On the Waterfront
Get out into the sunshine and see Bristol's Waterfront
The sun is shining, weather is sweet (okay, maybe it's not, but what can we say? We love the mock poetry of Finlay Quaye. He's a heeero like Robert De Neeero.) Ahem, anyway, so Itchy has been surgically removed from the sofa and taken out in Bristol to see what this beautiful city of ours has to offer come springtime.
We all know that Bristol’s home to the world famous S.S. Great Britain, but how many of you have actually walked along the waterfront to Hotwells and Cumberland Basin to see this little beauty for yourselves? No, we didn’t think so. This can be sunny day activity number one, then. Itchy started off at the Waterfront (yes, there may have been a swift half in the Watershed bar) and followed the river – foolproof really. When we finally made it past the S.S. G.B., we treated ourselves to a well-deserved brunch at Lockside, a funky little eaterie whose major claim to fame is that it’s the former site of the caff in Only Fools and Horses. Yep, we certainly do find you all the gems of the city...
Although Itchy didn’t have time this week, when you’re in the area, pay a visit to the Create centre. This environmental centre and eco-house gives you a million and one tips on how to live a more sustainable and eco-friendly life. Itchy is making a concerted effort to recycle the many empty wine bottles that mysteriously appear in our house. If all this walking malarky sounds very pleasant but a little too energetic for your tastes, go by waterway instead. Boats leave from the Waterfront and take you right down to the floating harbour before turning back up the river to the SS. Great Britain and The Matthew (it’s another ship – call yourselves Bristolians…). The boat trips cost less than a fiver and, lasting over an hour, are great value for money. Alternatively, take a walk in the other direction and visit the British Empire and Commonwealth museum. This year is the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade and the museum has a programme of events running all year. The main shebang is the opening of the Breaking the Chains exhibition on April 23 – stick it in your diaries, history fans.
Oh and another thing if you’ve got a spare hour – instead of loitering in a Park Street café, nip over to Brandon Hill Park and climb Cabot Tower. Itchy blew out the cobwebs earlier in the week and the amazing views over the city put us in a good mood for days.
Create Centre and Ecohome
B Bond, Smeaton Road, Cumberland Basin
(0117) 925 0505
Brandon Hill Park