Bristol Zoo Gardens

On Friday I took the day off from work and we went out to Bristol Zoo Gardens :)

The zoo has been open since 1836 and it’s the world’s oldest provincial zoo. It’s not a very large zoo compared to some others, but they have a wide variety of species there.

We’ve been to this zoo before, but that was nearly 10 years ago, and before I’d started this blog, so everything felt very new for us again ^^

There are nice garden areas throughout the zoo, and being a weekday it was not too busy, so we were able to walk around easily.

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There are lots of different animals, insects, and fish to see, and all of them have areas in their habitats designed to mimic the natural environments which they would normally live in.

It’s really good that the animals have indoor and outdoor spaces which they can move freely between as they like, and even if they choose to go inside it is still possible for visitors to view them through windows.

It was a fun day out, and it’s so easy to just stay watching animals for ages because of how fascinating they are to watch just going about their business ^^

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Thatchers Open Day

On Saturday we went along to a free open day at Thatchers Cider where they were giving different tours around the facilities, cider tasting, and other activities and entertainment :)

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We arrived not too long after the opening time and already it was starting to get busy, but it was all very well organised and there were a lot of attendants to guide people.

Apart from the trailer ride around the orchards we were able to go on all of the tours; the queue for the trailer ride was huuuuge ^_^;

It was very interesting to see how the automated lines fill cans and bottles, seal them up, and package them ready for shipping. And hearing about how the apples are processed right through from orchard to can/bottle, and seeing the massive tanks where the cider is stored and aged.

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There were many varieties of cider available for tasting from the Thatchers range, and a variety of local entertainment to keep people amused while waiting in line for the tours :)

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Bristol Doors Open Day 2017

Bristol Doors Open Day has been and gone again, and as usual there are lots and lots of interesting places opening their doors :)

It’s a great chance to have a look behind the scenes of some places, and to go inside  some other places which you would normally never enter…….it’s just unfortunate that some of the most popular places which need to be booked in advance fill up so insanely fast >.>

The event runs over several days but we only took advantage of it on the Saturday.

The first place we went to is one we’d booked to see: Thrive Renewables Wind Farm in Avonmouth.

We often see the wind turbines when we’re passing the area on the raised section of the motorway, so it was interesting to get the chance for a very up-close look at some of them ^^

The turbines are massive, as expected, but the thing I found most interesting is the whooshing noise as each blade passes above you at its lowest point :P

The queue to see inside one of the turbines took aaaaages, and although interesting to have a look inside it was a little anticlimactic ^_^;

Although the one we looked into didn’t have one it was interesting to learn that some turbines have lifts in them to take engineers to the top, so it’s not only a very loooong ladder which is the means of access.

Inside the marque by the turbine they had set up a lot of interesting information to read regarding the turbines, renewable energy, and the natural ecosystem that springs up around turbines.

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We next drove into Bristol city centre where we went to have a look around inside St Mary Redcliffe Church, which is a really amazing church to look at from the outside and from within :)

Unfortunately the roof tours had been cancelled on the day due to not ideal weather conditions (it looks fine in our photos, but there were lots of sudden heavy downpours throughout the day) but visitors were free to wander around inside the church and admire its architecture.

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After leaving the church we passed another venue taking part in the open day, so we popped inside for a quick look on board the Sabrina 6. This boat seems to be a floating bar / venue for the Bristol Cruising Club.

Again it was interesting to see inside a place which we would normally never enter :P

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By the time we’d finished a late lunch there wasn’t time to go to any of the other venues which had opened for the day, so we returned home with our bounty of free goodies from the wind farm ;)

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