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An interactive map of some of my favourite places around Bristol

February 5, 2015

For today’s blog post I thought I would bring you something a little different, and as you can see, it’s a map!

I got together with Lime Venue Portfolio to create this, and it shows you some of my favourite spots around the city. Click either on the map pins to find out more about each location, or select from the drop down to view either shops, bars and pubs, restaurants and local attractions.

I’ve not just stuck to one area, as the beauty of Bristol is that each area has so much to offer. I have lived and worked in many of these areas and I love what they each have to offer. I used to love wandering down Gloucester Road on a Saturday (one of the longest roads in the country with the most independent shops on it, apparently!), going in to all the shops and people watching.

Similarly it’s always refreshing heading up to the downs for a walk and to blow away the cobwebs, and over to the Observatory near the Suspension Bridge to take in the amazing views.

So I hope you enjoy checking out some of my favourite spots – let me know what yours are!

<3 Sofia

This post was made possible with the help of Lime Venue Portfolio


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Oooh spooky! 10 things to do in Bristol for Halloween

October 15, 2014

Mexican Skull

This year i’m really quite excited about Halloween because we have two parties to go to and i’ve got an idea for an awesome costume too…Usually i’m stumped for a new costume to think about, but I cant wait to work on it this year!

There are loads of things going on in Bristol on 31st October, and below are just a choice selection of what I think will be worth checking out.

  • Step aboard the Halloween Spooky Ship at the SS Great Britain – for £13 (£8 concessions) take a tour of the iconic ship by night.
  • Bristol Zoo Fright Night! For £12, watch Silence of the Lambs and Evil Dead in the spooky surroundings of the zoo at night…I’ve certainly not got the guts to go and watch those 2 films, should be good fun though!
  • Take part in the Bristol Zombie Walk  We went to see it last year (or was it 2 years ago?) and it’s very funny even just to watch! They’re starting out in College Green, and it looks like the route itself is secret this year.


  • Go to the Halloween banquet at the Bird in Hand. Tickets cost £35 per head – if you haven’t tried the food there yet you must, it’s so good!
  • Described as “a delicious night of Mexican feasting, Tropical Roots dancing and exciting immersive performances to celebrate yourselves, our ancestors and the delightful world of the living”, the Dia de los Muertos fiesta  at Hamilton House sounds right up my street.

the canteen

  • And while you’re at the Canteen, you can also check out the Scribble N Scratch event there.
  • Now, i’ve never done a walking tour of the city, but it seems to me that Halloween would be the perfect time to do one. Go and check out the Haunted and hidden for more info.
  • The Watershed FrightFest all Nighter  (£35 full fee, £30 concessions) is “the UK’s best fantasy film and horror festival”
  • If something a little more fancy is your thing, check out the Cadbury House Halloween Ball. Tickets cost £25 for a 3 course meal plus dancing afterwards.
  • And finally, for something a bit different, why not check out the performance of Blood Wedding by Rogueplay Theatre at Circomedia’s St Paul’s Church. Featuring aerial acrobatics, Capoeira and Spanish guitar, and it’s on the 30th October instead of 31st – so you can still go to any of the other events listed too!

So, what will you be doing on all hallows’ eve then?

Boo! <3


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What to do in Bristol…over the Bank Holiday weekend!

May 21, 2013

bristol harboursideBristol loves a bank holiday. Any excuse to host a festival (or 3) and drink a cider (or 5…)

As a slight interruption to the usual program of my Tuesday Links I’ve decided that since the bank holiday is coming up, you might like to know what great festivals and nights there are to be had in our beautiful city. I am as yet undecided as to what to go to…although I think that, being the end of the month, it may be the free events that I try out. I’m really looking forward to Upfest again, and I want to go and sample the delicious Tapas at Eat Drink Bristol Fashion…so it looks as though my weekend might consist of eating, dancing, graffiti and drinking…not bad for a long weekend in May. :)


