Hi everyone, it’s Liam Livings again! *does a twirl* Are you all well? I do hope you’re sitting comfortably for this week’s post about UK Meet 2014.
This week, I’m talking about why Bristol is such a fab location for UK Meet 2014. And to start, I’ll recount a story a well known Bristolian comedian, Russell Howard, told about the difference between London and Bristol.
While in London, Russell heard announcements on the Tube and trains saying, ‘Passengers must not leave luggage unattended. Unattended luggage will be removed and may be destroyed.’
He returned home, to Bristol, and waiting for a train at Bristol Temple Meads train station over the tannoy, a voice with a strong Bristol accent said, ‘’Ere, don’t feed the pigeons.’
And with that, I give you 13 reasons why Bristol is ‘lush’ as they say down there. I know 13 is unlucky for some, but some of them have sub-reasons, so it’s really more like 20 reasons, so all those who are superstitious, can stay calm, *behind hand, whispering* I was a bit worried too, until I re-counted.
- Bristol is an easily accessible city:
- a large international airport, with operators flying into Bristol from over one hundred different countries
- road access from all of the UK as it is located where the M4 and M5 motorways cross.
- Bristol Temple Meads railway station has direct services from London, Scotland, Wales, Manchester and Birmingham
- Bristol, south west England’s capital, has a proud maritime history, and is the home of Banksy the street artist and Wallace and Gromit.
- Bristol is the shopping capital of the south west, and includes shopping centres for high street brands, as well as back street boutiques for that unusual one off must-have.
- The Victorian architect, Brunel, has several famous works within Bristol include the SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge and Temple Meads Railway Station.
- The historic Floating Harbour brings the water and boats right into the centre of the city, and is bordered by cafes, restaurants, museums and arts centres. Some of them are even floating themselves!
- Bristol Cathedral, which is a fine example of a hall church, can be toured for free.
- Beautiful Georgian Clifton is close to the city centre and very similar to nearby Bath in its architecture and exclusive shopping opportunities.
- Home of BBC Bristol, where you can have a tour around the interactive studio; you can have a go at presenting the weather and star in your own radio drama.
- Home of Aardman Animations, the groundbreaking film and TV company who brought Wallace and Gromit to life.
- Bristol has two distinct gay districts, each with their own flavour, and the home of the only bespoke bear bar in Britain!
- Some of Banksy’s most famous Bristol works are all over the city and can be visited on foot, along with a wealth of other fascinating street art.
- The city also includes: Bristol Aquarium, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, MShed and At Bristol.
- Further into the countryside around Bristol, you can visit:
- Cheddar Gorge – discover the place after which the most popular British cheese is named. It’s one of the UK’s most famous beauty spots with the largest natural gorge and two beautiful caves with stalactites
- The historic city of Bath is just a short train ride away, and includes the Royal Crescent, Georgian terraces and Bath Spa. Bath has been used as the location of many costume dramas, and the whole city is a World Heritage Site. It is certainly one of Britain’s most picturesque cities and perfect for whiling away some time over the weekend, shopping, sightseeing or relaxing in the spa.
- Weston-super-Mare – a traditional Victorian British seaside resort, also only a short train ride away.
How many of you have been to Bristol before? Have you sampled some of the delights the city has to offer? Or is this part of the UK completely new to you? I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time,
Liam Livings xx