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Volume <strong>12</strong> Midsummer 2021<br />

Meet the muralists + Aardman’s Peter Lord<br />

+ The future of storytelling + Inside Berdoulat<br />

+ Colourful Minds + Spotlight on Clevedon<br />

+ 20 awesome things to do this summer

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It’s essential for a life less ordinary; the vivid colour<br />

between black and white lines. Without it, where would we<br />

be? Our midsummer issue is all about imagination.<br />

We meet Aardman co-creator Peter Lord to talk Morph,<br />

movies and flexing the creative muscle ( p 16), and catch up<br />

with some of the south-west’s most exciting muralists ( p 22).<br />

Always thinking about lunch? Us too. Check out our new<br />

all-singing, all-dancing (but mostly snacking) Food section<br />

( p 39) for the latest openings, seasonal trends and more.<br />

Or head to Places for an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek<br />

at Berdoulat, Bath’s exquisite new interiors shop where<br />

history runs deep ( p 52).<br />

We hit Clevedon for ice-creams and beach walks ( p 58);<br />

while Bristol crafters Colourful Minds suggest a novel way<br />

to recycle your copy of <strong>Circus</strong> ( p 74).<br />

Until next time, happy reading.<br />

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© Widline Cadet<br />

contents<br />

Regulars<br />

The Edit 9<br />

Design, community and lifestyle<br />

The Guide 67<br />

Awesome things to do in June and July<br />

People<br />

Local hero 16<br />

Aardman’s Peter Lord talks imagination<br />

Art focus 22<br />

The south-west’s most exciting muralists<br />


Laia Abril<br />

Hoda Afshar<br />

Widline Cadet<br />

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Alba Zari<br />

20 May – 24 October 2021<br />

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Book your visit: rps.org/InProgress<br />

#RPSInProgress #BRSPhotoFest<br />

New food<br />

section!<br />

New talent 32<br />

Bath Spa University on digital storytelling<br />

Food<br />

New openings 40<br />

New places to eat, drink and be merry<br />

Trends 43<br />

Retro cakes, wild tea and keeping it alfresco<br />

Recipe 47<br />

Classic dhal from Bath’s Rooted Cafe<br />

Places<br />

Interiors 50<br />

Updates on homes and gardens<br />

Long read 52<br />

The story behind 8 Margaret’s Buildings<br />

Spotlight on... 58<br />

Shop, swim and catch a movie in Clevedon<br />

Escape 63<br />

Delightfully crumbly hotels with history<br />

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contributors<br />

We would like to thank the talented people who helped to bring our latest issue to life<br />

David Watts<br />

Interiors (p52)<br />

David is an award-winning photographer<br />

living in Somerset. He has been published<br />

in Harper’s Bazaar and Wanderlust.<br />

Yee Poon<br />

Cover + illustrations (various pages)<br />

Yee is a Bristol-based designer and<br />

illustrator with an appetite for creating<br />

food characters and juicy lettering.<br />

Freya Parr<br />

Art focus (p22)<br />

Bristol-based Freya is an arts and<br />

culture journalist, writing for BBC Music<br />

Magazine, the Guardian, Oh and Frankie.<br />

Chantelle Horton<br />

Food (p39)<br />

Bath-based Chantelle was editor of<br />

More! and has written for Gracia,<br />

Stylist, Fabulous and Metro.<br />

Vishaka Robinson<br />

Interiors (p52)<br />

Vishaka writes for Stylist, ELLE and the<br />

Independent, and is a brand consultant<br />

for startups in the south-west.<br />

Tom Ham<br />

Art focus (p22)<br />

Tom is a freelance photographer living<br />

in Bristol. He specialises in portrait,<br />

documentary, music and art culture.<br />

Words: Sonia Zhuravlyova and Helen Martin<br />

Photography: Felix Russell-Saw and Ed Schofield Illustration: Vanessa Lovegrove<br />

On the cover<br />

Illustration by Yee Poon<br />

The team<br />

Creative director + founder<br />

Kate Monument<br />

kate@circusjournal.com<br />

Publisher + founder<br />

Simon Tapscott<br />

simon@circusjournal.com<br />

Editor<br />

Emily Payne<br />

emily@circusjournal.com<br />

Sub editor<br />

Camilla Cary-Elwes<br />

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Updates on design, community and lifestyle<br />

Nurturing wellness amongst nature<br />

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THE EDIT<br />


Persephone Books<br />

After 20 years in<br />

Bloomsbury, London,<br />

Persephone Books –<br />

champion of neglected<br />

fiction and non-fiction by<br />

mid-20th-century (mostly)<br />

women writers – has moved<br />

to Edgar Buildings, Bath.<br />

Recreating its ground floor<br />

London shop (but with<br />

added first floor space), the<br />

new location was described<br />

in a 1798 house ad sale as<br />

“particularly cheerful”. Their<br />

three must-reads? Someone<br />

at a Distance by Dorothy<br />

Whipple, The Fortnight in<br />

September by RC Sherriff<br />

and Miss Pettigrew Lives for<br />

a Day by Winifred Watson.<br />

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FAMILY<br />

Sleepy Doe x<br />

Chiara Perano<br />

Just look at this<br />

super-cute children’s<br />

nightwear designed by<br />

Bath organic sleepwear<br />

company, Sleepy<br />

Doe. The exclusive<br />

collection is illustrated<br />

by Chiara Perano and<br />

features mermaids,<br />

shrimps and more.<br />

sleepydoe.com<br />

FOOD + DRINK<br />

<strong>Circus</strong> Journal<br />

We see you, fabulous food and<br />

drink makers of the south-west!<br />

That’s why we now have a<br />

whole new section dedicated to<br />

deliciousness created in Bath,<br />

Bristol and beyond (see p39).<br />

It’s packed with new restaurant,<br />

bar and café openings to check<br />

out, recipes to try, and seasonal<br />

food trends. We hope you enjoy<br />

tucking in. Get in touch and let<br />

us know what you think.<br />

creative@circusjournal.com<br />

Words: Emily Payne . Photography: Toby Mitchell and Barbara Evripidou. Illustration:Yee Poon<br />


Forest and the Flowers<br />

You may have spotted its alpine green and candy pink<br />

shopfront as you saunter through Clifton Village. Step<br />

inside Camila Forest’s floral design studio and store for<br />

kaleidoscopic creations delivered by bike, along with<br />

workshops on all things floral.<br />

forestandtheflowers.co.uk<br />


Present & Correct<br />

Forget DMs, letter writing is on point. You can’t<br />

beat the longevity of a letter, the craft of handwriting<br />

and thought put carefully into each word. Plus, when the<br />

stationery is as good as this Wes Anderson-esque vintage<br />

airmail kit from Present & Correct, it would be rude not to.<br />

presentandcorrect.com<br />


Diana Porter<br />

In memory of Diana Porter –<br />

award-winning Bristol jewellery<br />

designer, champion of women’s<br />

rights and firm friend and supporter<br />

of <strong>Circus</strong> Journal – who sadly died<br />

in March. “I’m inspired by the<br />

experience of living – the human<br />

condition – by words that can<br />

be ambiguous in their meaning,”<br />

she said. “I can’t design unless<br />

something is meaningful to me<br />

and has some integrity.”<br />

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Flagship<br />

This slick offering – with sister sites<br />

in London, Manchester and LA –<br />

launched late last year on Bristol’s<br />

Colston Street. With five private<br />

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it’s a thoughtfully designed space,<br />

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THE EDIT<br />

Vivian Jones-Henry<br />

Notes of a middle-aged man<br />

The story... so far<br />

funniest<br />

The<br />

happened<br />

thing<br />

the<br />

open<br />

road<br />

STORY...<br />

THE FAR!<br />

SO Simon Harte<br />

Aged 39 ₃ ⁄ ₄<br />


FOR YOU<br />


MY YEAR IN<br />




Sisters<br />


How we found each other again<br />

Stella Hyland & Poppy Millington<br />







“There’s no greater agony than bearing<br />

an untold story inside you”<br />

TRUTH<br />


Master<br />



Love ● Life ● Family ● Travel ● Career<br />

The Accidental<br />



Everlasting<br />

love<br />



Outback<br />

an australian adventure<br />

Everlasting<br />

Monika Gajjer<br />


Whether a moving memoir, alluring adventure or even a rousing<br />

romance, your stories - and those of your loved ones - are to be treasured.<br />

Let us help you keep them alive forever.<br />


LOVE<br />

IN THE<br />

FAST<br />

LANE<br />


Bradford on Avon skatepark<br />

Thirteen-year-old Idris Jones loves to skate. So<br />

when his local ramp in Bradford on Avon was<br />

vandalised and removed, he contacted the local<br />

newspaper and town council, and fundraised<br />

an impressive £7,000 towards a new skate park.<br />

Idris also persuaded top artists from around the<br />

UK, including Will Barras, to donate art and paint<br />

blank skate decks for an exhibition and auction at<br />

the West Barn on July 13 and 14.<br />

@bradfordonavonskatepark<br />


The Eden Room<br />

From Rebecca Morgan (Huey’s missus)<br />

and writer and coach Kat Dever,<br />

comes an online sanctuary of “ancient<br />

wisdom for modern living”. Their first<br />

event: Unbound, a Summer Solstice<br />

celebration, takes place on June 20-21 at<br />

Marston Park in Frome (pictured). Expect<br />

ritual dance and celestial mysticism,<br />

with accommodation in luxurious<br />

lakeside bell tents.<br />

theedenroom.com<br />


Finisterre<br />

“From sailors to surfers, to<br />

those who prefer to watch<br />

the waves from the shore, if<br />

we connect with the sea, we<br />

will love it,” say the people<br />

at outdoor brand Finisterre.<br />

“And if we love something,<br />

we will always protect it.”<br />

Which is why, to coincide<br />

with global leaders attending<br />

the G7 Summit in Cornwall<br />

this summer, the brand is<br />

holding Sea7; an online ocean<br />

activist training camp and<br />

debate series from June 8-11.<br />

Finisterre Petrichor Smock<br />

Shirt, pictured.<br />

finisterre.com<br />

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Mid 20th Century Female Designers<br />

people<br />

Who we’re talking about this summer<br />

1 May - 1 July 2021<br />


7 July - 11 July 2021<br />

GALLERY <strong>12</strong> . 4 CROMWELL PLACE . LONDON . SW7 2JE<br />

gallery@graymca.com<br />

www.graymca.com<br />

Writing on the wall<br />

Murals can shake up a city, turning grey to bold, powerful colour. Bristol painter Zoë Power<br />

(pictured with her work at Portishead Lido) is in<strong>vol</strong>ved in projects across the<br />

UK aiming to bring art to the wider community. Read the full story on p 22.<br />

