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A birthday in Bristol

April 13, 2015

I’m not the best at organising much – I get a bit stressed out and panic and book entirely the wrong things on the wrong dates on entirely the wrong planet. Well, that’s what it feels like, anyway! So I knew that when it came to organising Trout’s 30th birthday, I needed to put my sensible hat on and start planning in February.

The only thing I really knew that I wanted to book was flyboarding. I did some research and sent a few emails and found that the only place in the country that was open on Trout’s birthday was in Chepstow – so that’s where I booked. Then I stared at a map for about two weeks trying to figure out what to do next. Stay nearby? Stay in Bath? Stay in Bristol? Let’s stay in Bristol. What can we do in Bristol? I don’t think Trout likes Bristol. What can we do that’s not in Bristol? Sigh.

^^In the end I asked friends for their suggestions. A sweet friend told me about Cheddar Gorge (never heard of it before…) so that’s where we stopped first. The views were amazing, and the caves were stunning.^^

^^Goats! And a black sheep!^^

^^The caves at Cheddar Gorge. So beautiful!^^

^^There’s nothing quite like getting back to a hotel, having a hot shower and slipping into a big, fluffy dressing gown. Bliss. We stayed at Future Inns because it was the only place in the centre that had free parking, and it’s in a pretty perfect location.^^

^^Birthday boy’s dinner. We went low-key and picked Ganesha, a south indian restaurant, to celebrate at. The food was pretty good, and the host was lovely.^^

^^I can never resist a dosa when it’s on the menu!^^

The next morning we woke up early and threw on some clothes before jumping in the car and driving to Chepstow. The flyboarding was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I want to go back! It took me quite a while to get the hang of, unlike Trout who managed to get it almost straight away, but I still really enjoyed it and managed to get a fair distance out of the water. I don’t have any photos from the morning, which is a shame – but I can’t recommend this place enough. It was held at the National Diving and Activity Centre, who offer a whole host of other activities. I really want to go back to have a go on the massive zip slide! The venue is an old quarry, so it’s a great setting.

We headed back to the hotel to shower and change before walking two miles to find a pub that promised good vegan food and beer, only to be told that they had stopped serving food… Isn’t it fun when that happens? So we walked two miles back and settled on The Cosy Club, and I’m so glad we did!

^^The building was so beautiful.^^

^^Not the best place for two vegans to sit…^^

^^They’ve got a separate vegan menu, which is amazing.^^

^^Burgers! You know I can’t resist a good burger ;)^^

After our meal we walked around Bristol and did a bit of shopping – there are so many beautiful independent shops, as well as every high street shop you could ever ask for. Between the flyboarding and the trek for lunch and the shopping we were pretty exhausted, so headed back to our hotel to chill out for a bit.

^^Pizza in bed. The best way to eat pizza – especially when you don’t have to wash the bedding after you’ve dropped pizza all over it… We ordered from PepeNerorganic, which just happened to be around the corner. They have meat, veggie and vegan options, and everything tasted so good! We went a bit wild and ordered two pizzas, lasagne and chocolate cake, because we wanted to try everything, and it meant Trout had breakfast and I had a slice for lunch the next day.^^


The next morning we slept in, Trout made a playlist for his birthday party and then we drove all the way home. When we stepped through the door I couldn’t quite believe I had managed to pull off the past few days, and I’m so thankful that I did! Maybe it’s because I’m soon approaching ‘proper-adulthood’?

Have you been to Bristol? Would you recommend anything else to do? 
Have you been flyboarding? Any other vegan places you love in Bristol?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 13, 2015 10:14 pm

    That looks like so much fun! I love exploring caves. And now I’m really craving a veggie burger.

    • April 16, 2015 9:05 pm

      There’s rarely a minute that goes by when I’m not craving veggie burgers, to be honest…

  2. April 16, 2015 6:35 am

    I’ve been to those caves! What a fun weekend.

    • April 16, 2015 9:05 pm

      It really was! I want to go back to Bristol for a few more days, it’s such a nice place.

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