The Bristol Magazine July 2024

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been making a splash in Paris ahead of the Olympics £ 4 . 9 5 w h e r e s o l d FEELING CURIOUS?
your mind at the city ’ s science centre this summer BEAMING WITH PRIDE
15 years of Bristol Pride celebrations MASTERCHEF MAESTRO
stage at the Hippodrome
swimmers have
The winning veterinarian who stole the show

10 M Y B R I S TO L

Everyone’s favourite antiques expert Chris Yeo on unearthing the city’ s history through fascinating objects

12 C I T YI S T

Royal news, counting butterflies and a market at Underfall Yard

14 F R E E M A S O N

Get the lowdown from local comedian Amy Mason before she heads to Edinburgh Fringe

18 F LO R A L FA S H I O N

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It ’ s back Check out what ’ s in store as part of the science centre’s grand reopening

26 A W H O L E N E W W O R L D

Hear from Disney ’ s man behind the music, as we get ready to welcome Aladdin to Bristol Hippodrome

28 S C H O O L’S O U T!

Don’t panic We bring you some of the best things to do this summer to keep the whole family entertained

32 LO U D A N D P R O U D

Bristol Pride’s Cabaret Stage expert Aled Osborne chats choosing acts and why our festival is so special 36 A R T & E X

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Bristol has produced yet another MasterChe f winner We speak to Brin Pirathapan


Bristol’s synchronised swimmers, both hobbyists and athletes, are already stars at the Olympics

54 TO P R E A D S

Gloucester Road Books recommend some reading for Bristol Pride

64 S E E K I N G S T PAU L S

To honour the carnival’s Back-a-Yard format this year, Andrew Swif t explores St Pauls

70 TO I L E T H U M O U R

We explore the benefits of bathroom technolog y, and how a smart loo could transform your daily routines

O n t h e c o v e r

Members of ar tistic swimming group Almost Synchro, captured on camera by photographer Cat Wynn (catw

Head to page 48 to read about their involvement with the Paris Olympics

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We ’ re in a a bit of a celebrator y mood here at the magazine. It ’ s hard not to be reall y, when you look at this month’s issue We The Cur ious is triumphantly reopening its doors, much to the relief of many parents across the city desperately eyeing ‘things to do with the kids this summer ’ lists Take a breather and order a celebrator y coffee if you ’ re reading this out and about in the cit y, because as well giving you all the info about our favourite science centre’s return (page 20), we also have our ver y own hit list of summer fun now that your little ones are ver y much free and ready to receive near-constant entertainment (page 28). We can’t possibly make our way through July without donning as much brightly coloured gear as possible and joining in with Bristol Pride’s events. W hether you ’ re part of the LGBTQ+ community, or simply want to show your support and have a good ol’ knees up on the Downs – our cit y ’ s festival is renowned across the countr y for embodying the true spirit of Pride. We hear from Aled Osborne on page 32, who’s helped organise Bristol Pride for more than a decade, and knows a thing or two about what makes our celebration so special If you ’ re not feeling particular ly celebrator y, then you might as well go and sit in a dark room and see if some of the UK ’ s funniest comedians c an at least force a reluctant chuckle out of you.

Luckily the south west ’ s comedy clubs are currently brimming with people polishing their latest shows ahead of the Edinburgh Fr inge festival next month – we hear from loc al funny woman Amy Mason who’s doing just that on page 14 – so strike while the iron is hot bec ause tic kets are being snapped up fast

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Join the parade

Bristol Pride’s bustling two-week festival programme, which has more than 40 events between 28 June and 14 July, culminates on 13 July when thousands of people are expected to join the annual parade through the centre of town The party will continue on The Downs, where more than 200 performers will take to its many stages, including the Uplift Stage, Dance Performance Stage, Circus Tent and Cabaret Stage The day also features a dedicated family area and youth area, community area, silent disco and multiple bars and food stalls bristolpride co uk

See Bristol on screen

Calling all armchair detectives! New BBC Three series A Good Girl ’ s Guide to Murder hits our screens at the start of July Based on Holly Jackson’s hit novel, the stor y centres on a historic case involving a schoolgirl murdered by her boyfriend This ‘dark and devious’ crime thriller cracks the case wide open again Look out for filming locations including Redcliffe Caves and the Avon Valley Railway

Head for the harbour

Bristol Harbour Festival returns from 19-21 July, bringing the best of the city ’ s emerging artists, as well as established and international performers across all genres. New for 2024 is The Expression Stage in Millenium Square, which will be a cultural hub bursting with creativity, from spoken word, talks and panels to jazz and blues A family playground will bring circus-style performances to College Green; the Bristol Rising Stage and the Dance Tent will present emerging artists from grassroots music and dance institutions to Q ueen Square; and the Main Stage will feature Eva Lazarus, She’s Got Brass, Grove and The Beatles D ub Club, with programming from industr y heavyweights Greenpeace, Global L ocal and a Made In Bristol Sunday curated by Proud and Swans Events br istolharbour

Watch films outside

Bristol Film Festival’s Clifton Summer Screenings take place 4-7 July. Relax in the beautiful Mall Gardens before taking your seats in unique pop-up cinemas W ith covered seating, state-of-the-art LED screens and wireless headphones, you can enjoy classic films come rain or shine. New for this year is screen2, hosting a range of talks, short films, cult movies, and V intage Screenings (which combine a film an wine tasting). For more info and to book, visit website

Embrace all the fun of the fair

The Portishead Summer Show (27-28 July) is a combination of a traditional flower and produce show and a countr y fair It is a real community event that has been going since 1863. There will be more than 300 competitive c lasses across the weekend spanning horticulture, floral art, handicraf ts, cooker y, photography and art The arena will be packed with attractions, inc luding live music, circus skills, mini pony show, fun sports and a children’s fancy dress competition. por

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Former Propyard warehouse to become new cultral space

AMAAD – the team behind European festivals L ove Supreme, The L ong Road, ION and Junction 2 – is the new operator of the warehouse space in St Philips formerly known as Propyard.

Programming across Prospect ’ s inaugural year will celebrate a cross-section of entertainment, with comedy, sport and pop-up food, drink and fashion markets taking place The venue ’ s new music series will see AMAAD working in partnership with local club promoters including Team L ove, The Blast and Dance Corp, as well as touring artists, to bring a diverse range of sounds to the space

Prospect ’ s first 12 months are set to showcase music from jazz and countr y through to house, drum ‘ n ’ bass and techno Investment ahead of reopening includes bolstering cloakroom and washroom facilities, planning an artisan food and drink offering and installing a new state-of-theart sound design to minimise its external impact

My Bristol

I star ted working in Br istol 35 years ago on W hiteladies Road.

We moved to Somerset from O xford when I was a baby, then I moved to Bristol around 25 years ago Even though I grew up in the Mendips, I was always more into the city than I was the countryside. Bristol was the nearest place to experience that cosmopolitan life, but it doesn’t wear you out, I love the buzz here – and the city ’ s architecture.

My favour ite histor ic building in Br istol is what was the Vandyck Press building on Park Row. It ’ s now home to the University of Bristol Theatre Collection It ’ s a really interesting proto-modernist building, which I just love – it ’ s really rugged and different There’s also a wonderful collection of late Georgian buildings on Dowr y Square in Hotwells, where I lived for eight years. You get a real sense of Bristol as a maritime city there

People-watching and finding little places for rever ie is one of my favour ite hobbies. I love going to the Clif ton Lido, or to Riverstation restaurant on the Harbourside. It ’ s great there by the water when the sun is out

W hen I leave the city for some peace and quiet, I go to my little retreat on the Somerset coast. It ’ s a listed V ictorian building right on the seafront, with bracing sea air and miles of sand. I wanted some where I could put all my books and have plenty of room to collect things But I’ve been there just under a year and already the place is full.

My g reatest weakness is books.

I love books. Books for reference, books for leafing through, ne w books, old books, second-hand books, antiquarian books I have far, far too many books, but they all mean a lot to me.

Right from a young age, I was collecting the Reece W inston’s Bristol from Old Photog raphs books. They ’ re a wonderful record of how much the city ’ s changed over the years and how much we ’ ve lost I can always get lost in those.

My favour ite Br istolian is Ken Strad ling. He passed away a couple years ago aged 100 He taught me so much. He was my mentor and a living

embodiment of ever ything I find fascinating about my job To be able to work with and for Ken was such a pleasure, a privilege and an education.

Br istol’s histor y is constantl y around me when I’m at the auctions.

We once had a couple of plates that were rescued from the Mansion House when it was looted and burned down during the Bristol riots in the 1830s, and it was great to see those And we had a truncheon that dates from the time of the Bristol riots as well. Clevedon Salerooms’ July auction also has a collection of Br istol pictures, with many showing the cit y af ter the Blitz A lot of ar tists went out sketching and painting the devastation in the city and their pieces are really poignant; they are ver y str iking works of ar t and I ’ ve been completely absorbed cataloguing them.

I’m hoping to have a shor t break soon to take five S pring was ver y busy with auctions, filming Antiques Roadshow and giving talks to groups We’re also looking for ward to working with music venue St George’s Bristol soon – so watch this space!

For more information about Chris and upcoming auctions at Clevedon Salerooms, visit the website


The Queen affirms Westonbirt Arboretum charity patronage

Her Majesty The Q ueen has announced her patronage of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum The charity based at Westonbirt Arboretum works in partnership with Forestr y England to protect and conser ve the 600 acres and 15,000 trees for people to enjoy

The Friends have recently awarded the arboretum with funds to update and replace the fleet of mobility scooters and wheelchairs, thereby enhancing accessibility for all visitors Funds have also been raised to establish a community woodland at the arboretum, with 600 individuals from local schools and community groups already planting 3,300 trees over the winter months forestr yengland uk/westonbirt

Yard Fest returns with the launch of Underfall Market

The best of Bristol’s makers, craftspeople and ar tisan producers are set to join an outdoor market venture at Under fall Yard

Under fall Market opens to visitors on 20 July and will include up to 20 stalls from Bristol’s local traders at the historic habourside setting

Launched as par t of the Yard Fest weekend which returns for its eighth year, the market is the first new initiative for the yard since it was badly damaged by fire in May 2023.

“It ’s great to announce this new initiative for the yard,” says Loz Rush,Under fall Yard Trust ’s events and development manager “ We’ve already had strong interest and are calling out to traders who want to get involved to register their interest in the event. Anyone interested can drop us an email at events@under and we’ll send more details.” under

People urged to take part in annual Big Butterfly Count

Wildlife charity Butter fly Conser vation has revealed the dates of this year ’s highly anticipated Big Butter fly Count, which will take place from 12 July until 4 August

The annual citizen science programme attracts tens of thousands of people out into their garden, local green space or the countr yside to spend 15 minutes counting butter flies and helping to inform conser vation action

Hot on the heels of scientific evidence that proves counting butter flies is good for your mental health and wellbeing, reducing anxiety by almost 10%, the charity is calling on people to get out for the Count this summer.

It is open to anyone, of any age, in any par t of the UK –towns, cities or the countr yside No green space is too small – a back garden, a small terrace or balcony with some pot plants, a public park, allotment or countr y lane are all impor tant spaces to explore, track and repor t

Last year, more than 135,000 Counts took place up and down the countr y, with par ticipants spending a combined total of almost four years counting butter flies

The information gathered helps scientists to understand how butter flies and moths are faring, informs conser vation projects, government policies and suppor ts other exper ts with their research and vital work to protect our planet.

For more information and to take par t simply visit the website or download the free Big Butter fly Count app


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Free Mason

Before she sets the Edinburgh Fringe festival alight with her debut stand-up hour-long show, local comedian Amy Mason will perform a preview of her performance in the south west We catch up with her ahead of jam-packed summer of laughs

The off-kilter Funny Women finalist and BBC Ne w Act nominee Amy Mason (who hails from Br istol, pictured below) will perform her new show at Komedia in Bath as part of the venue ’ s Edinburgh Fringe preview series Mason will talk about on coming out in her 30s, raising kids, rinsing homophobes, and confronting her wild past. This will be a hotl y anticipated debut stand-up hour from a ‘ brilliant ’ (according to Bridget Christie) rising star You might be among one of Mason’s 8 5 million views on T ikTok, catching her hilarious impressions of various ‘Bristol Mums’ Her work has also been heard on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 4

My show Free Mason is a brand-new hour of stand-up. It ’ s my debut comedy hour! I’ve been working on some bits of it over the past year at gigs, but as a whole the show is totall y ne w I ’ ll be performing it at P leasance in Edinburgh during the Fringe festival from 31 July to 26 August (see you there!)

It won’t be my first time on stage in the city.

I was last performing in Edinburgh 10 years ago with a stor ytelling show The Islanders This is my first time as a comedian

If I were to choose my favourite all-time comedian… I love Tig Notaro’s ability to use serious, personal subjects in her comedy in a totally authentic way. I also love her laid-back, unhurried deliver y and ability to think on her feet.

I’d always harboured a secret desire to do stand-up. But there weren’t so many visible women comedians around when I was young – and I had no idea what the route in was Af ter I had my first daughter, I bit the bullet and went and did my first open mic

I’ve always liked to make people laugh.

I can’t help it I make jokes even when I really shouldn’t Just ask any teacher I've ever had, and now my daughter ’ s teachers too.

My children only find me funny when I do stupid voices for their toys or silly dances. They think my jokes are nonsensical and/or rude I told my eldest one the other day and she said: ‘ W hy would you tell people THAT?’

Before stand-up comedy, I was into stories.

I lef t school at 16, worked in bookshops for years and started writing in my late 20s. I made my first stor ytelling show with Bristol Old V ic, and then wrote a novel The Other Ida

My favourite comedy nights in Bristol are… Eva Bindeman’s night called Scrambled in F ishponds is great Chops Comedy near me in Bedminster is always fantastic, too

Bristol is brilliant for comedy.

In terms of other BristoIian comedians I’m impressed by, I love June Tuesday, Alasdair Wallace, Eva Bindeman and Millie Malone. There are tons!

If I were to describe my style of comedy in three words, it’d be…

Deadpan, surreal and BRILLIANT (Did I say that you should come to my show?) n

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We The Curious

After a long hiatus, We The Curious, Bristol’s much-loved science centre, is – depending on when you read this – either just about to reopen or has just reopened its doors, on 2 July. Here’s what you can expect to f ind (it’s been worth the wait!)

