Name: Libby Windle
Where do you live and who do you live with?
I live in Box with my husband, Chris, who’s a freelance writer and journalist. And our 3 children; an 8 year old who loves slime, singing and gymnastics and occasionally practices all 3 at the same time (the mess!) and 4 year old twins, who were born on different days, both weighed over 7lbs (the bump was INSANE) and don’t have a single similar feature (blue & brown eyes, blond & brown hair, slim & stocky…). Plus our favourite child, Magic the cat 😉
When did you first move to Bath and why?
2012, from London. We’d been living in the big smoke for 12 busy years, our eldest was about to turn 2, and like lots of people, we just wanted a different pace of life, some fresh air and to be able to afford more than a titchy flat that you couldn’t quite swing a kitten in. We had Brighton in our sights, and then one of my besties moved to Bath, we came to visit and THAT. WAS. IT.
What inspires you about Bath?
Before we moved here, I remember thinking we’d probably be heading over to Bristol quite a bit for a fix of independents, music, art and entertainment. I couldn’t have been more wrong! There’s so much going on here, it’s brilliant. As a family that’s quite hard to cater for (3 kids, multiples, a gluten-free coeliac sufferer, a vegetarian (me!), too noisy, not the best at SITTING DOWN), I’ve found Bath mega family-friendly with a special something to keep everyone happy.
You need coffee, where do you go?
Goodies deli in Larkhall. And I’ll also be leaving with the city’s best almond croissant.
You need something stronger, which bar do you prop up?
The Hare & Hounds in Lansdown for a G&T with the most incredible pub-views going, the Packhorse in South Stoke for a cider because it’s beautiful and was resurrected by it’s incredible community and the King William for a large white wine and all the proper cosy pub feels.
The babysitter’s booked, what’s your ideal night out in the city?
We’d start off in Corkage. It’s so good the owners had to open up a second venue, the one on Walcot Street is my fave! The delish food calls me back time and again. I’d chase my dinner with a whiskey cocktail in The Hideout and a drunken dance in Walcot House.
Where’s your favourite place to go with the family on a sunny day?
We really love hiring boats from the Bath Boating Station and messing about on the water. No one’s fallen in yet!
And on a rainy day?
I’m a big fan of the recently revamped Bath Sports and Leisure Centre. It’s got a swimming pool with a separate kids’ area, a trampoline park, an 8 lane bowling alley and a soft play. We’ve spent a lot of time sheltering from the rain and laughing our wellies off in there already!
You’ve got an afternoon to go shopping, where do you splash the cash?
I’m a massive bargain hunter and charity-shop shopper. Whoever it is that keeps dropping off incredible size 12 Topshop, Zara and Anthropologie seconds to the Mercy in Action shop in Larkhall, thank you! My other favourite shop for upmarket, pre-loved treasures is the gorgeous Grace & Ted in Kingsmead Square.
If I’m shopping for gifts (I love gift shopping!) I’d head to Leak in Larkhall (gorgeous handbags, beautiful prints, lovely pocket-money toys), Graham and Green on Walcot Street (a Bath-based business) or Flamingo in Widcombe (proper local gifts).
Tell us a secret
Woolley Grange Hotel just outside of Bath is amazing! For any fellow parents of little multiples, I’d especially recommend it. It’s safe enough for them to run off in different directions without causing too much anxiety! You can use most of the 5 star facilities for the price of a coffee!