If you are looking for fun things to do in the local area with your kids this Summer, here are more than 20 activities in Bishopston and nearby areas to inspire you!
The activities below are in no particular order and include both indoor and outdoor things to do – just click on the link in the title of each to find out more. I hope you find these ideas useful!
The wonderful Cairns Café is open for the first 3 weeks of the Summer holidays on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 2pm. It is free entry and offers free play to babies and young children, plus delicious home-made cakes and drinks (lunches not offered over the Summer).
A trip to the park helps break up a long day and this recently modernised play park is great for kids to play and the green space surrounding the play park is good for picnics also!
This great café is open every day of the Summer holidays! You can find it next to the Ardagh Pavillion on Horfield Common. There is also a Summer BBQ and Party at the Café on the Common on Saturday 6th August!
There are tennis courts on Horfield Common which are completely free to use!
In case you didn’t know, Horfield Common is now also sporting a brand new Pond Dipping Platform which is completely free to use and there are lots of bugs and beasties to be caught!
This Summer at Horfield Parish Church Hall there are Music with Mummy sessions for children aged 14 months – 5 years and Jolly Babies sessions for babies aged 0 – 14 months. They will involve lots of music, songs and movement and brightly coloured props and instruments, all designed to encourage social and listening skills and a sense of rhythm.
The Summer sessions include Teddy Bears’ Picnics, Action Songs and a Pirate theme! More details here.
This estate is situated in Henbury and offers 650 acres of wonderful green space and woods, a museum, huge play park and castle. Admission is free.
There’s also a Goram Fair there on Saturday 30th July which includes stalls, activities and rides on a vintage fun fair and much more, plus free Holiday Family Fun Days at Blaise on Wednesdays throughout August, plus Castle Open Days on several days in August – you can find out more about all these events here.
St Andrew’s Par includes a great enclosed play area, green space and the paddling pool, plus a little cafe in the middle of the park which sells delicious snacks!
This little nature reserve is situated near the top of St Andrew’s park and is home to many species of insects and plants so is an interesting place to visit with children!
10) Badock’s Wood
This is a little-known nature reserve in Southmead which includes woodland and areas of meadow through which the River Trym runs. It is pushchair-friendly with level, well-laid paths throughout. If you have a double pushchair, however, it is best that you access Badock’s Wood through the Doncaster Road entrance rather than the Lakewood Road entrance due to the gate being a bit of a tight squeeze.
This Summer The Outdoors Project is running some high-energy activities in St Andrew’s Park for kids aged 5 – 12. Activities include Bush Craft Survival, circus skills, forest schools and Nerf gun battles!
Quarry Park is a lovely peaceful park off Henleaze Road which has recently updated play equipment, including a zip wire!
Canford Park is a beautiful Victorian park in Westbury-on-Trym. It includes immaculately kept green space, ponds plus a great play park suitable for children of all ages.
There are drop-in gymnastics summer play sessions at Bristol School of Gymnastics on Gloucester Road on the following dates in August:
Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th, Friday 19th, Tuesday 23rd, Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th, Friday 26th.
The sessions are suitable for toddlers as well as pre-schoolers as long as they are steady on their feet. Just drop-in, no need to book!
15) The Downs
The Downs offers an expanse of flat green space and trees, ideal for exploring, walking, enjoying a picnic, flying a kite and more! There are also some beautiful views, including from the Sea Walls which overlook the Avon Gorge.
There are benches, a picnic area, ice cream van and a café (on Stoke Road, near the Water Tower).
You can find this beautiful, peaceful little lane next to 134 Longmead Avenue or 22 Kings Drive. Surrounded for the most part by allotments, this little stony lane is a perfect place to enjoy a little walk away from busy roads.
17) Another little local lane to explore
There is another little local lane to explore on a sunny day which you can find by going to the end of the cul-de-sac, Dyrham Close (which is just off Kellaway Avenue, quite close to Tesco Golden Hill). This lane will take you to either Henleaze or to the other side of Tesco, depending on where you wish to end up.
The Golden Hill Community Garden is open to everyone every Wednesday 10am – 4pm. It is a great space, perfect for little ones to explore, and there is a pond perfect for pond dipping! The nets, trays and kneelers for pond dipping are available at the garden – just go and ask one of the friendly team of volunteers.
This Summer there are also some Summer holiday activity sessions for children aged 5 – 12 at the Golden Hill Community Garden which include bug hunts, storytelling, crafts, treasure hunts, campfire cooking, plus home-made pizza baked in the garden’s Frog oven.
Old Sneed Park Nature Reserve in Sneyd Park is wonderful to explore and offers grassland, woodland, a lake with ducks and moorhens, ancient oak trees, butterflies, daytime moths and midges, plus wildlife such as deer, badgers, foxes and tawny owls.
You could also sign up your children for the 2016 Summer Reading Challenge, a free challenge open to all children aged between 4 – 11 in which they must read 6 or more books (or have read to them). There are incentives along the way such as stickers and certificates This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is ‘The Big Friendly Read’, a Roald Dahl inspired challenge!
St Werburghs City Farm is open 10am – 5pm every day throughout the Summer holidays. There are usually sheep, goats, young cows, chickens and pigs to see and the farm makes a great outing if you have young children.
There is also an award-winning cafe which serves delicious organic, fair-trade and local food and is situated by the Farm’s playground so you can relax and keep an eye on your children playing while you enjoy some refreshments.
Every Wednesday 10am – 12 noon throughout the Summer there are drop-in Stay & Play sessions for children aged 0 – 5 years at the beautiful Boiling Wells site at St Werburgh’s City Farm. It is just £1 per child and 50p for hot drinks.
24) Henleaze and Westbury Park Treasure Trail
This Summer there is an Olympic-themed treasure trail around nearby areas Henleaze and Westbury Park!
A great place to find some children’s books at a bargain price is the Books for Amnesty bookshop at 103 Gloucester Road. There is a very good section of children’s books, including board books for very young children, picture books, children’s classics and much more: all shelved at a low level so your children can sit and look through them.
This little farm is a lovely place to spend time with your kids and includes pigs, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and bees, a play area, plus miles of fields and green space galore!
It is open 9.30am – 4.30pm Tuesday – Sunday, all year round.