Bishopston Mum: June 2018

May 29 2018

I hope that you are enjoying these warmer, sunnier days; doesn't the sun make a difference?

 I thought that this month I would share a couple of ideas for family days out in Bristol, as well as local news and information. The Summer hols are not too far away and it is always good to have some fun Summer activities planned!

For those of you with children who are train enthusiasts, you might like to visit the Ashton Court Miniature Steam Railway over the Summer for a miniature steam train ride or two. Running from March to December, the railway is open from 12 -5pm on selected days, and in June the station will be open on Sunday 17 and Sun 24. Train rides are 90p per ride, £4 for 5 tickets or £8 for 10 tickets. There is a great atmosphere at the railway with its damp smell of steam and sounds of chugging, hissing and spitting of miniature trains of green red and blue! Children of all ages will love the train rides, as will you!

If your children like castles, they will enjoy exploring Blaise Castle in Henbury. Built in 1766 and situated at the Blaise Castle Estate, the castle is open to the public on the third Sunday throughout the Summer from 2 – 4.30pm (this month's open day is Sunday 17 June). As well as being great fun to explore, the castle also offers amazing views at the top! Entry to the castle is free, however small donations are requested. No booking is needed, just drop-in. And, as well as the castle, there is a wonderful kids play park for children of all ages, a free museum, plus acres of green space and woods!

More locally, last month I came across The Sunshine Café, a new idea hosted by The Elmgrove Centre, a community centre in Redland run by the charity, C.E.T. The Sunshine Café is a wonderful place to drop in with toddlers and is open on Mondays 8.45am – 5pm and on Thursdays 9am – 12 noon. It offers a soft play room and bouncy castle, not to mention tasty food and drink for both little ones and adults. There's a huge space for toddlers to run around and also to ride their scooters, either their own, or on one of the centre's toddle trucks. Entry is £1 on Mondays for use of the bouncy castle and soft play and 50p on Thursdays to use the soft play. 

Before I sign off, if you have any broken items lying around your house, do bring them along to Horfield Common Repair Café on Saturday 2 June. There will be a skilled team of repair volunteers on hand who will try their hardest to fix them! Held from 10am – 12.30pm at The Ardagh Pavilion, the free event offers a great way of reducing landfill and will hopefully save you money replacing those broken items! 

I am very sad to say that this will be my last ever column for Bishopston Voice. I have been writing this column since Bishopston Voice was first launched and have loved doing so, however, I have been struggling recently to fit everything in around work so I have decided to make this hard and sad decision. Thank you to Bishopston Voice for giving me the space to share my parenting adventures over the years and most of all, thank you to my lovely readers for reading.


Bishopston Mum