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Words<br />

Emily Payne<br />

Photography<br />

Felix Russell-Saw<br />


Local<br />

hero<br />

MAN<br />

Aardman co-founder Peter Lord<br />

is best known for his madcap<br />

animated films and trusty clay<br />

sidekick, Morph. This year, the multiaward<br />

winning Bristol animation<br />

studio releases its first feature-length<br />

collaboration with Netflix: Robin<br />

Robin, starring Richard E Grant and<br />

Gillian Anderson. We meet Peter to<br />

discuss imagination, Hollywood and<br />

snakes in Elizabethan clothing<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

THE EDIT<br />

Imagination is just<br />

making stuff up, isn’t it?<br />

You are creating – in pictures or sound or<br />

words or anything – something that didn’t<br />

exist before. On one level, you do things<br />

every day that have never happened before,<br />

little things.<br />

Plastic cowboys were all the rage back in<br />

the early 1960s. I remember playing with<br />

these little figures on the floor, telling stories<br />

and acting them out, doing the voices, stuff<br />

like that. Teachers would say “Peter has a<br />

lively imagination”. It became visible in the<br />

making up and telling of stories, creative<br />

writing and later essays. As early as primary<br />

school I sensed it was a gift in the same<br />

way that some people were gifted at sports<br />

or music.<br />

Animation can do anything... existential<br />

angst, horror, anything. But Hollywood in<br />

particular has leaned towards films that<br />

teach you a grand life lesson. As a kid, I<br />

watched animation to laugh, to have fun.<br />

Over the years I’ve learnt that a film needs<br />

to have a heart, to say something about a<br />

shared human experience. But essentially,<br />

we still want to make people laugh. And it’s<br />

British humour, which I can’t possibly define,<br />

but which we do instinctively.<br />

Morph is like my first-born. He’s been<br />

around since the late 1970s and he’s done<br />

so much, over such a long time. That means<br />

he’s had time to e<strong>vol</strong>ve organically. He’s also<br />

changed shape quite a bit – his head has got<br />

bigger and smaller, but he’s OK now.<br />

You know damn well that Kermit the Frog is<br />

a puppet. You can see the sticks under his<br />

arms. But you believe in him. He is alive.<br />

With computer animation, you get the<br />

storytelling, you get the film-making and you<br />

get the amazing craft. But you can’t actually<br />

perceive that craft – you can’t see the<br />

maker’s hand because it’s so brilliantly<br />

disguised. So you believe the story, and you<br />

care about the characters, but it’s just a<br />

bunch of zeros and ones in the computer.<br />

It is an amazing achievement, but it doesn’t<br />

have a human element.<br />

Maybe there is a muscle for imaginative<br />

thinking. A vivid imagination is an essential<br />

part of childhood that can quietly atrophy in<br />

adulthood. A free-flowing imagination stops<br />

being valid in the same way. But it is a skill<br />

and, like a concert violinist who plays the<br />

whole time to keep that muscle going, it<br />

benefits from practice.<br />

My cultural<br />

touchstones<br />

The Flintstones<br />

Kids watched it<br />

because there were<br />

dinosaurs in it, but<br />

actually, it was based<br />

on American TV sitcom<br />

The Honeymooners,<br />

which for some reason<br />

they reinvented in the<br />

Stone Age.<br />

Mervyn Peake’s<br />

Gormenghast<br />

Trilogy<br />

As a teenager, I loved<br />

this crazy imaginary<br />

world. Peake created<br />

and populated this<br />

world in a way that<br />

others could visit and<br />

participate in it.<br />

Spike Milligan<br />

I still have a sketch<br />

book I did at school<br />

when I was about 13 or<br />

14. I did bits of writing<br />

which were based<br />

on Spike Milligan. I’m<br />

sure it was incredibly<br />

derivative. I can’t<br />

actually read it now.<br />

Magic shows<br />

I’m a sucker for a<br />

magic show. Not the<br />

Derren Brown type, but<br />

the kind of show you<br />

think can’t be true,<br />

but it is true, because<br />

you can see it. There’s<br />

something wonderful<br />

about that tension.<br />

Grayson Perry’s<br />

Art Club<br />

Through art, people<br />

speak about family,<br />

illness, life... Then every<br />

so often somebody<br />

produces something<br />

totally unexpected. It’s<br />

a real demonstration<br />

of imagination.<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

Top: Teenage doodles “from an ancient journal”<br />

made during the 1960s. Middle: A still from<br />

Aardman’s upcoming film with Netflix, Robin<br />

Robin. Bottom: Characters from Aardman’s<br />

CITV show, Lloyd of the Flies<br />

“Imaginative thinking is<br />

a skill and, like a concert<br />

violinist who plays the<br />

whole time, it benefits<br />

from practice.”<br />

When my son was about seven he invented two<br />

characters called Fred and Joe. They were snakes.<br />

At a certain stage, they became snakes wearing<br />

Elizabethan dress. They had the ruffs, the doublets<br />

and those little baggy trousers. Where the hell did<br />

that come from?<br />

224,000,000<br />

Dollars made at<br />

the box office<br />

by Chicken Run,<br />

Aardman’s first<br />

feature-length film.<br />

Aardman by<br />

numbers<br />

2.8<br />

Tonnes of modelling<br />

clay used to create the<br />

characters in Wallace<br />

& Gromit: The Curse of<br />

the Were-Rabbit.<br />

30<br />

Awards won by The<br />

Wrong Trousers, making<br />

it one of the most<br />

successful animated<br />

films ever made.<br />

80<br />

Gromit sculptures<br />

decorated the streets<br />

of Bristol in 2013 to<br />

raise funds for Bristol<br />

Children’s Hospital.<br />

1<br />

Number of Blue Peter<br />

badges worn by salty<br />

sea dogs in Pirates!<br />

In an Adventure<br />

with Scientists!<br />

Lloyd of the Flies © Aardman Animations Ltd 2021 / Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon © 2019<br />

Aardman Animations Limited and Studiocanal S.A.S. / Robin Robin c) Aardman Animations Ltd<br />

At Aardman we value something that’s impossible<br />

to bottle. There are thousands of kids’ TV shows<br />

being made, all using similar formulae. But every<br />

so often something comes along that transcends<br />

that. We’re working on something called Lloyd<br />

of the Flies (for CITV). The way its creator, Matt<br />

Walker, has put it together comes from a genuinely<br />

creative imagination.<br />

I try to use my imagination outside of work. I like to<br />

indulge myself by telling myself stories. They’re very<br />

short. It seems liberating to me, because it takes you<br />

away from the mundane. Especially in recent times.<br />

It’s exciting to stretch that muscle.<br />

The most important thing we do at Aardman is<br />

storytelling. But making stuff by hand, as we still do,<br />

is very important as well. Working with your hands is<br />

good for your mental health and your spirit.<br />

There’s a tone to Bristol. There are creative endeavours<br />

everywhere, from one-person shows to the big fancy<br />

studios and everything in between. It is a fertile<br />

ground for creativity. I was born in Bristol, and<br />

wherever I’ve gone, it’s always drawn me back.<br />

facebook.com/shaunthesheep<br />

youtube.com/user/aardman<br />

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Words<br />

Freya Parr<br />

Portrait photography<br />

Tom Ham<br />

MEET THE<br />


Seven of the south-west’s most exciting wall<br />

artists on colour, style and the power of paint<br />

merican artist Keith Haring, a product of the<br />

1980s New York graffiti scene, said: “Art is<br />

A<br />

nothing if you don’t reach every segment of<br />

the people.”<br />

Bristol’s rich street art history is well documented.<br />

This summer the Vanguard exhibition, Bristol Street<br />

Art: The E<strong>vol</strong>ution of a Global Movement, comes to M<br />

Shed, and Upfest, Europe’s largest live street art<br />

festival, sees 75 walls painted in 75 days. It’s clear that<br />

the south-west is a desirable destination for muralists.<br />

While some wall art can provoke thought and<br />

trigger discussion, such as the Seven Saints of St Pauls,<br />

which celebrates seven Black Bristolians and their<br />

contributions to the city, others simply use colour and<br />

form to spread joy in the community.<br />

As opposed to the spray paint-wielding graffiti artists<br />

working under the cloak of darkness, many muralists<br />

pair spray cans with brushes, masonry paints and digital<br />

design. We spoke to some of the best about motivation,<br />

creative processes and where to see their work.<br />

Art<br />

focus<br />

Anna Higgie<br />

What: Bold, geometric shapes with<br />

a Matisse-like twist.<br />

Where: Festival stages across the<br />

south-west and peppered around<br />

Bristol. Spot Anna’s climate<br />

change mural at We The Curious,<br />

the dancing girls on the side of<br />

The Love Inn in Stokes Croft, and<br />

the walls of Backyard Chicken<br />

Company and Oowee Diner.<br />

“I started creating murals as a way<br />

of avoiding paying for festival<br />

tickets! I began making signs for<br />

a little spoken word stage that went<br />

to Shambala and Boomtown, and<br />

then I was asked to paint a<br />

250-metre mural at Green Man. I<br />

design everything digitally, working<br />

in layers. Big, blocky shapes are<br />

built on top of one another, so<br />

if you don’t have time to finish, you<br />

still have the entire canvas painted.<br />

Often, the bottom part of a mural<br />

will end up being covered in graffiti,<br />

which I think looks great. It’s urban<br />

organic growth.”<br />

annahiggie.co.uk<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

Bath-based Truespeed has officially started rolling out its ultrafast,<br />

gigabit-capable full fibre broadband network in Bath. The multi award-winning<br />

broadband provider is propelling the World Heritage city and its surrounding<br />

areas into the gigabit era.<br />

Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath said, “Truespeed’s investment will benefit the city<br />

enormously as ultrafast broadband connectivity can’t come soon enough for<br />

Bath businesses and residents. It’s great that a Bath-based firm is at the<br />

forefront of supporting our communities and taking our beautiful city into the full<br />

fibre fast lane.”<br />

Evan Wienburg, CEO of Truespeed, commented, “Having been firmly left in the<br />

digital slow lane, we’re excited to provide Bath’s businesses and residents a<br />

truly futureproof broadband solution. Bringing Bath the Gigabit connectivity it<br />

