Beautiful Bristol #FlauntYaHaunt

Having fun at Ashton Court Estate, Bristol

I am Bristolian born and bred, I have never strayed very far from Bristol and our new house is about a ten minute car journey from the city centre. Bristol is a vibrant and thriving city and we really have the best of both worlds living here as wherever you are it’s never very far from open ground or countryside.

There is so much to do in Bristol, especially for families. We have lots of parks, outdoor space, museums and places of interest to visit not to mention the amazing shopping at Cabot Circus and, it’s almost time for the Christmas market, an unmissable tradition.

The lovely people at Travelodge have asked me to tell you what I love the most about Bristol as part of their ‘Flaunt Your Haunt’ campaign. It has been so hard to narrow it down because there is a lot going on in this wonderful city of ours. I’ve chosen to tell you about Ashton Court Estate; a place we absolutely love to visit.

Rose at Ashton Court Estate

Ashton Court Estate is a country park and mansion with 850 acres of woodland and grassland. There are events such as the world famous balloon fiesta and the park boasts the most beautiful deer park. There is something quite magical about walking around the estate and we visit at all times of year, enjoying the different seasons and changes in scenery.

There’s a really lovely café in the picturesque courtyard with incredible views across the city. When Rose was newborn I would often drive up there and be first in line for a laté I would take her for a walk around the pathways in her pram whilst drinking in the atmosphere (and the much needed caffeine!) I’ve just recently found out that you can hire mountain bikes and as we love the outdoors this is something that we will definitely do in the future.

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One of the reasons I love it there so much is because my husband, Justin and I actually went on our very first date there! We had just started seeing each other and we decided to meet up at the annual Ashton Court Festival. If my memory serves me correctly Justin was already there and so I had to get a bus which dropped me off outside the grounds and then climb an incredibly steep hill and go look for him and his group of friends in the crowds. I remember being quite flustered by the time I got there and the first date nerves were kicking in, I wasn’t sure how it would all turn out but the rest, so they say, is history.

Having fun at Ashton Court Estate, Bristol

Fast forward eleven years and it’s still one of our most favourite haunts. There is something really poetic about taking the children to see the deer, go for a picnic and watch them ride their bikes around the pathways in this place that is really special to us both.

So, that’s my Bristol #FlauntYaHaunt what’s yours?

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  • Stephanie

    Written on 9th October 2015

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    That looks a great place and I find outdoor space so rejuvenating. I visited Bristol earlier this year and thought it was a lovely place – I was most impressed with the provisions for cyclists and the sheer number of cylclists. It’s on my list to come back with MOH – and our bikes! :)

  • Ann Fitzjohn

    Written on 9th October 2015

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    I am Bristolian born and bred too. It is a great city and even though I now live 18 miles north in Gloucestershire, the majority of my work and play is done in Bristol. Always lots to see and do and plenty for people of all ages. I recommend Bristol to everyone I meet! http://www.bananafitz.life

  • joanna smith

    Written on 9th October 2015

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    I’ve been to Gloucester but never Bristol. The picnic with the deer sounds so… romantically nostalgic. What a fortunate lot you Bristolians are!

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  • Sarah

    Written on 9th October 2015

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    Ashton Court Estate looks and sounds like an amazing place to visit! I’d quite like to visit Bristol, I’ve never been before! And how sweet it’s where your first date was! Awww.

  • Blogging mummy

    Written on 9th October 2015

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    Looks like a lovely warm day. We love days like this being outside, it so good for the kids to get out and run about in the fresh air. We have never been here before, well I have been to bristol but not Ashton Court. x

  • Emma T

    Written on 9th October 2015

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    Love your photos. It’s so nice when you’ve somewhere local that you love as well as having memories there.

  • Mudpie Fridays

    Written on 9th October 2015

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    We have visited Bristol once and went to the zoo which we all loved. You photos are beautiful and it looks like a lovely place. Will check it out when we visit again :) thank you

  • Lisa - Four Walls, Rainy Days

    Written on 10th October 2015

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    I’ve never been to Bristol, but if I do wind up there this place will definitely be on my list to check out, it sounds right up my street. It’s really lovely that you’ve got the first date memory there too as it is a special somewhere that you can share with family for years and years to come. Beautiful photos!

  • Angela at Daysinbed

    Written on 10th October 2015

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    I’ve never been to Britsol. I had places I loved like this in New Zeland. I really miss it sometimes. We now live near a beautiful natonal park with a lake and we like to go there when I’m well enough. Love the pictures Amy..thanks for sharing.

    Angela

  • Jade Priscilla

    Written on 10th October 2015

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    Ashton court sounds and looks beautiful. It has a similar look to my local haunt of Luton Hoo. I love that you went there for your first date all those years ago, very romantic :-) x

  • Ana De- Jesus

    Written on 10th October 2015

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    I have never been to Bristol but after seeing your photos I would love to go and explore some famous haunts . Thank you for sharing x

  • Alex

    Written on 11th October 2015

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    I’ve never been to Bristol but I’ve heard it’s a really lovely place! Ashton Court Estate looks beautiful, no wonder your first date went well! Xx

  • hayley

    Written on 11th October 2015

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    Aww how lovely! I didn’t realise you were so close by, we just live down the road in Devon! I’ve only been to Bristol once or twice, and always on a night out (pre kids, obviously!)…I always had a great time there but I’d love to explore it in the day time! xx

  • Charlotte Braithwaite

    Written on 12th October 2015

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    Ive never been to Bristol but I really want to go. Its high on my list.
    Now I wasn’t to go even more.
    Beautiful photos too Amy, Rose is soooo adorable <4

    Thanks for sharing hun
    Charlotte x

  • You Baby Me Mummy

    Written on 12th October 2015

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    Wonderful pictures huni. We are reviewing a hotel in Bristol next month xxx

  • Eleanor

    Written on 14th October 2015

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    Beautiful! One of my all time favourite places to walk too. Aren’t we lucky!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    Written on 15th October 2015

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    Gorgeous photos lovely. I must admit if I didn’t want to be near my family I would seriously consider living in Bristol. I used to travel down there a lot for work and I just love it. x

  • Min

    Written on 14th December 2015

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    I live in Bristol too and haven’t been to Ashton Court for ages. Will have to make sure I take the little one there soon as he has never been. I used to love the Ashton Court Festival too!

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