Offering up a blend of hands-on exhibits, interactive experiences and creative activities, We The Curious sparks curiosity and inspires people of all ages to explore and question the world around them W ith more than 200 things to do all under one roof, it's the perfect destination for families, school groups or grown ups, and those with a curious mind (hint: that ’ s ever yone!) It ’ s also out-and-out, unadulterated fun

“ We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome back our visitors, with fresh energy and a range of incredible exhibits and activities that many of them won’t have got to experience yet,” says Donna Speed, CEO of We The Curious. “ The reception we ’ ve had since we announced our reopening date has blown us away, and we want to thank all our partners, supporters, members and more that have supported us over the past couple of years while we ’ ve been closed. It is so, so exciting to finally be at this point where we are opening our doors – we ’ ve missed you!”

We The Curious is truly Bristol’s science centre The whole ground floor exhibition hosts Project What If, inspired by real questions from the people of Bristol On the first floor you ’ ll find the fantastic Animate It section, created with Aardman Animations There’s also the unique and revolutionar y scientific research space Open City Lab, dedicated to ‘ open source science’ and democratising science, where the public can influence scientific research It exemplifies that independent, doing-thingsdifferently vibe Bristol is known for.

And as an educational charity, We The Curious strives to make science and getting curious open to ever yone in Bristol, offering free or subsidised trips to communities where there may be barriers to access, and running their hands-on experiences out and about across the city too Over the past two years, most of the work that ’ s taken place there has been behind the scenes. This has included replacing the roof, all of the heating, cooling and electrical systems, rebuilding the second-floor event space, reinstalling a new array of solar panels on the roof, and reinstating the exhibition floor and 200+ exhibits to how they were before the fire.

D uring that time, the Exhibitions team has also been refreshing some of We The Curious’ most popular exhibits, and the foyer and shop have had an overhaul W hile visitors may not see many major differences to the We The Curious of 2022, it ’ s been a huge, extensive undertaking.

Pique your curiosity

So, what can visitors expect from this July, when We The Curious opens for the first time in more than two years? First, you ’ ll still find lots of the centre’s favourites (some will have had a bit of a spruce-up): Climb into a bubble, construct something out of massive Lego-style bricks in the BuildIt section (and knock it down again), launch a parachute from an impressive height, or whisper across the room via giant dishes You can still step into a tornado, and spend ages dreaming up, devising and tr ying out your own flying machine or ball run at the Tinkering Space

W hile it should’ve been open since 2021, the We The Curious team is especially excited about visitors experiencing Project What If, a huge ground floor exhibition inspired by real questions from the people of Bristol Project What If invites visitors to escape into a world where art, science and curiosity collide, exploring seven thematic zones filled with innovative, interactive displays and installations

The exhibition space is organised around seven intriguing questions that cover themes like happiness, the universe, invisibility, illness, and time. These were whittled down from over 10,000 submissions, collected from ever y postcode in Bristol, with the ‘Q uestion Askers’ themselves playing a pivotal role in the development of the content for their own burning topic. Visitors can expect to play with light, make themselves invisible, and peer into the TARDIS

“Project What If is about seeing some of life’s big mysteries explored in new and exciting ways, ” says Speed “It ’ s wonderful to see these incredibly thought-provoking questions from people of all ages come to life, and understand that science is not just about answers, but about the importance of asking questions It ’ s been a bumpy old time; starting with the pandemic where we were closed for 14 months, during that time we carried out our planned ground floor transformation for Project What If.

“ We then reopened for only 10 months before the fire in April 2022 As a result, many of our visitors, even regulars from before the pandemic, won’t have experienced it. It ’ s really exciting to finally give Project What If the big welcome it deserves ”

On reopening you ’ ll also find the Impossible/Possible programme of events, seeing We The Curious’ programming spaces come alive with workshops and experiments tackling some of the trickiest issues facing us today Some of the questions they ’ ll be tackling head on include, can you make milk without a cow? Can plants grow without water? And, is there a way to prevent diseases just by looking at our shopping habits?

Then there’s the stellar experience that is the We The Curious Planetarium. Inside that giant silver ball on Millennium Square, you ’ ll find the UK’s first 3D digital P lanetarium offering presenter-led shows designed by the brilliant talented and passionate in-house team, meaning they are totally unique to We The Curious. As well as seasonal stargazing and a chance to explore the solar system, there’s also a really fun new show – Spin the Spaceship (2D) – perfect for children under six and their grownups, where you will zoom through space to help Blurgle Wurgle, a friendly alien, find a new home by dancing to spin the spaceship.

The joy of exploration

With its reopening, We The Curious invites everyone to rediscover the joy of exploration at their own pace and in their own way It ’ s a place where science and art meet, where questions are celebrated, and where ever y visit is a journey into the unknown.

“It ’ s such a special feeling knowing we ’ ll soon have thousands of people back through our doors,” says Speed, who’s been at We The Curious since the year 2000. “And it ’ s always been really important to us to make it inclusive and accessible too At school I never felt that science was ‘for me ’ , and we want to shout from the rooftops that science is for ever ybody

“ We know that ‘science’ can seem intimidating, but that ’ s the brilliance of the place – you can tentatively dip your toe, or jump right in, whatever makes you comfortable And it ’ s impossible not to have fun while you ’ re doing it!

“ W hether you ' re a child experiencing the wonder of science for the first time or an adult looking to delve deeper into the mysteries of the universe having visited countless times already, we promise you ’ ll find something surprising here ” n wethecur

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What’s On

Our guide to some of the best things to see, do and experience in and around Bristol this month

We Are Warriors at Redcliffe Caves n Throughout July Thurs & Fri 12-7pm, Sat & Sun 11-6pm Thousands of flickering lights are nestled into the sloping, red sandstone walls, while a soundscape of breaths, words, chants and song reverberates in the space. A beacon calling you in, We Are War riors is made up of the voices of 130 Bristolian women and gir ls, aged 8-80, holding space for the experiences of women and people ever ywhere T ickets via Headfirst and more info at: inbet

Soul Sipping at The Granary Club n Every Friday, 9pm-1am 51 Queen Charlotte Street, BS1 4HQ

Head to historic late-night cocktail bar The Granar y Club for Soul Sipping – an evening of sophisticated drinks ser ved alongside soul, jazz, funk and rare groove tunes from DJ Paul Alexander Entr y is free and no booking is required The bar’ s mixologists work with the chefs upstairs in The Granar y restaurant to find innovative ways to integrate surplus ingredients and byproducts into the drinks menu. theg ranar yc


n 9-13 July, 7pm

Tobacco Factory's Theatres' Spielman Theatre

In a remote cottage in the heart of Dartmoor, two lovers celebrate an upcoming debut art exhibition. As a storm outside intensifies the late-night drink, drugs and occult speculations mount, the thin line between love and possession is crossed. Af ter 15-years of performing in weird and wonderful venues across Bristol (cr ypts, city farms, ferr y boats) this will be Darkstuff Productions’ first national tour tobaccofactor y

Silent Disco at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery n 12-13 July, 7.30-10pm or 10.30pm-1am

Amazing DJs will set the scene for party positive vibes in the beautifully illuminated surroundings of a historic museum F lick the switch of your wireless headphones to change what you ’ re listening to as our DJs take you on a journey of musical greats through the decades

Choral masterpieces at Bristol Beacon n 13 July, 7.30pm

Choral performances inc luding Mozart ’ s grand and voluptuous ‘ Great ’ Mass in C Minor, Handel’s Zadok the P riest and Sir John Rutter ’ s bright and brilliant Gloria performed by a choir of 200 voices from City of Bristol Choir and the Chorus of Wester ly from Rhode Island, USA, joined by the professional orchestra Bath Philharmonia T ickets £16 35 to £23 98 for adults, half price for under 26 year olds, £2.18 for under 18s.

br / 0117 203 4040

Edinburgh Fringe Previews n 17 July, 8pm

Smoke & Mirrors

Ever y Wednesday and Sunday night leading up to the wor ld-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival the bar hosts some of the year ’ s best comedy acts as they polish their shows ready to make the journey up north for August Bristol’s Dani Johns takes to the stage on 17 July with her show Cringe, along with another local comic L ouise L eigh smokeandmir

Dani Johns will preview her Edinburgh Fringe S how Cringe at S moke & Mirrors

Summer Fiesta

n 18 July, 6pm Fairfield High School

The Summer F iesta is a festival-style event taking place in the school’s playground. There will be music, dance and drama performances together with a halal barbecue, food stalls and local market stalls The event is free to attend and all are welcome to join the school in celebrating the work of its students. fair field.exc

Later Life Summer Fair

n 19 July, 11am-2pm Newman Hall, Henleaze

Organised by the Later Life Alliance, the fair was born out of recognising the post-pandemic need to provide the local community with an opportunity to find out about events, activities, groups and support The fair is free to attend and there will be a tombola, raffle, a variety of stalls and entertainment along with access to lots of local information and support ser vices haroldstephens co uk

The Great Western Chorus celebrates 50 years n 20 July, Bristol Harbour Festival

The Great Western Chorus is celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The a cappella choir is based in Southmead and are the UK’s most successful male chorus in the British Association of Barbershop Music ’ s national championships. The choir has won gold a record 10 times in its 50-year histor y See the group out and about this year as it celebrates in the Bristol Harbour Festival g reat wester nchor

Make a Macramé Dress in a Day with Knots & Stalks n 20 July, 10.30am-5.30pm

Prior Shop, Cabot Circus, Philadelphia Street, Broadmead This workshop is a great opportunit y to learn a relaxing and creative new hobby. Make your own unique macramé dress out of rec yc led cotton in the colour and length of your choice This workshop is beginner friend ly, but it is suggested that you attend one of Knots & S talks’ half-day workshops to learn and perfect the basic knots, so that you are more confident when you approach your dress knotsandstalks com

poster, Janus Films

Cinema Rediscovered n 24-28 July

Various venues

The festival of classic cinema and film restorations returns to venues in and around Bristol UNESCO City of Film for its eighth annual edition. Expect big screen experiences of brand-new film restorations, rediscoveries and film on film rarities from around the world, alongside a multitude of starting points for lively conversation The Full Festival Pass (£120) allows you to select from 60+ Cinema Rediscovered screenings and events vered

Por tishead

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 2024

The Flower Show Field, Clevedon Road, Por tishead, BS20 7RA

Are you looking for somewhere local to go then why not come along to the Portishead Summer Show on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July?

The 2024 Show includes Kevin’s Community Circus, The Mini Pony Show, M & M Gundogs, Aldabra Giant Tortoises, dancing from Stepping Stones and Aspire Schools of Dance We also have music from the Chicken Teddies and the Fab Twinsa Beatles and 60’s tribute duo as well as Punch & Judy, Children’s fun sports, bouncy castle and a Fun Dog Show.

You can purchase tickets in advance with a 20% discountsingle adult £8, weekend £12, children under 17 are free and FREE CAR PARKING.

For further information see our website www Por tisheadsummershow com or call 07989 140367

Olfactive O Sip and S cent Masterclass

Join our Olfactive O fragrance expert and wine specialist for an exclusive Wine Tasting & Perfumer y Masterclass.

Thursday 25 July – 6.45pm

British independent per fume house, Olfactive O is now available at Har vey Nichols Bristol. Each scent is created in the UK in par tnership with a secret Grasse-trained per fumer, using the finest aromatic materials and botanical essences Discover their innovative scents at our Sip & Scent Wine Tasting, where Olfactive’s owner and founder Olivia will take you on a sensor y journey, sampling her per fumes alongside wines chosen by our wine specialist which have been inspired by the fragrances

Tickets are £35 per person, including a tasting of 5 wines & light nibbles. £20 of the ticket is redeemable on Olfactive O products purchased at the event.

To book: email: Reception bristol@har veynichols com or scan the QR code to book online

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Songs from the heart

Earning a staggering number of accolades for his work on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and the f ilm version of Aladdin, among others, Alan Menken is an undisputed master of the stage and f ilm musical

For the touring stage version of Aladdin, which brings its magic carpet to Bristol Hippodrome this summer, he reveals that he had a very particular vision

Produc tion photos by Deen Van Meer

It ’ s always been a dream of mine,” says superstar composer Alan

Menken, “to somehow restore the tel ling of A la ddin the way Howard Ashman and I first envisioned it, and how we wrote it.

The Disney film version is a dazzling action-adventure tale with great animation effects and a handful of songs, some with lyrics by Howard and some by the great S ir T im Rice. But the or iginal

concept that Howard first pitc hed was a tr ibute to those old Bob

Hope–Bing Crosby ‘ Road ’ pictures,

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f Hol l ywood romantic comedy. And it was also meant to be a celebration of the jazz of the 1930s and ’40s, particular ly the music of such breakout stars of the era as Fats Waller and Cab Calloway ” S o when Thomas S chumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical, told Menken he was putting together a script of Aladdin to license to amateur theatrical groups, the multiple Oscar-winning

musician saw an opportunity to revisit the roots of the Aladdin project

“Remember, this was years before we even considered developing Aladdin for Broadway,” says Schumacher. “I thought Alan would be way too busy to get involved with our little licensing project, but he really wanted to do it ”

“ They came to me with a script based closely on the movie,” recalls Menken “It would have been fine, but it wasn’t the musical-comedy homage to popular jazz-era movies that Howard and I first proposed So, I said, ‘L ook, I have a whole treasure trove of existing material that was never used, songs for the main characters and characters that were eliminated in the film, including Aladdin’s three sidekicks, Babkak, Omar and Kassim.’”

And so Chad Beguelin, who was writing the script, dug into Menken’s trunk and came back with something altogether new

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A Whole New World

“As we began to work,” Menken says, “it became clear that we were going to need some new songs – along with hits from the film – and songs that were written but never used. So, I suggested that Chad write the lyrics, since he was writing the new libretto and was already an accomplished, Tony-nominated lyricist in his own right Chad was absolutely terrific at creating new songs that fit perfectly with those Howard, T im and I had written for the film ” For Menken, the journey has been deeply personal, because his beloved musical partner, Howard Ashman, died before the Aladdin film score was complete.

Menken is particularly grateful to have restored P roud of Your Boy, a song for Aladdin to sing to his fretful mother

“It was the hardest thing to lose from the film,” says Menken, “and not just because the song was lost – I’ve lost a lot of songs in my career – but because we had also lost Howard That song packs an enormous emotional punch, and men in particular seem to relate to it deeply S o many of us go through a phase when we are disappointing our parents, or we think we are

“I’m delighted to have had a hand in reshaping Aladdin. I love the show and all the music But I am especially happy that Howard ’ s poignant Proud of Your Boy once again has pride of place in the stor y of a boy who finally became all that a mother could wish for in a son. ” n

T his feature is excer pted from the book Disney’s Aladdin: A W hole New World ( The Road to Broadway and Beyond) by Michael Lassell. Disney ’ s Aladdin is playing at Bristol Hippodrome from 10 July until 11 August; tickets available via atgtickets com/bristol

We ask the cast: What’s your favourite song from the show?

