Bishopston Mum: April 2017

March 24 2017

As I am sitting writing this, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, daffodils are nodding in the breeze and the trees are blossoming – Spring has well and truly arrived!

As I am sitting writing this, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, daffodils are nodding in the breeze and the trees are blossoming – Spring has well and truly arrived!

Now that Spring is here there are lots of options for family walks to enjoy with your children, both in and around Bishopston, and beyond. If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of city life for a few hours, I recommend a visit to Frenchay Moor: wild, rolling moorland where you can happily while away a few hours, surrounded by beautiful green space and with no noise but birdsong and the bubbling of the River Frome. Frenchay Moor is also one of those places which you can visit many times and always discover something new. 

If you fancy going for a smaller Spring walk with your children which is closer to home, then there are several ancient little lanes dotted around our area which are wonderful for short family walks with children of any age. One lane that I have mentioned here before is Gaston Lane which you can find next to 134 Longmead Avenue or 22 Kings Drive. Commonly known by the not-so-lovely name, 'Dead Man's Lane', this little lane is 400 years old and is a perfect place to take your children on a Spring nature walk to spy little birds building their nests, squirrels in the trees and if you are really lucky, a frog or two!

Another pretty little lane within walking distance from Bishopston is a footpath which leads from Phoenix Grove (which is off Kellaway Avenue) to Henleaze Park. This little footpath includes an ancient hedge, estimated to be 800 years old and which is made up of hawthorn, blackthorn, holly and more, and which is also a haven for blackbirds, wood pigeons and robins. What's more, if you visit the hedge one evening at dusk you might even spot a few bats! 

Along with the arrival of  Spring comes some new free activities for children on Horfield Common. One of these activities is free adventure play sessions for children of all ages which take place on Wednesdays 3.30 – 5.30pm. These are hosted by the APE Project, a not-for-profit organisation for children, young people, providing exciting which provides challenging outdoor play. And, on Thursdays from 1 – 2.30pm there are My Wild Child sessions for 2 – 4 year olds which include mini beast hunts, nature crafts, mud painting, wild stories and songs! Both the Adventure Play sessions and My Wild Child sessions are free and there is no need to book.   

Enjoy getting out and about with your children this month and making the most of Spring!

 

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