Monday, 17 September 2012

Our Bristol Weekend

This weekend, we went to Bristol thanks to Kizzy winning a runners-up prize in the Odeon Ice Age 4 Reviewer competition.  We stayed at the lovely Novotel Hotel in a family room which was within walking distance of the city centre and the harbour making it a perfect base for a weekend away.

The highlight of our stay was meant to be a cruise to Beese's Tea Rooms but we found out that this would be a round trip that would take over 3 hours and not get back until gone six o'clock.  So instead we switched to a pre-lunch historic harbour cruise which would be far more Freddy-friendly!

Our boat trip included a commentary that was both informative and entertaining!  We found out lots of facts about the waterway and why we say "ship-shape and Bristol fashion"!  We saw the SS Great Britain which now sits in the dry docks, where it was originally built by Brunel, after being rescued from the Falklands where it was being used for target practice by the navy.  We spotted some colourful houses that reminded us of Balamory.  We coveted million pound riverside appartments and saw an original Banksy on the side of a ship.  Freddy even tried to spot sharks and pirates (luckily none were found)!!

Bristol, harbour, cruise, Avon

We had a really nice time cruising the Avon and it was just the right duration to keep the kids happy.  Afterwards we had a relaxing stroll, wandering around Castle Park before stopping off for lunch.  The weather was kind to us and we enjoyed ourselves very much!

Thanks to Kizzy for winning and thanks to Imagination Marketing for arranging our trip!


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