Desmonda Cathabe (Jasmine)

“I’m a little bit biased, but I really like These Palace Walls, which is Jasmine's big song in the first act I t ’s not in the movie but it is a really impor tant addition to the musical because it expands on he character I think the song fierce I t ’s thrilling, it lifts people up and I just love singing it.”

Gavin Adams (Aladdin)

“ That ’s quite a difficult question because I enjoy all of the songs for various reasons. Arabian Nights is amazing because I get to see the ensemble do all these incredible stunts and dances and it ’s just ch a pleasure to watch the sidelines because I only appear at the end of that number. Then Proud of Your Boy is such a beautifully written song and one that ever yone can relate to because who doesn’t want to make their mother proud?

“These Palace Walls is also amazing because I just love listening to Desmonda Cathabel, who’s playing Jasmine. She’s got such an incredible voice and singing the duets that I have with her is such an amazing experience.”

Yeukayi Ushe (Geni

“ That ’s a really difficul question because the score is beautiful. Prince Ali is great and so full of life but I would have to say my favourite has to be Friend Like Me. In that number you get treated to all of the magic, all of the glitz, all of the glamour, all of th abundance, and the s builds and builds and builds.”

Alan Menken


L ooking for things to do during the holidays? From drama workshops to paddleboarding and following a secret trail around the world’s f irst amazement park, here are some ideas for a summer of family fun...


Cotham School, Cotham Lawn Road, BS6 6DT;

Join the Pauline Q uirke Academy of Performing Arts at Cotham School 5-9 August (10am to 4pm) for its Matilda the Musical ‘Megamix’ Summer School! This fun-packed, five-day course will involve learning choreography, scenes and songs from the smash-hit musical Matilda

No previous experience needed, and the summer school is open to anyone aged 5-18 Join the Academy to learn new skills, make new friends and experience the fun! For further information and a booking form, please contact the Principal Car ly on car ly bond@pqacademy com or 07421023706


Brompton Reg is, D ulver ton, Somerset TA22 9NU swlakestr; 01398 371460

Prepare for a summer of fun and adventure at W imbleball Lake

L ess than a two-hour drive from Bristol, W imbleball is the perfect location for your next family escape W ith a range of activities inc luding kayaking, stand up padd leboarding and sailing, the friend ly activity team are on hand to help you discover an activity as a family, organised group or individual For more information or to book activities and camping, visit W imbleball Lake’s website


127 Albert Road, Bristol BS2 0YA; wakethetiger com

Wake The T iger is the wor ld ’ s first Amazement Park and Bristol’s award-winning, self-guided, immersive visitor attraction for all ages Step through a portal into the alternate wor ld of Meridia where you will explore more than 40 unique spaces P lus, this summer join Wake The T iger for the Sundust Secrets trail Seven secret notes have been scattered within the Amazement Park F ind them and uncover seven letters, and if you work out the secret word you ’ ll be in for a fun surprise... Even better, there are now NEW discounted family tickets available, to make the experience affordable fun for ever yone



Tetbur y, GL8 8QS; forestr t-the-nationalarboretum; 0300 067 4890

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday with a brand-new forest adventure This interactive family trail features all sorts of partythemed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures. Follow the trail to help find the missing party items to give the Gruffalo a birthday to remember Search for balloons, pine cones, apples and the Gruffalo himself, and complete fun activities and rubbings as you go along. The trail is located in the Old Arboretum, which is a dog free area

Get the party started with a Gruffalo Party Trail pack Pick up your pack for just £4 from the Welcome Building or Westonbirt shop, packed with fun things to do on your party adventure Also, to celebrate the Olympic Games, you can embark on a quest to find hidden Gruffalo character signs and enjoy some sporty challenges. This free activity will run from 23 July to 16 September Pick up an activity leaflet before you set off from the Welcome Building


ssg reatbr itain org; Great Wester n Dockyard, Gas Fer r y Road, BS1 6T Y

Climb aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain this summer for a fantastic family day out Explore the sights, sounds and smells of V ictorian life at sea, discover two fascinating museums and meet costumed characters, inc luding the mind behind the design, Mr Brunel

New for this summer, get hands-on with Brunel’s Brick Building experience Inspired by Brunel’s awe-inspiring bridges, daring tunnels and record-breaking ships, families are invited to get creative with brick building by assembling designs or inventing their own See if you have what it takes to become a master engineer! T ickets are available online

T O B A C C O F A C T O R Y T H E AT R E S ' S U M M E R S C H O O L S

Tobacco Factor y, Raleigh Road, BS1 1TF; tobaccofactor y; 0117 902 0344

Create a brand ne w piece of theatre with Tobacco Factor y Theatres this summer! Working with highl y exper ienced theatre practitioners, young people will de velop their drama skills through games, imaginative play, role play and stor y telling. Each day, young people will be encouraged to expand their self-confidence, communic ation abilit y and team work L ed by a professional theatre director, young people will de velop these skills through creating, rehearsing and per forming their own or iginal piece of theatre, which will be per formed with the suppor t of a full creative team in their Factor y Theatre The summer school r un between 19-30 August and is suitable for ages 5-18


Until 31 December


Bursting with pride

Bristol Pride is marking 15 years of inclusive and diverse festivals that have illuminated the city’s LGBTQ+ community since 2010, so we caught up with Aled Osborne (aka famous local drag queen Miss Beaver, who has programmed the famous Cabaret Stage for more than a decade) ahead of this year ’ s parade and spectacular event at Clifton Down on 13 July


Pride festivals have come a long way since the first parade held on these shores in L ondon on 1 July 1972. It ’ s estimated that 2,000 joined the march to show their support to the LGBTQ+ global community, which was still reeling from the S tonewall uprising three years ear lier across the Atlantic. Since then those 2,000 attendees have turned into many hundreds of thousands who flock to more than 280 Pride celebrations held across the UK each year. Yet despite the many events curated at villages, towns and cities, those in the know all acknowledge that Bristol’s annual Pride festival is a rather special affair, glittering with a certain magic that sets it apart from many others.

“Bristol Pride keeps the ver y meaning and purpose of Pride in general ver y close to its heart,” says Aled Osborne (aka Bristol scene drag queen Miss Beaver), who’s a key part of the organising team and has programmed the Cabaret Stage line up for 11 years “Bristol in general is such a welcoming city, and has its own kind of vibe Last year, one of my head liners [series two winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World] Tia Kofi was a bit weepy back stage because of how incredible the feeling was at Bristol Pride ”

“ If you ever need a place to feel seen, to feel loved, to feel represented, and to feel 100% safe while having the best time with thousands of other people who think like you, then you should go to a Pride event ”

For Osborne, one of the reasons Bristol’s event is so special is that despite its growth into a huge city-scale Pride, it still feels like a tightknit community celebration.

“Even though it ’ s one of the largest UK Prides now – and with that comes all the additional challenges associated with holding an event of its size – it still holds true to its core values,” he continues. “Ever ybody wants to be there From the acts to volunteers to paid members of the Pride team to ever yone who turns up, we ’ re all there for the same reason If you were to cut through the middle of Clifton Down on the day like a stick of rock – ever ybody has Pride running through them It shows on the stages, when you ’ re walking around the festival, backstage ” Osborne also flags the fact that Bristol Pride entr y is by donation, making the event more accessible for members of the community who may not have the means to be able to pay for tickets themselves There are different tiers of donation available, with a sliding scale of benefits on the day – from free travel on First Bus to onsite bar discounts and af ter part y entr y And though the team is grateful for its success and welcome reception in the city each year, its members are always keen to remain conscious about ways of improving the event

“Bristol Pride is always evolving,” says Osborne “It ’ s always looking to be better at what it ’ s doing, never resting on its laurels – whether that ’ s regarding sustainability, diversity, considering what ‘pride’ actually means and in turn not allowing certain people at the event because their ethos

Bristol Pride main stage (credit: Dan Weill) EVENT

doesn’t match what Pride is all about. We’re asking how can we be better? How can we represent the community even more? That shows on the day with regards to who is booked and performing The line-ups speak for themselves, we really think about it with care. ”

Speaking of line-ups, 2024’s festival on 13 July following the parade is positively beaming with pride More than 200 artists will be performing at the festival across five stages, with the newly named Uplif t S tage, Dance Performance Stage, Circus Tent and – of course – the Cabaret S tage, which will be head lined by RuPaul’s Drag Race star Heidi n Closet and Pixie Polite The day also features a dedicated Family Area and Youth Area, Community Area, Silent Disco and multiple bars and food stalls Pop legends The Human L eague will also take to the main stage for a head line set on S aturday evening – a performance that Osborne recognises will be poignant for many people in the crowd.

“ They ’ re synonymous with the 80s and early 90s when things were tough and as a community we had to get together and fight for a myriad of reasons. A lot of the communit y are going to hold The Human L eague ’ s music c lose to their heart as it will remind them of that era within our movement when we had to band together ”

A busy beaver

Osborne balances Pride commitments with a 9-5 job working at a local HIV charity with gigs as professional drag queen Miss Beaver.

“ This is my 11th year involved with Bristol Pride, which is craz y I won a local drag competition back in 2012, and one of the prizes was to perform on the main stage at Pride – which was a smaller event that year due to Jubilee and the Olympics, on College Green rather than Castle Park, so they didn’t have space for the Cabaret Stage At the time I was working in one of the LGBTQ+ venues that no longer exists on Old Market, booking cabaret for their weekly cabaret slots on a Sunday

“Dar yn Carter, one of Bristol Pride’s directors, knew that and reached out to me af ter the 2012 Pride and asked me to help, knowing they wanted a Cabaret Stage back for the 2013 event ”

Osborne’s in depth knowledge of both local and global cabaret performers was exactly what Bristol Pride needed, and he’s never looked back, nearly doubling the number of acts booked on his stage in the years that have passed “I had quite a small, dedicated team back then on our humble little stage, but the acts were still phenomenal. As it ’ s progressed,

I’ ve ensured that there’ s a good representation of good local talent. Bristol’s drag scene has evolved exponentially The number of drag performers in Bristol now compared to when I was first booking is absurd, in the best way. Now, thankfully I have so many to choose from, because our drag scene is amazing, although it makes my job a lot harder!

“O ver the years as Pride has evolved, I always tr y and keep some Bristol favourites on the list Now it ’ s got to a place where I don’t have to host the stage for the whole day. All the hosts throughout the festival are local talent – and ever y act on our diverse line up this year is the best in their field

“Now we have a huge stage, with a catwalk and a big screen next to it dedicated to our performers The crowd in front of that stage are just D because they are phenomenal They feed all the performers ever ything they need to get through the day.”

Feel seen and loved

At the heart of Bristol Pride is a dedicated team who spend all year planning, programming and spreading the word about a jam-packed two weeks of events (which this year started on 29 June and runs until 14 July). More than 45,000 people are welcomed to the celebrations 15 years on from its first gathering, with 25,000 marching last year alone

There’s a huge community joining forces to embrace, support and lift each other up. Though not ever yone will have attended a Pride event before, Osborne urges newcomers to join the fun

“If you ever need a place to feel seen, to feel loved, to feel represented, and to feel 100% safe while having the best time and the most fun with thousands of other people who think like you, then you should go to Pride W hether that ’ s your first time, your 20th time, or 50th time; it could be your home Pride, or one that ’ s out of area because you would feel a bit safer being somewhere else instead; come and join us, and remember to take all it in At some point throughout the day, find a spot, breathe, and just soak it all up. It is one, if not the best, feelings you ’ ll ever have ” n

Br istol Pr ide ’ s t wo-week e vents prog ramme r uns from 29 June to 14 Jul y, with the parade and festival on 13 Jul y. For more infor mation and to donate, visit the website br istolpr ide co uk

I m a g e s a b o v e ( LR ) : R a ' J a h O ' H a r a ; S o n o f a T u t u , c r e d i t B h a g e s h S a c h a n i a ( a n d b o t t o m l e f t ) ; A l e d O s b o r n e h o s t i n g t h e C a b a r e t S t a g e i n 2 0 1 9 .
Images below (L-R): Joyful Pride crowd; Aled Osborne as Miss Beaver; Pride parade volunteers

ART and the galleries

Country: An Australian Aboriginal Group Exhibition by Coe Gallery; 16 July until 8 August (closed weekends)

Coe Galler y ’ s summer exhibition is Countr y – a group Aboriginal art exhibition exploring ‘countr y ’ and the connection each artist has with their homelands and culture.

Among this exhibition the galler y is delighted to introduce two new artists who will be showcasing their works in the UK for the first time: Ngiyampaa/Wangaaypuwan and W iradjuri artist Maddy Hodgetts and Ngiyampaa and W iradjuri artist Melnunnie Hodgetts’ artwork above depicts the Buugan river, which starts in W iradjuri Countr y and flows through Wangaaypuwan Countr y W ith influences of traditional Ngiyampaa styles, the artwork depicts a mapping line style seen in local cave art, while using symbols to represent special landmarks and stories on Countr y

The Vestibules, College Green, BS1 5TR;

Image: ‘Buuganga’ (Bogan River) by Maddy Hodgetts

Horsepower at Rainmaker, until 31 July

Horsepower is an exhibition of contemporary Native American art that invites us to slow down and visualise a world without cars, not only in times past but also in the future It asks us to consider why we are in such a hurry and what we might gain from re -introducing these beautiful creatures into our daily lives?

