Who are you?

Chris Windle, journalist, author, copywriter and content strategist.

Where do you live and who do you live with (partners, children, pets etc)?

In Box, near Bath, with my wife (Kids of Bath co-founder Libby) and three kids (one daughter and twin sons).  

When did you first move to Bath and why?

My wife and I lived in London until 2012 – our daughter was two and we thought she should experience things like fields and bumble bees. Turns out she’s terrified of bumble bees.

We also wanted to move somewhere that had lots going for it, but was slightly less full on than the capital. We thought we were pioneers, but arrived and found half of Bath has done exactly the same thing.  

What inspires you about Bath?

It’s full of life and, for a small city, is pretty international – I like living in a place where tourists clog up the pavements because it means I’m somewhere other people want to visit. You’re also never far away from a good coffee or a pint and a packet of pork scratchings – all the important food groups.

You need coffee, where do you go?

I stop off at Goodies deli in Larkhall after school drop off partly for the flat white, partly for the gossip.

You need something stronger, which bar do you prop up?

I’ll have a pint at The Star Inn then a gin at The Canary Gin Bar. Then, because I’m a massive lightweight, I’ll fall over.   

The babysitter’s booked, what’s your ideal night out in the city?

A drink by the river, nice food at somewhere like Same Same But Different, then a stroll to a club where we’ll stand outside and decide to go home for a cup of tea.

Where’s your favourite place to go with the family on a sunny day?

Paddling down the river by Box park.

And on a rainy day?

Farrington’s Farm. WiFi for the parents, soft play for the kids. Fish and chips for everyone.  

You’ve got an afternoon to go shopping, where do you splash the cash?

If I had an afternoon to go shopping I’d spend most of it in a café reading the paper or a book I’ve picked up in Mr Bee’s Emporium.

Tell us a secret (a little known place, business or activity you love visiting or doing).

At Graze your train obsessed children can watch them rolling in and out of the station, while you drink beer.

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