My Joyful Bristol by Jess Siggers

So this week we have the very talented Jess Siggers telling us all about her favourite things in Bristol. Jess is a Bristol based photographer who runs the hugely successful Instagram account PorthJess, she is the head of the IgersBristol community which she grew from 900 to 18,000 followers and also runs workshops as an Instagram consultant.



Photo: PorthJess


1: Can you tell me a little bit about you, what you do & what part of Bristol you live in?


Hello! I’m a freelance photographer, content creator, Instagram consultant & community manager living in Cliftonwood with my husband & daughter.


Cliftonwood –  Photo: PorthJess


2: What are your favourite places to visit in Bristol & where is your favourite child friendly place?


I have so many favourite places! If I have something to think through, I have a couple of favourite spots on the Harbourside.


Bristol Harbourside
Bristol Harbourside – Photo: PorthJess


A favourite take-away-lunch-among-nature-spot is Royal Fort Gardens, which is also great for kids to run around in safely.


Royal Fort Gardens 1
Royal Fort Gardens – Photo: PorthJess


For photography inspiration I head to Cotham, Kingsdown, Stokes Croft, St.Pauls, Montpelier, Windmill Hill…or just outside my front door!


Stokes Croft
Stokes Croft – Photo: PorthJess


I’ve seen so many gigs at the Colston Hall it feels like another home. I love the Arnolfini & Spike Island for art or just quiet contemplation. My daughter loves M Shed and we’re both big fans of We The Curious (formerly At-Bristol) and can’t wait to see what they come up with next!


We The Curious
We The Curious – Photo: PorthJess


3: Where is your favourite place in Bristol to eat?


So hard to know where to begin! But I guess St.Nick’s Market is never a bad place to start. Pieminister, Eat A Pitta, Grillstock or my favourite, gyoza from Eatchu! (then grab some truffles for dessert from Treasure Island Sweets!).


Treasure Island Sweets, St Nicks Market
Treasure Island Sweets – St. Nicholas Market – Photo: PorthJess


4: What Bristol place or thing to do is on your wishlist?


My childhood wish was to fly in a hot air balloon and I’m very happy to say I’ve done that a few times now, including twice during the fiesta! Struggling to think of anything but there are lots of foodie places I’ve not had a chance to try yet including Box-E, Bertha’s Pizza, Oowee diner & Casa Mia. They’re all currently on my wishlist.


Bristol Balloon Fiesta
Bristol Balloon Fiesta – Photo: PorthJess


5: What is your favourite place to visit that is just outside Bristol?


I really like Clevedon. Walking Poet’s Walk, taking in the Marine Lake and miniature railway then wandering the whole length of the pier before retiring to one of the cafes along the beachfront for a hot chocolate. Great park for the kids too!
 Clevedon Pier: James Chudley
Thanks so much to Jess for sharing all her favourite places in Bristol and also her stunning photos. Hope it has given you some inspiration for some new places to visit soon.

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