The show includes paintings and photography by five contemporar y Native American ar tists: Tony Tiger (Muscogee / Sac & Fox-Seminole), Jopovi Romero (Pojoaque / Cochiti Pueblo / Santa Clara Pueblo / Ohkay Owingeh), Nocona Burgess (Comanche), Del Cur fman (Apsáalooke), Eugene Tapahe (Diné) and Rick Grimster (Mvskoke).

rainmakerar; 140 Whiteladies Road, BS8 2RS

Nengi Omuku: The Dance of People and the Natural World at Arnolfini; 29 June until 29 September

Arnolfini invites audiences to journey into the lush landscapes of Nigerian artist Nengi Omuku’s exhibition The Dance of People and the Natural World, whose work immerses human figures within nature, highlighting the relationship between both individual and collective thought and ideas of belonging Entr y is free, but donations are welcome

16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA; 0117 917 2300;

Image: Nengi Omuku, Eden, 2022 Oil on sanyan

Image: Jopovi Romero, Riding Dirty: Crow Futurism II, cyanotype with gold leaf

Summer exhibitions

at Royal West

of England Academy, until 11 August

As par t of a triple bill of exhibitions honouring global majority ar tists, the RWA brings the pioneering work of Rasheed Araeen to Bristol for the first time Conscious Forms includes an impressive array of Araeen’s bright, abstract sculptures Alongside these works, informed by Araeen’s engineering training and immersion in Islamic geometr y and architecture, are figurative paintings and collages dating from the 1950s to today

Meanwhile, Windrush: Por traits of a Pioneering Generation is a moving exhibition honouring the accomplishments and legacy of the Windrush Generation Finally, Valda Jackson: Miss Polly showcases a power ful and evocative installation by esteemed writer and ar tist Valda Jackson MBE RWA This thought-provoking exhibition delves into the realms of neurological research and the concept of the ‘unfinished brain’. r; Queen’s Road, Clif ton, BS8 1PX

The Changing Face by Carl Melegari at Clifton Contemporary Art, until 20 July

Carl Melegari’ s portraits and figure paintings radiate life Their deeply textured surfaces and muted, monochromatic palette are imbued with presence and character, balancing abstraction and the figurative His latest collection at Clifton Contemporar y Art conjures this inherent balance through powerful studies of the human face, revealing fleeting expressions and innate personality, while revelling in the sheer physicality of oil paint

cliftoncontemporaryart co uk, 25 Portland Street, Clifton, BS8 4JB

Image: THAIS by Carl Melegari. Painting size: 91.4 x 91.4cm oil on canvas

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Left: © Valda Jackson MBE RWA, Miss Polly and Molly Take Tea, 2016. Right: © Valda Jackson MBE RWA, Waiting, 1991

Expert opinion


Chris Yeo, Valuer at Clevedon Salerooms and regular expert on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

Georgie Porgie pudding and pie

I’ m quite sure that by the time you read this you will have had quite enough of opinion polls, so I’ ll keep it brief. A few years ago, for reasons best known to itself, English Heritage conducted a poll to find ‘Britain's Most Useless Monarch’. S hakespeare’ s great bogeyman Richard III, scored highly but top of the rubbish heap came George IV AKA the Prince Regent. To my mind this was a complete travesty. Okay, he was extravagantly self-indulgent, greedy, laz y and irresponsible, preferring a life of luxur y over the tedious business of governing but (as the joke goes) he had his bad points as well. Personally, I’ m happy to over look Georgie Porgie’ s shortcomings for one good reason: without a doubt, George’s crowning achievement was to give his name to the style of decorative art known as Regency.

In the decorative arts stylistic epoch to take th ruling figure; we thin Elizabethan in England L ouis in France. Yet fe active role as George was arguably the best patron and collector of art ever to sit on the English throne. In a time when wealth and privilege counted for ever ything, George was the undisputed leader of fashion and he defined the taste of a generation His appetite for collectin art and antiques w prodigious. In three years spent the vast sum £160,000 on furniture alo Those of us in search Regency elegance need n Clevedon S alerooms’ latest F ine Art auction, a ver y stylish librar y armchair sold for £680 proving that good, well-made and well-proportioned examples of Regenc y furniture can add st yle and elegance without breaking the bank. ■; @chrisyeo antiques (Instag ram)


Brin s big win

Bristol-based Veterinary surgeon Brin Pirathapan won the judges’ and the nation’s hearts recently when he claimed the prestigious title of MasterChef Champion 2024 But has he swapped his vet scrubs for chef whites since his win?

Wel l, wel l, wel l Hasn’t Br istol done ver y wel l when it comes to televised cooking competitions?

The dust had onl y just settled on loc al c hef s

Tommy Thor n and K asae Fr aser making their

tr iumphant jour ne y to the final three on MasterChe f: The P rofessionals ear lier this year when Bristol-based vet Brin Pirathapan stormed onto our screens, hot on their tails for sister series MasterChe f.

Cooking his way past 57 other culinar y competitors after eight weeks of increasingly tough challenges, Pirathapan gave judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace what Torode c laimed was “the best final we ’ ve ever done ” in the show ’ s 20-ser ies histor y P irathapan’s unique, creative ingredient combinations helped him ultimatel y c laim the title of champion, making him one of the hottest new chef talents to watch in the UK We spoke to him a few days af ter his win was televised

Has winning MasterChef finally sunk in now that the world knows about it?

It was near ly six months between filming my win and it being announced. O bviously, that's a long time, but we had a lot going on.

We've been doing a lot of fun stuff away from MasterChef So it was quite nice that no one knew just yet. I had some time to enjoy it within my family and with my fiancé Since then, it's all been busy, but in a really good way I'm just tr ying to figure out the kind of projects I want to take on and figure out where I want to go with it all. I’m ver y tired, though!

Did you have a favourite moment from the show?

I think probably the 20th anniversar y banquet was up there with one of the best things I've ever done It was the first huge ser vice we’d done on the show Then to finish by going into this room and getting a standing ovation from all of our heroes was unbelievable. I was on cloud nine for a long time after Even looking back at it now, it just doesn’t seem real

What was the toughest challenge for you?

It was all tough in that I always gave myself lots to do, and I would just be grinding away constantly But the one that really sticks in my mind is the second challenge, when I had to cook for three of the past contestants, and I just gave myself way too much to do You only get one hour and 15 minutes to produce a plate I just didn’t execute it as well as I could have, or would have liked to.

Brin Pirathapan celebrating his win, and right, in ac tion on the show

Was there a stand-out dish that really epitomises your current approach to cooking?

The octopus and grapefruit is the pinnacle of the way my mind works. I didn’t know I had the ability to think like that until I was just doing it, and then it just turned out that octopus, grapefruit and rosé are an incredible combination. But I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know how I came up with it, and I wasn’t expecting to get the feedback I did I really felt like that dish was me saying to the judges, ‘ This is me, and this is what I can do. So from now on, you ’ re going to get kind of this level or higher

What are some of your favourite Tamil Sri Lankan meals and flavours from growing up?

A classic dish my parents used to make was a Sri Lankan mutton curr y It ’ s full of depth and uses a cut of meat that generally isn’t used often I took that for granted as a kid, but growing up and now knowing more about wor ld, I realised they took a cut that is not seen as fancy or as nice it can be tough – and cooked it in way that helps it take on grea flavours and makes it delicious to eat It would be eaten with their fried aubergine curr y, which is just next level They would bring that to ever y party And then there’ s a really simple tomato and red onion salad that my dad always makes I think the reason I like that is because all three of those dishes with their different flavours balance so well eaten with reall sticky plain rice. It is that balancing multiple flavours which taught me the chef I am today

supper clubs around Bristol, which I’m tr ying to sort out. So you ’ ll have to watch out for them, because they ’ re definitely coming There’s also potentially a book and some other exciting adventures If I were to eventually have a restaurant, I would go down the fine dining route, but with a lot more of the bold flavours that you saw from me on the show – being able to balance multiple elements in each dish, and it working even though it might not look like it would on paper

What would you say to other budding Bristol chefs who might want to enter MasterChef but are unsure?

If you ’ ve allowed yourself to even consider applying, it ’ s probably time to apply There is never, ever going to be a time where you think, ‘I’m good enough to win this’, because who knows who you ’ re going to be up against. I honestly didn’t think I was going to get on the show when I got on it; I didn’t think I was going to make it to the quarter finals or anything So you need to believe in yourself, but there’s an aspect of j t h i t take the leap. I learned so much during the show, e 100 times better than I was when I started –king techniques and flavour development skills t I didn’t know I had. And it honestly was the best ew months of my life n

Where is your favourite place to dine out in Bristol?

I think top for me at the moment, is S onny S tores in S outhville. I remember going in, and the vibe was just so relaxed, but still bustling for a Wednesday lunchtime The food sang for itself, and the produce they used was clearly of the best quality. It felt like a place where the food was the priority, and you wanted more of ever ything

You’ve said you want to do another Chef ’s Table from the show – if you could only have three chefs there who would it be?

I was in that era of growing up with Gordon Ramsey constantly on screen S o, I couldn’t not have Gordon there Then Nathan O utlaw, because I learned a lot of my fish skills and cooker y from him And Monica Galetti. I’ ve already cooked for her twice, but she’ s such a formidable force pushing women to the forefront of cooking, and I think that's super important W hat she’s done has been incredible for women in in the culinar y world.

What’s the future looking like for you?

Veterinar y practice is always going to be there. But for now, I’d like to really pursue food A restaurant is probably more of a long-term goal At the moment, I think I would like to do quite a lot of private dining and

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Orange wine

Recommendations by Tom Bleathman from The Great Wine Co.

Orange wine has grown drastically in popularity in recent years, but what exactly makes an orange wine orange? Orange wine, also known as skin-contact white wine, is made in a similar way to red W hite grapes are fermented together with their skins and seeds, then left in contact with the juice for a period of between one day to many months This creates a wine with an orange hue resulting in lots of complexity, tannin, and increased levels of dr yness and texture – more substant than a white wine and capable of takin on bigger flavours. Discover more at

Saint-Roch is a brand-new producer to GWC, and they produce superb wines from the Roussillon region in France. Tangerina, Château SaintRoch has alluring aromas of rose petals, rosehips, vanilla, Earl Grey tea and New Zealand

A hops The texture is ar vellously silky and h super-fine tannins. autifully done 19.50

A fantastic entry into orange wine is Orange Wine Albariño. Martin Codax is world famous for its traditional Albariño white wine, but this version has been aged on its skins for six months The nose has aromas of baked apples, oranges, and dried rose petals The palate is rounded with a touch of fresh apple and fine tannin Great for easy sipping in the back garden £22


National award nomination for Clifton eatery

Clif ton restaurant 1 York P lace, run by Freddy and Nessa Bird of littlefrench, was shortlisted for 'Opening of the Year' at the recent National Restaurant Awards The Bristol restaurant, which was launched by the husband and wife team in December 2023, was shortlisted alongside some eminent names from throughout the UK inc luding The Devonshire (which won the award) and Mountain – both found in L ondon's Soho

The awards were announced at a celebration in L ondon on 10 June and were attended by the UK's best chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and influencers Since its launch, 1 York P lace has received much critical acc laim – inc luding reviews from Tom Parker Bowles in the Mail on Sunday and from W illiam Sitwell in The Daily Telegraph

The 46-cover neighbourhood restaurant spotlights quality European produce, with a c lassic à la carte menu alongside a wine list curated by Freddy. The menu draws inspiration from his culinar y career to date, from his training at Ballymaloe Cooker y School, to working at the prestigious two Michelin-starred The Square with Phil Howard, and at Moro with Sam and Sam Clark.

1 York P lace, C lif ton, BS8 1AH;
Dining space at 1 York Place (credit: Tim Soar)

Glow with It

Shine bright thanks to the Summer Glow Menu by Nutritionist, Emily English (@emthenutritionist) available at Har vey Nichols Bristol

Har vey Nichols has teamed up with Emily English to curate a new line-up of super food juices and brunch dishes, in par tnership with wellness brand Bamford, to promote good gut health and bright skin Whether it’s a thirstquenching juice that’ll hit the spot or one of our flavour ful brunch dishes, the Summer Glow Menu takes inspiration from its predecessor’s best-sellers to leave you feeling revitalised From Spicy Halloumi Tacos to The Collagen Booster, you can enjoy 10% off your next Beyond Beauty purchase when you buy anything from the menu, plus receive a complimentar y Bamford Candle when you dine on any brunch dish and juice

The Summer Glow Menu will be available at the Second Floor Restaurant & Bar during the following times: Sunday: 11am – 5pm Monday to Wednesday: 10am – 5.30pm Thursday to Saturday: 10am – 9pm


Local food fund launches £150,000 fundraising campaign

Bristol Local Food Fund (BLFF) – a voluntar y initiative raising funds for community food projects – has announced a campaign to raise £150,000 by the end of 2024 to help tack le rising food insecurity in Bristol One in 12 Bristolians experience food insecurity, according to BLFF, affecting people from all walks of life across the city

With £100,000 raised by the Anti-Banquet event in Februar y soon to be distributed, BLFF now aims to step up its impact and grow its network of suppor ters To entice the local community to join its movement for food justice, BLFF has teamed up with some of Bristol’s best independent food businesses to offer foodie rewards as an added incentive, inc uding Har t ’s Baker y, Nadu, Kal Dosa, Pizzarova, Hugo’s Greengrocers, Gingerbeards

Preser ves, Ah-Mas Dumplings, Better Food, Eatchu, Forest Baker y and KASK

Ever y new suppor ter that commits to a minimum donation of £10 per month will be able to choose a gift voucher reward from one of the suppor ting businesses, ranging between £10-15 in value.

ity distillery adds new gin to portfolio

O'c lock Gin has introduced the latest addition to its portfolio of artisan gins: 6 O’c lock Gin Haz y Orange Following the recent launches of its Elderflower gin and the Spiced Orange and Cranberr y gin, this new creation has been designed to celebrate the joy of summer

Developed by head distiller Mark Hancock, Haz y Orange encapsulates botanicals led by juniper and coriander seeds, blended with hand-craf ted orange essence for a bold hit of citrus. The natural oils from the fruit have been consciously retained to enhance flavour and mouthfeel, resulting in the ‘ haze’

It ’ s available in a 70c l bottle from the distiller y and through regional wholesalers

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The Ethicurean team reveals new venture

The team behind Green Michelin-starred restaurant The Ethicurean, which closed its Wrington site in October last year, has announced a new project: Ethicurean Life

Ethicurean Life is the brainchild of the restaurant ’s co-founder Matthew Pennington and Nicola Cradock, who joined Pennington’s team in 2017 Together they will launch a monthly subscription-based seasonal recipe club and online community, as well as in-person m t l d workshops, which will be held across the UK provide a consultation ser vice to like -minded businesses, helping them enhance their offerings and embrace sustainable practices alongside team training

Through Ethicurean Life, Pennington and Cradock want to help people reconnect with nature and transform their relationship with food

CAMRA Bristol crowns pub of the year

The Bristol & District branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) invited local members to nominate pubs for consideration in the annual branch Pub Of The Year competition This year ’s winning pub is The Horseshoe in Chipping Sodbur y, with the Merchants Arms in Hotwells as runner-up, who were judged with other nominated finalists against various nationally designated criteria to decide the result

“Pub Of The Year is not just about the beer,” says CAMRA Bristol & District Branch Chair Richard Brooks

“Judges are expected to consider the full customer experience and whether a pub offers that something extra. This year, judges commented that they par ticularly liked the atmosphere, friendly staff, community focus and overall impression of The Horseshoe, Chipping Sodbur y. The Merchants Arms in Hotwells is clearly on a roll, as it has achieved Runner-up branch Pub Of The Year for the second year in a row. The judges found it to be a welcoming community local with a cosy interior and excellent real ale.”