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Aumairah Hassan<br />

What: Aumairah is part of female<br />

street art group Peace of Art, who<br />

use bright colours, empowering<br />

messages and mandalas.<br />

Where: At Bristol’s Stapleton Road<br />

station you’ll see Peace of Art’s first<br />

wall mural. At Fox Park, spot their<br />

decorated pillar.<br />

“We are a women-only group, and<br />

most of us are Muslim and women<br />

of colour. We started when graphic<br />

designer Emily Richards came<br />

to Easton and gave workshops<br />

because a group of us wanted to learn<br />

how to spray paint. We’d all done<br />

painting and Arabic calligraphy<br />

before, but we just didn’t have the<br />

confidence. For us, it’s not just about<br />

making a wall look better, it’s about<br />

creating something positive and<br />

engaging for the community. We are<br />

from multicultural backgrounds so<br />

we create artwork that represents<br />

this diversity. We wanted to bring<br />

something that is non-offensive,<br />

softer and pleasing to the eyes<br />

and the soul.”<br />

@peace_of_art_bristol<br />

Phill Blake<br />

What: William Morris-style<br />

designs, flowers and plants,<br />

and repeated patterns.<br />

Where: In Cirencester, nip<br />

into Pretty & Pip to check<br />

out two of Phill’s garden<br />

murals. Head to the Church<br />

Road/East Street wall in<br />

Bedminster that Phill<br />

created with N4T4 in 2018,<br />

before it’s painted over<br />

during Upfest.<br />

“I’ve always been a massive<br />

fan of William Morris: the<br />

Art Nouveau movement is<br />

an obvious influence on my<br />

work. Most of my patterns<br />

begin with pencil on<br />

paper and I then colour<br />

them in with watercolour<br />

and gouache. I try to stick<br />

to handmade traditions, but<br />

occasionally use digital<br />

tools. The female character<br />

is a recurring theme in my<br />

work and represents<br />

Mother Nature. I want to<br />

show the harmony between<br />

humans and the natural<br />

world. I do use brushes,<br />

but I absolutely love<br />

spray paint. It’s an<br />

extremely quick and<br />

versatile medium.”<br />

@philthblake<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

Richt<br />

What: 1960s comic book-inspired<br />

abstractions and graffiti murals.<br />

Where: In Bristol, check out the<br />

panther at the Old Market end<br />

of Castle Park and his collab<br />

with Mr Penfold on the side of<br />

Quay St Diner.<br />

“There is a sliding scale of<br />

disaster when painting murals,<br />

with so many variables you can’t<br />

control. Most art is made in a<br />

controlled environment, without<br />

strangers watching, chatting to<br />

you, telling you they don’t like it,<br />

or calling the police. It doesn’t<br />

normally rain when you’re in your<br />

studio and dogs don’t urinate on<br />

your paint. Nobody comes and<br />

writes their name on your work<br />

when you’re finished. You rarely<br />

have to dodge human faeces. My<br />

creative process in<strong>vol</strong>ves lots of<br />

drawing, lots of bad ideas, then<br />

eventually something forms.<br />

Before kids learn to paint murals<br />

they often tag and do graffiti.<br />

You wouldn’t have any murals if<br />

you didn’t have tags. Yes, they’re<br />

ugly if done badly but nobody<br />

will ever get good at anything<br />

without practice.”<br />

@richtpaint<br />

Zoë Power<br />

What: Bright, graphic, solid figures in a<br />

screen-printing style.<br />

Where: At University of Bath, you’ll find the<br />

Remembering Tree in the library stairwell.<br />

Nous in Bedminster is an image of two<br />

overlapping figures. Nearby, above Zara’s<br />

Chocolates, find Zoë’s contribution to Six<br />

Sisters, a project in which six buildings were<br />

painted by six women.<br />

“I started painting murals and signs out of<br />

desperation. I had done an art foundation<br />

years before and was working in cafés and<br />

restaurants, wanting to do something<br />

creative. Sign writing is accessible –<br />

everyone needs a sign, big or small. A lot of<br />

my favourite artists are women. The street<br />

art scene is more male, which can be<br />

intimidating. I’m often commissioned to<br />

paint buildings that probably should be<br />

knocked down – it’s like putting a plaster<br />

on it. Colour is so transformative. It really<br />

brightens people’s day.”<br />

@zoepowpower<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

Farrah Fortnam<br />

What: Leafy brushstrokes in<br />

greens, purples and blues.<br />

Where: Start at Phat Feathers on<br />

Bristol’s Picton Street and head to<br />

Southville for Farrah’s piece on<br />

Lime Road.<br />

“I saw the damage to the Great<br />

Barrier Reef in Australia, so<br />

wanted to paint the shoals of fish<br />

– their movement and life. I<br />

started painting wall murals last<br />

year, because galleries were<br />

closed so I showed my work<br />

outside. I recently started a<br />

training course to use a cherry<br />

picker, so I can do bigger<br />

projects. Acrylic paints are great<br />

for vibrancy and masonry paint<br />

works for the background. I’ll then<br />

seal and protect it all with a UV<br />

exterior varnish.”<br />

@farrahcontemporaryart<br />


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Free Entry<br />

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Sophie Rae<br />

What: Vibrant, colourful murals, centred around<br />

botanical themes and wildlife.<br />

Where: In Portishead, check out Sophie’s mural at<br />

Mokoko Coffee. In Bristol, catch her statement wall<br />

on the construction boarding at Temple Way.<br />

“I’m always striving for balance in my work, using<br />

colour and negative space. I mix heavy block shapes<br />

with delicate line work. It’s all quite intuitive – I layer<br />

a mixture of graphic abstract shapes with botanical<br />

motifs. Sometimes I sketch out my initial ideas, but<br />

I’ll then do the main design on my iPad using the<br />

Procreate app. I occasionally use spray paints for<br />

texture but it’s predominantly paint. I recently did a<br />

fully digital project, designing a campervan remotely<br />

while I was on maternity leave.”<br />

@sophierae_prints<br />

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New<br />

festival!<br />

<strong>Circus</strong> Journal is proud to be the official media partner of The 7 Hills Festival<br />


