One of the best weekends in Bristol has to be the Bristol Doors Open Day. This happens once a year, usually in September and although there are a lot of walk-in options on the day the more popular venues are pre-book only. Every year we have tried to get tickets for these, they are free but on a first come, first served basis and they sell out so quick. Thankfully this year my husband was able to secure us a variety of venues to visit including Crane 29, St Mary Redcliffe Church roof tours, Bristol Temple Meads tunnel tour and Bottle Yard Studios.
Bristol Doors Open Day is a great and most importantly free opportunity to explore the city that we live in. To peek into places you couldn’t normally visit. We have explored a lot of these venues in recent years including climbing to the top of the Wills Memorial Tower and visiting the tombs in The Crypt of St John. My wish list is already ready and prepped for next year’s venues!
The first of the amazing venues we visited was Crane 29. This is one of the Canopy and Star locations and was put up as a bit of a promotional item through the summer as the company is based just opposite to the crane. It’s described by them as a crane treehouse and that is basically what it is. They built a self-contained rental on the side of a crane overlooking Bristol Harbour.
We had really early tickets for this and had to be there for 7am so it meant an early start and the Bristol weather rewarded us for this with torrential, horizontal rain! When we finally arrived there a bit soggy we were taken straight up the metal staircase outside into the warmth of the treehouse. What greeted us as we walked through the door blew me away, I had only seen the outside as you needed a booking to stay here but the inside was even more beautiful.
The treehouse has its own kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom and a living room/dining room with its own hammock in the corner. It smelt amazing, this was due to all the bits of countryside brought in and the amount of wood used in the project gave off an earthy but pleasant smell.
We were allowed to move around the treehouse to have a look at take as many photos as we wished. The lady from Canopy and Stars was on hand to answer any questions we had and the one she seemed to get the most was about how the toilet works. Answer? It’s compostable.
Every window you looked out of had a stunning view of Bristol, you could see the other cranes on the harbourside from the bedroom and the boats in the harbour from the living room. Even on a dreary, rainy day the view was breath taking.
Unfortunately the treehouse has now been taken down but the lady from Canopy and Stars assured us that it will be rebuilt in the countryside somewhere for many other people to enjoy. I have never had the pleasure of staying in one of their properties but a quick look on their website showed me that I will hopefully soon be booking one for a weekend retreat.
Stayed tuned to find out what I saw in the other locations as part of Bristol Doors Open Weekend in a future blog.