This Saturday, we sent five of our intrepid Pixie explorers off on an adventure. Their mission? To discover the best of creative, independent Bath.
Teaming up with Bath Festivals, this year celebrating their 70th year anniversary, and local events company Trouble Lounge, we chose fifteen of the best movers and shakers (and occasional bakers and makers) in the South West's blogging scene.
Split into three teams, they were taken on three separate trails around 20 mystery locations in Bath, tweeting, instagramming, and boomeranging their way across the city.
Our Pixie trail was a whirlwind international tour of the amazing things Bath's food scene has to offer.
Our journey began in the bustling street markets of Hanoi, learning to fill and fold summer rolls the traditional Vietnamese way at Noya's Kitchen. After a brief diversion to sunny Italy where we sipped on natural prosecco with Wolf Wines, we were jetting back off to Asia for gyoza dumpling, machta cookies and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at Comins.
Warmed up by the tea, it was time to cool off with some delicious homemade gelato at Swoon, enjoying the flavours of Sicily's best pistachios and Piedmont's finest hazelnuts as they melted in our mouths.
Continuing our European tour, we headed to Olé Tapas where we were welcomed with true Spanish hospitality by smiles, sangria and the sound of salsa music. A few plates of crispy calamari, spicy patatas bravas and melt-in-your-mouth monkfish later, it was time to return to home waters. But not before one last stop. Welcomed home in true Bath style by the gorgeous facade of the Abbey Hotel, we ended with a cocktail masterclass from the Abbey's expert bartenders.
Well fed, watered and wine-ed, we joined back up with the other two teams for a drinks reception and prize ceremony at the newly refurbished Walcot House.
A run-down of the photos from the day gave us the chance to relive our delicious foodie adventure as well as getting very jealous of the Trouble Lounge team of fashion bloggers hunting for vintage treasures at Grace & Ted, and the Bath Festivals lifestyle blogger team enjoying makeovers at Space.NK.apothecary.
For Amelia, who took on the role of chief explorer for the day and led the Pixie trail, the best part was being able to meet the business owners and learn how much thought and preparation they put into what they do. "The passion that the businesses have really came through in the quality of their products - everything from the what's on your plate to how you're greeted is personal and unique."
Ian Stockley, CEO of Bath Festivals, shared with us how grateful he was to all those who took part: "Pixie, Trouble Lounge and our teams of bloggers have done a spectacular job of spreading the word, with creativity and lots of fun along the way. Bath Festivals depends upon the support of influencers and local businesses to help us sell our 180 events and we’ve been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity."
Bath Festivals is a fantastic time of year to appreciate all the creative, independent people that make the city so special. We can't wait to see what more they have in store for us this May...
Check out #thebathfestival and our bloggers' instagrams to see what we got up to.
Pixie: @thecoffeetrails_ @salskitchenblog @the_bathonian @jadetigers @katiewoo_
Visited: Noya's Kitchen, Wolf Wines, Comins Tea, Swoon Gelato, Olé Tapas, the Abbey Hotel
Trouble Lounge: @sarahbakertroublemaker @l.i.p_kate , @bath_holistic_massage , @thesecrethoarder, @jessicaparkhouse
Visited: Wolf Wines, Jolly's, Grace & Ted, Duo Boots, VV Rouleaux, Spotty Herbert's, Sisi & May
Bath Festivals: @bathboxoffice, @lucyplummyhill, @unleashtheparty, @lucy_yogadoo @goodcrowdmedia
Visited: Nicholas Wylde, Molton Brown, Maison Georges/Cafe Oulala, Chanii B, Space.nk.apothecary, Gap