Friday Flashy Fringe Fete & Paella!

You are welcome to arrive from 12.00 pm onwards on Friday 14th July for the in-person flash fiction festival, 14th -16th July at Trinity College, Bristol.

What’s happening on Friday afternoon this year?

From 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm another fantastic three hour pre-fest workshop by acclaimed teacher and writer from the US, Kathy Fish. Open to festival participants and those who can’t make the whole weekend. Booking (£50) for the workshop open soon via paypal.

Electra Rhodes

And from 12.00 midday, we’re delighted festival team member, Electra Rhodes, is organising a Friday Flashy Fringe Fete! More details coming soon.
Electra says: Fancy an afternoon of flashy fun on the lawn? I’ve got great news. 2023 will see the first Flashy Fringe Fete of the Bath Flash Festival, running, skipping and jumping throughout the Friday afternoon. 
With games, stalls, activities, lashings of fun the Flashy Fringe Fete combines the best of an English country fete with everyone’s favourite flash writing opportunities.
As well as a flash lucky dip, flash pass the parcel, a team flash treasure hunt, pin the tail on the donkey, bunting, and other excitements there’ll be the chance to meet old friends and make new ones before the evening events and the rest of the weekend kicks off.
Many of the activities will have prizes and goodies to take away, and there will also be a Fringe Fete Flash Prize too
I’ll be approaching some people to run activities, stalls, and events direct, but don’t be shy about coming forwards. I’m dying to hear from you and how you’d like to volunteer to make this the flash of inspiration and fete we deserve!
Electra will have a dedicated festival email soon. In the meantime contact us to forward onwards.


Chicken Paella:£14.00
Vegan Paella:£12.00
Both Gluten Free.
Available Friday afternoon. 5.00 pm.

Two Paella Options

There may be some cakes and snacks at the fete but we also have some wonderful paella for you to order in advance from Luciano at Paella Ca’Luciano.

Luciano cooking

Luciano brought samples for us and our Spanish tasters late last year, and they said there were a really, really good paellas, both the chicken and the vegan ones. Big portions, cooked fresh on the spot. Pay in advance.

Chicken Paella (GF)

Other Friday Events:

Bar (run this year by Trinity College)

Karaoke ready to go in 2019

Badger’s Pouch, the bar, will be open from 2.00 pm
After the evening of readings, Karaoke entertainment will be available in the bar, organised by Helen Rye and Christopher Allen.
The festival bookshop will be open from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm in the Tyndall’s room, by Reception in the main building.
Official Welcome and Evening of Readings 6.00 pm – 9.00 pm in Dining Room.

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Accommodation options

Outside Trinity College

This year’s flash fiction festival will be held at Trinity College, a Theological Colllege, in the Stoke Bishop area of Bristol. There are no available budget student rooms at Trinity College to book. Presenters and team members are booked into the very limited selection. There are, however, 17 camping spots with facilities in the grassy area in front of the college. Showers etc in The Clifton House, a nearby building. It is possible to camp on Thursday night as well. More info and how to book below. You can also contact Damnhait Monaghan, damhnait (at) flashfictionfestival (dot) com form for camping and other accommodation queries.

Budget student accommodation nearby NOW SOLD OUT ON THIS WEBSITE
STOP PRESS! We have managed to secure a few more rooms (May 30th). Please contact us asap if you would like a single room, shared bathfoom at Churchill Hall.
For the festival weekend Friday and Saturday nights this year we have been able to block book rooms for the festival place/accommodation package at Churchill Hall, a Bristol University Residence only a few minutes walk away from the college, in a lovely setting opposite the Bristol Botanical Gardens. You can see Churchill Hall and its proximity to Trinity on our location map on the menu.

The rooms are bnb (continental breakfast). An example of one is pictured below, along with a picture of the hall and an area of the shared bathroom. They are quite spacious and for single occupancy only. You can book a festival place with accommodation now It may also be possible to book Thursday night at Churchill Hall. Contact us if you are interested in an extra night on Thursday.

The Area and Other Accommodation Options (thank you to former festival director, Diane Simmons, for compiling this list originally. Updated by team member Damhnait Monaghan for 2023).
Stoke Bishop is a pleasant area not far from the Downs (a large open park land)) and is under two miles from the Clifton suspension bridge, built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. If you don’t mind a walk, Clifton Village is about a 30 minute walk from Trinity College and is a beautiful area of Bristol to stay in. It has quite a few hotels and guest houses. Please note that areas of Bristol are very hilly.

The city centre too has lots of hotels to suit all budgets, as well as some hostels. It is particularly attractive round the waterside area. The city centre is approx 2.4 miles from Trinity College. Redland and Henleaze areas are also attractive parts of Bristol not too far away.
There is a plenty of free parking in the grounds of Trinity College. Please note that traffic can be very heavy in Bristol.

You may find this website helpful:

Caravans, Campervans and Tents
There are 4 available caravan/campervan spots at Trinity College for people with their own caravans/campervans. There are electricity points. The cost is £25 per night. Toilets and showers available.

