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11 Awesome Shots Of Bristol At Night

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Bristol at night from Bristol instagramer Kris Avery

Photography is something that I’ve been teased and taunted by for some time now.

I hadn’t owned my own camera until about three months ago and until then had relied on borrowing my brothers Canon 30D for holidays and trips. Every time I had it in my hands I’d love getting creative with it. It was only when he upgraded that I took him up on his offer of inheriting the old camera.

The major draw of photographing in and around Bristol is the variety of subjects – you have almost everything covered. From Ashton Court and the iconic Suspension Bridge, to a bustling night scene and an active harbourside. If you want to go a little further you have the Mendips, Cheddar Gorge and Bath all on the city doorstep.

Not only are you spoilt for choice – it’s the convenience that most of it is within walking distance from one place to the next.

But the one thing I love is the challenge of capturing something you and everyone else sees regularly, in an original or creative way that people remember the next time that they visit.

This is why the Instagram community in Bristol is so great – there’s a huge pool of talent putting out unique, creative and stunning photos daily! It’s hard not to be inspired and motivated by it.

I’ve only lived in Bristol for a year and a half, but by getting out with my camera and exploring, it’s starting to feel like home. What you see on my Instagram page is my learning curve and my exploration of the city.

So here’s a picture tour of Bristol at night, taken along a walk from the MShed to the Suspension Bridge.

1. Harbourside Cranes

harbourside cranes

The Harbourside Cranes are such a recognisable landmark, walked under daily by Bristol commuters. Though at night when they’re not lit, it’s easy to pass them by. This shot was taken on my first night outing with another Bristol Instagrammer Rob, who is featured in this photo (@rsbarton87). I was pleased with how this came out – it has a slightly eerie & imposing look to it. Someone said to me this image had a ‘War of the Worlds’ feel, and I completely agree.

2. The MShed

the m shed
The MShed glows away nicely at night – subtly reminding you of its presence across the harbour waters. It’s always fun to photograph something that has colour and vibrance to it – so I’ve got future plans for other shots in this area.

3. MV Balmoral

mv balmoral

Since I’ve had my camera, the Balmoral has been moored up for maintenance. It’s a great looking ship and photographed regularly in Bristol. I’m looking forward to catching it sailing this year to photograph it in action on the Avon.

You can donate to help get it out on the waters through their website here

4 & 5. St Mary Redcliffe Church

st mary redcliffe church from far away

A stunning church, inside and out – with a rich history. Definitely worth a visit if you’ve not been inside before. I really like it’s prominence on the Bristol skyline – and it looks even better when you have perfectly still water to catch its reflections in!

inside st mary redcliffe church

6. Arnolfini

arnolifini

A regular sight for anyone venturing into the city from the south, captured from the pontoon at night for a different angle on it. Free to visit, has a great bookshop and a popular cafe / bar! What’s not to like about the Arnolfini.

7. Pero’s Bridge Love Locks

peros bridge

I chose to include this purely because I love using my 50mm lens and the depth it gives – and I don’t tend to use it enough at night.

8. ZaZa Bazaar & SkyView Wheel

harbourside wheel

Another night where the waters were perfectly calm made it far too tempting a photo to resist. Framing the two together was trickier than it seemed, but I was happy with how it came out. I love the colours along the Harbourside at night – enhanced even more so by the reflections.

9. Colston Tower

colston tower

Standing on a traffic island in the middle of Bristol at night with a tripod and photographing cars can get you a few strange looks. I felt the shot was worth it though. One of the few light trails shots I’ve had a go at – and not the last (I need the practice).

10. Millennium Square

millenium square

Bristols sources of reflection and light at night are endless! Millennium Square gives you plenty of options with its enclosed design preventing the wind from disturbing the water too much.

11. Suspension Bridge

clifton suspension bridge at night

The Suspension Bridge is a difficult one to capture in an original way. There’s the option of getting creative with your angle and framing – or getting lucky with the lighting and weather conditions. I love seeing how other people capture it and they never cease to amaze me with their originality.

That was 11 awesome photos of Bristol at night from the brilliant Kris Avery.

Like this? Then be sure to follow @kris.avery on instagram.

