Bristol Veg Fest UK

It's been quite a while since we've posted anything on the blog but we really didn't do much in the way of travelling recently since we were both busy either working or trying to find a job.

Anyway, this is a blog post about our very fun trip to Bristol. We booked a return ticket to Bristol on our favourite way to travel...the Mega Bus! Mega indeed. We had to get to Birmingham city centre at 8:10am to catch our Mega Bus and we nearly missed it since for some reason we didn't bother to check the city bus schedule. Luckily we ran after a bus, not even knowing if it was a bus that went to city centre, and the bus driver was nice enough to stop for us. Turns out it was the right bus to catch and we made it to Bristol!

Generally the more in advance you can book your tickets the cheaper they are. They always sell the first seat for £1. The Mega bus is super easy to book online with and they run all over the world. You can even show the driver the confirmation email on your phone. We have had a lot of luck with Mega Bus in getting great prices on seats.



We decided to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel because they had a sale on. £50 for the night. (We also stayed on a Sunday night, which could be why they had the deal) We had a beautiful room and everything was newly updated. We even had a Mac desktop computer. We will definitely stay at the hotel again if they have a good deal.


For information on Bristo'ls public transport, click here: http://visitbristol.co.uk/about-bristol/travelling-around-bristol/public-transport


This is a picture of where the Mega Bus dropped us off in Bristol. Once we got to Bristol we felt a bit lost. A couple Italian tourists asked us for directions but we weren't much help. There were some handy maps on pillars like most cities in the UK. It turned out we were dropped off really close to the Harbourside which was where VegFestUK was located.
We walked through the Watershed area of Bristol

We walked over to VegFestUK and we were the only people around because it was 10:30am and didn't start until 11am.



Millenium Square is where the science centre is.
VegFestUK




Inside VegFestUK
 The weather was looking pretty ugly at this point but there was no turning back now. Lots of food samples and an amazing selection of different vegan vendors made it worth it.
This was amazing. You had to try and jump over a spinning pole that knocks you over.

We got some sushi wraps from Happy Maki.
 These sushi wraps were really tasty. This cart travels around to different festivals in England so we felt pretty lucky to have the chance to try their sushi.


Yum. We've never eaten sushi this way but a great idea for street food.




We decided to leave VegFest for a bit since we had a look at all of the vendors and were pretty stuffed on samples. One of us, not mentioning any names, repeatedly went back for samples of the vegan cheese made in Scotland called Sheese. Very good stuff both in spreadable and cheese block form. There were stands with churros, stuffed peppers, Indian food, Caribbean food, Spanish food, chips (french fries), Chinese food and many others.

Don't worry guys, we had stamps to get back in. Actually since we paid for our entry before 5pm it was a couple pounds cheaper.

There were also all sorts of stands from charity organisations that vegans might support such as Sea Sheppard, Amnesty International, Bristol Hunt Saboteurs, and many more. If you would like to check out more about VegFestUK you can go to their website.

 Again with the Cathedrals. This was a very nice one though.

College Green and City Hall





Wallace and Gromit are from Bristol, childhood favourite of mine
We walked around Bristol some more to check out the rest of the area. I love Wallace and Gromit. This is a pretty funny mural.
Heading into the Old City section of Bristol



 At this point both of us could not get over how cool Bristol is and we were having a lot of fun just walking around exploring.

We got lost but thanks to Google Maps we found our way to the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. We got a really good deal on the hotel. If you book at the last minute you can find some great deals on quality hotel rooms. I was very impressed.




 After dropping off our backpack at the hotel we headed back to Veg Fest to get some dinner.

Back at Veg Fest we got some extremely cheap vegan grilled cheese and ham sandwiches from VX (Vegan Cross) and watched the concert that was going on at the main stage. I forget who was playing exactly but they were mostly playing Bob Marley covers which is typical for an event like this. No disrespect to Bob of course.


 After filling up on grilled cheese sandwiches we took a walk to the Exchange to see one of my favourite bands play, Fucked Up from Toronto. They play experimental hardcore or post-hardcore.

It was a great show. We saw Fucked Up on their Zodiac tour. They played Year of the Ox, Year of the Pig, Year of the Dragon, Year of the Tiger, Year of the Rat, Queen of Hearts and The Other Shoe. This will be the third time we've seen them.

The next day we did some wandering around Bristol to see that parts we didn't get a chance to explore.





We saw St. Peter's Church. The church was bombed during WWII and now is a memorial to those that died during the Bristol Blitz.