There is space for 18 tents in Trinity grounds (without electricity).The cost is £20 per night. Toilets and showers available.
If you would like to book a place for your van or wish to camp, please contact us and our team member Damhnait Monaghan will liaise with you.

Other Caravan sites:
Airbnb is a good way of finding affordable accommodation. If you are unsure about the area, please email for advice. The link for Stoke Bishop, Bristol is below:–Stoke-Bishop–United-Kingdom/homes?adults=1&place_id=ChIJk_zJ1YSNcUgRD32b4q2v_3A&refinement_paths%5B%5D=%2Fhomes&checkin=2022-07-08&checkout=2022-07-10

Hotels, Hostels and Bed and Breakfasts
Please note that I have not visited any of these hotels listed below, so can’t vouch for them being any good, but the ratings system should help. Please check my estimated walking times are correct before booking. I would recommend going on, or as bargains can be found.
Bristol Youth Hostel, 14 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, United Kingdom. 2.5 miles, 55 mins walk Private rooms available. Dorms not available at time of writing, but may be open by July.

Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and Apartments

Nearest to Trinity College (within 2 miles)

The Washington, Clifton. 1.7 miles from Trinity – 35 mins walk. Available from Described as ‘cheap and cheerful’. More info from & also available on visit Bristol site:

The Rodney House Hotel, 4 Rodney Place, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 4HY – 1.7 miles and 35 mins walk from Trinity College. Available from Their own website here:
The Regency Bristol Hotel, 40-44 St Pauls Road, Clifton BS8 ILR
35 mins walk, 1.7 miles

The Channings Hotel, Clifton Bristol – 31 min walk. You can book direct from their site or on etc.

Number 38, Clifton, 38 Upper Belgrave Rd, Bristol BS8 2XN. Less than a mile. Also available from About a 17 min walk. Hotel website:

Victoria Square Hotel, Clifton. 1.8 miles. 37 mins,
Also available on etc.

Beaufort House apartments, Clifton. 1.2 miles and a 25 min walk – on etc

The Alma Tavern, 18-20 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2HY
Rooms are bookable through Airbnb. 29 mins walk. 1.4 miles. Rooms also available through

Within an Hour’s Walk (or nearly)

Holiday Inn, Bristol city centre 52 mins walk. 2.9 miles.

The Bristol Hotel 56 mins walk. 2.6 miles.

Best Western Henbury Lodge Hotel, Station Rd, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7QQ, 2.7 miles, 58mins walk.

Bristol Marriott Hotel,
51 mins walk. 2.3 miles.

Travelodge, Anchor Road, Bristol. 52 mins, 2.4 miles. One of a chain of basic hotels.

Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa.
3 miles, 1 hr 4 mins walk.

Mercure Bristol Grand Hotel 2.3 miles, 51 mins walk.

Brooks Guest House, Bristol, St Nicholas Court, St Nicholas Street, Bristol
Looks cool accommodation – retro roof top caravans. 53 mins and 2.4 miles.

The Ibis, Explore lane, Bristol BS1 5TY
2.5 miles. Around 53 mins walk to Trinity.

The Crafty Cow, 65 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 08J. 53 mins walk, 2.7 miles.

Norfolk Guest House, 575 Gloucester Road, Bristol BS7 0BW. 2.5 miles, 50 mins walk

Other Options
For budget options, there are Premier Inns: May not always be in the most scenic parts of the city. None are particularly close. Premier Inn has one in Filton, but traffic can be busy around there

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Friday Evening Pizzas at The Festival

Are you booked or are you a workshop leader at our third Flash Fiction Festival and arriving at the Festival on Friday afternoon 28th June? Or attending the pre-festival workshop with Kathy Fish and think you might need a meal when you have finished? We’ve arranged Bristol’s wood-fired mobile pizza outfit, Wood Chop Pizza to come along and serve their pizzas cooked on the spot in their wood – fired oven from about 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm.

The simple menu pictured here gives a choice of vegetarian and a meat based pizza. And there is also a vegan option not listed. Hospitality director Diane Simmons and Festival Director, Jude Higgins have sampled a pizza and they are very tasty. We need advance payment to secure Wood Chop Pizza’s services. And if you want one, it would be helpful to us if you paid via paypal or any card below asap and then contact Diane Simmons to say which one you have chosen. Four choices, Margherita, Portobello, Vegan (not listed on the menu but instead of cheese, sundried tomatoes and artichokes) and Salami and Chorizo. £8.50 each.

Pizza orders now closed.

The bar will be open from 2.00 pm on Friday serving wine, beer, prosecco, soft drinks and snacks. If you don’t want a hot pizza, you are welcome to bring your own picnic food to eat in the lovely grounds and the building that houses the bar.

The evening of readings begins at 6.00 pm.

Not booked yet? Places are going fast now. Join the crowd from all parts of the UK and other enthusiastic flash fiction writers from Ireland, USA, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Cyprus, New Zealand and Australia. We’d love to see you there. All welcome, beginners and experienced alike.

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