DREAM<br />

Former Noah and the Whale bassist<br />

Matt Owens introduces The 7 Hills<br />

Festival – a celebration of all things<br />

Americana in Bath this September<br />

Bath-based singer-songwriter Matt<br />

Owens was bassist for indie-folk band<br />

Noah and the Whale between 2006<br />

and 2015, touring the world with the<br />

likes of Arcade Fire and Laura Marling.<br />

Today, Matt, who released his second<br />

solo album Scorched Earth in October<br />

2020, champions local talent through<br />

his live show on Radio Bath and monthly<br />

live music night, Livewired. Here, he<br />

introduces his exciting new project,<br />

The 7 Hills Festival.<br />

The posters on the walls of the<br />

Bath Pavilion tell a story about a<br />

long-lost past when the city was a<br />

major musical destination. Venues<br />

like Moles hosted legendary bands playing<br />

pre-Glastonbury shows and massive names like<br />

Peter Gabriel moved here.<br />

The 7 Hills<br />

Festival:<br />

The breakdown<br />

What<br />

A new festival inspired by<br />

the sounds and culture<br />

of Americana. Expect<br />

critically-acclaimed<br />

musicians from Bath<br />

and the surrounding<br />

area, as well as special<br />

guests from further afield.<br />

There will also be food<br />

and drink from local<br />

independent producers.<br />

When<br />

Saturday September 4,<br />

midday – 9pm.<br />

Where<br />

The Pleasure Gardens in<br />

Lyncombe Vale – a few<br />

minutes walk from the<br />

station, between two<br />

of the seven hills of<br />

Bath. Lyncombe Court,<br />

Widcombe, Bath, BA2 4LR.<br />

Who<br />

Along with festival<br />

co-founder Matt Owens,<br />

performers will include<br />

Bristol singer-songwriter<br />

Beth Rowley, Louis<br />

Brennan and Jimmy Lee.<br />

Stay tuned for full line-up.<br />

So where’s it all gone? There are a few<br />

disparate voices and venues – but it has<br />

lost its weight. The 7 Hills Festival, I hope,<br />

is one part of the solution.<br />

From the age of 13 I listened to Neil<br />

Young, Cat Stevens, the Stones and The<br />

Doors, handed down from my dad. For the<br />

uninitiated, Americana is a broad territory<br />

covering all roots-based music, from<br />

fingerpicked folk to rock’n’roll, gospel,<br />

soul and country.<br />

The 7 Hills Festival will be a glimpse<br />

into the culture of Americana and the<br />

quality and breadth of its music. It will<br />

be an incredible day of music, set on two<br />

stages, with superb acts, from singersongwriters<br />

to rock’n’roll bands, folk<br />

troubadours and blues singers playing<br />

back-to-back.<br />

This is a festival for music fans,<br />

championing both established<br />

and fantastic original artists.<br />

It will be a lovingly puttogether<br />

experience, set in<br />

the Pleasure Gardens in<br />

Lyncombe Vale – one of<br />

the most stunning places<br />

a musician could hope to<br />

play – with delicious local<br />

food and craft beer.<br />

As a performer, I always loved<br />

the American city festivals, especially<br />

Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and<br />

SXSW. When done right, they take over<br />

the place and bring out the best in a city<br />

Book now!<br />

Tickets are limited,<br />

so sign up and<br />

grab yours today.<br />

the7hills.com<br />

@The7HillsFest<br />

THE EDIT<br />


and its people. It brings people together<br />

to build music memories. There’s a smile<br />

on everyone’s face, excitement and energy<br />

like nothing else.<br />

The gatherings that happen this<br />

year will be that much more special.<br />

Humans have reset a lot of what we once<br />

took for granted. Celebrating music,<br />

breaking bread, holding a cold beer and<br />

remembering how fortunate we are to<br />

have such incredible places to gather is<br />

simply a good thing to do.<br />

We need to create new places for<br />

music to breathe, framed in consideration,<br />

to come together and give it the best<br />

chance to thrive.<br />

In the future, we plan to take The 7<br />

Hills Festival to the city, running it over<br />

several days and locations, with talks,<br />

showcases, acoustic and electric sets,<br />

and a combination of established<br />

headliners and exciting new<br />

music. We can’t change what<br />

has happened to the world,<br />

we can only learn, look<br />

forward and build great<br />

things with care.”<br />

Opposite page: The 7 Hills Festival<br />

co-founder Matt Owens. This page: Artists<br />

Beth Rowley and Louis Brennan, and the<br />

Pleasure Gardens in Lyncombe Vale, Bath<br />

Chris Cook<br />

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New<br />

talent<br />

FUTURE<br />


Bath Spa University’s final year creative<br />

media students explore the future of<br />

storytelling with help from the experts at<br />

Narrative and Emerging Technology Lab<br />

hatsApp chatter, Zoom meetings,<br />

the infinite scroll… it’s clear that<br />

W<br />

technology is changing the way we<br />

tell stories. But could new methods<br />

ever supersede the written and spoken word<br />

– narrative tools in place for thousands of<br />

years? This is what the brilliant minds at Bath<br />

Spa University’s Narrative and Emerging<br />

Technology Lab (NET) are trying to find out.<br />

Formed in 2019, NET experiments with new<br />

types of audio, video and AI to determine to<br />

what degree technology changes the way<br />

we interpret narrative and how it affects our<br />

imagination. It is among a cluster of others<br />

in the area – including South West Creative<br />

Technology Network, Watershed: Bristol Stories<br />

and UWE Bristol: Sustainable Flood Memory –<br />

working towards a similar goal of facilitating<br />

creative technology and experimenting with<br />

the impact it has on everyday life.<br />

Words<br />

Artswork Media<br />

team members<br />

Rebecca Lomas,<br />

Thomas West,<br />

Georgia McDonnell<br />

and Kiana West<br />

Illustration<br />

Bath Spa graduate<br />

Vanessa Lovegrove<br />

The power of play<br />

PhD researcher Naomi Smyth centres<br />

her work around the idea of play.<br />

She believes that each of us contains<br />

infinite possibilities – and that play<br />

can encompass our struggles, our<br />

grief and all that makes us human.<br />

Naomi produces immersive<br />

theatre, seeking new ways to “create<br />

a story world and experience a<br />

narrative through your physical<br />

body”, while engaging the audience’s<br />

mind more than traditional theatre.<br />

The pandemic only fuelled her need<br />

to create, and deliver a scaled-down<br />

experience that evokes the same<br />

emotion in its audience. Hence her<br />

new-found interest in binaural sound:<br />

stereo audio that is recorded through<br />

a dual microphone set-up and best<br />

enjoyed through headphones.<br />

Naomi suggests that the<br />

combination of binaural sound<br />

and virtual reality is “as close as<br />

you can get without smell and<br />

taste to feeling connected to a<br />

very real human story”. Binaural<br />

sound can be “beautifully accessible<br />

and emotive”, and in a world<br />

which can feel increasingly reliant<br />

on digital technology, it can<br />

offer an opportunity to distract<br />

from negativity and encourage<br />

interconnectivity.<br />

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PEOPLE<br />

1968<br />

Fictional AI<br />

antagonist HAL<br />

9000 stars in<br />

Stanley Kubrick’s<br />

2001: A Space<br />

Odyssey.<br />

Artificial<br />

Intelligence:<br />

past, present<br />

and future<br />

1997<br />

Super computer<br />

Deep Blue<br />

topples human<br />

world chess<br />

champion Garry<br />

Kasparov.<br />

2002<br />

Scientists<br />

create the<br />

first robot for<br />

housework –<br />

the Roomba<br />

vacuum cleaner.<br />

2014<br />

Google makes<br />

a driverless car<br />

prototype, using<br />

a combination<br />

of sensors and<br />

software.<br />

2020<br />

The Covid-19<br />

pandemic<br />

accelerates<br />

international<br />

investments<br />

in AI.<br />

2049<br />

AI expected to<br />

write a novel<br />

that could make<br />

the New York<br />

Times bestseller<br />

list.<br />

2<strong>12</strong>0<br />

Experts predict<br />

with 75%<br />

probability<br />

that AI will be<br />

capable of full<br />

human function.<br />

Sources: BBC and Global Data<br />

Enhancing the traditional<br />

Creative computing expert Lee Scott began<br />

his journey into binaural sound working on a<br />

digital opera/ballet installation put on by De<br />

Montfort University, named Secret Garden. His<br />

current project, NESS, looks at new ways of<br />

seeing visual environments by experimenting<br />

with superimposing binaurally captured live<br />

sound. This encourages the listener to consider<br />

the fictional sound as emanating from the live<br />

environment they’re in.<br />

“Humans have always told stories, some<br />

of which are received as transformative by<br />

audiences, others as unremarkable,” he says.<br />

“We can be captivated just as strongly by<br />

someone telling a story alone on stage with<br />

no technological aids as by a polished<br />

experience of VR.<br />

“But the promise of technology is that it<br />

allows access to the best of these stories to a<br />

greater number of people. In addition, it serves<br />

to present them in aural, visual and interactive<br />

situations that enhance believability,<br />

immediacy and consumer agency.<br />

“The technology itself doesn’t make for a<br />

convincing story. It is the complementation<br />

of content and technology that leads to<br />

memorable storytelling experiences.”<br />

Reclaiming narratives<br />

Artist-technologist and game developer Coral<br />

Manton has worked on multiple projects<br />

in<strong>vol</strong>ving AI and stereotypes against women<br />

in the tech industry. She believes AI can help<br />

women become more dominant by changing the<br />

existing narrative.<br />

For her recent project, Women Reclaiming AI<br />

(WRAI), she and her team designed a chatbot<br />

created by women, and made for women.<br />

Chatbots are essentially computer programs<br />

that simulate human conversation, either<br />

textually or verbally. And Coral’s chatbot<br />

allows women to engage in conversations<br />

with programs that aren’t scripted by men,<br />

meaning there is potential for more emotional<br />

connections with consumers.<br />

“Chatbots are an exciting area for new<br />

narratives,” she says. “As well as challenging the<br />

social norms associated with the AI industry,<br />

they allow their customers a narrative by<br />

creating characters that personalise connections<br />

with the user, engaging the audience with a<br />

distinctive experience.”<br />

“Humans have always told<br />

stories... but the promise<br />

of technology is that it<br />

allows access to the best<br />

of these stories to a greater<br />

number of people.”<br />

Man and machine<br />

Amy Spencer is head of Ambient Literature,<br />

a project exploring how people use their<br />

smartphones to tell a story via everyday apps<br />

such as weather and GPS.<br />

She explains: “Today’s technology is more<br />

interactive – you personally have a role in it, you<br />

have a say, it is much more intimate.” These<br />

technologies could race ahead by introducing a<br />

personal connection that traditional narrative<br />

techniques cannot keep up with.<br />

But digital storytelling faces a large obstacle:<br />

determining if the products have a significant<br />

market; people can already access such a variety<br />

of digital content, including documentaries,<br />

podcasts or vlogs, all for free on YouTube.<br />

Amy would love to fund research teams and<br />

commissioning writers to adapt and explore<br />

the multiple different avenues this method of<br />

storytelling has to offer. When addressing the<br />

battle between the past and the future, she<br />

explains: “It whittles down to the connection<br />

between people and technology, and that will<br />

continue to change over time.”<br />

While immersive technology can<br />

potentially provide a more personal<br />

and customisable experience, there<br />

isn’t currently the infrastructure<br />

to support its growth. But it would<br />

be surprising if developing narrative<br />

technologies hadn’t already begun<br />

to overtake the methods that have<br />

been prevalent for thousands of<br />

years. These new ways to tell stories<br />

provide a lot to be excited about,<br />

and we should look forward to when<br />

the world is ready for it.<br />

Artswork Media is a<br />

production company led<br />

by final year creative<br />

media students and media<br />

professionals at Bath<br />

Spa University. Based<br />

at Paintworks, Bristol,<br />

clients include St Pauls<br />

Carnival, Somerset Wildlife<br />

Trust and the Royal<br />

Photographic Society.<br />

artswork.media<br />

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food<br />

Where and what to eat this summer<br />

TREND<br />

Top-up trucks<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

The Great Wine Company, Wells Road, Bath, BA2 3AP<br />

Shop – Open to public, Customer car parking<br />

Visit – www.greatwine.co.uk<br />

Illustration: Yee Poon<br />

Oat Float is a new Bristol<br />

refill shop on wheels<br />

run by Sam Holland and<br />

Renwar Karim, both 18,<br />

and Anna Raphael. The<br />

trio have kitted out a 1974<br />

milk float with gravity<br />

dispensers filled with<br />

cupboard essentials. There<br />

are regular ‘float stops’ and<br />

booking slots available.<br />

@oatfloatbristol<br />

Tis the Future is an<br />

electric-powered mobile<br />

