Are you feeling festive yet? It's been a little quiet over here as December proves to be a busy month for us, and with clashing schedules I've been determined to make the run up to Christmas as special as possible for the kiddo. So on Saturday we decided to stay local and enjoy a festive weekend in Bristol with the boy.
Every year, outdoor ice skating is high up on F's wish list –
As we wandered around the stalls before lunch, F took the time to enjoy the live music and show us his moves much to our entertainment. I love local markets, independent artisans selling their wares and a mix of fragrent spices and homemade mince pies, the sound of Christmas cheer. I was even able to pick up a few stocking fillers *yay*.
Once our stomachs started to growl we walked along the harbour for a bite to eat. No.1 Harbouside is a quirky and cosy place to dine, with a buzzing atmosphere and the perfect spot to people watch. I love the concrete bar *swoon* and we soon ordered coffees and settled down to fresh locally sourced produce, and oh my the fries! The menu has a great selection including Gluten free options meaning Paul could tuck into some tasty chicken, and although lacking a kids menu F was a little reluctant to dig into his flavoursome gnocchi, he was pretty impressed with hot coco. The staff were super friendly and accomodating making for a relaxed lunch an giving us the energy for our fun on the ice.
As soon as we'd finished up F was desperate to get to the ice rink less than a minutes walk away in Millennium Square. Swapping our boots for blades and making sure we had the double blade skate for F, we tentatively skidded along to music amongst the excited crowd, and everything looked very twinkly and magical with the lights and reflections from the Planetarium.
I would definitely recommend a penguin or banana for little ones to help them around the ice, as this gave F the confidence to even try and skate on his own.
The boy couldn't get enough and as soon as the rink was cleared he hung around to watch the staff clean the ice and has promptly demanded that we go again. Sometimes the best days are laid back, relaxing and enjoying what your city has to offer. Bristol this weekend you did us good.
*Thanks to Visit Bristol for providing us with a fun weekend. All words are 100% my own.