A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
GIFFORDS CIRCUS |BACK ON THE ROAD
Who hasn’t dreamt of running away to the circus? The big top, the acrobats, high-wire acts and colourful caravans conjure up a nomadic life away from the rat race. For the spectator, it’s a reminder of a traditional art form, providing everything from laughter to wide-eyed amazement. In our latest issue, Simon Horsford speaks to Lil Rice, one of the stars and now also producer of Giffords Circus, now back on the road for a new season after the pandemic-enforced break.
When it comes to fine wine, our thoughts immediately turn to France as the traditional epicentre of 'terroir'. Eccentric, idiosyncratic and unswervingly confident in its ability to produce the very finest bottles despite fierce competition. Here, possibly with Father's day in mind... although you don't need an excuse, are some very, very good reds to impress.
Vacqueyras 'Variation' - Domaine de Montvac Rich yet elegant red from the southern Rhône, all currants and prunes in the mouth, gentled by candied fruit on the nose and a lasting hit of spice.£29.95 Frank Phélan, Saint-Estèphe - Château Phélan Ségur This is absolutely classic, old-school Saint Estèphe of excellent quality. Deep, purple-hued, with a nose of mulberries, blackcurrants and cedar, the wine is densely-textured and medium-bodied, with good balancing acidity and a seriously endowed, layered texture. The tannins are present, yet well-integrated and ripe. £33.
Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail - Domaine Brusset Deep crimson in colour, with a rich, spicy, smoky aroma, showing hints of chocolate and blackberry and a rounded, powerful palate with mouthfilling fruit. £35.
Blason d'Issan, Margaux - Château d'Issan This has lovely, fragrant raspberry fruit and leaf aromas, opening up to wonderful savoury complexity and impressive concentration. Delicious, succulent, quite powerful yet silky-textured, this is a beautiful Margaux to enjoy now and over the next five years or longer. The Blason d'Issan label was introduced by Château d'Issan from 1995 onwards to enable greater selection amongst the property's vines growing in the Margaux appellation area. Fruit from the younger vines is used to produce this wine, which respects the identity of its terroir, while offering a tasty round fruitiness, which can be enjoyed earlier than the 'grand vin'. It is aged in barrels for 14 to 16 months, one third of which are new. £42.50.
Margaux, 3ème Cru Classé - Château Desmirail Chateau Desmirail is a third growth in the 1855 classification, which has an outstanding terroir bordering the Route des Chateaux. Jean Desmirail gave his name to the Chateau after marrying an heiress from the Rausan family in the late 17th century. The current owner and manager, Denis Lurton, took over from his father Lucien in 1992. A well balanced wine, with spicy notes, good length, not too powerful and charming. £55.00.
Pommard - Joseph Drouhin A great Burgundy, worthy of its reputation. An intense, bright, red colour; a powerful nose, with notes of black cherry and spice, evolving towards aromas of young leather. On the palate, the tannins give a certain impression of firmness, somewhat softened by a nice, harmonious texture. Persistent flavors in the aftertaste. £59.50.
These are just a selection from The Great Wine Co's extensive range of French fine wines. click the button to explore the full collection.
From Salt & Pepper Squid to Bubbly Beer Batter Cod
Responsibly sourced Orkney hand-dived scallops are usually found in the kitchens of Michelin-star restaurants – now you can try them at home, along with a brand-new M&S Food collection of show-stopping seafood to serve this summer!
Salt & Pepper Squid
The ultimate addition to your seafood spread! Perfect for a quick bite, snazzy starter or as part of a seafood feast, M&S's melt in the mouth calamari rings have a crispy seasoned batter, with a zing of lemon.
Bubbly Beer Batter Cod
Flaky cod in our exclusive light and crispy Amarillo Ale batter, delicious served with chips and frozen peas.
In stores now – happy Friday!
• SHOPPING •
PEROSA DESIGN |A HOMAGE TO BALKAN HERITAGE
"The Star" Large Triangle Shawl
The Star Shawl (£174.00) from Balky Collection of Linen Jacquards: a homage to Balkan heritage, born out of research into ancestral lands and bronze age culture of the region.
