A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
BALLOON FIESTA | EYES TO THE SKIES
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta returns (11 – 14 August)
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta has returned to the city after a two year hiatus.
Europe's biggest ballooning festival kicked off on Thursday (11 August) and will continue until Sunday 14 August. In celebration of the event, we're taking a look back at our article, '40 Factoids for 40 Years' : because who doesn't love a good hot air balloon fact?
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Looking for your next read? Gloucester Road Books have got you covered. In our August issue, the team suggest five forthcoming titles all worthy of a precious spot in your beach bag…
Pick up a copy of the magazine orvisit The Bristol Magazine website to read the full feature: thebristolmag.co.uk
• FOOD & DRINK •
WEEKEND RECIPE | KEEPING IT VEGGIE
Recipe by Melissa Blease
Courgette and Mint Soup (serves 4; vegetarian)
Heat around 3 tbsp olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and sauté 1 peeled, finely sliced onion for around 6 minutes until just turning translucent, adding 3 cloves of peeled, crushed garlic and a pinch of salt for the last couple of minutes. Add 5-6 thinly-sliced, medium-sized courgettes and continue to sauté gently for around 20 minutes, or until the courgettes are just starting to 'collapse'. Add 750ml vegetable stock, bring to the boil and simmer briefly before either tipping the soup into a food processor or using a stick blender to blitz until completely smooth. Add 150ml crème fraîche and a generous handful of fresh mint leaves and blitz again. Gently reheat the soup before serving (without allowing it to boil) and serve topped with blobs of crème fraîche and more fresh mint leaves.
Courgette Fritters (serves 4; vegetarian)
Tip 100g self-raising flour, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tbsp cumin and 1 large egg into a bowl (or the bowl of a food processor). Season well and add 100ml cold water and whisk or blitz until you have created a thickish batter. Add 2 peeled, grated courgettes and gently fold into the batter. Allow the batter to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes (or up to 8 hours in the fridge). Spray or lightly drizzle a non-stick frying pan with vegetable oil and place over a medium-high heat. Add generous blobs of batter to the pan (you're aiming to make 8 fritters in total) and cook in batches for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden and puffy, then flip and repeat. Keep the cooked fritters warm in a low oven while you make the next batch. Note: these fritters are delicious topped with poached eggs and Sriracha or harissa sauce, for brunch.
Courgette Curry (serves 4; vegan)
In a blender, whizz 1 large peeled onion, 4 cloves of garlic (peeled), a 4cm knob of peeled ginger, 1 green chilli and a generous pinch of salt with 50ml of water to create a smooth paste. Heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil in a large pan over a medium heat and fry 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp mustard seeds and 8 fresh or dried curry leaves for around 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the onion paste to the pan and cook, stirring, for 10 minutes until slightly darkened. Add 4 large, chopped courgettes and sauté briefly before adding 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes, 1 x 400g can coconut milk, 1 tsp turmeric and 1 tsp garam masala to the pan. Stir well, bring to the boil then simmer around for 25-30 minutes. Add a handful of frozen peas to the curry and continue to simmer until the peas have cooked. Season to taste and serve topped with plenty of freshly-chopped coriander, accompanied by steamed basmati rice or fresh roti.
Courgette Pickle (makes 1 large jar; vegan)
Gently dry-fry 1 tsp coriander seeds, 1 tsp dried red chilli flakes and ½ tsp black peppercorns for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant. Lightly crush using a pestle and mortar (or the end of a rolling pin) and set to one side. Halve 2 large courgettes and chop into ½ cm dice. Pack the courgette dice into a large, sterilised, sealable jar along with 1 clove of garlic (peeled and very thinly sliced) and a handful of roughly-chopped fresh dill. In a small pan over a medium heat, stir 3 tbsp caster sugar with 3 tbsp water until the sugar has dissolved. Add 6 tbsp red wine vinegar and remove from the heat to cool slightly. Add the toasted spices to the courgettes and muddle together. Pour the slightly cooled sugar/vinegar mixture over the whole lot, seal the lid and shake well. Allow to cool completely before chilling in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours, bearing in mind that the pickle will get tastier as time goes by, and will keep in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. This pickle is delicious served with cheese and charcuterie.
WEEKEND WINE | VINHO VERDE
We have sun – so just imagine we’re in Portugal!
Perfect for the sunny hot weekends, garden parties and lazy lunchtime drinking – an ice cold, lip-smackingly delicious Vinho Verde ticks all the boxes.
With delicious, fruity aromas of light apple, peach, lemon and grapefruit alongside herbal notes, a good Vinho Verde is medium-bodied and has a joyfully refreshing texture on the palate. It also has a lovely, generous finish, plus that added touch of spritz.
Here are three absolute beauts to enjoy! De nada...
