May 2018: Bishopston Mum

April 29 2018
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How lovely to finally get some warm sunny weather!

As I sit here writing this, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and it is clear that Spring is finally here! To match this lovely weather, Bishopston has a busy month ahead with lots of lovely family-friendly events to enjoy, a few of which I will mention here. 

Starting off, it will be Bishopston Library's first birthday on Thursday 3rd May and to mark the occasion the Friends of Bishopston Library have organised some birthday celebrations! All are invited to come along to enjoy some tea and birthday cake from 11am – 12.30pm or 2.15 – 3.30pm and there will be a small exhibition about the library, plus colouring and sticking for the kids. Weather permitting, there will be singing and cutting of the birthday cake outside the library five minutes before opening. It's been a great year for the library and my children and I have certainly made use of it.

 Then on Saturday 5th May it will be Glos Rd Central Mayfest, an event organised by local traders and full of family-friendly fun. There will be face painting and creative activities for children, plus cup cake and gingerbread decorating outside Joe's bakery. There will also be wonderful local food and drink to sample and buy, market stalls to browse and more.

On the same day, Jack in the Green will be making his annual appearance along with his band of merry musicians going through Gloucester Road to Horfield Common, an event not to be missed! The Jack in the Green event marks the start of Summer and it is always very exciting if you are waiting on Horfield Common waiting for Jack in the Green to appear when you first hear singing and drum beats in the distance, a sure sign he is approaching!

Lastly, on the afternoon of Saturday 12th May it will be the Golden Hill Community Garden Spring Fair, a lovely afternoon of gentle fun. There will be kids' activities, storytelling, live music, a quiet sensory space, not to mention fresh pizza.

One recent warm sunny afternoon, my children and I popped into World Peace Café on Gloucester Road, one of our favourite local cafés. This café lives up to its name, offering a very calm atmosphere, plus a beautiful garden full of interesting little ornaments and things to find. It's a café with a difference as there are Buddhist figures in and outside the building which my children love to see and learn about. I recommend popping in this Summer for a refreshing drink and snack or even a spot of delicious lunch.

Before I sign off, I wanted to mention a great place to visit this Summer for a walk with your children. While Arnos Vale Cemetery might not sound like a place you would immediately consider going for a walk, I can assure you that it is absolutely beautiful, not to mention a great place to go and learn more about Bristol's rich history. It's free to visit and there's also a nice café there, too. Definitely worth a visit!

 

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