Perosa Design is a Bath/Bristol brand that produces boutique made-on-demand timeless pieces in linen, for fearless and authentic women. Pre-orders open now.
Just when we thought we had forgotten how to be playful, Mallory’s jewellery collection celebrates summer 2021 with a riot of multi-coloured precious gems set in handcrafted pieces that are vivacious, joyful and guaranteed to please for many years to come. Here are four beautiful rings that showcase summer fun.
Clockwise from top left: 18ct yellow gold rub-set, round-cut rainbow sapphire and round brilliant-cut diamond cluster ring with tapered Shoulders £3.150
18ct rose gold pave bar-set, oval-cut rainbow sapphire and round brilliant-cut diamond full eternity ring. £3,485
18ct white gold channel-set, princess-cut rainbow sapphire full eternity ring. £1,885
New York’s super-hip Homme Girls is created around the concept of women dressing as men, the ‘HommeGirl'. As they put it, ‘There is a boy in every girl, a homme in every woman. Dressing like a man doesn’t disguise a woman’s femininity – it ignites it.’ Taking Katherine Hepburn as patron, the HommeGirl look is traceable to the trouser suits of Yves Saint Laurent in the 1970s and the utilitatarian jacket and trouser combos of Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) in the 1980s but the publisher acknowledges that the inspiration arcs all the way back to, well, Joan of Arc and her suit of armour. Anyway what we have today is a very fresh women’s style magazine packed with ravishing studio and street photography, and a whole lot of attitude to go with it. Price: £10
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. Visit: magalleria.co.uk
• WHAT'S ON •
EXHIBITIONS |REOPENING CELEBRATIONS
Photohub Open House
The Royal Photographic Society is holding a joint event at Bristol’s Paintworks with Martin Parr Foundation and UWE, to mark the reopening of the RPS and MPF galleries and the launch of UWE’s upcoming graduate publication, Solid Air.
Join the team for a day of photography, RPS and MPF exhibition tours and student artist talks, with street food by Bristol Eats and a pop-up bar by Lost and Grounded.
IN PROGRESS: Laia Abril – Hoda Afshar – Widline Cadet – Adama Jalloh – Alba Zari – presents the work of five photographers until the 24 October. During the day there will be walk-through tours.
Thames Log by Chloe Dewe Mathews will be on display at Martin Parr Foundation from until the 29 August. Chloe will give informal tours of Thames Log and be on hand to discuss the work.
Third year photography students from UWE will hold a stall in the space between RPS and MPF to launch Solid Air, a publication to showcase their photography projects. They will also put on a pop-up outdoor exhibition curated by the students and hold a series of talks about their work in the RPS auditorium. The full line-up and timings will be available shortly.
Downpour Theatre Company brings their production of Queen Margaret to St Paul's Church, Clifton on 17 July (14.30 & 19.30), as part of Bristol Shakespeare Festival.
Inspired by Shakespeare's Henry VI triology, Jeanie O'Hare uses original text alongside new dialogue to retell the Wars of the Roses through the eyes of Margaret of Anjou. Hungry for power and angered by the weakness of their king, the nobles of Henry VI's court plot and scheme against each other. As Henry wavers and the factions split, Queen Margaret is determined to protect the crown.
£15 per adult, £10 per concession.
Additional dates in Gloucester, Bath and Cirencester.
A new fundraising ‘elite unit’ has been launched to help disabled ex-servicemen and women. Combined Veterans Football Club will raise much needed funds, with some going towards the charity Blesma, which works tirelessly to help disabled ex-servicemen and women.
A newcomer to fundraising, but with big ambitions, CVFC is made up of ex-service men and women doing their bit for less fortunate ex-forces colleagues. They are already planning a season of matches, against some well-known national and international sides.
Typical issues faced by our ex-servicemen and women are PTSD, and basic needs for kit such as new artificial limbs. As frequent as physical injuries is the mental damage, and we aim to fight isolation, and the feeling of not quite fitting in, something only too familiar to our combat veterans after years away from family and friends in war zones.
Key to our approach is the idea of working at the grassroots, with local heroes helping local heroes. The first of what we hope will be many local football matches is to take place at Banwell Stadium, Weston-Super-Mare, on 27 June.
