Bristol City

culture places

I love Bristol. Less than forty-five minutes down the M5 from our front door, it’s a city with a bit of everything. 

Last weekend we went there for the day, determined to have a day out that all of us would enjoy (this isn’t always easy as the kids get older). 

We parked near

@bristol

 and walked through Millennium Square which has a huge water feature for kids to splash around in on hot days. The deckchairs were out in front of the big screen, ready for the day’s action at Wimbledon. 

We passed the

Arnolfini

gallery which is sadly closed at the moment and made our way to

M Shed

to see the Wallace and Gromit exhibition which runs until September 7th. 

I’d recommend it to everyone, whatever your age. Of course Aardman and Nick Park are Bristol based and the exhibition takes you behind the scenes, showing how the films came about, from sketchbooks to the actual rocket from ‘A Grand Day Out’. 

Lunch was at

Mud Dock

, a riverside cycleworks with a cafe above. 

A wander up Park Street was next, stopping off at some of our favourite shops like Love from Random, I’m constantly seeking inspiration for Violet and Percy! 

Halfway up we stopped at Bristol Art Gallery to see Banksy’s Mobile Lovers and happened upon

Jeremy Deller’s English Magic

We’re all about balance as a family and there’s only so much culture we can take in one day so of course we had to stop off at Cabot Circus on our way home for some sale shopping and a coffee. 

All in all, a grand day out!



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