Harbouring good feelings

If you ’ re after riverside dining, it doesn’t get much better than Harbour House. Rosanna Spence visited one recent Friday evening to try the local, seasonal menu that celebrates the great and the good of southwest produce

Like or loathe him, there’s no arguing that Jay Rayner is one of the most renowned restaurant critics of our time. I admit I’m a fan, so ever since he wrote in The Guardian that Harbour House is a “delightful place to be”, we ’ ve been keen to see if the eater y lived up to his hype. It ’ s good news: the two years that have passed since his glowing re vie w have been ver y kind to Harbour House

There ’ s no deny ing that the main attraction of the venue is its loc ation S et inside an impressive histor ic 19th centur y boatshed –designed by no other than Isambard Kingdom Brunel himself during the Clif ton Suspension Bridge’s construction – you’d be hard pressed to find a more tranquil harbourside dining spot in Bristol’s centre (though I’ ll give a well-earned nod to its neighbour Riverside here, which shares the same envious position by the water).

But even if you come for the location, you ’ ll stay for the food and drink And though we were visiting for a laid back Friday dinner ser vice, I wouldn’t hesitate to stop by for a quick bite or pint the next time I find myself wandering along that end of Bristol’s F loating Harbour

That ’ s because Harbour House manages to be ever ything to ever yone The design is comfy enough to feel relaxed, but refined enough to warrant a celebrator y booking There’s a nautical pub feeling around the central bar, with one side seating groups of friends drinking and soaking up the vie ws, with bustling tables of diners the other side. The cosy armchairs surrounding a few of the tables along a wooden-c lad interior wall are cr ying out for a few cups of coffee, a Richard Osman novel and a typically drizzly Bristol day on the water to gaze out at.

W hen the sun shines though, the glass door walls of Br unel’ s boatshed – supported by gorgeously ornate steel columns – are folded back to let people pour out onto the glorious terrace over looking the water It can feel like there’s no better place to be

Menu makers

Members of the Harbour House team (who, by the way, are incredibly friend ly and attentive) are understandably proud of the produce they pur vey One glance at the restaurant ’ s supplier map and you ’ ll see it ’ s a who’s who of food and drink brands. Producers range from 1.3 miles away – Bristol Distilling Co – to 138 miles away The latter of which is the family-run W ings of St Mawes in Cornwall, and the distance can be forgiven bec ause the company specialises in sustainable, seasonal seafood delivered daily to Harbour House, meaning all fish was in the ocean 24 hours before being ser ved L ocal brewers, greengrocer, butcher and more make up the rest of the stellar cast. But rather than reel them all off, let ’ s meander through our menu choices

English asparagus with Grana Padano and crushed peanuts Scallops with garlic and chilli butter and chorizo gratin

I kicked off with glass of Aldwick Estate ‘Jubilate’ Classic Cuvée –from a fine Mendips vineyard not too far from Bristol Airport that I’ve had the joy of visiting before and will always choose if on the drinks list – a perfect kick of fizz to wake up your palate

Before I dive into our food choices, I’d like to give an honourable mention to something I didn’t order – purel y bec ause it was on the sandwich menu and though I’d have loved an attempt at squeezing both lunch and dinner into one sitting I wasn’t sure the team would have appreciated me taking a nap on one of those inviting armchairs. I’ ll be returning ASAP to order the roast beef ciabatta with rocket, caramelised onions, and honey and mustard relish W hy? Because it comes with a gravy dip, as ever y beef sandwich should.

Bac k to the task at hand, though We ordered a delic ate plate of English asparagus with wild gar lic pesto, Grana Padano and crushed peanuts; and two grilled southwest scallops with a garlic and chilli butter and choriz o gratin Though the ser vings may feel small to some, the flavours were big and we were grateful to have awakened our appetites, ready for the main event.

And what an event it was My dining partner went for a generous portion of Gloucester-based Ben Creese Countr y Butcher lamb cutlets

ser ved with polenta, wild gar lic pesto and seasonal greens I followed in the hallowed footsteps of Mr Rayner and ordered the roast cod with butter beans, spicy N’duja and charred sweetheart cabbage The flavours were well rounded, the cod was as butter y as the beans and the tomatobased stew wrapped ever ything together in a silky blanket that had a satisfying kick to it.

W hen it c ame to desser t, we had ver y different ideas My dining par tner was determined to tac kle the profiterole tower, piled high between layers of dark chocolate sauce, whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts It ’ s meant for two (‘or not!’ the menu teases) but seeing as she’s pregnant we decided that counted I, on the other hand, chose a Wogan coffee (one of my favourite local coffee roasters) affogato with a house-made rosemar y shortbread It was a divine way to see the last of the sun ’ s rays glitter on the water before wadd ling – probably more so than my pregnant counterpart – out the door to see what else the harbour had in store n

Harbour House is open Mon-Sat 12pm to 11pm and Sunday 12pm to 10pm (we hear the roast is impeccable); it is located at T he Grove, BS1 4RB; hhbr

Profiterole tower Water-side terrace with a view

It’s going swimmingly!

Ready for some current affairs? We’re talking water, not politics Synchronised swimming is about to become big news, being put on the global map by an incredible group of people who share a Bristol connection – from the world-class athletes going for gold at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, to an award-winning photographer whose work has been used across the host French city to promote the sport

What do Henleaz e Lake, Team GB athlete Kate Shortman and photographer Eva Watkins have in common? Well, apart from all being in, born in or having studied in Bristol ( Watkins is an alumna of the University of West England), they ’ ve all made an impact on the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, which officially begin on 26 July and wrap up on 11 August.

P lus, they ’ ve all been involved with synchronised swimming – or artistic swimming as it ’ s now known in the sporting world

Shortman (who’s currently studying at the University of Bath) – and her fellow artistic swimming partner Izz y Thorpe – have been making waves in the sport already, with their sights firmly set on gold at the upcoming games as part of Team GB.

At the recent European Championships in Belgrade, the pair secured silver in both the Tech D uet and Free D uet competitions, following on

from their silver and bronze at the World Championships in Februar y and Tech D uet gold at last month’s O lympic Test Event in Paris O utside of the professional sport, and waist-deep in cold water is Almost Synchro, a team of artistic swimmers – who are mostly females aged 50 and above – who have been training, improving their wellbeing and generally having a wonderful time at Henleaze Lake after first coming together there to mark the water’s centenar y in 2019.

Watkins, having photographed the group for a project, which you can read about in a moment, had her images (above) of the synchro swimmers featured on billboards across the Paris Metro as part of a citywide celebration of sport in preparation for the O lympics’ arrival this summer And there you have it – our city has provided three fantastic offerings that will help put synchronised swimming on the global map, and each has shared their thoughts with The Bristol Magazine about their hopes for the future of the sport and how it ’ s impacted their lives

Almost Synchro at Henleaze Lake, one of the images used on billboards across the Paris Metro (Credit: Eva Watkins)


“I began this project in my final year of university in 2019-2020 I have always enjoyed creating work with groups of people doing something unique My university tutor at the time, Liz Banks, told me about the synchronised swimming team she performs with in lakes/ponds/the sea called Almost Synchro

“As someone who loves wild and cold-water swimming, working with them on a project felt like a perfect fit. S omething that became ver y apparent during this project was their bond with one another as a group, cheering each other on to brave the cold water They taught me how important it is to have those around you for support. We spoke a lot about the physical and mental benefits they ’ ve experienced since forming the team, how being in the water releases oxytocin

“S eeing my work in the Paris Metro stations in promotion of the Olympics was something I never imagined would happen to me Despite visiting Paris to see it on display, I’m still in disbelief and find it incredibly surreal. I am hugely thankful to Almost S ynchro for allowing me to create work with them, and to F isheye and RATP for giving me the opportunity to display my work in such a fantastic way ”


“Synchro swimming, and being part of Almost Synchro, has given me renewed confidence I’m about to hit 50 (I’m the baby of the group!) and so many women I know are really struggling with transitioning into this next stage of their lives.

“But I feel better than I ever have done, physically and mentally, and synchro has definitely played a big part

“For years I wouldn’t wear shorts, I was so self-conscious about my bottom half, and now I’m performing, parading around the streets in protests and appearing on national TV in just my swimming costume! Being part of a team, being challenged, staying fit, being in the water all year round, wearing matching costumes and hats is like being a child again but better We’re challenging social stereotypes, championing body positivity, dancing in the water and having a right laugh along the way. Hopefully, Eva’s brilliant pictures, the connection with the Paris O lympics and recent coverage of Almost S ynchro will inspire more people to get their own groups together, get in the water and give it a go. Synchro is for ever yone, it doesn’t need to be competitive or serious and

there’s something really special about being part of a team I honestly believe that ‘ proper ’ synchro is the most challenging sport there is It ’ s time ever yone got behind it and showed it the respect it deser ves. ”


“My favourite aspect is the artistr y and beauty of the sport. All swimmers really put their heart into the performance and it is such a strong and kind community so ever yone is supporting each other and can appreciate moves which are particularly difficult and artistic.

“I’m expecting the Paris Olympics to be a ver y different experience to our last Games Tokyo, regardless of Covid-19, was the best experience of my life so far! It was incredible to have achieved a lifelong dream and we were just ecstatic to be a part of the team This time around, we are training with a much higher ranking within our reach due to the rule change and hope to achieve a historic result, so the focus is different but we are still tr ying to enjoy ever y moment as much as possible It is still a small sport, but one which is gaining a lot of traction and engagement, so to be a part of that and know that it is just the beginning is really exciting to see where it will go Team GB trains at Hengrove Park L eisure Centre and anyone who wants to tr y should enquire at City of Bristol Synchro Club.” n;;

Kate Shor tman and Izzy Thorpe (Credit: LEN) Almost Synchro (Credit: Cat Wynn; catw ynn com)

Bristol at work


SS Great Britain to exhibit at RHS Hampton Court Palace

At this year ’ s RHS mpton Court Palace Garden al, Brunel’s SS Great Britain will be showcasing the ship’s horticultural histor y in a fascinating floral exhibition

In the V ictorian era, the iconic steamship became a floating garden, transporting rare plant species between Britain and Australia in Wardian cases These mini glass houses were early types of terrarium, and their protective capabilities enabled plants to sur vive long and arduous voyages.

The SS Great Britain Trust will be displaying two Wardian cases at the RHS festival, which is taking place from 2-7 July The Wardian cases will celebrate the inbound and outbound plant species carried by the ship between 1859 and 1875 Museum staff have created the display with RHS Gold Medal winning designer Jane Porter, in line with new research conducted by the charity ’ s Brunel Institute. V isitors to RHS Hampton Court Palace will be able to view the Wardian cases in the festival’s legendar y floral marquee

New Abbey

Wood hotel opens

Travelodge has opened its seventh hotel in Bristol, creating 25 new jobs in the process The new Travelodge hotel is situated in the Abbey Wood Retail Park, close to the Bristol Ministry of Defence offices. The site is located within easy access to the M4, M5 and Bristol city centre

Sustainability has been when designing the hotel, which has a BREEAM Very Good rating and an Energy Per formance Certificate rating of B The hotel also includes a number of sustainable features such as PV cells on the roof, EV car charging and bird and bat boxes incorporated into the hotel building.

Central workspace launches after £12m refurbishment project

A contemporar y workspace in the heart of Bristol’s bustling commercial district will officially launch this week following a £12m major refurbishment. Set in Bristol’s city centre by Castle Park, BLOK is an eight-minute walk from Temple Meads Train Station Already 60% let prior to practical completion and boasting a series of new tenants, including Coreus Projects, 5 Values Consulting, RWK Goodman and Nathaniel Lichfield Partners, the completed BLOK building will ser ve as a welcome addition to the city ’ s thriving business sector. Having purchased the tired 1980s-built property in 2021, Boultbee Brooks decided against demolition and instead employed Mutiny Architecture & Design to come up with plans which could breathe new life into the existing structure.

The building now offers 70,000 sq ft of modern workspace and a further 11,000 sq ft of occupier welfare and amenity space, including communal lounge, meeting rooms, presentation spaces, independent coffee shop, courtyard garden, roof terrace and private g ym

“In line with our core ethos of ‘Repurpose, not Rebuild’ , we ’ re passionate about reviving older buildings and giving them a new lease of life, with the aim of keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible,” says Boultbee Brooks’ managing director James W hitcher

“From the outset we committed to retaining the existing façade, instead prioritising expenditure in areas of the scheme that would deliver the highest level of day-to-day benefit for the occupiers using it, resulting in one of the most amenity rich workspaces in Bristol at a ver y competitive price point. We look for ward to announcing and welcoming new businesses to BLOK over the summer ”

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Bristol at work


Businesses called on to help beat holiday hunger

Community of Purpose is calling on businesses to join its mission to support families in need in Bristol, unlocking 6,000 more places for holiday support

The organisation’s Break Free programme offers the chance for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive hot meals outside of term time, keep active and nurture friendships, strengthening their social skills and self-esteem. They take part in sporting activities and visit cultural places, thereby relieving the financial and time pressures which many of their parents and carers face Almost three quarters of those who take part in Break Free receive free school meals.

Now the social enterprise is looking to scale up its operation, by increasing the number of business supporters from 70 to more than 100

The team estimates that it can support more than 6,000 young people through its activities if 30 more businesses came on board

Co-founder and CEO Amy Kington says: “ We have seen just how much of an impact we are already making, with 70 fantastic businesses on board From Lancer Scott to Arthur David and Hobbs House Baker y

– we welcome businesses big, small, young and well-established They just need to be passionate about supporting young people in Bristol

“If 30 businesses each offer £5,000, an incredible 6,000 more children can come along to Break Free That ’ s two hot meals per day, plus structured and supportive activities which all contribute to happier, healthier young people with a stronger sense of self and value. This is invaluable not just to the individuals themselves, but to their families too The school holidays make up 25% of the year at 13 weeks cumulatively, so the impact that these programmes have is massive.