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The Time I Beat Bristol’s Scariest Escape Room

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I’m put in many a tricky situation exploring the very ‘Best of Bristol’.

Usually up high, scaling buildings and cranes (#antimitchclimbs), but I didn’t think it would result in being locked in a prison cell with a psycho killer called Pig Face (pictured above). Welcome to Hell in a Cell, ay?

Now for some of you reading, Hell in the Cell will make you think of wrestling but I can promise you this is scarier than when Shane McMahon jumps off the top of that cell.

Probably..

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The rather terrifying Pig Face.

Hidden beneath the old Crown Courts on Bridewell Street, within the cells, this has been dubbed “Bristol’s scariest attraction”. And so in the interest of research I took on Pig Face, and lived to tell the tale!

I can’t actually give away too much of the game, because this is an escape room and that just wouldn’t be cricket, would it?

What I can reveal though, should give you a taste of what to expect.

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You don’t know what you’re getting yourself in for until they handcuff you and throw a bag over your head..

Like any escape room, Hell in a Cell Bristol sets players challenges that they have to complete. Perhaps the first challenge is not backing out after you’re handcuffed with a sack placed over your head.

It’s then trying not to cack yourself as you’re led into the pitch black cells, where you know you’re not alone, but you can’t quite tell what’s there.

It’s that lovely fucker by the name of Pig Face.

Pig Face is reasonably fair at this point and allows you an hour to make your escape. It’s go time!

Oh, and all your belongings have been taken off you, so you can’t use your phone torch or ask Siri for help.

You ok there hun?

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What I will say is that you bond pretty bastard quickly when you’re scrambling to find light and remove your handcuffs. I was with my good friend Colin Moody, but with three other people I did not know, and we came out of it with an unwavering sense of camaraderie.

That probably explains why this Bristol escape room has proven so popular with corporate clients in the city. Hell, it’s proven pretty popular with all but one reviewer on a popular site that rhymes with whip chastiser. That person claimed it wasn’t very scary. Ooooooo sorry ‘ard.

The game itself was challenging, terrifying and fun (if you like being scared). It will most certainly fill you with adrenaline and leave you in need of a celebratory drink if you do make it out.

This is NOT for the faint hearted. I don’t scare easy, and if you’re like me you won’t feel a sense of fear, but you’ll definitely be made to jump. Nobody is immune to that.

If you do scare easily, go to the bathroom beforehand. Or don’t, these are real holding cells so you could always have a pee in there..

Fancy it? Then click here to book.

Tag us in your psycho selfies on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook if you take on Pig Face

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Sampling The Lesser Known Ciders From Thatchers

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Despite the recent rain, bbq season is upon us, and no camping trip or garden gathering is complete without a few ciders to sweeten the deal.

With honey notes and a golden colour, the medium-dry Thatchers Gold is the flagship cider from one of Somerset’s oldest cider makers – and it’s a great go-to cider on any occasion – but Thatchers Cider have been producing and pressing apples in the Somerset village of Sandford since 1905, and their selection these days is broad.

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Thatchers Katy, the 7.4% single variety cider well-known to Bristolians who want something a bit stronger than Gold or Dry..

An introduction to Thatchers Cider and Pasture

To showcase the full range of their cider offerings, the Thatchers Cider team descended on Pasture – the stylish new bar and restaurant near St Mary Redcliffe – last week.

With butcher Sam’s enthusiasm for local produce and Thatchers’ chief cider-maker Richard Johnson on hand, it was the perfect pairing.

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Redstreak, a multi-award winning cider with accolades such as Supreme Champion at International Cider Challenge 2017, and World’s Best Sparkling Cider at the World Cider Awards 2017.

Richard introduced us to the Thatchers Cider story – starting over 100 years ago with farmer William Thatcher making cider to help pay his workers, and ending with William’s great grandson Martin (the current managing director) overseeing Thatchers Cider distribution throughout the UK. In between tastings, Pasture’s Sam talked us through the menu selections he’d made to bring out the best in the ciders chosen.

Thatchers Cider

Cured duck breast with juniper and orange marmalade, on a chai cracker.

