Schools are out and parents have a long 6 weeks to find things to do with their kids. The British weather has certainly not let us down this year, with the amazing sunshine we have been enjoying so far! Even if you are working parents there will still be time to do some fantastic things with your kids. We have compiled a list of things to do in Bristol that you may not have thought of; have a look and see what takes your fancy.
Community Festivals and Events
These are lively weekend affairs and great fun for all the family.
Red Fest, is a small community festival in St George’s Park which brings together local musicians, artists, traders and community organisations for a Saturday celebration. This is on the 4th August.
Wellfest 2018, a one-day event to help young people raise their self-esteem and tackle some of the issues facing them in today’s world, will take place on Bristol’s College Green on 17th August. This is aimed at teens but everyone is welcome.
Upfest 2018 will take place from Saturday 28th to Monday 30th July 2018, bringing Europe’s largest live street art and graffiti festival back to the streets of Bedminster. This year is the 10th anniversary and there will be over 700 artists. This is a great day out and kids can get involved in doing their own art and graffiti if they want to.
A fun packed afternoon can be had by the whole family at a paint balling session and most children take great delight at shooting at their parents! There is a paint ball and activity centre at Cribbs Causeway called Skirmish which has an option of low impact paint balling for younger children. However, if you have teenagers they have packages which include axe throwing and archery which will appeal.
There are a number of climbing centres in Bristol, all of which are very good. Climbing is a great confidence builder and children get a great sense of achievement when they first make it up to the top of their climb. Undercover Rock in St Werburgh’s is built in an old church and is a good place to start. Bloc Climbing is the biggest bouldering Centre in Bristol and incorporates many more types of climbs for different ages and abilities.
This is a good one for all ages and can improve coordination whilst being a lot of fun. Golfing Dads (and Mums) will enjoy introducing the kids to their sport in this light hearted environment. Why not try Pirate Bay Adventure Golf which is particularly appealing to children.
As the weather is so good, what better opportunity to take to the water and see some of Bristol from a different perspective! There are loads of trips that you can take from the harbour in the centre. But one of my favourites is a trip to Beese’s Tea and Beer Gardens with Bristol Packet Boat Trips. Cruise up the rural River Avon to Beese’s with an hour stop for lunch or tea. These trips are available on Sundays and you can find out more and book here.
This is a great way to get the kids out and about and off those screens! One of the biggest and most publicised trails is Gromit’s Unleashed which is happening all the way through to 2nd September. You can walk between some of these but there are over 60 giant sculptures of the popular characters created by Aardman and they are spread all over Bristol.
Bristol is full of beautiful parks and what better way to spend the day with your children than at a park? It’s free for starters and if you take a picnic you can enjoy a whole day there. Here are just some of Bristol’s fabulous parks which have great playgrounds for kids of all ages.
Felix Road Adventure Playground – Easton. This adventure playground has ramps, rope swings, slides and a sandpit.
Hengrove Play Park is the biggest and most popular free adventure playground in Bristol. There are facilities for all ages from toddlers to teenagers including sand and water play, skate park and a 12 metre dome for jungle play experience.
Canford Park in Westbury-on-Trym is a Victorian park with a children’s play park suitable for younger children but also has football pitches, a bowling green and tennis courts. A large circular pathway is good for practicing to ride your bike.
Begbrook Green Park in Frenchay has some fabulous facilities including a toddler play area, rock climbing wall with cargo net for older children, four outdoor exercise stations, bowling green and football pitches.
If money is tight and some of the things on our list seem a bit pricey, we put together a list of free things to do in Bristol which you can find here.
From all of us at Progressive Mediation, we hope you have a great Summer!