion picture. In our latest issue, Andrew Swift looks back at a legacy shrouded in controversy.
Clifton Arts will be holding its 111th annual Open Summer Exhibition and invites all artists to get their best artworks ready to show.
This showcase event is the Annual Open Exhibition, of painting and sculpture and has been held every year from 1906 to the present day (except 1912-13, 1961, 2017 and 2020), at first in the RWA until 1922, then in Charlotte Street until 1960, and in the RWA again until 1986, and now at the Undercroft of the Victoria Methodist Church in Whiteladies Road.
The deadline for submissions is 12 July. Handing in day is 25 July between 8 am and 10 am at The Undercroft, Victoria Methodist Church, 1 Whiteladies Road, BS8 1NU.
Clifton Arts are always happy to welcome new members whether a beginner or more serious artist.
Unique classes in how to make your own beautiful lampshades are being offered in the West Country this summer.
The Lampshade School has opened in rural workshops near Bradford on Avon. The light, airy school is Covid safe and now has spaces on a series of expert courses. The skills are easy to learn but very rewarding and creative. The possibilities are endless!
* If you can't get to a course, why not order The Lampshade School's Lesson in a Box – a luxurious package containing all the materials and instructions you need to make your own beautiful gathered lampshade at home?
This is a beautifully presented 4-5 bedroom, mid-terraced period family house located on the desirable Carmarthen Road, and conveniently close to all the amenities of Henleaze Road,local schools and the Durdham Downs.
Set within an attractive terrace of 8 houses, this well-proportioned property boasts many period features, with large well-proportioned rooms with bay windows to front and the rear, well-maintained gardens with secure rear access.
The ground floor accommodation briefly comprises: porch to a wide entrance hall with study area and w/c, large living room, reception room with built in storage which leads to a modern family kitchen and utility room.
On the first floor there are three large bedrooms with a modern family bathroom and a large en-suite and built in storage to master bedroom.
The second floor landing leads to a good sized 4th bedroom with built in storage and large en-suite - perfect for visiting guests. The smaller 5th bedroom also has plenty of storage and is currently being used as a home office.
The front garden is a perfect sun trap in the afternoon/evening while the large rear garden has a patio area, lawned area and delightful raised decked area ideal for entertaining. Priced at £785,000.