“ We look for ward to making even more of a difference with businesses across the city ”

New GM for Cadbury Hall

Staff at Barchester Healthcare’s Cadbur y Hall Care Home in Yatton have welcomed a new general manager to head the team Audrene Abrigo will oversee the running of the 34bed home and will be responsible for a team of 45 staff. Prior to starting in this position, Abrigo worked in various roles and health care environments including the NHS, care leader in a residential home, deputy manager, regional clinical development nurse in the Cotswolds, and has now been promoted to general manager Abrigo began her career in care as a kitchen assistant in a nursing home, and therefore has over 16 years of experience in the industr y, working in both private large care home groups

City hoteliers say Bristol needs more big gigs

The Bristol Hoteliers Association (BHA) has called for more big gigs across the city, while applauding Ashton Gate – home of Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Bears rugby team – for its efforts in putting the city on the musical map The BHA is eagerly awaiting the opening of the Y TL Arena Bristol, located at the former Filton Air field’s Brabazon hangar. With a capacity of 19,000, it is set to be the fourth-largest venue in the country and an all-year-round destination, with conference and exhibition facilities as well as a proposed outdoor cinema, ice rink and sports courts The BHA says more big gigs and major events in Bristol all year round could provide a welcome boost to business for the city ’s hospitality sector.


Auctionet - A Brief History

Auctionet was founded in 2011 by a team of auctioneers, valuers and tech-wizards who, while all working within a renowned Swedish auction house, came to realise that the auction industr y was totally failing in its attempts to co-exist with the rapidly changing, tech-fuelled demands of the 21st century

While many within the industr y would see the traditional auction modelsomeone on a rostrum shouting and banging a hammer - as a romantic nod to centuries past, the fact of the matter is that auctions are, for the most part, wholly unsuited as profit-making entities in the modern world Storage costs, staff costs, building costs and ever y other type of cost that goes into running a traditional auction setup have all increased in the last twenty years

So, Auctionet did a full ‘180’ and turned the model on its head by adopting the Concept of Lean and adapting it for the auction world No more stockpiling items for specific sales on specific dates - instead, we pursue a course of Continuous Online selling which involves the auction houses processing, uploading and selling items on a daily basis as opposed to weekly, monthly or even quarterly

We then began adapting premises and internal processes to suit this dynamic, and built a transport and logistics system from scratch to ensure a smooth and constant flow of goods out of the building, leaving the auction houses free to focus on getting more stuff in to the building

As a result, our partner auction houses are able to sell more items at a faster rate and in a more efficient manner - which in turn leads to happy sellers and happy buyers, and a more profitable auction house!

Lawrences Fine Art Auctioneers

Auctionet partnered with one of the best-known and well-regarded provincial auction rooms, Lawrences Fine Art in Somerset Since taking the helm, we have converted their weekly sales into Continuous Online sales and have increased the quality of the quarterly sales, ensuring that all items are being sold in the most appropriate sales and are being marketed to a much larger, Pan-European and global, audience

So, if you are looking to transform your organisation through lean management, creating a more effective way of working whilst maintaining a strong output, why not come on this forward thinking, tech-savvy way of working with Auctionet

Contact: Andy Sagar - Managing Director Auctionet UK | E andy sagar@auctionet com | auctionet com

5 practical ways to ensure you don’t run out of money in retirement

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Feeling proud

This month, our friends at Gloucester Road Books have chosen stories in honour of Bristol’s Pride celebrations

Anote from the team: “O ur primar y aim is that the shop be a fascinating place to explore We have a significant focus on titles published by small independent presses. There are lots of really brilliant small publishers putting out incredibly exciting books, and we want to help get these out into the world. The stock is carefully chosen and constantly changing, so even if you pop in ever y week there will always be new books to find ”

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A Green Equi by Elizabeth Mavor, Vir Modern Classics, £9

This fabulously camp novel w shortlisted for the Booker Pr in 1973, and after decades being out of print w republished by V irago last ye It follows Hero, an antiquaria bookseller in a quaint Englis town who undergoes a serie of transformations initiated by falling in love with her lover’ s wife This is both a ver y funny novel and wonderfully rich in its descriptive, abundant style

Playboy by Constance Debré, translated by Holly James, Tuskar Rock, £10.99

P layboy is the first volume of a trilog y written by Debré that met wide acc laim when it was published in France in 2018 It follows the life transformation of a woman who abandons her marriage, legal career, and her life in Paris to become a lesbian and writer. Written in c lear, segmented prose, Playboy chronic les an astounding process of transgression and liberation.

Truth and Dare by So Mayer, Cipher Press, £10.99

The indie publisher of queer fiction and nonfiction, Cipher Press, has published this wide-reaching and personal debut fiction collection by critic, So Mayer Described by the publisher as a ‘ queer quantum tour’, Truth and Dare is a thrilling and highly-engaging read, blending science fiction, gender theor y, public and secret histories and more!

Love Leda by Mark Hyatt, Peninsula Press, £10 99

Written in the 1960s this never-before-published novel follows L eda through the streets of Soho in a time before the Sexual Offences Act of 1967. L eda is estranged from his family and semihomeless, he pursues both transactional and unrequited love, and despairs over his place in society as a gay, workingc lass man The writing is fresh and acerbic and stands as an important document on queer life in 1960s L ondon

easepaint by Hannah Levene, ghtboat Books, £12 99 is experimental novel stages an semble cast against the backdrop of 950s New York Levene ppropriated oral histories, fiction of he butch-femme bar scene, as well Y iddish anarchist traditions, and olled them into her raucous haracters who flit between the dinner table and bar Published by the ever-exciting American press Nightboat Books

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Bristol Steiner School saved after £1m rescue effort

Bristol Steiner School had double cause to celebrate recently, marking its 50th anniversar y

amid news that fundraising efforts had successfully avoided its c losure af ter being put into administration in December 2023. Parents, alumni and the local community raised near ly £1m, while other rescue efforts inc luded craf ting a new business and building a robust pipeline of new students to secure its future. Cost-saving measures have also been implemented, as well as a new website launched

“Bristol Steiner School has always been more than just a place of learning; for our students it is somewhere they can be themselves and truly thrive,” says Siobhan Allison, one of the school’s new trustees “O ur new trustees are committed to preser ving this legacy while driving for ward with a sustainable vision for the future.”


University of Bristol webinar to help leaders apply for special masters course

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend an introductor y webinar on Monday 15 July for the University of Bristol’s part-time MSc in Strateg y, Change and Leadership The programme is delivered through a total of 16 work days and six Saturdays across two years – and is designed for those aspiring to, or holding senior manager and leadership positions and will fit around existing professional roles This master’s degree provides senior managers with the tools and techniques they need to navigate their organisations through demanding times by understanding organisational complexity and issues affecting success; improving the ability to manage change and uncertainty ; making better choices about growth and strategic direction; and increasing overall leadership impact.

For those wanting to know more information, there is an online event taking place on Monday 15 July from 5 45pm to 6 30pm

To find out more, or to apply for 2024 entr y, visit y-change-leadership-2024

Withywood SEND school in world top 10 list

Venturers' Academy, a school for children with autism located in Withywood, has made the World's Best School Prizes top 10 list, organised by T4 Education Executive head teacher Trystan Williams says: "Our school community is absolutely brimming with pride and excitement at the incredible achievement of being named one of the world’s top 10 schools, in the ‘Overcoming Adversity ’ category This accolade says so much about our amazing pupils and staff, as well as our wonder ful parents and carers, governors, sponsors and the wider community who are so supportive of our determination to create lifechanging opportunities for each and every one of our brilliant students.”

Sustainable start-ups scoop £30,000 in university contest

A start-up that is fighting fast fashion by digitising customers’ wardrobes has won a share of £30,000 in funding. Weaving Change’s app will model users ’ c lothes on a personalised avatar and use an algorithm to suggest outfit ideas It was one of four businesses to win in the University of Bristol’s New Enterprise Competition. F if teen student and graduate start-ups pitched their business plans to a panel of business experts and the winners were announced at a special event.

Weaving Change won £7,500 and a six-month membership at the award-winning University of Bristol tech incubator, SETsquared Bristol, which is also one of the competition sponsors. Other winners inc lude SLANT, Accommdeep and L ettus Digest br


The Spirit of Summer

Embark on a sensor y journey of summer fragrances with our edit created by Har vey Nichols Bristol. W hether you ' re curating a scent wardrobe for him, for her, or simply for ' you ' , the luxur y curation inc ludes some of the wor ld ’ s most exciting and exceptional niche, premium and fashion fragrance brands, capturing the essence of summer memories, from cocktails at sundown to gentle waves at the beach All frag rances are available at Har vey Nichols Br istol.


en of Silk Eau de Parfum 30ml. £165.00

g a hypnotic spell over all who encounter it, Queen of Silk emerges ptivating new women’s per fume from Creed fragrances Mirroring eted elegance of silk, this eau de par fum delicately embraces the n with a gossamer-like touch, leaving an enchanted aura that shimmers with luminous vibranc y Inspired by the distant lands through which this precious fabric once journeyed, Creed’s Queen of Silk weaves together exotic whispers of Chinese osmanthus, decadent tuberose and ethereal Javanese patchouli that dance seduc tively with cedar, agar wood and the smouldering softness of Madagascan vanilla in a lingering, sensual testament to timeless refinement


Limited Edition Beijos De Sol P 90ml. £24.00

Take a bite out of summer with Sol De Janeiro’s limite De Sol Per fume Mist with fresh notes of peach skin, and frangipani petals


724 Scented Hair Mist 70m


724 scented hair mist delicately per fumes the hair while leaving it soft, thanks to its light, air y tex ture The mist does not weigh down the hair and leaves it feeling refreshed Luminous, vibrant and comfor tably addic tive, 724 invites you to feel the city rhythm To the tempo of bergamot from Calabria, a cr ystalline white flower accord and sensual musks, 724 captures what all megalopolises have in common: that vibrant energy resonating in unison like a 724-beatsper-minute pulsation 724 scented mist is castor oil-based and held in the House’s iconic glass bottle An exceptional feel- good olfac tor y experience to savour ever y day


Mediterranean Honeysuckle Eau De Parfum 50ml £105

Escape to the sun- drenched azure-blue Mediterranean with AERIN’s Mediterranean Honeysuckle Eau De Par fum Sweet honeysuckle and sparkling grapefruit will help take you there, evoking lush flowers and shimmering beaches Italian bergamot sun-warmed and citrusy and mandarin oil impar t lasting freshness While lily of the valley and lush gardenia build to the sensuality and richness of jasmine sambac absolute This is a fragrance as magical and elegant as its inspiration

unset Hour Eau De Parfum 100ml.


a blazing sun dips into the Indian n, the scent of fragrant native fruit er vades the languorous evening eze A heavenly elixir of citrus and y delights awaits, giving way to a iciously gourmand and sensuous l hear t. Best ser ved at sunset hour.


Izia Eau De Parfum 100ml. £160.00 ( was £200.00 )

The star ting point of a modern and multifaceted new fragrance Sisley’s modern and feminine Izia is built around a rose with a unique scent Imbued with radiant and sophisticated top notes of white bergamot and pink pepper it seduces with its air y floral hear t of d’ornano rose and the warmth of a cedar base softened with amber accord and musks


Accento Eau De Parfum 100ml.


The head notes in Xerjoff ’s Accento Eau De Par fum immediately burst alive with the freshness of Italian citrus and floral notes leaving you in a loving embrace of warm Oriental under tones


Pour Homme Eau de Parfum 100ml. £175.00

Inspired by the textured landscape of the Italian region of Umbria, Brunello Cucinelli Pour Homme is a tribute to the complexity and beauty of nature The combination of traditional raw ingredients with the elegant yet understated bottle, results in a distinctive fragrance that thoroughly captures the spirit of Solomeo and Cucinelli.


Bristol Hypes: Embrace Sunshine with These Summer Health Hacks!

Summer is finally here, longer days, warmer temperatures and a renewed sense of energy With the change in season, it’s also important to adjust our health routines We’re all about making the most of our body’s natural healing power And summer is an opportunity to do just that!

Soak up the abundant sunshine for Vitamin D, (Safely) essential for strong bones and a healthy immune system But don’t just lounge –get moving! Bristol boasts stunning parks and green spaces that are perfect for a morning jog, a leisurely bike ride, or even a fun dance session in the park Remember, dancing is not just about coordinated steps and rhythm; it’s about expressing gratitude as you release endorphins, nature’s mood-boosters

Staying hydrated is crucial in the summer heat Instead of sugar y drinks, infuse your water with berries, herbs, or cucumbers for a refreshing twist! Carr y a reusable water bottle (preferably glass) with you and sip throughout the day

Summer brings seasonal delights of fruits and vegetables bursting with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants – nature’s perfect goodies for recharging your body Why not explore your local farmer’s markets and stock up on crisp salads as well? Grilling is a fantastic way to prepare delicious and healthy summer meals.

Enjoy Bristol’s vibrant arts scene, waterfront, and inviting parks that create positive energy!

These are just a few simple steps to make the most of your summer health If you incorporate movement, mindful hydration, seasonal eating, and a dose of Bristol’s positive energy, you can keep your body feeling fantastic all summer long!

Want to know more? Stay tuned for our next article, where we’ll explore seasonal health hacks, and share tips on creating delicious and healthy meals using local produce In the meantime, follow our founder on Instagram (@graceekall) for delicious recipe videos and helpful information on boosting your body’s natural healing power!

New ‘Taste of Summer’ spa package launched at Aztec Hotel & Spa

The Daniel Thwaite’s Spa Group has announced it ’s new ‘ Taste of Summer ’ spa package (from £115 per person, with a £10 supplement on weekends), available throughout July and August at Bristol’s Aztec Hotel & Spa. The package includes a luxur y Caudalie self-care gift, wor th over £40 Guests are treated to three hours of pure relaxation amidst the serene ambiance of Aztec Hotel’s Daniel Thwaites spa, featuring a rejuvenating pool and tranquil thermal experiences.

A delicious two-course lunch is included in the hotel’s restaurant, offering a selection of classic foods, or healthy spa-friendly options.

