Watch this space to see the information on the venues for our second Bal Loon Exchange! In the meanwhile, take a look at what we did last year…
The John Sebastian – Friday
Built in 1885, the magnificent John Sebastian “Light Vessel 55” has a long and interesting maritime history, enduring two world wars as a guiding light for many maritime ships.
At the end of her useful life, she was sold for scrap and sadly set alight. She burned for days but did not succumb. Cabot Cruising Club then bought her in 1954 and worked through the seasons, begging and borrowing tools and materials to turn her from an empty, blackened shell to a wonderful space and bar.
The John Sebastian, can be found permanently moored in Bathurst basin, alongside the aptly named “John Sebastian Quay”, just off Commercial Road and in front of the old General Hospital. The venue is roughly a 15 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station, the main train station in Bristol.
We absolutely love this quirky and quintessentially Bristol venue and are positive that you will too!
Toto’s – Saturday Daytime
This independent and central water front venue overlooking the Welsh Back offers gorgeous views of our amazing city. We will have exclusive use of the upstairs lounge and bar and you can also pop to the downstairs lounge anytime you fancy ordering from the venue’s hearty menu. There is also an outside terrace area if you feel like cooling down while taking in the sights.
If you fancy a bal break, you also have the option of taking a little boat trip with Bristol Ferry Boats that stops just outside the venue! You can find here their very own illustrated map as well as a link to their timetable.
The venue is located right in the heart of the city centre and less than a 15 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station.
The Mackay, 1532 Performing Arts Centre – Saturday Evening
We are very excited to be using this stunning recital hall for our Saturday evening party!
The 1532 Performing Arts Centre opened in September 2016, providing state-of-the-art facilities for music, dance and drama at Bristol Grammar School.
The name 1532 reflects the School’s history, being the year that the School received its royal charter.
The Mackay room has excellent acoustics and a lovely floor perfect for plenty of bal slides! There is also a spacious foyer with a bar to keep you hydrated during all of the excitement.
Gatsby’s Nightime Tearoom – Saturday Late Night
Gatsby’s Late Night Tearooms is the first liquor bar in Bristol offering specialty teas, coffees as well as great era-based cocktails, bourbons, gins and much more. Created and crafted between father and son, Laz and Pavlos bring you Bristol’s very first late night tearoom experience in the heart of the city.
This local and independent business is full of character and personal touches, not to mention some of the best cocktails in Bristol! We will be using this space as our late night retreat where you will be transported back in time, totally unaware of your Park Street location.
This venue is located in Park Street, a comfortable 8 minute downhill walk from The Mackay; you’ll be pleased to hear!
Southville Centre – Sunday
The Southville community Centre is a unique and ethical venue in a grade II listed building run by registered charity Southville Community Development Association.
The Centre embodies Bristol’s giving nature by providing support to local groups and the community in wide and diverse ways. It is centrally located on the south of the river in Beauley Road.
Our Sunday tea dance will be taking place in the Centre’s beautiful and light main hall with 137 square metres of shiny parquet flooring and a vaulted ceiling. You will also be able to help yourself to tea/coffee and cake, all funded by your loving Bal Loon team.
Just a little treat to say thank you for being so baloody brilliant!