refill shop run by Tisbury<br />

Community Benefit<br />

Society. The charming<br />

mint green vehicle chugs<br />

merrily along at 15mph,<br />

visiting local villages on<br />

a scheduled route, where<br />

it stops for people to<br />

come on board and shop.<br />

tisthefuture.com<br />

Bath’s online refill shop,<br />

RE.STORE, delivers “refills<br />

on repeat, to your door”.<br />

The team is hatching plans<br />

to buy a beautiful restored/<br />

converted electric vehicle<br />

to take its eco wares on<br />

the road and reach the<br />

villages and hamlets on the<br />

outskirts of the city.<br />

Watch this space.<br />

@restorebath<br />

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FOOD<br />

NEW<br />

We’re<br />

new<br />


Our pick of the tastiest new food and<br />

drink spots across the south-west<br />

Pony Bistro<br />

Legendary south-west chef Josh Eggleton<br />

brings his magic to Bedminster<br />

ans of the kind of laid-back bistros<br />

where long lunches slowly turn into<br />

F evening cocktails will love Pony<br />

Bistro, which opened in May.<br />

Michelin-star chef Josh Eggleton and his<br />

sister Holly’s new offering in Bedminster aims<br />

to recreate the informal vibe of his Chew Magna<br />

pub, The Pony & Trap (recently renamed The<br />

Pony Chew Valley) in a more urban setting.<br />

Says Josh: “We’ll take the essence of what we’ve<br />

achieved during 15 years at The Pony & Trap to<br />

an industrial warehouse, and distil it to simple,<br />

concise dishes and casual dining showcasing<br />

amazing local ingredients.”<br />

You might recognise some old favourites on<br />

the menu (like the steak tartare, pictured) albeit<br />

in a reimagined way. “When you change your<br />

surroundings, everything changes. Dishes from<br />

The Pony & Trap may well go on at Pony Bistro,<br />

but because you’re in a contemporary setting it<br />

feels different.” Josh’s menu will also showcase<br />

North Street’s best producers, including his<br />

new next-door neighbour, Mark’s Bread.<br />

During the pandemic, Josh worked with<br />

other Bristol restaurateurs to provide hot<br />

meals for rough sleepers. His ethos of making<br />

food accessible will be evident at Pony Bistro,<br />

where Josh plans for some “if you can’t afford<br />

a meal – come and eat for free” tables. He also<br />

has ambitions to work with other restaurant<br />

owners to roll this scheme out across Bristol.<br />

To support a superb chef with a massive<br />

heart, Bedminster’s North Street is where it’s at.<br />

theponynorthstreet.co.uk<br />

Words: Chantelle Horton and Emily Payne<br />

Burrito Boi<br />

Station Approach, Frome<br />

A dapper dine-in venue<br />

(due to open in June) is<br />

the natural next step for<br />

this popular ‘naughty<br />

burritos’ delivery service.<br />

Expect more banging<br />

burritos and frozen<br />

cocktails in a colourful<br />

and rustic setting. There<br />

will be a large outdoor<br />

space shared with a<br />

few other brilliant food<br />

vendors, and a bar with<br />

music at the weekends.<br />

burritoboi.co.uk<br />

Rough Hands Coffee<br />

Five Valleys Shopping<br />

Centre, Stroud<br />

“After a mid-lockdown<br />

redundancy I thought,<br />

why not? Now is the<br />

time!” says owner<br />

Samuel Humphris on<br />

opening Rough Hands<br />

Coffee. Working with a<br />

rotating coffee menu<br />

from roasters including<br />

Cotswolds-based Fire<br />

& Flow, the coffee<br />

shop puts “planet<br />

before profit”, ensuring<br />

“transparency and<br />

fairness for the farmers”.<br />

@roughhandscoffee<br />

Koocha Mezze Bar<br />

Cheltenham Road, Bristol<br />

You can’t miss Koocha’s<br />

dazzling shopfront – a<br />

scene of disgruntled<br />

leopards painted by<br />

muralist Alex Lucas.<br />

Having moved from<br />

Gloucester Road in May,<br />

the Persian-inspired food<br />

is just as eye-popping<br />

and tasty. Try the toprated<br />

vegan kebabs.<br />

koochamezzebar.com<br />

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FOOD<br />

NEW SHOP<br />

Sunday General<br />


Embrace the great outdoors this season<br />

A Clifton Village delight,<br />

with all you need for a<br />

dream picnic. Founder<br />

Kyle Clarke suggests<br />

loaves from FED 303 or<br />

Bianchis; hummus from<br />

Moist and smoked treats<br />

from Chesil Smokery, or<br />

something from the vegan<br />

cheese counter. And don’t<br />

forget the bubbles from<br />

Tillingham wines.<br />

sundaygeneral.co.uk<br />

Cocktails<br />

to go<br />

DRINK<br />

Lovetts<br />

Outdoor boozing just got<br />

posh. Cornish takeaway<br />

and bottleshop Lovetts<br />

sells four-serving bottles<br />

of negroni, espresso<br />

martini, bloody mary or<br />

manhattan. Share with<br />

your thirstiest friends.<br />

lovetts-newlyn.co.uk<br />

“Outstanding gallery with incredibly helpful staff”<br />

C.WARD<br />

“Brilliant gallery. Let me try the picture at home before buying.<br />

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended”<br />

B.GUPTA<br />

“Absolutely 5 Star service”<br />


“The offer to deliver and try the painting on the wall before<br />

committing to payment was very reassuring and the assistance in<br />

hanging the pictures was really appreciated”<br />

S.FRASER<br />

BOOK<br />

Wild Tea<br />

Some of Mother Nature’s<br />

tastiest ingredients are<br />

blooming right now, says Nick<br />

Moyle, co-author of new book,<br />

Wild Tea. Nick recommends<br />

looking for the bright green<br />

new growth of spruce and<br />

pine tips (pictured) for an<br />

amazing-smelling tea that’s<br />

packed with vitamin C.<br />

Others to forage<br />

Yarrow flowers. The wispy<br />

leaves make an earthy brew.<br />

Ground ivy is common around<br />

the edges of fields and parks.<br />

Produces a peppery cuppa.<br />

Rose petals make a subtle drink<br />

on their own and are delicious<br />

blended with black or green tea.<br />

twothirstygardeners.co.uk<br />


The Kind Store<br />

Goodbye meal deals, hello<br />

plastic-free picnicking.<br />

Online eco shop The<br />

Kind Store stocks all the<br />

kit you need to embrace<br />

a greener alfresco vibe.<br />

We love the food flask by<br />

Black+Blum, which is 100%<br />

leak-proof and will keep<br />

your grub hot for six hours.<br />

thekindstoreonline.co.uk<br />

www.cliftonfineart.com <strong>12</strong> Perry Road BS1 5BG<br />

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Words<br />

Chantelle Horton<br />

FOOD<br />

Retro<br />

cakes<br />

3 of the best<br />

Our favourite sweet<br />

treats in the west<br />

Natural<br />

Vitamin D,<br />

only from UV<br />

Your<br />

Tanning<br />

Experts<br />



59 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JP<br />

294 Wells Road, Knowle Bristol, BS4 2QG<br />

Consol<br />

THE<br />


BAKER<br />

Find a slice of Paris along<br />

the Kennet and Avon<br />

Canal this summer<br />

What? Fifi Fourcroy lives and<br />

works on her narrowboat, Hope,<br />

selling vegan cakes inspired by<br />

the Parisian patisseries she visited<br />

as a child. She makes everything,<br />

from the vanilla essence to the<br />

raspberry jam, and bestsellers<br />

include almond and berry mess<br />

and tiramisu cake.<br />

Who? Fifi, her husband and their<br />

18-month-old daughter. As last<br />

year’s lockdown began, theatre<br />

director Fifi and her actor husband<br />

Alasdair were made redundant.<br />

“I’ve always baked for enjoyment,<br />

so decided to make it something<br />

bigger. I started by sending<br />

celebration cakes in the post. Each<br />

one took about four hours to bake<br />

because I only had a camping<br />

oven,” Fifi says.<br />

“Living on a boat makes you<br />

resourceful,” Fifi says. “We’ve learnt<br />

to generate our own electricity,<br />

become blacksmiths – you find<br />

solutions for everything.” But<br />

it’s not without its challenges.<br />

“Recently I had a tray of cupcakes<br />

on the stove, the boat rocked<br />

and the whole tray ended up on<br />

the floor!”<br />

Where? After travelling from the<br />

Peak District down to the Thames,<br />

the family moored in Bradford on<br />

Avon and then Avoncliff. Follow<br />

@floatingbaker for updates.<br />

Why? The cakes look beautiful and<br />

taste even better. “My cakes carry<br />

all the travelling I’ve done in them,<br />

as well as my French background,”<br />

Fifi says.<br />

When? 10am to 3pm, Saturdays<br />

and Sundays. Or online at<br />

floatingbaker.com<br />

Omaggi<br />

Cool cannoli with fillings<br />

including pistachio and lemon.<br />

At Bath’s Farmers’ Market and<br />

Bristol’s Harbourside Market.<br />

omaggi.co.uk<br />

Relish<br />

Stunning bespoke vegan<br />

celebration bakes, from Oreo<br />

to traditional Victoria sponge.<br />

relishvegan.co.uk<br />

Pip’s Railway Carriage<br />

Cake served in a beautiful old<br />

railway carriage. You’ll love<br />

this cool Somerset café.<br />

pipsrailwaycarriage.co.uk<br />

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Words<br />

Chantelle Horton<br />

FOOD<br />

Try<br />

me!<br />

Rooted<br />

classic dhal<br />

THE FULL<br />

INDIAN<br />

Nick Peters, owner<br />

and head chef of<br />

Bath’s Rooted Cafe,<br />

tells the story behind<br />

their bestselling dish<br />

and shares his classic<br />

dhal recipe<br />

he signature dish<br />

of Bath’s Rooted<br />

T Cafe is so iconic<br />

there’s a whole<br />

wall inside devoted to it. The<br />

Full Indian breakfast’s lovingly<br />

prepared ingredients are listed<br />

on a graphic background and it’s<br />

been flying out of the door since<br />

Rooted opened, three years ago.<br />

Owner and head chef Nick<br />

Peters explains: “Our agenda<br />

has always been to embrace<br />

multicultural Britain and our<br />

own backgrounds. I was born<br />

in Africa, went to school in<br />

Scotland and have Scottish and<br />

Madras Indian heritage.<br />

“The menu reflects the food<br />

my family would cook. As a child,<br />

my grandmother would make<br />

this lovely, spiced marmalade<br />

and fresh parathas, served<br />

with fried eggs for breakfast,<br />

along with any tarka dhal left<br />

over from the night before.<br />

I’ve bought all those things to<br />

the plate here and served it as<br />

a thali. It’s totally different to<br />

anything else in Bath.”<br />

It’s fair to say Nick is flavour<br />

obsessed. “I love that you can<br />

use coriander one way and be in<br />

Japan, or in another way and be<br />

transported to India or Persia.<br />

You just need to understand<br />

flavour combinations. That’s what<br />

we’re about,” he says. For a bit<br />

of that magic in your own home,<br />

try Nick’s classic dhal recipe.<br />

rootedcafe.co.uk<br />

Ingredients<br />

• 380g dry masoor dhal (red lentils),<br />

sorted and well rinsed<br />

• 1.5 litres water<br />

• 1 tbsp oil (coconut oil or neutral<br />

flavoured)<br />

• 1 large yellow onion, finely diced<br />

• 6 cloves garlic, minced<br />

• 1 tbsp ginger, minced<br />

• 2 green chillies, minced (can be seeded<br />

for less heat, use more or less to taste)<br />

• 1 tbsp Indian curry powder<br />

• 1 tsp whole mustard seed<br />

• 1 tsp ground coriander<br />

• ½ tsp ground cumin<br />

• 1½ tsp salt, more to taste<br />

• 1 can diced /425g fresh tomatoes<br />

• Coriander, for garnish<br />

• Basmati rice, to serve<br />

Method<br />

1. Mix the lentils and water in a large<br />

pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a<br />

simmer. Skim off any foam that collects<br />

on top. Cook, partially covered, until the<br />

lentils are tender, usually 15-20 minutes.<br />

2. While the lentils are cooking, make<br />

the tadka. Heat a skillet over a medium<br />

heat and add the oil, onion, garlic,<br />

ginger, chillies and a pinch of salt. Fry<br />

for about five minutes.<br />

3. Add the curry powder, mustard seed,<br />

coriander and cumin. Stir and cook<br />

for about 60 seconds, then add the<br />

tomatoes. Cook for seven minutes.<br />

4. Add the tadka to the cooked lentils,<br />

and simmer over a low heat for about<br />

five minutes to infuse.<br />

5. Serve garnished with fried onions,<br />

coriander and tempered seeds.<br />

Local food business with a recipe to share?<br />

Get in touch on creative@circusjournal.com<br />

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No. 1 Royal Crescent presents<br />

The Georgian<br />

Home in Bath<br />

places<br />

Where we want to be this summer<br />

B R A N D<br />

N E W F O R<br />

2 0 2 1<br />

Through this immersive experience you will meet the family, hear from<br />

the servants and experience a day of the Bath Season. The house comes to life<br />

around you through new film and sound projections as the family dine, enjoy Bath<br />

society, share gossip and issues from the period, as well as prepare for the evening ball,<br />

with the servants working hard to run the household.<br />

Opens Wed 2 June, pre-booked timed tickets available via www.no1royalcrescent.org.uk<br />

City sanctuary<br />

This June, central Bath welcomes The Yard,<br />

a beautifully restored 14-bedroom hotel<br />

set around a historic courtyard. The former<br />

coaching inn now features soft and peachy<br />

interiors from local suppliers, including<br />

Katherine Fraser textiles (Walcot Street) and<br />

furniture from Scumble Goosie (Stroud). By<br />

night, the courtyard transforms into a relaxed<br />

bar, perfect for balmy evenings. For more<br />

hotels with history, see p 63.<br />

theyardinbath.co.uk<br />

Thanks to National Lottery Heritage and Cultural Recovery grants, all of our Museums are now open to book.<br />

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Seasonal updates on homes and gardens<br />