Bristol Harbour Railway
 We decided to check out the M Shed - a museum of Bristol Life.
The museum had old vehicles, video games, heavy metal battle jackets, photo exhibits, and more.




Wallace and Gromit!


Falafels are always a good call.
We were pretty hungry so we stopped by this food cart hoping we could get something with the limited amount of money we had left. Luckily the falafels were cheap. The were not stingy on the sauce!
Good sized and a bargain

We stopped by a coffee shop nearby and had some tea. It was good to get off our feet for awhile.
We walked up this steep road in the west end of Bristol towards the museum and art gallery. The museum had all kinds of cool stuff inside and the building was really impressive.



 This is an art piece by Do Ho Suh called New York City Apartment Corridor/Ground Floor/Plus Staircase/Bristol. The name's a little on the nose but it is very neat. The whole thing is fabric sewn together and is able to fold up into two suitcases. This is by far the coolest modern art we've ever seen in an art gallery.













Outside on the streets we saw some art by Banksy.
There is a Banksy walking tour in Bristol.  Check out the Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop. I believe it is on Netflix.


Went back in the church to use the "loo" and then headed to the Mega Bus back to Brum! Good times. I would highly recommend visiting Bristol.

Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post, you may like our post on "Leeds Vegan fest and Lincolnshire"

Comments

  1. It sounds like a fun festival. Glad you were able to get out and eat some great food.

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  2. I so want to visit the UK and tour some of these spots! LUCKY YOU to live there and enjoy this everyday... xoxo Robin

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    1. Yeah, I am glad we applied for these working visas and got them! It has been amazing.

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  3. Holy cow the food on that trip looks so good. And those buildings so big and bright!!! Some really good shots too!

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  4. Very cool. Street food can be so good too.

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    1. Street food is often some of the best food we've ever had.

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  5. Veg fest looks like it was a lot of fun! Thank goodness you got there so you could save a little money! I would love to do the Bansky walking tour!

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  6. I will never get sick of you guys sharing photos of the cathedrals you see on your travels.

    But how on earth do they make a vegan grilled cheese and ham sandwich? What's it ACTUALLY made of??

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    1. It is made of different types of wheat and soya. How they make it, I don't know. But it is delicious.

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  7. Oh never seen the sushi that way before either, that is a cool awesome idea... Also love the fabric red staircase that is really weird but in a neat kind of way like I just want to try to go up the stairs LOL.

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    1. Such a handy way to eat sushi on the go! We loved the art work as well.

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  8. It looks like a lovely city. As soon as I see good food and sailboat, I know I,ll love it.

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  9. Sounds like you had a great time! I love the hotel room, it's so nice that you were able to save since it's on sale. The sushi idea is awesome as well, convenient way to enjoy sushi while walking around!

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    1. We love the sushi wraps! This was probably our nicest hotel room we've ever had.

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  10. That sounds like a super event! I agree the MegaBus can be such a great way to travel on a budget too. Awesome looking food at this festival, by the way! I've never been to Bristol, but I'd like to go one day.

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    1. The mega bus is great for budget travel. All the food was amazing.

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  11. Looks like you had a great time.
    I'm recently vegan, so it's great to hear about vegan festivals... I'll have to go look up what's local to me. Thank you!

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    1. Oh! Glad to hear! I hope you find our blog useful to you!! The vegan festivals are amazing and most countries have them!

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  12. These photos are breath-taking I totally love it, glad that you both were enjoyed your trip.

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  13. Beautiful place to visit. I love the Hilton. They have fabulous hotels. Looks like you had a great time. Would love to visit Bristol one day

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  14. I really love riding buses to travel. You get to see so much more! We took a "party bus" around Mexico and it was a blast. Thanks for sharing!

    Kaitlyn
    www.mypostpartumlife.com

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  15. Sounds like you really had an awesome trip! I would love to attend to an event like the vegfest.

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    1. We did. We highly recommend going to a vegan festival. They are delicious fun.

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  16. I have never been to Bristol, but it is on the list for the UK. The amount of pictures you had of the food and the museum had me a little jealous! Great photos, by the way.

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    1. Thanks. We hope you get to Bristol soon. It is really great. We love it.

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  17. I love the art piece by Do Ho Suh the New York City Apartment/Corridor/Staircase. I couldn't tell at that it was sewn together and that it was made out of fabric. That is so cool, Art at it's finest, lol I miss NYC!

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  18. one day i will visit the UK. it'll be to visit a friend but still, i will get there!

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