17th Century Bristol a walk with Samuel Pepys

The LLandogger trow
The LLandoger trow

Did you know Samuel Pepys, the famous London diarist visited Bristol in the 17th century? No neither did I. However when Pepys visited in 1668 as part of his work as a naval clerk  he was very impressed with the city calling it a second London.

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What’s on in Bristol this Christmas

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bristol

The singing reindeer in Broadmead #Bristol Christmas shopping
Singing reindeer in Broadmead

It is almost the end of November and like it or not that means Christmas has arrived in Bristol. Personally I think the shopping centres are looking particularly festive this year and I thought I would go for a stroll with my camera, have a gingerbread latte and share a few photos and two competitions. Continue reading “What’s on in Bristol this Christmas”

Arnos vale cemetery, a walk to remember

Arnos vale a ghostly walk for Halloween

An Angel aat #Arno's vale cemetery

This is a Halloween special. A walk through Arnos vale the largest cemetery in Bristol. There are over 45,000 graves and monuments spread over 45 acres and over 300,000 people are remembered here. Continue reading “Arnos vale cemetery, a walk to remember”

Frome riverside walkway

The Frome valley riverside walkway forms a green corridor from the Bristol harbourside for about twenty miles to the source of the river Frome in Dodington Park near Chipping Sodbury on the edge of the Cotswolds. Last week our walking group covered the first five miles from the centre of the city  east through the inner city with its graffiti and litter on through Eastville Park and Oldbury Court estate to Frenchay. The green corridor means that otters, bats, foxes squirrels and rabbits can often be seen in the heart of the city.  Part of the walkway is close to where we live and we  often spot cormorants, kingfishers and herons waiting to catch something for their dinner. Continue reading “Frome riverside walkway”

7 things to do with children near Bristol harbour

Bristol is my home city and I love it . The area around Bristol  harbour is particularly popular with tourists and I think it is a lovely place for families to spend a couple of days.  If you are planning to visit Bristol with children I have a few suggestions of activities you might enjoy.  The Bristol tourist office is located on the harbourside and they have a good selection of leaflets, maps and souvenirs. They are also happy to answer any questions.

Bristol used to be an important port but the river Avon is too narrow and tidal for large  modern boats to navigate. The old harbour has been transformed into a popular area for leisure with museums, art galleries, cafes and bars.

Although you can walk around the harbour children might prefer to catch a yellow ferry boat. There are sixteen stops including Millenium Square and the SS. Great Britain. Continue reading “7 things to do with children near Bristol harbour”