WALL ART<br />

The Print Series<br />

Creative agency Monday Club recently<br />

launched a series of photographic prints by<br />

established and emerging photographers. Its<br />

first collection centres on biophilia – the love<br />

of all that is alive and vital, and 30% of each<br />

sale goes to Rewilding Britain.<br />

theprintseries.com<br />

Ollie Hammick<br />


Katy Paty<br />

Look, rainbow retro light fittings!<br />

Prague-based design partners<br />

Katarína Rothová and Patrik<br />

Pokorny were searching for a<br />

natural, renewable material when<br />

they fell in love with porcelain.<br />

Says Katarína: “You touch<br />

switches many times a day, so let<br />

them make you happy!” Choose<br />

from 33 jolly colours.<br />

katypaty.com<br />

TREND<br />

Kintsugi<br />

“A broken bowl. A dab of lacquer.<br />

A sprinkling of gold dust.” In<br />

her book, Kintsugi: The Poetic<br />

Mind, Bonnie Kemske celebrates<br />

the Japanese art of mending<br />

broken ceramics with gold. It’s<br />

a craft movement for our times,<br />

urging repair and longevity,<br />

while celebrating the imperfect.<br />

Laetitia Pineda Plate, pictured.<br />

bonniekemske.com<br />


ferm LIVING @ Truce<br />

Inside, outside… wherever you<br />

put the elegant Desert Chair you’ll<br />

want to spend a lot of time sitting<br />

in it. The interchangeable textile<br />

seat is crafted from recycled<br />

plastic bottles and is available in<br />

multiple designs, including the<br />

Soil woven pattern, pictured.<br />

The powder-coated steel frame<br />

comes in two colours.<br />

truceonline.co.uk<br />


Canopy<br />

Which houseplant to choose? Expert plant<br />

delivery service Canopy recommends Pilea<br />

peperomioides. “It’s unusual-looking, fast-growing<br />

and easy to care for. Best of all, it grows plantlets<br />

that you can cut off and give to friends.”<br />

canopyplants.co.uk<br />

3 joyful<br />

candles<br />


Steve Williams<br />

Landscapes<br />

“Even in small residential areas<br />

there is always an opportunity<br />

to inject immersive planting to<br />

benefit people and wildlife,” says<br />

Bristol-based garden designer<br />

Steve Williams. We love this<br />

foliage-clad timber garden<br />

structure (with log burner and<br />

hidden toy storage), surrounded<br />

by lush woodland planting,<br />

complementing existing trees.<br />

stevewilliamslandscapes.com<br />

Words: Emily Payne<br />

Esh @ Found Bath<br />

From south-east London-based<br />

Esh comes a two-tone twist on<br />

the traditional tapered candle.<br />

Available in a pink/orange and<br />

blue ombre as singles or a pair.<br />

foundbath.co.uk<br />

The Recycled Candle Company<br />

Made in Exeter from recycled<br />

wax, these hand-poured beauties<br />

come in single and double heart<br />

shapes. Zippy scents include<br />

Bitter Orange & Ylang Ylang.<br />

therecycledcandlecompany.co.uk<br />

Hebe @ Mon Pote<br />

We love these nautical numbers<br />

from Hebe, handmade from 100%<br />

natural soy wax. Create a pastel<br />

seaside scene in Pearl White,<br />

Cloud Grey or Peachy Dream.<br />

monpote.co.uk<br />

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Words<br />

Vishaka Robinson<br />

Photoghraphy<br />

David Watts<br />

DIVINE<br />


Inside 8 Margaret<br />

Buildings, where many<br />

original features remain,<br />

including the original<br />

shop counters and<br />

mirrored vitrines<br />

This summer, the spectacular basementto-roof<br />

restoration of one of Bath’s most<br />

iconic buildings will be revealed, as design<br />

store Berdoulat opens its doors. We take a<br />

peek inside and hear its fascinating story<br />

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PLACES<br />

ath has no shortage of structures<br />

laced with history, but few tell the<br />

tale of its recent past as eloquently<br />

as 8 Margaret’s Buildings. Built in<br />

1768, it was, between 1890 and 1981,<br />

the uptown outpost of Cater, Stoffell<br />

& Fortt, a group of department<br />

stores nicknamed the Fortnum &<br />

Mason of the west.<br />

In its heyday it sold everything from custard<br />

powder to caviar; fish fingers to foie gras, as<br />

well as 40 different types of cheese and bizarre<br />

delicacies of the last century, like kangaroo tail<br />

and shark’s fin soup. The well-heeled customers<br />

of the surrounding streets, including the Royal<br />

Crescent and St James Square, would perch<br />

on chairs beside the counter and dictate their<br />

shopping list to the staff behind – who’d have it<br />

delivered to their doors the same morning.<br />

A unique treasure from a bygone era, its vast<br />

4,215-square-footage was an amalgamation of<br />

three buildings, with walls and floors removed<br />

to create a state-of-the art (at the time) store<br />

space with a double-height gallery fitted with<br />

mahogany mirror-backed glazed cabinets and<br />

marble-topped counters.<br />

When the shop finally closed in 1981, it<br />

became an antiques emporium, then lay empty<br />

for three years before being bought in the<br />

summer of 2017 by local interior designer Patrick<br />

Williams and his photographer wife Neri.<br />

Luckily for them, much of the fabric of this<br />

history remained. “It’s a museum piece, and<br />

a miracle that it has survived,” admits Patrick<br />

as he points out the treasure-trove of intact<br />

elements. “From the sash windows on the<br />

façade, which all still have their 1760s glass<br />

(incredible given that opposite was a bomb<br />

site); to the mosaic front foyer, which lists all<br />

the branches of Caters, meticulously restored by<br />

our friend Al, who colour-matched mosaic tiles,<br />

having removed the concrete infill sections.”<br />

But it’s those show-stopping counters<br />

and mirrored vitrines in the main shop that<br />

hog the limelight. “There was an application<br />

in the 1970s to replace them with stainless<br />

steel refrigerated equivalents, but the locals<br />

protested,” says Patrick. “When we moved<br />

in, there was some shelving that had been<br />

replaced in the 1960s, but we found some of it<br />

in the neighbours’ garage, buried deep, and the<br />

Top left: Shop signage dating<br />

back to 1890. Top right:<br />

Original mahogany counters and<br />

sash windows on the façade,<br />

complete with 1760s glass.<br />

Right: The building was semiderelict<br />

with wet rot, dry rot and<br />

water damage after years of<br />

rain pouring in<br />

ingredients, all in pieces, to make up all but one of<br />

the mirror-backed vitrines up in the attic.”<br />

The task of restoring this unique building<br />

would have flummoxed most. The Heritage<br />

Statement alone was 180 pages long, and the<br />

planning application “PhD level”. But luckily,<br />

Patrick – who studied a fine art degree at Oxford<br />

University and has been on House & Garden’s Top<br />

100 Interior Designers list two years running –<br />

was set for the task.<br />

“It all looked rather sorry for itself,” remembers<br />

Patrick of the semi-derelict building. “There was a<br />

lot of water damage, following years of rain pouring<br />

through the place. Improvised props supported<br />

precarious floors. Wet rot, dry rot, mould and lots<br />

of dust.” Plus, all manner of unexpected trials such<br />

as “discovering that a chimney cleaning brush<br />

was wedged about five metres below one of the<br />

drains. This took hours to remove with CCTV and<br />

improvised coat hanger hooks!”<br />

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A glimpse of<br />



H H H<br />






H H H<br />

To get a head start on tickets, register at<br />

www.the7hills.com<br />

@The7HillsFest<br />

WITH<br />

The treasures<br />

we found…<br />

Items uncovered<br />

during the restoration<br />

A glass vial, intact,<br />

containing a sterilised<br />

needle in its alcohol solution.<br />

We think it is around 130<br />

years old.<br />

A Cater, Stoffell & Fortt<br />

glass bottle. They used to<br />

sell, among other delights,<br />

bottled Bath spring water.<br />

About 20 labels<br />

for things like ‘Bakewell Tart<br />

31p’ that track inflation<br />

through baked produce over<br />

the past few decades.<br />

A selection of bags from<br />

the 1890s through to the<br />

1970s, with the most<br />

brilliant typography on each.<br />

Shopping lists from God<br />

knows quite when – probably<br />

late Victorian or Edwardian,<br />

with ingredients like ‘quarts<br />

of Guinness’.<br />

Above: The glorious<br />

relics uncovered<br />

in Patrick and<br />

Neri’s restoration<br />

of 8 Margaret’s<br />

Buildings<br />

The couple moved in after<br />

selling their award-winning B&B on<br />

Pierrepont Place, living in just three<br />

rooms on the top floor with their two<br />

daughters, Wren, eight, and Bonnie,<br />

six, while the building works began.<br />

“Patrick built us a makeshift kitchen<br />

but there was no sink, so we did<br />

dishes in the bathtub, and all slept in<br />

the same bedroom for the first four<br />

months,” says Neri of their insalubrious start.<br />

The building’s next chapter pays homage to<br />

its past. The shop will sell everything from Wax<br />

Atelier candles to Lydia Hardwick ceramics,<br />

with spices sold by weight (a nod to Neri’s<br />

childhood in Istanbul) and Frome’s Rye Bakery<br />

cranking out drinks and patisserie, beside<br />

wine expert Ollie Coleman’s mini enoteca.<br />

The gallery upstairs will be lined with cookery<br />

books and food novellas, as well as showcasing<br />

soft furnishing for sale.<br />

In the basement below you’ll find<br />

Berdoulat’s freestanding kitchen furniture<br />

showroom and local florist Nice Bunch selling<br />

ethical blooms.<br />

At the heart of the building is the Williams’<br />

family home, with its beautiful double-height<br />

kitchen (which opens onto the shop floor), three<br />

bedrooms and two terraces (one of which houses<br />

a roll-top bath, the other earmarked as a wildflower-filled<br />

bee sanctuary). And opening out<br />

onto the street behind, a two-bed mews house.<br />

Here, the Victorian-style shop front has been<br />

rebuilt, replacing an ugly 1980s garage door.<br />

The couple’s vision, explains Patrick, is to<br />

create “not only a retail space selling beautiful,<br />

locally made furniture, homeware and produce,<br />

but a nucleus for cultural events, from cookery<br />

book launches, with authors cooking for<br />

audiences, to candlelit musical performances,<br />

to talks about traditional crafts. We hope there<br />

will be something for everyone.”<br />

For Neri, who is known in Bath as an<br />

incredible cook and gracious host, the crux is<br />

creating a space people enjoy being in, while<br />

tipping a hat to the building’s multi-layered<br />

past. “I want everyone to feel welcome and for<br />

there to be life in the building after all these<br />

years. The door is finally back open.”<br />

berdoulat.co.uk<br />

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Words<br />

Helen Martin<br />

Photography<br />

Ed Schofield<br />

PLACES<br />

Clevedon Pier<br />

The Tollhouse, The Beach<br />

Clevedon’s Victorian pier is the<br />

only Grade I-listed pier in England,<br />

standing with delicate grandeur in<br />

the water and welcoming around<br />

100,000 visitors each year. Film buffs<br />

may remember it appearing in Never<br />

Let Me Go, starring Keira Knightley,<br />

Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield.<br />

It was completed in 1869 as the<br />

town first boomed, offering a seaside<br />

escape and a swift route to south<br />

Wales by steamer. The pier was saved<br />

from demolition by a community<br />

campaign after part of it crumbled<br />

in 1970, and it remains close to local<br />

hearts. At the end, you’ll find the<br />

Pagoda café for refreshments.<br />

clevedonpier.co.uk<br />

Angelo & Son ice-cream van<br />

Beachfront<br />

“When it’s not [busy], I just sit here<br />

and enjoy the view. It’s amazing,”<br />

says ice-cream van man Angelo<br />

about his prime beachfront location.<br />

It might be blowing a gale or be<br />

balmy and beautiful; either way, a<br />

prerequisite of being by the British<br />

seaside is getting an ice-cream.<br />

Angelo & Son, an easy-to-spot yellow<br />

and white ice-cream van parked<br />

beachside, will absolutely fulfil your<br />

99 requirements. The van has parked<br />

here for 11 years now, while Angelo<br />

himself has lived in Clevedon since<br />

1969. Get in quick, the van is often<br />

busy, with eager customers queuing<br />

for classic ice-creams and lollies.<br />

Day trip?<br />

Check out Ladye Bay,<br />

just along the coastal<br />

path – it’s a rocky beach<br />

oasis with colourful<br />

cliffside flora and fauna.<br />

Clevedon<br />

Known for its elegant pier and marine lake with<br />

Spotlight<br />

on<br />

year-round swimming, Clevedon’s community is<br />

active in caring for its heritage and future. Take a<br />

dip, catch a movie or browse Alexandra and Hill<br />

Road’s independent shops<br />

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PLACES<br />

Midgley Green<br />

26 Alexandra Road<br />

A contemporary interiors shop working<br />

with small-batch British craftspeople. “The<br />

products we sell tend to be made with natural<br />

materials like wood, clay and wool,” say owners<br />

Katherine Midgley and Seamus Green. “We<br />

want to be a place for our favourite makers<br />

to show their work within a carefully selected<br />

collection.” A browse of this charming shop<br />

reveals a lovely mix of “things that we think<br />

you’ll love for a long time to come”. Check out<br />

Bristol’s Wild Grove handmade soaps and Lou<br />

Tonkin’s nature-inspired tea towels.<br />

midgleygreen.com<br />

Did you<br />

know?<br />

The Curzon’s high-profile patrons include<br />

the Aardman founders, and the late, great<br />

Alan Rickman. Spot a plaque to him on one<br />

of the cinema seats in the auditorium.<br />

Clevedon Community Bookshop<br />

27-29 Copse Road<br />

Filled from top to bottom with excellent<br />

donated secondhand books, this co-operative<br />

bookshop is run entirely by friendly <strong>vol</strong>unteers.<br />

Inside, you’ll find a corner dedicated to<br />

children’s books, with bean bags and seating<br />

upon which to read and research. It also has<br />

its own small independent printing press for<br />

budding authors. Light floods in through the<br />

shop’s large windows and on sunny days you’ll<br />

find outside seating and flowers. The window<br />

displays are often a delight.<br />

clevedoncommunitybookshop.coop<br />

Hungry?<br />

Have you tried the<br />

legendary ‘Brown Owl’<br />

brownies from Pullin’s<br />

Bakery? Do it now.<br />

pullinsbakery.co.uk<br />

67 Barista Barber<br />

67 Hill Road<br />

Since opening five years ago, this coffee shopcome-barbers<br />

has become a social hub. Serving<br />

Buckfastleigh’s popular Voyager coffee and cuts<br />

coming highly rated, it’s also “a place to make<br />

social connections”, says co-owner Sue Cooper.<br />

From swimming groups, cyclists, friends meeting<br />

for a coffee and cut, to the many passers-by, the<br />

demographic is wide, and the community, local<br />

businesses and groups “all work together”, says<br />

Sue. “There’s a sense of belonging somewhere.<br />

It’s that human connection.” It’s an ideal spot for<br />

a friendly flat white.<br />

@67baristabarber<br />

The Curzon Cinema & Arts<br />

46 Old Church Road<br />

“History and heritage are our most treasured<br />

assets,” says Petra Mansour-Moffatt of Clevedon’s<br />

beautiful independent cinema. Running since<br />

19<strong>12</strong> and Grade II listed, look out for sunburst<br />

stonework, a Neoclassical proscenium arch<br />

surrounding the screen, retro signs, bar and<br />

kiosk, and a mighty Christie organ. Saved from<br />

developers by the community in 1996, Petra says,<br />

“Without our <strong>vol</strong>unteers and a loyal, cultureloving<br />

town behind us, the Curzon would cease<br />

to exist.” A place of splendour, warmth and that<br />

nostalgic Pearl & Dean jingle.<br />

curzoncinemas.com<br />

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ESCAPE<br />

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This sumptuous country inn, built in 1865,<br />

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a ‘hospital for maidens’, founded in the <strong>12</strong>th<br />

century. With design from Soho House’s James<br />

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2. No.15 Great Pulteney by<br />

