Dirty Dancing at Clifton Observatory

DOORS: 20:00 | FILM STARTS 20:20

The historic Clifton Observatory plays host to BFF's Spirit Of Cinema screenings, which pair classic films with great gin-based drinks in partnership with BFF's friends and local distilling legends Six O’Clock Gin. Join BFF in this intimate setting overlooking the Avon Gorge and Clifton Suspension Bridge, and (weather permitting) enjoy the stunning views day and night on the rooftop terrace before the film begins.

Your ticket includes a Gin & Tonic on arrival, as well as a gin-based cocktail served during a brief interval in the film. If you’ve got to drive, or gin isn’t to your taste, we offer non-alcoholic ticket option – enjoy the drinks with a premium non-alcoholic spirit alternative!

To get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day, BFF have got two dance-orientated romantic 80s classics for you at the Observatory this February, accompanied by a suitably retro cocktail selection. Our second film is the enduring fan favourite Dirty Dancing. Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze are a perfect onscreen couple as Baby and Johnny - you’ll have the time of your life reliving the magic!

Take your evening further with BFF's add-on options:

• Indulge with a delicious deli box from Two Belly, with cheeses, chutney and crackers to enjoy alongside your film and wine

• Attending in a group of six or more? Take a look at new Group Bookings option

Please note that this event is strictly for over-18s only

1987 | 12A | 100 mins

Frances “Baby” Houseman travels to an upscale holiday resort with her family. She quickly becomes infatuated with the resort’s rebellious dance instructor, Johnny. As the two start to fall in love, will they be able to overcome the disapproval of Baby’s family, and the prejudices against Johnny?

Contains moderate sex references


Established in 1766, Clifton Observatory is an iconic landmark and an integral part of the Bristol landscape. The Observatory has had a long and varied history, but one thing has remained consistent over the centuries: the spectacular and unforgettable views of Bristol, Avon Gorge, and the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

In 2015, the Observatory underwent a major restoration. Over the past few years. Today, it’s home to the 360 café, a museum featuring a rare Victorian-era Camera Obscura, and the atmospheric and mythical Giant’s Cave.

Age restrictions: 18+

Adult (General Admission (Alcoholic Option)) £25.50
Concession (Student | Over 65 | Blue Light Card) £22.50
Group of 6 (You can enjoy exclusive access to the historic Camera Obscura with a private area for welcome drinks (weather permitting, on the roof terrace). Each group member will receive a Two Belly Deli Box to enjoy during the film, which includes a selection of premium cheeses with crackers and chutney. ) £210
Additional group member (Can only be bought to add on to an existing group of 6) £35
General Admission ((Alcohol Free Option)) £25.50
1x Ticket & Two Belly Deli Box (Enjoy 3 different cheeses, along with an artisan chutney and crackers, as a perfect complement to your wine tasting.) £40.50

Available dates

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What people are saying

Feb 2023

Really enjoyable evening. Team running the event were very welcoming. Gin was lovely too

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Fi Harris
Feb 2023

Lovely event, great location, excellent introduction, tasty gin

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How to get there


  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets

On the day

  • On street parking is available near the Observatory in Clifton Village and the Clifton & Durdham Downs.
  • The Clifton Observatory is a 30 minute walk from Bristol City Centre. Bus service numbers 8 & 9 run from Bristol Temple Meads, stopping in central Bristol (Cabot Circus, Nelson Street, Bristol Hippodrome).
  • Please contact Bristol Film Festival for further information about accessibility at this venue.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 28 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 28 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

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Available dates

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