  • Hoochie Coochie at the Mauretania (see the flyer below). This should be amazing! Did you know that the Mauretania is a bar actually decked out with wood paneling from the Mauretania ship? And that it looks like you step back in time when you walk inside? And that it’s in a great location, right at the bottom of Park St?! Get tickets here.

hoochie coochie mauretania

  • VegFest is on! Great bands, amazing food, great atmosphere, and in the heart of the city.
  • This weekend is the last weekend of Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, so get yourselves down there if you haven’t already as the food is to die for! I hear the mini burgers are worth the trip alone…

the great spalvados mayfest

The Great Spalvados, from the Mayfest website

  • The Croissant Neuf Summer launch party is on at the Attic at the Full Moon. The Zen Hussies are playing, and they are brilliant live. Go if you want to dance your socks off all night!
  •  Dot to Dot festival is on at various locations around Bristol on Saturday night. Get yourself a wristband for £20 and head on down to the many pubs and bars showcasing bands for the festival! (P.S if you’re in Manchester the festival is on the Friday night, and in Nottingham on the Sunday night!).
  • Over in Bedminster and Southville Upfest is happening. This graffiti festival will be spread along various locations along North St, with music at the Tobacco factory and activities for all ages in shops and on the greens. I’ve been a couple of times and there’s always a brilliant vibe.

Big love, and don’t drink too much! <3


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What to do in Bristol on Valentine’s Day – the alternative list!

February 4, 2013

hearts, eva tornado

Eva Tornado

You could see Valentine’s Day as just one of those days made up by the card companies in order to make you buy more, or you could just take the opportunity to do something different with your other half. Why spend it in a restaurant filled with tables of two, in which there’s almost no atmosphere and makes you feel awkward if the couple next to you don’t talk to each other for the whole meal!

Bristol has some awesome things going on for Valentine’s Day, so why not give one of these ideas a go?

  • Go dancing! Motion have a night on hosted by Itchy Feet, and judging by the last event it looks like an absolute blast! Get your dancing shoes on, tickets are only £7 and are available here.

  • Take a long walk over the downs and to the suspension bridge – it’s such a beautiful part of Bristol and if it’s nice weather it’ll be even better. You could even venture over to Leigh Woods – look out for the buzzards!

  • Visit Bristol Zoo – they have an offer on from the 14th-17th February called ‘Cheep Romance’ (see what they did there?!) where tickets for the zoo are only £20 for two. Bristol Zoo is so much fun, get the voucher here (opens as a pdf).
  • Afterwards, you could go for an epic hot chocolate at Bar Chocolate in Clfton – let yourself overindulge!


  • For a spa experience, I’d recommend getting a train to Bath and visiting the Thermae Spa. They have a ‘Time for Two’ Package and also a ‘Twilight’ Package specifically for couples. You can’t book the Twilight package in advance though, so you may not want to take your chances and just turn up. If you do, get their early!
  • Another thing to do in the daytime is trying a tea tasting at Attic in Westbury Park. These lovely people know all there is to know about Chinese tea. Coffee-lovers, you will be converted! They also do scrumptious cakes.
  • Why not try something different, and learn a new skill together? Bristol has a huge range of evening classes, but my pick for a Thursday night would be to try a silks class together (Rada is a great teacher and welcomes complete beginners). Or if circus skills aren’t your thing, you could try Capoeira instead. In South Bristol, you could give Lindy Hop classes a go, which are all the rage at the moment, and ridiculously fun!

lindy hop, dancing, life

  • Get your competitive streak out and go bowling at the retro bowling alley that is the Lanes. A bit of competition is healthy, right?!
  • And finally, if you fancy a bit more of a glamorous night out why not get your glad rags on and head to the Hoochie Coochie Valentine’s Ball. Dress code is ‘Glamour Puss’ – go as the glamour or the cat! I’d be quick though, as it’s bound to sell out soon!

mask, heart, valentinesTom Banwell Designs – the perfect look for the Hoochie Coochie ball!

See, there’s loads to choose from that isn’t your usual restaurant affair. What will you be doing? ;)

❤ Big Love ❤