|| LIFESTYLE || 5 things I ❤️ about Coventry | AD

I'm a Cov gal born and breed. Been here all of my 28 years, and I love my home town. I didn't appreciate it as much as I do now when I was a teenager but that's normal growing up style. But I'm proud to be a Cov gal and call this wonderful city home, and I thought I'd share 5 of my favourite things about Coventry.

1. The History.
As a Cov kid, you're taught about our rich history from as soon as you hit school, trips to the transport museum, the cathedral and all the rest of the historical sites. My favourite as a kid was the Lunt Roman Fort, a place I definitely need to go revisit soon! The history of Coventry is an interesting one, and as I got older and could look deeper into then what they taught at school, it made me feel even prouder to hail from this great city.

2. The Parks and Nature.
Even though we are quite a built up city, there is still a lot of nature around. There's the Memorial park, where GODIVA Festival is held (more on that further on),  Coombe Abbey which seems bigger to me everytime I go, and lots of parks, green areas and woods scattered about... I have access to a pretty big woods a few minutes walk from my flat, such a great place to escape the buildings and enjoy the calmer, quieter side of Coventry.

3. GODIVA Festival.
Godiva Festival is the UK largest free music Festival, that's right FREE. Its been going on for 20 years now, and I'll admit there's been years when it's missed the mark and not been that great...but it's definitely been getting better recently. I've seen some incredible bands there over the years, The Enemy (who are from Coventry), The Stranglers, Mallory Knox, The Boomtown rats.  There's been so many different acts over the years and there's so much to see, do and eat! It's a three day event and Im looking forward to seeing what they have planned for their 21st year in 2019.

4. The Culture. 
Last year Coventry was named City of Culture 2021 and I think it was definitely deserved,  Coventry has just a vast and interesting culture, in both meanings of the word. The people, the styles, the food, the music, the art...the whole thing. Can't you just tell how much I love this amazing city I'm proud to call home.

5. Local Businesses.
We have a lot of amazing local businesses in Coventry, there's something for everyone's taste... From coffee shops, vintage shops, tattoo parlours... Even an shopping Village filled with unique and local businesses. And a recently new one that has everyone excited, is Etch & Pin, who make pin badges based on the things that make Coventry the wonderful city it is. And I recently received the November one at the start of this month, and it's definitely perfect for a proud Coventry gal like myself. It's the perfect badge to share your love for Coventry or give to a Coventry gal or boy you love! Their December one is also out, which is the iconic elephant building... If you're from Coventry or live here you'll know what I mean. 

The badges are £6 each, with £1 of each badge going to charity, and they pick a new charity to support each month which I think is amazing. You can buy them from their Etsy site, where you can also preorder the next month or buy previous months or several different bundles. You can also buy them in Milk Vintage store in the city centre, Backhaus & Co in FarGo Village and The Ink Well, Coventry University's stationary store.

What's your favourite thing about your home town? Let me know in the comments below :)



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