The highlight of the package is the indulgent Caudalie facial treatment, a 50-minute facial massage using products that are tailored to each individual skin type or concerns. The motion of massage on the skin helps the products penetrate deeper, and releases any tension in the facial muscles, for firmer, healthier, more beautiful skin. The treatment finishes with a shoulder, neck and finally, scalp massage to target any knots of stress, to leave truly soothed and refreshed


Give your recovery a sporting chance

With Euro 2024 currently underway, Wimbledon beginning on 1 July, and the Olympics at the end of the month, it’s set to be a summer of great sport! If you suffer a sports-related injury, Nuffield Health can oversee your complete recovery, from treatment through rehabilitation.

In recent years, more and more people of all ages have come to realise that the key to a long and healthy life is, quite simply, exercise

While this can offer considerable benefits to our health, for some there may be a price to pay; an injury related to their chosen sporting activity.

There are two kinds of sports injuries: acute and chronic Acute injuries occur suddenly, like a sprained ankle, twisted knee, or various fractures

Chronic injuries tend to happen after exercising over a longer period of time, and include most painful tendon conditions and stress fractures.

What’s so special about sports injuries?

While there are injuries that are very specific to certain sports, in general there is nothing particularly special about sports injuries compared to those that occur outside the sporting environment. In the majority of cases, the damage is exactly the same, and quite often the treatment will be too. There may be circumstances where treatment would be different in high level athletes, but your consultant at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital will apply the same principles when considering what type of treatment would be most appropriate for you.

What can people do to prevent sports injuries?

• Choose a sport that is right for you Be realistic about your body shape, your strength, and how flexible you are

• Always warm up before you play any sport.

• Learn how to do your sport the correct way, get some lessons, especially in more technically challenging sports such as swimming and tennis

• Use safety gear where appropriate

• Make sure you have the appropriate equipment for your sport For example, the wrong racket can contribute to you developing tennis elbow. Inappropriate shoes can contribute to painful conditions such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and other overuse tendon problems

If you are participating in sports that involve a lot of landing from a jump or pivoting movements, as in netball and hockey, it may be worthwhile seeing a physiotherapist who can teach you the correct landing techniques. This will minimise the risk of serious knee injuries such as patellar dislocations and anterior cruciate ligament ruptures


your limits

Build up your exercise tolerance levels gradually. This will not only make it less likely that you will get injured, but also make it much more enjoyable There is not much joy in exhausting yourself in your first ever session, only to find that you have to take two weeks off to recover

If you have a medical condition that may interfere with certain sporting activities, speak first to your GP, physiotherapist, or consultant.

Why choose Nuffield Health?

Nuffield Health is the UK’s largest healthcare charity, and we’re committed to our purpose of building a healthier nation. The consultant team at our Bristol Hospital not only includes a number of orthopaedic surgeons who specialise in the treatment of sports-related injuries, but also specialist physician in Sport

and Exercise Medicine, Dr Guy Evans, Chief Medical Officer with the Lawn Tennis Association Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital is also proud to be the Official Medical Partner of Bristol Bears Rugby.

Our physiotherapists have an excellent track record in the rehabilitation of upper and lower limb sports injuries, and as well as the Hospital, you can also book an appointment to see a physiotherapist at a Nuffield Health fitness and wellbeing gym Our family of gyms includes two Bristol sites – in Clifton, just a short walk from the hospital, and Stoke Gifford (pictured), near Bristol Parkway station. In addition to physiotherapy, our Bristol gyms have personal trainers whose specialist knowledge in strength and conditioning can aid members in overcoming pain and discomfort post-injury, and return to training freely, while Pilates classes with instructors qualified in clinical Pilates are also available.

Scan the QR code for more information about the services available at Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital, including physiotherapy and treatments for sport-related injuries You can also book an appointment on the website, or by calling 0117 911 6062.

Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital 3 Clifton Hill, Bristol BS8 1BN nuffieldhealth com/hospitals/bristol


BRISTOL at CURA in Westbur y

MBST has been used in Bristol for the past 6 years It works by dialling energy directly into damaged/inflamed cells , resetting the cells abnormal function and stimulating a repair process in the tissue

We see great outcomes in 80-90% of patients who are suffering pain/immobility with conditions that have struggled to respond to traditional treatments/inter ventions. Using weak electromagnetic fields, it’s completely safe and non invasive.

The technology is continuously being adapted and improved continuously and the latest model is coming to our clinic in July 24

Called the OsteoSpin Mk 2, it has that capability o one course of treatment unlike the existing device treatment courses down into individual areas

Whether you have multiple site ar thritis, Osteoporosis, Neuropathy , multiple tendinopathy, Fibromyalgia it offers the ability to improve the patient as a whole being with a view to improving the quality of the entire patients’ function/ quality of life.

In addition to treating patients suffering with pain, data coming from Germany and Spain is showing dramatic improvement in bone density AND quality in osteoporosis patients with an overall reduction in fracture risk

If you’re interested in looking into this technology call /email us

An award-winning innovative treatment for: Osteoar thritis | Back & disc problems | Bone conditions & fractures | Car tilage damage | Ligament, tendon & muscle damage | Spor ts & accident injuries. Talk to us today : 0117 959 6531
responded so well to the disc/ ner ve treatment for her Disc bulge with s1 ner ve root compression. Injections only helped temporarily yet 3 months post MBST she was able to come off all meds , had no leg pain and is still currently in great shape, even after a persistent cough!!
suffered a severe disc herniation with ner ve root compression and dreadful leg pain. His pain was 10/10…after disc and ner ve MBST last December his response was so fast and complete he went on 2 golfing trips by the end of March including long haul flights and is still doing really well
treatment for cartilage
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Angela on the other hand came to me with a ver y painful neck as a result of a long term Whiplash leading to arthritis…6 months following MBST

The heart of St Pauls

Last year it was decided that St Pauls Carnival would be held biennially, so, while there will be plenty of community events this summer, full-scale celebrations will not return until 2025 It seems appropriate, therefore, for Andrew Swift to honour this uniquely vibrant corner of the city by taking a walk through the heart of St Pauls, where, as we will see, the spirit of celebration goes back a very long way 1 2 3 4

We start outside the Full Moon on Stoke’s Croft, which has been welcoming punters for over 300 years, and is now covered by a suitably celestial mural. If you head down the side of the building and carr y on past the Bimm Institute, you emerge into Wilder Street, laid out by Peter Wilder in the mid-18th centur y The only building to sur vive from back then, though, is No. 25 on the left, once the Royal Oak beerhouse Turn left into Upper York Street and left again along Backfields, where in 1790 a circus impresario called Benjamin Handy erected a wooden amphitheatre based on the design of Astley ’ s Amphitheatre in London (image 1) In 1833, it was superseded by a new amphitheatre, built by another showman, Jem Ryan, but in 1859 the Wesleyans acquired the site and built the school on your right, which later became a coroner ’ s court and mortuar y

Turn right along Moon Street, heading towards the vibrantly Italianate façade of City Road Baptist Church. Before you reach it, turn right past the only sur viving part of the once extensive Stoke’s Croft Brewer y, which for over 30 years has been home to the legendar y Lakota Club More recently, the Lakota has also taken over the former coroner ’ s court

A left turn by Basement Beer, one of Bristol’s newest microbreweries, takes you along Backfield Lane, where Ducrow Court, on the right, stands on another site with a distinguished histor y In 1761 RC Carter, a ‘riding master’ from London, built ‘circular stables’ here in which he laid on public performances of equestrian showmanship, along with other events In 1769, for example, over 400 spectators cheered on George Milsom, a Kingswood collier, as he beat W illiam ‘ The Nailer’ Stevens, a former England champion, in a bare-knuckle boxing bout

O ver 50 years later, in 1824, the circus impresario, Andrew D ucrow, built an even grander amphitheatre here, which he called the National Olympic Arena In 1861, at the opening of City Road Baptist Church, so many people turned up to hear the celebrity preacher, Charles Spurgeon, that he agreed to address them in D ucrow ’ s Arena instead. After a crowd of over 2,000 had been admitted, however, it was full to overflowing, and the doors had to be closed against the surge of people tr ying to enter – at which point a riot broke out, which had to be broken up by the police. The arena was later taken over by the Salvation Army as a citadel – known as the Salvation Circus – before burning down in 1895

At the end, turn right along Brunswick Street, right again along Wilder Street, and after 85m turn left through the gates of Brunswick Cemeter y Gardens After the Unitarian cemetery here closed in 1963, its gravestones were moved to create an open space in which a series of sculptures by Hew Locke, commemorating companies connected with Bristol, was installed in 2010 They include not only familiar names such as the Merchant Venturers and WD & HO Wills but also D ucrow ’ s Circus (image 2).

On the far side of the cemeter y is Brunswick Square, laid out in 1766

The short terrace on the west side features some of the most exuberant Georgian architecture in Bristol, thanks to the ‘Gibbsian surrounds’ of its doors and windows The two Greek Revival buildings on the north side –a Unitarian Meeting House (image 4) and a Congregational Chapel bearing a striking resemblance to Birmingham’s Curzon Street station –date from over 60 years later


Head to the south-east corner of the square and continue east along Pembroke Street Turn right at the end and then left along Norfolk Avenue, where a plaque at the end commemorates the Bamboo Club. Opened by Tony and Lalel Bullimore in 1966, this was the first Bristol social club to welcome the city ’ s African-Caribbean community As well as acting as a community hub, it featured artists such as Bob Marley, Martha Reeves and Desmond Dekker The Sex Pistols were also booked to play their only Bristol gig here on 21 December 1977, but three days earlier the club was destroyed by fire. It never reopened.

Turn right, then left along Orange Street and first left into Lemon Lane

On the next corner, a plaque on the right marks the childhood home of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to be enrolled on the British medical register In 1836, at No 6 W ilson Street along to your right, George Müller established an orphanage After expanding into three more houses in the street, it was relocated to the newly-built Orphan Home at Ashley Down in 1849

The four-storey brick building ahead was a boot an shoe factor y, built in 1895. Carr y straight on into a park laid out in the former graveyard of St Paul’s church (image 3), whose capriciously tiered tower soars pagoda-like above you It seems fitting that such a flamboyant building should now be home to Circomedia, a centre for contemporar y circus and physical theatre training, with its former graveyard transformed into a park with play areas for children and a space for circus and carnival performances

Head north out of the park and turn left along Bishop Street, where, as in Wilder Street, only one original building survives – the former Portland House pub on the left Turn right at the end and first left along Chapter Street At the end is Cave Street, where the redbrick Georgian row to your left still bears a ghost sign from the time when it was Parsons’ Boot Factor y (image 5)

Head south into Portland Square, laid out in 1787 but not completed until 1823, and, despite the vicissitudes it has suffered over the years, generally reckoned to be Bristol’s ‘most complete and beautiful square ’ Walking along its west side, where work is finally under way to rebuild houses lost to bombing, you come to No 2, where one of the square ’ s best-known residents, William Day Wills – the ‘ WD’ in WD & HO Wills – lived from 1835 to his death in 1865 His neighbours included wealthy merchants, retired army officers, clerg ymen, surgeons and attorneys There were also a couple of boarding schools, while the Bristol Conser vatoire of Music was at No. 22. Standing on the edge of the city, with nothing except fields and market gardens to the north and east, this tranquil square was as desirable – and as exclusive – as anywhere in Clifton.

In the third quarter of the 19th centur y, however, those quiet fields disappeared under factories and terraced houses, prompting the square ’ s wellheeled residents to up sticks and seek more refined surroundings. Their former homes were snapped up by industrialists, and by 1879, 10 of Portland Square’s 34 houses had become factories By 1894, the number of factories had risen to 21, with no less than 15 of them turning out boots and shoes. Eventually, even Wills’s former home, along with the houses on either side, was taken over by the Excelsior Shoe Company

After St Pauls suffered heavy bombing in the Second World War, the 1950s brought decline and decay as one by one the factories closed But a new era was about to dawn St Pauls provided affordable housing for economic migrants, particular ly from the Caribbean, and a strong community spirit – forged in such landmark campaigns as the Bristol Bus Boycott – was created

In 1968, to celebrate their achievements and their heritage, the residents organised the first St Pauls Festival, which, as St Pauls Carnival, has grown in siz e and reputation to become one of the UK ’ s most accessible and inc lusive events. This corner of Bristol may have changed dramaticall y over the past 300 years, but the pr ide and panache which were there at the star t are still ver y much alive today n st paulsc ar nival net;; uined

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Pension Death Benefits

However – a word of caution Although pension tax treatment for a pre-75 death can be extremely generous, financial planning is critical Why?

Because pension death benefits pre-75 are only completely tax free if benefits are moved into a pension plan that allows flexi-access beneficiary drawdown

To protect your family from paying tax on any inherited pension benefits, you will need to do what you can to ensure that you do not die holding any manner of legacy pension schemes you may have taken out over the years

Some older pension plans may have associated guaranteed benefits, and it may not be possible or suitable to move them, but many plans will be able to be changed to a flexi-access option

If you currently have old pension plans, or any significant pension plan for that matter, take advantage of a complimentary pension review with us so we can help ensure your dependents benefit from tax free pension benefits should you die before age 75

The advice requirements do not end there The beneficiary nomination for drawdown will not be valid unless you actually nominate the receiving dependant or individual This is usually done via ‘Expression of Wish’ forms which include a ‘Cascade of Wishes’ (this allows you to nominate for example your spouse, then children to receive benefits for maximum protection of wealth) which should also tie in with your other estate planning and Will advice We can organise all of this for you here at Harold Stephens

You have done an excellent job saving and investing for your retirement Now let’s ensure that your pension remains tax free for your beneficiaries even after you ’ ve gone

To book a complimentary pension review, call 0117 3636 212 or email office@haroldstephens co uk

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Home is where the art is

In desperate need of a splash of colour to transform a newly decorated room or space at home? A piece of art might do the trick. Getting the nuance and tone just right isn’t easy, and you might need expert insight to help you choose your next vibrant work of art

Is there a better way to illustrate your personal style at home than by adding art to the mix? Art is so much more than simply decoration art can shape the atmosphere of a room, beckoning your attention to different walls, corners and nooks, plus telling a stor y while it ’ s at it Since art can transform a room and create its character, there’ s a huge amount of scope to play with and it can be difficult to know where to begin W ill you choose a contemporar y piece to brighten up a darker, more traditional or vintage interior? Or would you add a classical work of art to contrast against more modern décor? W hen it comes to decorating with art, there are different approaches Some people like to start with a piece of art as the focal point, while others prefer to add art as the finishing touch to complement the rest of the space You can either choose hues from the room ’ s colour scheme and seek art that also contains them, or choose colours from the art and feed those through to soft furnishings and other elements in the decoration. Don’t forget, this could work with anything contained within the art –from textures to shapes and ever ything between W hether you ’ re starting with a blank canvas or looking to complete a space, art can bring your home to life in a way that ’ s uniquely yours

Guiding your vision

“ The power of art in transforming a space is truly remarkable, says Sandy Prater, owner of FIZZ Galler y “ W hether it's a striking painting, a captivating sculpture, or a vibrant print, the right piece of artwork has the ability to completely change the energ y within a room

“However, ‘I’ve just finished my room and it needs a pop of colour’ is one of the comments I hear more than any other from my clients.

