Daddy Cool!

Yes, it is that time of the year again when we “have no idea what to get for Father’s Day”. And no, don’t reach for predictable cards or ties like every single year, because dads deserve to be treated! We have rummaged through the retailers at Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars for you, and come up with gift ideas that would make your dad trendy and hip…you might not be able to recognise him!

Preppy classic

Would your dad raise his eyebrows if you get him anything fashionable? No worries, just opt for classic items with a small twist. We love the little boat shoes splattered across these shorts from Lacoste at House of Fraser, your dad’s casualwear will be updated nice and subtly.


If your dad is always clutching his latest gadgets, check out the wide range of technology accessories that is out there. Get him something which he will be able to show off at work. This leather IPad case from Hugo Boss at Harvey Nichols is stylish and sleek.

Basic Needs

Socks, boxers…they may be boring but the truth is they are essentials. You can get al sorts of boxers and socka, whether they be comedy or snazzy! The luxurious box set from Ted Baker at House of Fraser adds that perfect something special, and dads can look dapper head to toe.


Rule Britannia!

The British theme has been everywhere this year, but you have seen nothing yet! Here comes the long-awaited Diamond Jubilee weekend, and the retailers have outdone themselves with super cool limited edition products for this special event. It’s time to forget the bad weather and embrace the bright colours of red white and blue!


What better way of celebrating four days off than getting sufficiently merry? The special Jubilee liquor bottles add that perfect touch of something special when we cheer for our beloved Queen. Even if you quickly finish the bottle – and we all know you would – you can use it as interior decoration to keep up the patriotic vibe. We love the edgy design from the classic brand Absolute Vodka, available at Harvey Nichols.


Wave your nails instead of flags! Get creative and try some Union Jack nail art at home. The perfect shades of red and blue can be found at Butter London from Harvey Nichols. Don’t forget to add that extra layer of glitter, you will no doubt stand out from the crowd. 

As posh as the Queen

Tea and scones anyone? Tea parties are the very stuff of our British culture, allowing us to be as classy as the Royals. Thank God for the iconic brand Radley bringing out its very first Home Collection just in time for the Jubilee. Expect ‘awws’ when you bring out their teacups and cake platters with cute Union Jack Terriers on them.


Quakers Friars is set to become a foodie paradise next month as the UK’s biggest street food festival comes to the historic piazza at Cabot Circus for the first time.

Taking place over three days from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May, the free festival will feature some of the UK’s finest ‘food trucks’ offering a variety of delicious street cuisine – a new concept that has gained popularity over recent months in London’s Southbank.

Colston Hall will also host a live stage throughout the event which will showcase some of Bristol’s best new musical talent. Featuring a range of local bands playing folk, acoustic and world music, performances will take place every lunchtime, afternoon and evening during the three-day event. 

The street food festival will see Quakers Friars brought to life with festival-inspired food stalls and retailers and will offer the perfect opportunity for the whole family to come and enjoy tasty food, drink and free entertainment and music. Some of the vendors appearing include:

  • The Swallow Bakery: boutique bakery offering speciality cupcakes and dessert pies
  • The Hungry Gecko: A Masterchef finalist specialising in vegetarian Asian street food
  • What the Dickens: iconic British dishes and revived vintage recipes
  • Café Mor: seafood specialists from Pembrokeshire and winner of the British Street Food Award 2011
  • Big Apple Hot Dogs: inspired by New York, made using only natural and free-range ingredients
  • Byron Burgers: proper burgers and the ultimate in comfort food
  • Churros Bros: chocolaty warm churros

“Street Food is the most important UK food trend in years” says Richard Johnson, the author of Street Food Revolution and the founder of the British Street Food Awards. “That’s why Heston is singing the praises of the street food revolution in the next issue of GQ. And Jamie has gone and got his own ice cream truck. Served out of the coolest vans, trucks and trailers, street food offers up an exciting way to eat that doesn’t break the bank. It’s throwing up a new generation of food heroes, and has given us the two most important new restaurant openings in living memory – Pitt Cue and Co and Meat Liquor. They both started out trading on the streets. The Cabot Circus event will be packed with new talent, and showcase some sure-fire contenders for the British Street Food Awards 2012 in September.”

The free event will take place from 11am to 8pm from Friday 18th until and Sunday 20th May, with the first bands playing at 12:00pm each day.

For more information on the free street food festival visit or find us on Facebook or twitter. Shops throughout Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars are open from 10am to 8pm, with restaurants open until late.

The spring / summer fashion show – trendtastic!

April was a pretty wet month, but the heavens closed and sunshine was upon us for the Cabot Circus spring / summer fashion shows – literally! The weekend of free catwalk shows presented fabulous, refreshing and inspiring new season trends.

