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.
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.
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.
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?