GuestHouse Hotels<br />

Bath<br />

No.15 reopened in May under new ownership<br />

and with a ‘joyful refresh’. The Grade I-listed<br />

building keeps its Georgian glory, but<br />

designer Martin Hulbert has rejigged things a<br />

little, inspired by saucy 17th-century society<br />

– think chalky pinks and powder blues. Two<br />

new suites overlook Henrietta Park and the<br />

city. We love the little details like vinyl record<br />

players and handmade Georgian dolls’ houses.<br />

guesthousehotels.co.uk<br />

3. Heckfield Place<br />

Hampshire<br />

Forbes called it “possibly the most impressive<br />

country hotel in England”. And with one look<br />

at the Long Room, above, you can see why.<br />

Dating back to 1790, the heart of this hotel is its<br />

farm, which yields flowers and food, including<br />

dairy and honey for the community. The 45<br />

bedrooms designed by Ben Thompson feature<br />

Welsh slate and 1920s-style champagne coupés.<br />

heckfieldplace.com<br />

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ESCAPE<br />

Upcyling, piggy-style<br />


CHARM<br />

A glimpse at the newest addition<br />

to the porky family, The Pig-at<br />

Harlyn Bay in Cornwall<br />

Not everyone is looking for huge<br />

spas, modernisation and walls of<br />

marble,” says Mark Jones, hotel<br />

director of the newest member of<br />

the Pig collection. “Here, we’re more rustic and<br />

it’s all about eating local, sustainability and also<br />

that special level of comfort. This is us inviting<br />

you into our house.”<br />

You’ll find The Pig-at Harlyn Bay in one<br />

of Cornwall’s most historical houses. The<br />

Grade II-listed mansion dates back to the 15th<br />

century, so encompasses medieval, Jacobean<br />

and Georgian design. Seventh in the Pig’s<br />

collection of homely ‘restaurants with rooms’,<br />

begun by Hotel du Vin founder Robin Hutson<br />

in 2011, this is arguably the prettiest of the litter.<br />

Inside, interior designer Judy Hutson (wife<br />

of Robin) has brought the 30-roomed hotel<br />

to life; filling it with beautiful vintage pieces,<br />

gently restoring the interiors and adding two<br />

additional barn-like blocks, which are clad in<br />

Cornish slate, so they will soon blend in with<br />

the original buildings.<br />

Interior designer<br />

Judy Hutson has<br />

filled the Grade<br />

II-listed mansion<br />

with eclectic<br />

vintage pieces<br />

The Lobster Shed, a former pig-sty<br />

turned alfresco restaurant, houses<br />

a grill and wood oven made from<br />

reclaimed materials, and the terrace is<br />

open for drop-in dining. It’s a casual<br />

set-up serving delicious local seafood<br />

and sundowners; there’s even an<br />

outdoor shower for incoming surfers.<br />

For those seeking peace and quiet,<br />

there are four wagon-style shepherd’s<br />

huts dotted throughout the generous<br />

grounds. These look weathered on<br />

the outside but have been constructed<br />

especially for the hotel. Inside, each one<br />

comes with a log burner, cosy kingsized<br />

bed and an en suite bathroom<br />

with monsoon shower and a glorious<br />

free-standing bath.<br />

Those staying in the main house<br />

won’t be disappointed either – many<br />

of the generous bedrooms have<br />

views across the courtyard, orchard<br />

and gardens towards the Atlantic.<br />

The house is full of maze-like snugs,<br />

wood-panelled dining rooms, stone<br />

slab floors, original beams and inviting<br />

seating next to roaring fireplaces, where<br />

you can spend a cosy evening with a<br />

cocktail or whisky from the bar.<br />

“Every public area has its own<br />

distinct personality. You never get<br />

bored of where you are,” says Mark.<br />

thepighotel.com<br />

What’s for lunch?<br />

What the kitchen garden cannot grow,<br />

or which cannot be foraged locally, is<br />

sourced within a 25-mile radius. When<br />

<strong>Circus</strong> visits, rainbow chard puffs and<br />

chargrilled Berryman celeriac are on<br />

the menu, as well as a mouthwatering<br />

spread of seafood, courtesy of local<br />

fishermen, and meat from Cornish<br />

farms. The chef is happy to discuss<br />

alternatives, take guests out into the<br />

garden and prepare a favourite dish,<br />

or dig something special out of the<br />

in-house smoke room.<br />

The Pig’s design team has a<br />

knack for turning one man’s<br />

junk into another’s treasure.<br />

You’ll spot the following at<br />

Pigs around the country.<br />

Apple crates --> shelves<br />

Vintage saris --> light shades<br />

Carpenters bench --> a bar<br />

Milk churns --> umbrella<br />

stands<br />

Vintage washing bins --><br />

bedside tables<br />

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FOOD + MUSIC<br />

Pub in the Park<br />

Royal Victoria Park, Bath<br />

June 18-20<br />

The return of Tom Kerridge’s<br />

epic food and music shindig.<br />

Expect chef demos and tasty<br />

grub from The Pony Chew<br />

Valley, The Hand & Flowers and<br />

many others, with a side order<br />

of great music from the likes of<br />

Rudimental and Craig Charles.<br />

pubintheparkuk.com<br />

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GUIDE<br />

Reginald Ibibio Sound D Hunter Machine play<br />

performs Farmfest at in the Bruton. Frome<br />

Festival Opposite this page: JulyJamJar<br />

Flowers x Thyme in<br />

Gloucestershire, and<br />

Reginald D Hunter at<br />

Frome Festival<br />

5<br />

7<br />

9<br />


JamJar Flowers x Thyme<br />

Tithe Barn at Thyme, Southrop,<br />

Gloucestershire<br />

June 15 – September <strong>12</strong><br />

Immerse yourself in gorgeous<br />

pressed botanicals and<br />

installations, guided meadow<br />

walks, conservation talks, a<br />

garden tour and plant workshop.<br />

There’s also botanicallyinspired<br />

dishes and cocktails<br />

on the lunch menu at Thyme’s<br />

acclaimed Ox Barn restaurant.<br />

thyme.co.uk<br />

ART<br />

Vanguard: Bristol Street Art<br />

M Shed, Bristol<br />

June 26 – October 31<br />

A celebration of Bristolian,<br />

British and international street<br />

art, exploring the e<strong>vol</strong>ution<br />

of the genre and its place in<br />

underground culture, from<br />

anarchist origins to global<br />

phenomenon. It includes work<br />

by photographers Beezer and<br />

Henry Chalfant, as well as pieces<br />

by Bristol’s finest street artists.<br />

bristolmuseums.org.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

The Garden Sessions:<br />


Trinity, Bristol<br />

June 11<br />

‘Enharmonic androgynous<br />

biohuman’ STANLÆY, aka<br />

musician Bethany Stenning, has<br />

been touted as the south-west’s<br />

answer to Björk. Catch her at<br />

Trinity for intricate sonics fusing<br />

otherworldly electronics, folky<br />

hues and classical arrangements<br />

to mesmeric effect.<br />

trinitybristol.org.uk<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

6<br />

8<br />

10<br />

ART<br />

Gustav Metzger<br />

Hauser & Wirth, Bruton<br />

June 26 – September <strong>12</strong><br />

Showcasing the work of German<br />

artist and activist Gustav Metzger.<br />

Pieces include the immersive<br />

Liquid Crystal Environment,<br />

which magnifies heat-sensitive<br />

liquid crystals and projects the<br />

resulting colours and patterns<br />

into the gallery space.<br />

hauserwirth.com<br />


Frome Festival<br />

Various venues, Frome<br />

July 2-11<br />

Frome’s popular arts festival<br />

marks its 20th anniversary.<br />

As well as performances<br />

from Reginald D Hunter, The<br />

Lightning Seeds, Aswad, and<br />

John Hegley, there’s an art trail,<br />

hidden gardens, opera/dance<br />

flash mobs and more.<br />

fromefestival.co.uk<br />

LGBTQ+<br />

Bristol Pride<br />

Various venues, Bristol<br />

July 3-16<br />

The highly anticipated annual<br />

celebration of the LGBTQ+<br />

community. A boisterous line-up<br />

of comedy, theatre, circus and<br />

cabaret events take place across<br />

Bristol for two weeks, leading<br />

up to the main day – a joyous<br />

parade on Saturday July 10.<br />

