October 2017: Bishopston Mum

September 29 2017

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to get out and about in the Great Outdoors.

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to get out and about in the Great Outdoors. I especially love the turning of the leaves, the mellow sunlight and the freshness to the air that Autumn brings. 

My children and I recently went on a lovely early Autumn walk in Kings Weston Estate: 300 acres of woodland and beautiful green space. Kings Weston Estate is a great place if you want to get away from it all for a few hours and enjoy nature at its best, plus it's free. If you fancy going to Kings Weston Estate for your own Autumn walk you can find it on Kings Weston Lane, BS11 0UR. 

We’ve also spent quite a bit of time on Horfield Common over the last few weeks, enjoying the sights and signs of Autumn, collecting conkers, enjoying a drink and a snack at the Café on the Common and playing in the play park. We’ve also been using the tennis courts; both my children recently did a couple of Summer Holiday Tennis Sessions at Kings Lawn Tennis Club and have been keen to practise their new-found skills. But one of our very favourite things about Horfield Common is that we can almost always be sure of bumping into a friend or two when we are there!

Bishop Road Primary School has got off to a wonderful start to the new Autumn term with the opening of a new Story Garden, a special storytelling space for its pupils. The Story Garden has taken many months of hard work, transforming a previously unused patch of land in the school grounds to a wonderful secret garden of hidden surprises, certain to capture children's imaginations.

The Story Garden includes some unique features, such as a water fountain, ornately carved wooden chairs, a wooden teepee, windy footpath and more, plus a sheltered area for rainy days. I went to the official opening of the Story Garden and it really does have a sense of magic about it.

Since opening earlier this year, the new Bishopston Library has been a great success. As well as offering a great range of books for adults and children, the library also runs several regular groups throughout the week for all ages.

There are Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions on Wednesdays 11.30am – 12 noon and Pre-School Children's Storytime sessions on Saturdays 11.30am – 12 noon. Both of these sessions are free, drop-in and run in term-time only.

For adults there are weekly reading groups, plus there is a new Creative Writing Group held on Fridays 11am – 1pm. All are welcome to come along and take part, no writing experience needed! For more information about the library's regular sessions pop into the library or call 0117 903 8562.

Have a wonderful October.

Bishopston Mum

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