Food and cider pairings

The Thatchers team opened with Katy, a light and softly sparkling cider made from Katy apples, and with it came Pasture’s scallop ceviche with pickled gooseberry and lime – the delicate seafood working beautifully with the light, bubbly cider. There followed five further mini-courses, each paired with a different Thatchers’ cider.

The meaty steak tartare with oyster mayonnaise met its match in Thatchers’ Old Rascal – a peppery 4.5% cider made with Tremlette and Somerset Redstreak apples for a bittersweet flavour. And Pasture’s short rib croquettes with delicate gochujang aioli balanced nicely with the bold and beautiful Thatchers’ Vintage – an oak-matured 7.4% cider with fruity aroma and crisp flavour. 

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Pasture’s Signature Short Rib Croquette with gouchong aoili and nasturtiums.

It was a great chance to try lesser-known Thatchers ciders you don’t regularly see in the big supermarkets, and clear to see the thought Sam had put into the food pairings he chose.

Thatchers Cider

Thatchers Family Reserve, a sparkling Somerset Apple Wine that rediscovers the recipe for champagne cider originally created by William Thatcher in the early 1900s.

If you’d like to give a few of Thatchers’ lesser-known ciders a try, take a look at the full range and buy online here. And for more details on the flame-grilled offerings over at Pasture, check out their website here.

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Bristol’s Biggest Food Festival Is Back

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Bristol Food Connections 2018 is nearly here, so it’s time to plan your festival!

Bristol Food Connections is one the highlights of Bristol’s food calendar, with a ridiculous amount of events (130 at the last count!) taking place across the city from 11-17th June.

It’s a fairly huge festival, covering everything from growing your own food to huge gala dinners and talks on sustainability. We’ve decided to break down what’s happening and pick out a few of our favourites from this year’s programme.

Bristol Food Connections

Booze it up

There are plenty of ways to hit the hard stuff (and find out more about it too)…

See more of Bristol

With events dotted in every far flung corner of Bristol, now is the time to get out and explore!

  • World Food Passport (All week, £8)
    Taste your way around the food businesses of Gloucester Road, collecting stamps as you go (or you can also do a guided food tour of Gloucester Road that week too).
  • Behind the Scenes of a Gin Distillery (Sat 16th, £25)
    Head out to Thornbury for this special tour of 6 O’clock Gin’s distillery to find out more about how their delectable spirit is made (with plenty of tasters along the way, obv).
  • Shroomshop (Sun 17th, £30)
    Get some hands-on tips about mushroom cultivation at this workshop in St Werbs.
  • Thyme Trail (Fri 15th, £15)
    Visit various vendors in Wapping Wharf, hearing the stories behind the businesses and getting tasters as you go.
  • TimeZone: Eat Your Way Around the World (Sat 16th, £4)
    Try a range of international cuisine in Easton, including Jamican, Indonesian and Spanish.
  • Eco day at Hartcliffe City Farm (Sun 17th, Free)
    Try your hand at pond dipping, searching for bugs and other activities.

Bristol Food Connections

Educate yourself

It’s not just about filling your face with food, there’s plenty of opportunity to learn a new skill or hear some interesting perspectives on the food we eat too:

Fantastical feasts

Some seriously special dinner events from well-known chefs and local producers…

  • FUTURE: FEAST (Mon 11th, £25)
    Star Trek meets Come Dine With Me in an ‘immersive dining experience’.
  • A Summer’s Feast (Fri 15th & Sat 16th, £30)
    The next generation of Bristol chefs serve up a seasonal feast.
  • It’s a Bristol Ting! (Sun 17th, Free)
    Celebrate Bristol’s Jamaican community with rum & jerk chicken at Lakota.
  • Chocolate Gala Dinner (Mon 11th, £35)
    A special dinner to kick-off festival week, with all 3 courses featuring chocolate.
  • Summer Dine & Vine Feast (Thu 14th, £30)
    A three-course tasting menu paired with bio-dynamic wines.
  • Homegrown Collective Supper Club (Fri 15th, £35)
    Three-courses of local, seasonal food accompanied by music.

 

There are also loads of free talks and demos at the Festival Hub (next to Watershed) throughout the week, so it’s worth stopping by to see what’s on!

 

See the full Bristol Food Connections Programme

 

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