Out | Bristol

Sunday 16th July

Ivy Wears: Little Bird Dresses

Thanks to some of my favourite bloggers (Tigerlilly Quinn and She&Hem, I'm looking at you), Bristol has been at the top of my to-do list for a very long time. They capture their city so beautifully and sell it's array of attractions so perfectly that I was longing to have a nosy myself so after skirting around it on the way down to Torquay, I finally decided I wasn't going to put it off much longer and booked us into a Novotel for a night.

Due to unforeseen circumstances. I ended up taking both kiddos on the 130 mile drive up the M4 alone which immediately meant our hotel would need to be far more of a family-orientated base than I had originally planned and I couldn't have been more impressed with our stay - before we'd even got through the doors we were able to leave the car in a customer only car park right in the heart of the city (parking always being my biggest fear with new places), right underneath the hotel and managed to unload our stuff, get up to the room and back out to explore in under half an hour.

We wandered over to habourside, just a 5 minute walk away, and began to get our bearings of Bristol. We passed the Aquarium, @Bristol, Millenium Square (showing the Wimbledon final, of course) and then up past the cathedral and city hall before heading back and snuggling down for the night together - via the bar so Ivy could have a go on 'the biggest ipad in the world' which was pretty much her best bit of the whole trip alongside having a fridge in our bedroom and the sofabed that folded out as two singles and not a double.

We got up and out super early in order the make the most of our time and after the most incredible breakfast, hit the habourside again. Tempted by the Bristol City Tour Bus which stopped right outside the hotel, we decided to enjoy the sun and stay on foot. We wandered all along the river bank past SS Brunel and out towards the Clifton Suspension bridge before heading back over to The Bristol Museum (which was closed on mondays, argh!) and then over to Stokes Croft, for its wonderful choice of independent cafes so we could finally meet the gorgeous Jo and Victoria of She&Hem and the even more gorgeous Poppy and Ada.

However challenging it was carting two children around a new city, I couldn't have been more glad to have sampled a slice of what Bristol has to offer and we will certainly be back for much longer next time to get ticking on that (now even longer) to do list.