Vinho Verde Signus 2018 – 10.5%, Quinta da Lixa | £7.50 or £9.75 for a 2021
QL Flowers Vinho Verde – 10.5%, The Quinta da Lixa | £9.50
Alvarinho Pouco Comum –12.5%, Quinta da Lixa | £13.30
Our fascination with the phases of the Moon has been there since ancient times, as well as in folklore: it has always been shrouded in mystery. We know that the Moon has a strong influence on the ocean tides, flora and fauna activity as well as fertility, our sleep patterns and moods.
The lunar month – or lunar cycle – is recorded in eight different phases: from New Moon, Waxing Crescent, First Quarter, Waxing Gibbous, Full Moon, Waning Gibbous, Third Quarter and Waning Crescent. The sequence roughly lasts 29 and a half days to fully cycle from one of these phases (known as a syzygy) to its next occurrence.
Unlike a rugged explorer or chronograph watch, Moon-phase watches cannot really be classed as a utility watch – but their considerable aesthetic appeal and total appreciation of the watchmakers skill makes them truly desirable.
Indeed, the watchmaker's ingenuity is challenged by the precision they aspire to, as most models will feature two moons on a disk which travels a full lunar cycle with the help of a 59 tooth cog. However, the exact lunar month is: 29 days, 12 hours, 48 seconds and 2.8 hundredth of a second to be precise – which means that over the years, the watch display becomes very (oh so slightly) out of sync with that of the Moon.
To fix this anomaly, top-end models possess a complicated movement and a 135 tooth wheel, which – over the course of 122 years – amounts to a single day disparity. Splitting hairs, perhaps? That is the beautiful art of the master horologist.
Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe created its first Moon-phase movement in a lady’s pendant watch in 1898. In 1925, Patek introduced its Moon-phase Perpetual Calendar.
This magical infatuation and mystical allure with the Moon phase watch continues today with Patek Philippe producing some of the most desirable, collectable and reassuringly expensive timepieces.
Shown here: Patek Philippe’s Complications 5396G – 011 | Launched in 1996, it features a self-winding mechanical movement. Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H/303. Annual Calendar. Moon phases and 24-hour display. Sweep seconds hand. On the dial is silvery opaline, gold applied hour markers. The 38.5mm case is in 18ct white gold with a sapphire-crystal case back. It is water-resistant to 30m. The strap is in shiny black alligator with a fold-over clasp | £42,810
Lasso the moon (It’s A Wonderful Life) and explore one of the country’s greatest collections of Pateks at Mallory.
An accessory for your cool and breezy styling, this hat has a sturdy weave that'll last many summers to come. It has a flat crown and wide brim, with the star of the show being the unique bohemian band | £119
From Monday 15 to Sunday 21 August, Lush is hosting Party Experience Workshops. Throughout the week, customers will have the opportunity to try a taster of Lush’s popular customisable party packages, including activities from product making to experiencing fun games.
The Lush Party Experience Workshops are priced at £15 per person, including some of the customisable activities, handmade product making of Lush’s best-selling bath bomb Toby’s Magic Cow (£4) and one of the exclusive party products to take home after the workshop.
Get in touch with Lush Bristol ( Lush Bristol, 73 Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3DX | 01179 257 582 | firstname.lastname@example.org ) to secure your slot for the Party Experience Workshop.
BEAUTY | MUSIC AND MAKEUP
Harvey Nichols Autumn Beauty Event, 14 September, Bristol Harbour Hotel
This September, Harvey Nichols present their Autumn Beauty Event featuring guest brands Tom Ford, Dr Dennis Gross and GHD.
Join the Harvey Nichols team at Bristol Harbour Festival from 5.30pm when you will be welcomed by live music, a Harvey's Havana Sling Cocktail and an opportunity to browse the pop-up shops available on the evening. The GHD station will be open, offering complimentary styling sessions to get you event ready.
At 6.30pm, the guest brands will take to the stage, where Dr Dennis Gross will be sharing tips and tricks on how to keep your skin bright and hydrated, followed by Tom Ford running a live masterclass teaching you this season's must-have makeup look.
From 7.15pm, enjoy more live music, a glass of prosecco and seasonally themed canapés from Bristol Harbour Kitchen & Bar. The pop-up shops will be open until close to allow you to purchase your favourite products.
The evening will include time for a Q&A, a gift with purchase and the opportunity to win an exclusive beauty hamper from Harvey Nichols.
The event takes place at Bristol Harbour Hotel, 55 Corn Street, Bristol BS1 1HT, 14 September from 5.30 – 8.30pm; tickets are £40 per person. Visit harbourhotels.co.uk to book.
• CULTURE •
THE MAGAZINE KIOSK | WHY WE LOVE PRINT
Curated by Daniel McCabe
The latest issue of venerable British photography magazine Hotshoe has a truly hot item on its hands. A West African Portrait (#207) explores photography from West Africa by bringing together work from several decades by ten artists in a region of highly concentrated talent. Selected contributors include Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Samuel Fosso, Rachida Bissirou and Seydou Keita among others, in an effort to examine why the form seems unique in West Africa, how it’s changing – and how we might bring a more informed and educated eye to many of the older images here, now-reappraised and better contextualised. | £16
In Season 2 of the coming-of-age comedy Never Have I Ever, Indian American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) continued to deal with the everyday pressures of high school and drama at home, while also navigating new romantic relationships. Season 3 delves further into Devi's story of teenage antics.