Enjoy football, fun in the sun, music and more, all for a great cause.
Are you a business owner who has risen and thrived in the face of this pandemic? Access Self Storage wants to hear from you.
The #BornOutOfLockdown Awards are open for entry for all businesses who have either been founded in lockdown, or who have pivoted their business model and come out the other side even stronger.
Fantastic prizes up for grabs include a PR and Social Media package worth £4,000 or a Self-storage bundle, for up to four months, worth £2,700 for the overall winner. Five runners up will also be able to select a place on a PR & Social Media Workshop, provided by a leading PR agency, worth £1,500 or a Self-storage bundle, for up to three months, worth £2,200.
Free tree packs scheme now open for schools and communities
Whether planting for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, to help tackle climate change, or to improve local areas around the country, the Woodland Trust’s popular free tree pack scheme is now open for applications.
Schools and community groups across the South West are now able to apply for the first one million trees, and into 2022 there are over three million trees in total available via free tree packs.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis and the first million trees will be despatched in November during the planting season. The Trust welcomes applications from all types of community groups and people do not have to be part of a formal long-standing group, they just need to have a group name decided before they apply.
The packs, all generously funded by our corporate partners, are available in a range of themes; year-long colour, a wild harvest, or a haven for wildlife. Another contains hardy species which tolerate exposed sites and dry areas or where water collects easily, there is even a working wood mix which could provide wood fuel or willow for weaving.
The packs also come in a range of sizes; 15 (perfect for urban areas and which can be split between neighbours where necessary), 30 (which will create a six-metre hedgerow or a tennis court-sized copse), 105 (enough to cover an area as big as four tennis courts) or 420 (to cover an area the size of a football pitch) and most can create fantastic hedgerows.
Packs contain a mix of UK sourced and grown native broadleaf species such as hazel, rowan, hawthorn, common oak, silver birch, wild cherry, elder, dogwood and holly.
To order free trees people can visit woodlandtrust.org.uk before August 25 and they’ll be delivered in November 2021.
• HOMES & INTERIORS •
ENJOY THE SUMMER SUN |RELAX AND UNWIND
John Lewis & Partners Venice Sun Lounger, FSC-Certified (Eucalyptus Wood), Natural
This is the top floor flat of Vyvyan House, and it’s a stunning, three bedroom, three bathroom, period apartment, situated in one of the most striking Grade II Listed detached houses in Clifton.
Much loved and cared for by the current owners it has been significantly improved during their ownership, with the potential now for a new owner to improve it further.
The property is accessed from a gated pedestrian entrance, with a communal stairwell leading up to the top (second) floor. From here, the front door leads onto a sunny southerly facing roof terrace with substantial city views, and French doors lead into the apartment.
The open plan kitchen and dining room is a perfect space to dine and entertain, with the covered terrace providing al-fresco dining space throughout the year.
The kitchen itself is well-appointed, with plenty of floor space, storage, stylish black granite worktops and integrated appliances.
Adjacent to the kitchen is stunning sitting room, a feature fire place is the centre of attention, and the panelled walls adding to the period charm.
The master bedroom is exquisite, running the full-depth of the building and includes an en-suite bathroom, complete with a separate shower.
There are two further double bedrooms, with the second bedroom having an en-suite shower room. The third bedroom has use of a separate fully-fitted shower room but could equally be used as a home office / snug or playroom.
Throughout the apartment a stylish colour palette and high quality wooden flooring adds a pop of city sophistication. There’s excellent natural light, an abundance of space and a fantastically versatile layout.
With just two other apartments in the building there is also a wonderful feeling of both community and privacy, with open views to both front and rear.
Outside: To the side of the property there is an off-street allocated parking space.
Residents can apply for access to the superb Vyvyan Terrace Gardens which run the full-width of the adjacent Vyvyan Terrace with an expanse of lawn, mature trees and perennial plants.
Clifton Park is a sought-after road conveniently situated between Clifton village, Pembroke Road and The Triangle. Within easy striking distance are numerous cafés, restaurants and boutique shops. Clifton is renowned for its eclectic independent retailers, sublime period architecture and access to some fabulous open spaces. £750,000