Bristol is the closest city to where we live and one of my faves. The vibrant pops of colour throughout the city can cheer up even this drizzliest of British days. That, and the many shopping options.


We spent a beautiful few days there last summer enjoying all the family friendly fun Bristol has to offer (which you can read about here)  and just a few weeks ago with babe in arms we took Bella to the wonderful Hippodrome to see Sleeping Beauty. However, I hadn’t ventured there with the two girls by myself yet. So when an email popped through inviting me to be part of the Cabot Circus #dressedbythekids event I signed up.

#dressedbythekids hosted by Cabot Circus was inspired by an event hosted by Oxfam in April. The Oxfam fundraiser encouraged parents to let their little ones dress them for the day, mixing and matching however they pleased from their wardrobe. Cabot Circus thought it would be fun to put on a similar event. However, instead of the little ones being asked to pick out weird and wonderful outfits, they would instead try and choose something their parents would like… and actually wear.

As Next were hosting this event I wasn’t overly concerned. As 1) their sizes are slightly on the generous side… welcomed by my post-partum body  2) Next are not exactly known for their outrageous designs. –  Next embodies classic cuts that are designed to last and be easy to wear (as well as creating the most beautiful collections of children’s clothes every season bleeding my account dry)

Bella walked off with Lauren and the other children that were taking part.  Isabella has a simplistically consistent approach to fashion and always has hearts in her eyes for dresses – pretty dresses with flowers. Pretty dresses with flowers and butterflies. Pretty dresses with flowers, butterflies & lace –  glitter too if possible.  I had an inkling that she would pick me a dress.

I wouldn’t have been surprised if she had asked the lovely PR Lauren if fairy wings were available too.


This is the dress she picked for me to try on. She also picked me some shoes and some lovely sparkly jewellery. The dress and the jewellery I would wear. The shoes were a bit Mary Poppins-ish but 2 out of three ain’t bad J

After taking part in #dressedbythekids we spent a ridiculous amount of time in the nearby book shop picking out books for Daddy for Father’s Day and a treat for Bella, followed by lunch and then some more shopping. Penny slept most of the day and was no trouble at all. We had a really lovely day, reminding me how much I love Bristol.


I came home and looked up more stuff that we could do in Bristol this summer – here are some of the events that I have found…


Sprogs Children’s Nearly New Sale: Horfield

Good quality children’s clothes, toys and nursery equipment for sale. Tea and yummy cakes served!

  • 10 – 11.30am
  • Adults £1 admission
  • Horfield Parish Church Hall, Wellington Hill, BS7 8ST


Lawrence Weston Carnival

Lawrence Weston Carnival is bought to you by At-Bristol Science Centre. Join in the fun and vibrant carnival for the residents of Lawrence Weston to come together and celebrate their local community.

There will be a range of events and hands-on activities about our food, our health and our planet created by the Wellcome Trust as part of The Crunch for the whole family to enjoy at this annual FREE event.

  • 18th June 2016
  • 11am – 4pm
  • FREE
  • Oasis Academy Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, BS11 0LP


Visit the Villa: Kings Weston Roman Villa

Visit Kings Weston Roman Villa during the Lawrence Weston Carnival for a day of family friendly fun. Explore where Romans used to live right on Bristol’s doorstep and discover amazing mosaic floors, underfloor heating and the only Roman bath suite in Bristol.

Lots of family activities including children’s trails, Roman object handling sessions and dressing up.Find out what the Roman’s had for their tea with the Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives who will be preparing a Roman feast to show off the Roman’s delicious and sometimes disgusting diet!

A couple of friendly Roman soldiers from the Ermine St Guard will also be on hand to tell you about life in the Roman army and will take part in the carnival procession.

  • 10am – 4pm
  • Pay what you think
  • Kings Weston Roman Villa, Long Cross, Bristol, BS11 0LH


Bat Walk: Horfield Common

Find out more about the bat populations that live on Horfield Common. Learn about the behaviours, habits, likes and dislikes of bats and then get hands-on with a bat detector and track different bat species across the common.

  • 9.15 – 10.30pm (meet outside the Ardagh)
  • £8 per ticket – limited places


Music Midsummer Magic at Sefton Park School

Music, barbecue, candy floss, café, bouncy castle, Tombola, craft stalls, book stalls and more.

  • 12 – 3pm
  • Sefton Park School, BS7 9BJ


Free family Day at Cairns Road Baptist Church, Westbury Park

Plenty of things to do for 0 – 5 year olds and some great refreshments, too.

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • Cairns Road Baptist Church, Cairns Road, Westbury Park BS6 7TH



Friends of Horfield Common Summer Picnic

All welcome to the FOHC annual Summer Picnic. Activities include a Fun Dog Show, the Riff-Raff Choir, arts and crafts activities, and there will be the chance to help design the new theme for the Ardagh mini-golf course. Plant, book and traditional bric-a-brac stalls, BBQ and much more.

  • 12 – 5pm
  • FREE entry
  • Horfield Common, Kellaway Avenue, Horfield BS7


Summer Celebration at Upper Horfield Children’s Centre & Community School

Fun activities for children including face painting, games, arts and crafts, children’s colouring competition, family cooking competition and more.

28 May 2016to25 Sept 2016

Land Rover Safari at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

See the wild wetland birds at WWT’s famous reserve – book early on arrival, places limited.


1 June 2016 to 14 Sept 2016

Cream Tea Cruise with Bristol Packet Boat Trips

Cruise of the historic harbour with delicious Cream Tea onboard

1 June 2016 to 31 Aug 2016

Summer Family Trail at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

A trail exploring the trees from around the world and the intrepid plant hunters who discovred them.


**This post is in collaboration with Cabot Circus and we received a voucher for attending the event – thank you very much to Next and Cabot Circus for hosting.