Never Have I Ever Season 3 is out on Netflix today (15 August). All new episodes available to watch now at netflix.com
• WHAT'S ON •
EXPLORING | IMMERSIVE TOUR OF BRISTOL
StoryTrails, 20 – 21 August, various locations across Bristol
StoryTrails, part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, features digital experiences that invite people to experience Bristol in a completely new way through augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and an immersive map of the city.
It arrives in Bristol on 20 August for two days, with activity centred around Bristol Central Library and on the streets of Bristol itself. The augmented reality trail through Bristol, accessed through an app which can be downloaded onto your mobile device, introduces visitors to the Ugandan Majothi family who became refugees following the 1971 military coup led by Idi Amin. Father of the family Kassam Majothi channelled his entrepreneurial spirit to introduce a taste of India and Africa to Bristol, initially selling samosas on College Green and building his business to create the city's hugely popular shop, the Bristol Sweet Mart.
Featured image: Historian and television presenter David Olusoga, familiar to viewers of the BBC's 'A House Through Time', who will narrate an AR experience inviting visitors to turn a dial on a virtual giant radio and travel back in time
ADULT LEARNING | GET OUT IN NATURE
Nature Based Courses from Field Studies Council
Practical Bird Field Skills Get to know more about the wonderful birds that call our countryside home – and how to get started on your birdwatching journey. This beginner course will cover basic fieldcraft and techniques including the use of binoculars and field guides and will give you a chance to get out into the beautiful woods and heaths surrounding Grow Wilder to put this theory into practice. Thursday 8 September, 10am – 5pm
Botanical Folklore Trees and wildflowers have been beneficial in terms of industry and medicine but also sacred to a variety of civilisations throughout time. This introductory folklore course will look at the history, mythology, and significance of a variety of trees and common wildflower species. Sunday 18 September, 10am – 5pm
Osborne Clarke partners with art education project The World Reimagined
International legal practice Osborne Clarke has announced a partnership with the ground-breaking UK-wide art education project, The World Reimagined.
The World Reimagined aims to promote a better understanding of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans and its ongoing impact on society in order to make racial justice a reality. The public sculpture trails, each consisting of ten large globe sculptures, will be open across seven UK cities from tomorrow (Saturday, 13 August) and 31 October.
Osborne Clarke is sponsoring the fourth globe of Bristol’s trail, created by Oshii Rowan and located in Castle Park. This globe shares the story of the Campaign for Abolition, its key events, heroes and allies.
We learned more about The World Reimagined in our August issue; read the full feature at thebristolmag.co.uk.
Featured image: the Bristol globe sponsored by Osborne Clarke – Abolition & Emancipation, created by artist, Oshii Rowan
• PROPERTY •
INTERIORS | CUSTOM STORAGE
Edinburgh Wardrobes offer free design visits
Edinburgh Wardrobes are excited to be expanding into the South West, and are pleased to announce that their custom fitted wardrobes are now available in Bristol and Bath.
They offer traditional Shaker-style fitted wardrobes, custom made to fit your space with solid hardwood in-frame doors and oak interiors. There are a range of options for the interior layout including drawers, shelves and hanging space; you can also add lighting or sockets to tuck away your gadgets. Custom fitted bookcases are available too: ideal for home offices or TV rooms. All wardrobes and bookcases are hand crafted at the Edinburgh workshop using traditional methods, and hand painted in any Farrow & Ball colour that you choose. Pricing is very clear and simple, with everything listed on the Edinburgh Wardrobes website at edinburghwardrobes.com.
Free design visits are currently available in the Bristol and Bath area: get in touch today to arrange an appointment with one of the team and, following a visit to take detailed measurements and discuss your ideas for the design, you will receive a hand-drawn design of your very own custom fitted wardrobe. If you would like a quote, you can simply send the width of the space available and you will receive a tailored quote within 24 hours. Follow Edinburgh Wardrobes on Instagram to see all of the latest projects.
A beautifully presented and spacious (104 sq.m/1119 sq.ft) contemporary ground floor apartment with a wealth of character features, set within a landmark building directly overlooking the water in the heart of Bristol.
There is a stunning 35'8 x 14'3 max open plan living area with attractive modern kitchen and floor to ceiling windows which offer direct water views.
Bedroom one also has direct water views, with floor to ceiling windows, a large built-in wardrobe and tiled, en-suite with walk in shower.
The spacious central hallway has a large utility cupboard and two further built-in storage cupboards.
Bedroom 2 is also a good sized double bedroom and has space for a large wardrobe. Across the hallway is a spacious family bathroom with white suite.
This fantastic property also has a secure allocated parking space and is perfectly positioned for nearby shops, cafés and restaurants. Temple Meads train station is also just a short distance away.