bristolpride.co.uk<br />


Gentle yoga and guided<br />

meditation<br />

American Museum & Gardens, Bath<br />

Until August <strong>12</strong>, various dates<br />

Surrounded by the sounds<br />

of nature, these hour-long<br />

yoga sessions in the American<br />

Museum’s beautiful sprawling<br />

gardens will calm both mind and<br />

body. Suitable for all levels, no<br />

yoga experience necessary.<br />

americanmuseum.org<br />


The Somerset Collective:<br />

summer pop-up<br />

Jordans Courtyard, Ilminster<br />

June <strong>12</strong><br />

Indie businesses including Pearl<br />

Lowe and Rubbish Portraits sell<br />

their wares – art, vinyl, food,<br />

clothing, homeware, jewellery<br />

and more – to raise money for<br />

the Rosie Crane Trust, which<br />

supports bereaved parents.<br />

thesomersetcollective.co.uk<br />

FOOD + MUSIC<br />

Farmfest<br />

Bruton<br />

July 30-31<br />

A lively melting pot of music,<br />

arts, kids’ activities and festival<br />

frolics, and this year’s line-up is<br />

looking pretty special. Must-sees<br />

include Afro-electronica from<br />

Ibibio Sound Machine, postpunk<br />

rockers Snapped Ankles<br />

and radio legend, Norman Jay.<br />

farmfestival.co.uk<br />

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GUIDE<br />

NOW<br />

OPEN<br />

11<br />


Bath Fringe Festival<br />

Various venues, Bath<br />

Until June 13<br />

The final programme is yet<br />

to be confirmed, but it’s safe<br />

to say this will be a vibrant and<br />

flamboyant melange of theatre,<br />

live music, comedy and visual<br />

arts, plus the annual Bedlam<br />

Fair street event and leftfield<br />

art, photography and film from<br />

Fringe Arts Bath.<br />

bathfringe.co.uk<br />

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ART<br />

Freud, Minton, Ryan:<br />

Unholy Trinity<br />

Victoria Art Gallery, Bath<br />

July 10 – September 19<br />

A celebration of the<br />

rambunctious lives and work<br />

of figurative painters and<br />

friends Lucian Freud, John<br />

Minton and Adrian Ryan.<br />

The exhibition explores their<br />

standing in London’s thriving<br />

art community before and<br />

after World War II.<br />

victoriagal.org.uk<br />

What’s<br />

on<br />

<strong>12</strong><br />

A journey of limitless discovery 3-11 years, Co-educational Independent School in Bath<br />

Registering now for September 2021<br />

paragonschool.co.uk<br />

FOOD + DRINK<br />

Breaking Bread<br />

The Downs, Bristol<br />

Throughout June (July dates TBC)<br />

Some of Bristol’s coolest<br />

boozers and indie restaurants<br />

join forces for this sociallydistanced<br />

outdoor pop-up,<br />

offering hearty grub, drinks<br />

and music on the Downs.<br />

A small number of walk-ins<br />

are available, but pre-booking<br />

online is advised.<br />

breakingbreadbristol.co.uk<br />

13<br />


Rustic chair-making<br />

Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury<br />

June 19-20<br />

This outdoor workshop in<br />

Westonbirt’s beautiful, leafy<br />

surrounds shows you how<br />

to knock up your very own<br />

rustic chair from hazel, and<br />

also includes a talk about<br />

coppice woodlands. Everyone<br />

is welcome and no previous<br />

experience is needed.<br />

forestryengland.uk<br />

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COMEDY<br />

Frank Skinner: Showbiz<br />

Theatre Royal, Bath<br />

July 4<br />

As sharp as ever, the veteran<br />

West Midlands stand-up,<br />

TV presenter and national<br />

treasure hits the road. Enjoy<br />

observational tales, reflections<br />

on parenthood and ageing,<br />

and moments of arch-irreverence,<br />

all relayed in Skinner’s easy style.<br />

theatreroyal.org.uk<br />

16<br />


Penny Farthing city tours<br />

Around Bath<br />

From June 20, various dates<br />

Master the art of riding a<br />

Victorian-era bicycle while<br />

taking in the essential sights<br />

of Bath, including the Royal<br />

Crescent, Bath Abbey and<br />

Pulteney Bridge. Recommended<br />

only for those with a reasonable<br />

level of fitness. Safety<br />

equipment is provided.<br />

airbnb.co.uk<br />

Above: Breaking Bread<br />

on the Downs in<br />

Bristol. Below: Frank<br />

Skinner performs at<br />

Bath’s Theatre Royal<br />

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COMEDY<br />

Russell Howard & Friends<br />

Komedia, Bath<br />

June 14<br />

Join Mock the Week favourite<br />

Russell Howard for a unique<br />

night of work-in-progress<br />

stand-up, alongside some of<br />

his favourite comedians. Allow<br />

your sides to split as the Russell<br />

Howard’s Good News star works<br />

up hilarious new material before<br />

your very eyes.<br />

komedia.co.uk/bath<br />

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FOOD + DRINK<br />

Jekka’s HerbFest<br />

Jekka’s Herb Farm, Alveston, Bristol<br />

July 2-4<br />

Expert talks, workshops and<br />

cookery demos from organic<br />

gardening pro Jekka McVicar<br />

and chums, featuring renowned<br />

chefs, garden designers,<br />

herbalists and authors. You’ll<br />

also find a huge range of herbs<br />

and plants for sale, alongside<br />

crafts and vegan street food.<br />

jekkas.com<br />

Catch Veronica Ryan’s<br />

exhibition, Along a<br />

Spectrum, at Spike<br />

Island until September<br />

Offices to leave home for<br />

Serviced Offices<br />

+44 (0)<strong>12</strong>25 480555<br />

samantha.curtis@hph.co.uk<br />

hph.co.uk<br />

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ART<br />

Veronica Ryan: Along a<br />

Spectrum<br />

Spike Island, Bristol<br />

Until September 5<br />

A major exhibition by sculptural<br />

artist Veronica Ryan, featuring<br />

striking new works (made<br />

during her extended residency<br />

at Spike Island). It examines<br />

environmental and socio-political<br />

concerns, personal narratives,<br />

history and displacement.<br />

spikeisland.org.uk<br />

20<br />

FOOD + MUSIC<br />

Valley Fest<br />

The Community Farm,<br />

Chew Magna, Bristol<br />

July 30 – August 1<br />

Tunes from Sophie Ellis Bexter<br />

and The Blockheads, and plenty<br />

to eat. There’ll be chef demos<br />

from Bake Off stars Chetna<br />

Makan and Briony May Williams<br />

and Root Bristol’s Rob Howell,<br />

workshops and lots to keep the<br />

kids entertained.<br />

valleyfest.co.uk<br />

All details correct at the time of going<br />

to press. Please check event websites<br />

and social media for updates. If you’d<br />

like to see your event listed, email<br />

listings@circusjournal.com<br />

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<strong>Circus</strong><br />

collab<br />

MAKE IT!<br />

Turn these pages into origami stars with Bristol crafters, Colourful Minds<br />

YOU’LL NEED:<br />

• Eight pages of <strong>Circus</strong> Journal,<br />

trimmed into squares<br />

• Scissors<br />

• Glue stick<br />

1 2<br />

Start with a square on its side.<br />

Fold in half diagonally and open out.<br />

Fold two opposite corners towards<br />

the central line.<br />

3 4<br />

Fold both top sides along the<br />

central line.<br />

This will form one point of the star.<br />

Repeat with seven remaining squares.<br />

5 6<br />

Colourful Minds is an arts<br />

organisation that creates craft<br />

workshops and kits for all<br />

ages, in Bristol and beyond.<br />

It began in 2016 and is run<br />

by Laura Humpage, a mumof-two<br />

with a background<br />

in textile design. The aim is<br />

to produce projects with an<br />

emphasis on connecting<br />

and making together.<br />

colourfulminds.co.uk<br />

Glue bottom right of the first point.<br />

Place the next point’s bottom left<br />

side along the central fold line.<br />

Repeat until all points are used.<br />

Slip the last point under the first<br />

point to finish off. Glue.<br />

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furniture and an on-site team. Our apartments<br />

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vibrant community.<br />


76 <strong>Circus</strong> Journal Midsummer 2021

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