With pampering treats and discounts visitors could indulge themselves into the fashion world and follow the recommendations of one of London’s hottest stylists, JP, who presented and styled the show.

We have picked some of our favourite trends from the show. We can’t wait to see them hitting the Bristol streets!!

Miami Fashion Vice dominated in style with bold colours and patterns combined with 1950s high waists, halter necks and wiggle skirts.

Fantastic fabrics are massive this season. Embroidery, chiffon layers, lace, beads, sequins and so much more.  Whether it’s for relaxed daywear or night time chic, tactile fabric is a must have – yummy!

Mother nature holds the power when it comes to this gorgeous trend – earthy tones with sunny highlights create a natural looking style teamed with tie die, bold patterns  or woven elements. This should not be missed!

White is the new black. – less is more this season. Focusing on the garment for the cut and shape makes this colour always an eye-catcher – stand out in style!

Men are also standing out this season and should be boldly wearing pattern their patterns and colours. Chinos are a must have – as always. Gents combine them with blazers for a relaxed look – and roll up those sleeves!  

Sock it to me! Socked ankles are everywhere this season and top the cherry on the cake for an outstanding look – so dress those ankles!

And we can’t forget the coolest kids in Bristol. Local Dance School Hype strutted their stuff on the catwalk. The grown-up models have some serious rivals.


Fashionistas from Bristol and beyond will be heading to Cabot Circus this April for a series of free fashion shows presenting the hottest trends for Spring and Summer.

Taking place under the Cabot Circus glass roof on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April, the ‘Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Show’ will feature the latest looks from the new collections available from stores in the centre.  

And, with outfits from high-street to high-end, the catwalk will showcase something for every budget and taste – whether you want to indulge your feminine side with pretty florals, grab attention with this season’s acid brights or spice it up a bit with the latest Miami trends.  

As the weekend of free fashion shows begins, savvy shoppers will be able to enjoy some fantastic discounts and offers at many of Cabot Circus’ stores and restaurants.

Visitors can also indulge in free treatments at the ‘pamper lounges’, where experts from House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, Sanctuary Spa, Seanhanna and the Body Shop will be on-hand to treat shoppers and talk through the latest hair and beauty trends. 

Shoppers can also get inspiration from fabulous clothes and brilliant beauty buys that will be showcased in glass display cases dotted around Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars.

Retailers that will be featured in the Fashion Show include House of Fraser, Harvey Nichols, French Connection, Ted Baker, Fred Perry, Next, River Island, Bank, New Look, Reiss and Warehouse – and many more.

Local street dance company Hype – which has previously won awards including the World Street Dance Championships and worked with artists Neyo and Sean Paul – will be participating in the fashion show this year for the first time. Young members from the Bristol-based dance crew will be turning their hand to modeling for the day as they strut their stuff on the catwalk for a special childrenswear show at 5pm on Saturday.  

The Cabot Circus Fashion Show are being presented by JP, one of London’s hottest stylists, who will give even the most fashion reluctant a nudge in the right direction to fulfil their style potential.



Cabot Circus (level 1, outside House of Fraser)

11.30am / 12:30pm / 1:30pm / 2:30pm / 3:30pm / 4:30pm

Children’s Fashion Show with Hype: 5pm


Cabot Circus (level 1, outside House of Fraser)

12pm / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm

Spring / Summer trends 2012


If you want to make a bold statement, vibrant, acid bright colours are huge this year. This is a trend that you can’t tone down so it’s all about mixing colours together – not for shrinking violets. Put together pinks, blues, yellows and greens for a new take on last year’s colour blocking trend. If clashing isn’t your thing but you still like this look, try it with denim, which will give you a flavour of the trend.








Spring is when nature comes alive, and this is reflected this season. Summer is looking hot with colour prints – from vintage-inspired florals, to luscious paradise islands and tropical flowers. Whether you go for floaty, structured or somewhere in between, achieve this look by embracing the traditional and injecting it with the right amount of attitude. There is only one rule with this trend – the bigger and bolder the print the better!

Spring / Summer trends 2012

As the gloomy winter months fade into memory, it’s time to forget functional fashion, pack away your knitwear and welcome back lighter fabrics and brighter colours.

Spring is our favourite time of year for fashion and this season, you’re likely to find yourself wrapped in gorgeous fabrics and adorned with colour, from vivid brights to sugary shades.

As the latest trends hit the high street, we’ve asked the experts at Cabot Circus for the lowdown on what to wear this spring – some style inspiration before you hit the shops!


Summer becomes mouth-watering this year, with yummy colours like orange sorbet, lemon sherbet and rosy apple, giving a sweet and delicious look – good enough to eat!

The subtle, sugar pastels give a feminine, clean palette. Wear together or with white, or toughen it up with a rock t-shirt and dangerously high heels for a cute and candy appearance.