“ Ver y often clients know they would like to inject colour into a room but they are not sure how best to do this when it comes to artwork Concerns of getting it wrong with bold colours, size and placement are all understandable.”

Sandy believes the effect of colour in transforming a space cannot be overstated: “ W hether it's a bold statement wall, a vibrant piece of artwork, or a splash of colour in the form of accessories, the right combination of hues can have a big impact on how you feel in a room Bright and energetic colours can infuse a space with vitalit y and excitement, warm tones can create a cozy and inviting atmosphere, while cooler shades can lend a sense of calm and tranquillity For many it ’ s a minefield – but help is at hand ”

All images cour tesy of FIZZ Galler y (ar t above: Dan Pearce, A Hear t Full of Love)

In response to this common dilemma, FIZZ Galler y has put together A Pop of Colour: an exhibition featuring more than 10 artists – each known for their use of vibrant and bold colour palettes in affordable contemporar y artwork W hether your home needs an injection of colour, or you are an avid art collector – you ’ ll find an exciting mix of original artworks inc luding abstract, landscape, urban, pop-art, seascape, portraiture, wildlife and more L oc ated 20 minutes from Br istol, the galler y and its exhibition is conveniently situated for art enthusiasts and interior design aficionados alike to pop by n A Pop of Colour

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Below, A Colour ful Day II by Anna Gammans; centre, Bowie Fame by Pete Humphreys

Game of thrones

If you ’ re a fan of intelligent home tech, then why settle for bog standard when it comes to your bathroom? Transform your daily routines for the better and make your WC A-OK, with a smart toilet From hygiene to sustainability, once you ’ ve updated your loo you’ll never look back

Our lives are absolutely brimming with smart innovations

From smart rings, phones, doorbells, watches and televisions to home audio, heating, home voice assistants and lighting – we ’ re managing more and more of the practical and atmospheric elements of our homes with smart tech But how smart is your bathroom?

“ W hile living rooms and kitchens of ten steal the spotlight when it comes to smart home upgrades, bathrooms are indeed an underrated space ripe for innovation,” says Richard Harris, senior manager at Gardiner Haskins “Incorporating smart technolog y in bathrooms not only elevates the aesthetic and functional value of the home but also enhances personal comfort and hygiene. Imagine a sanctuar y where ever y element, from lighting to water temperature, is perfectly tailored to your preferences, turning your daily routines into luxurious experiences ”

We couldn’t agree more. W hen you take a c loser look at your bathroom, almost ever y corner can be enhanced with intelligent tech This could mean smart underfloor heating so bare feet on cold tiles become a thing of the past. S mart mirrors that respond to voice commands can reflect so much more than your face Mirror, mirror on the wall, play me my morning playlist while I enjoy daylight-specific LED lighting that adjusts for skincare routines, and so much more. S howers can be upgraded with mood lighting, customised water configurations, scented aromatherapy diffusers and timers, so the shower is running just how you like when you stumble in first thing in the morning Add to that intelligent ventilation and dehumidifiers, automated blinds, audio soundsystems, leak sensors and you’d have no reason to leave the room except to pop downstairs for food.

These smart, luxurious additions will no doubt propel your daily routines into the futuristic stratosphere But we haven’t even got to the star of the show. The porcelain deity that no household can afford not to worship It has been widely revered in Japan since the 1980s, and finally the UK is recognising its value – and is making it more accessible than ever before on these shores. Prepare to be bowled over by the smart toilet.

You don’t have to feel flush

According to Richard, “S mart toilets gained immense popularit y in Japan, where the pursuit of advanced technolog y and impeccable hygiene standards is paramount The UK market has embraced this trend, offering models that incor porate the same sophisticated technolog y found in Japanese designs Features such as automated cleansing, heated seats, and customisable settings are now readily available, ensuring that UK consumers can enjoy the same level of innovation and comfort that has made smart toilets a staple in Japanese households ”

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Though you might assume that installing a smart toilet would be a major investment, there are in fact a range of models available to suit most budgets – and you can even convert your existing loo into an intelligent one to save it from landfill “It ’ s a straightfor ward process, thanks to the availabilit y of retrofit smart toilet seats,” notes Richard. “ These can be easily installed on most standard toilets without the need for extensive plumbing work or renovations W ith user-friend ly instructions and a range of features, upgrading your current toilet to a smart one can be done quickly and conveniently You're not just upgrading a fixture; you ' re elevating your entire lifestyle ” n

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Reasons to choose a smart toilet

C lose the lid on waste

Sustainable benefits inc lude removing the need for toilet roll (which uses more water than the c leaning functions and efficient flush), economy modes use minimal power when on standby

C lean as a whistle

“Smart toilets provide a level of c leanliness that traditional toilets simply can't match, thanks to features like self-c leaning nozzles, adjustable water sprays, and hands-free operation,” says Richard There are also descaling functions and rimless ceramic designs available, meaning no hidden areas for deposits to build up.

Retrofit rollout

You don’t have to buy a new toilet, and can convert an existing loo instead No structural adjustments are needed and models can be ready to use af ter just a few hours Odour extraction units are integrated, and an extra-slim cistern and the required sanitar y technolog y are housed beneath an elegant surface

De luxe der r ière

Smart toilets deliver a luxurious, spa-like experience, “transforming daily routines into indulgent rituals,” says Richard Features inc lude heated seats, gentle driers, adjustable temperatures, ambient lighting and unique user-specific settings

Can-do attitude

Features that improve accessibility, which is great if you ’ re less dextrous or live with other physical impairments Night lights can help orientatation in the dark and make it easier to fall asleep again after night use, remote control operated functions, hands-free cleaning, built-in proximity sensors, and easy-release touchless toilet lids that lift and lower automatically when in use and before flushing.

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Al fresco appetites

Elly West investigates the benef its of outdoor living in the UK, and the best ways to add al fresco dining options to your garden come rain or shine

Just about ever y garden that I design includes a space for sitting outside, and with the warmer weather comes the allure of outdoor living and al fresco dining, with barbecues, picnics and perhaps the odd sundowner or two There’s something special about combining food with the ambience of a garden, surrounded by plants, fresh air and the sound of birdsong. Eating outside makes us feel as if we ’ re on holiday It ’ s indicative of summer, social occasions, relaxation and celebration

Cooking and eating outside may have been a necessity in civilisations gone by, particularly in hot countries where cooking indoors would be impractical But from simple firepits and rudimentar y grills, we now have the opportunity to enjoy sophisticated outdoor kitchens and, depending how far you want to go, this may include a sink, fridge and worktops along with the barbecue, pizza oven, ceramic Egg and/or teppanyaki grill! The appeal of eating under the sky remains timeless, however we want to do it

For most of us, outdoor cooking means a barbecue, a word that originates from the Spanish ‘ barbacoa’. After Columbus landed in the Americas in 1492, the Spaniards were said to have found the Taíno people roasting meat over a grill resting on sticks above a fire Barbacoa was used to describe this slow cooking of meat over an open flame.

The word was first used in print in 1526 by the Spanish explorer Gonzalo Fernández De O viedo y Valdés, and Samuel Johnson’s 1756 dictionar y listed ‘ barbecue’ as ‘ a term for dressing a whole hog’. Since then, it ’ s often shortened to BBQ in the UK, United States and Canada, barby in Australia and New Zealand, and braai in South Africa

W hen planning a garden, places to sit and eat are high on most people’ s wish-lists W hile breakfast and evening spots may be positioned to maximise the sun, midday eating generally needs to be somewhere more sheltered from the light and heat, perhaps shaded by a tree, umbrella or pergola structure Ideally, this would mean ever y garden having (at least) three separate sitting and eating spots, which can be a stretch in a small space

However, it doesn’t have to be complicated Look at where the sun rises and sets, and it might just mean positioning a chair outside the back door for breakfast, evening drinks on a bench at the end of the garden, with a table and chairs for full-on meals somewhere in between

‘Great’ British weather

As well as levels of sunlight, we may also want to consider the vagaries of our British weather when planning an outdoor dining space. Pergolas, awnings and outdoor heaters can make dining possible even in cooler or wetter conditions

Weather-resistant furniture and appliances are also essential to prolong the season for outdoor meals Some pergolas have louvred slats on the roof that can be closed to cope with light showers, or retractable shades that protect from sun or rain.

Positioning an eating and cooking area near to the house and your indoor kitchen is sensible, as the chances are you will be back and forth between the two. Allow some space between your cooking and seating areas for safety, and because of the smoke Next to a wall is a good option for an outdoor kitchen as it will offer some protection from the


elements Be careful to avoid overhanging trees or getting too close to a fence however, as you don’t want to set your surroundings on fire. If you ’ re building your own outdoor kitchen, think about the materials you use Ideally, they should be non-porous and able to cope with the seasons. If you use wood, choose constructional timber suitable for outdoors Composite deck boards are a good option Or use masonr y materials, such as bricks, render and porcelain slabs Add some lighting to extend your evenings beyond sunset.

The great outdoors

Eating outside is a multi-sensor y experience, where the sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors enhance the enjoyment of the meal Eating in the garden also allows for a deeper appreciation of food and its origins, especially when the meal includes home-grown produce I love a summer where I can enjoy lunch on the patio for days on end, picking sun-warmed tomatoes and eating them with balsamic vinegar and fresh home-grown basil. There are also numerous health benefits to eating outdoors Fresh air and natural surroundings can improve your mood and reduce stress levels, helping you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

Eating outdoors helps you get more vitamin D, essential for healthy bones and a strong immune system And it ’ s often a mindful and leisurely experience – eating slowly helps with digestion. Connecting with nature is important for all of us, and the simple pleasure of cooking and eating outside can offer much-needed respite from a world that can sometimes feel fast-paced and disconnected n ell y

Plant of the month: Passion flower

If you’re look ing for something quick-growing that will scramble over a pergola, then a passion flower, Passiflora, is the per fect contender. The flamboyant flowers, which appear from early summer until autumn, are exotic to the point of almost look ing unreal, with showy anthers and stigmas in the centre, surrounded by a k alaidescope of ray-like petals. These beautiful and unusual climbers look more like they ’d be found in a tropical jungle than a UK garden, but many varieties are hardy and will grow well in this countr y, especially given some shelter and a south-facing aspect Passiflora caerulea is one of the most commonly grown, and is mostly evergreen, although it can lose its leaves in colder winters I t needs some suppor t with wires or trellis to climb, around which it will send out curling tendrils, and can reach around 10m or more in height Pruning can be early spring as necessar y, removin old flowered stems, and retaining framework of strong, healthy stems Overgrown and out- ofcontrol plants can be cut back to around 30-60cm from the base, which stimulates new growth You may lose a year of flowers, but new shoots will then appear and you can then train them and keep them in check.

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Buying a Home to Renovate…

Buying a house that requires renovating can be an incredibly rewarding endeavour. For some buyers it ’ s the dream of ‘doing the project ’ and creating a truly bespoke home. Others may see the potential return on investment, or the driver may simply be to make the property accommodate their needs. W hether it ’ s a full refurbishment or smaller scale modernising, ever y project comes with a unique set of challenges and potential pitfalls

1. Budget Realistically

Renovating a house is invariably more expensive than anticipated From the outset it is important to be realistic about your own capacity in terms of spare time, as well as one ’ s own skill set: do you want to project manage the build and appoint separate contractors for each aspect of the renovation, or instead hire a contractor who can project manage, thereby overseeing the entire renovation

Early on it is always advisable to get multiple quotes from contractors for each aspect of the renovation/or contractors that will coordinate the project as a whole; always then set aside a contingency fund of 10-20% of your budget (depending on the nature of the project) for the unexpected. W hilst to a selling agent and their vendor the cost of your intended refurbishment is by enlarge irrelevant to the value of the house they are selling, to you as a buyer the estimated cost of refurbishment will have a significant bearing on how much you wish to offer for the property

As well as the costs of the renovation, you will also need to consider sur vey costs, architectural fees, planning consultancy fees, costs associated with planning applications, and whether you need to rent temporar y accommodation whilst the works are being carried out

2. Planning Considerations

Depending on the period of the property, and extent of the works you intend to carr y out, be realistic in terms of planning considerations If the house is Listed, check which category of Listing. Any works that affect the character of a Listed building requires Listed Building Consent This applies to exterior and interior changes, as well as to extensions and additions. As well as being a Listed building, much of Clifton also falls within a Conser vation Area which will also have implications in terms of planning considerations

If the property is Listed, it is advisable early on to instruct a local planning consultant/conser vation specialist to provide an early opinion on the feasibility of your plans for the property being approved W hen considering any renovation project, a considerable challenge will be the length of time it will take for the planning application to be approved W hilst this will var y between Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire Councils, in Bristol we are seeing some applications taking up to a year before being reviewed

3. Interior Designer

If you intend to work with an interior designer, it ’ s strongly advisable to get them involved as early as possible in a project Having the interior designer work collaboratively with the architect and contractors from the outset not only enables you to create a more cohesive finished look but can also save time and additional cost in not having to, for example, reconfigure aspects of the build to later allow space for statement pieces!

4. Insurance Considerations

Buyers are often forced to think about insurance at Exchange of Contracts, thereafter, giving it ver y little thought W hen you are doing a project of any scale, you cannot rely on your contractor’s insurance but rather it is essential you speak to your own insurer to explain the nature of the works being carried out and the extent of cover under your existing policy

5. Sanity Check

Depending on the motivations for carr ying out the renovation project, once you have a clearer idea on the costs associated with the refurbishment, it is often worthwhile sanity checking with an agent whether your renovation costs will far exceed the future value of the property; a factor often less relevant to the buyer looking for a long term bespoke home, as the buyer who may be looking to sell their home in the short to medium term

Buying a house that needs renovating, and turning it into your dream home, can be one of the most fulfilling projects for a homeowner. By budgeting carefully, understanding regulations, hiring the right professionals, and managing the project effectively, you can navigate the complexities of a renovation and achieve a ver y special outcome.

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