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Three hidden gems for Bristol Parents this weekend

I’ve just had a really great morning in town, and found three things, all new to me (and one brand new today) that I highly recommend trying out this weekend.

Go and share some delicious cake – Ahh Toots at St Nicholas Market opened today

Things like this make me believe in fate – I went to the market early on because sometimes it can be hard getting in with a buggy as it’s so busy. Tam and her team were putting the finishing touches to the shop for its first opening! I can’t really explain how delicious these cakes are, I sampled two, so here are some pictures to tempt you down there. Ahh Toots also does breakfast, and lunch, and coffee, and has a small seating area which welcomes babies and nursing mums. If you are planning on giving your little one a taste of cake for the first time, this would be an excellent start. And sharing a slice with family or friends in the heart of the awesome market would be lovely.

Go to the hidden gallery Centrespace and see The Faces of Strangers

Walk down Leonard lane for a true taste of original Bristol and you’ll come across the Centrespace gallery, a small space which features new artists. Currently exhibiting, until July 9, is Chris Halls, teacher by day and incredible, fast working portrait artist at all other times. The centrepiece is a wicked collection of superfast sketches of strangers in cafes, bars and other Bristol landmarks. They were drawn at a rate of one a day, and are fascinating, not least because, well, you might be one, or know one of the subjects! The gallery is small, brightly lit and was very welcoming to me, Tibbs and the pram. She was even allowed to roam the floor for a closer look. A great place to check out if you’re in town during the day.

Discover a child-friendly city green space – St Stephens cafe and gardens

If you’re looking for somewhere to let the kids stretch their legs in a safe little garden whilst you grab a coffee and a sit down, this could be the place. St Stephens Church has a thriving cafe, garden and bookshop. It’s welcoming to all walks of life and serves organic and locally sourced food. The garden is secluded, clean and has some lovely shady trees. It would be a fab place for a mums meet up if you’re looking for somewhere a bit different.

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