September 2017: Bishopston Mum

August 24 2017

As I write this, the sun is shining and the sky is blue and I find it hard to believe that my children and I are already more than half-way through the summer holidays.

As I write this, the sun is shining and the sky is blue and I find it hard to believe that my children and I are already more than half-way through the summer holidays.

The summer seems to have gone so quickly, probably due to us being so busy. We've done holiday club sessions with the Golden Hill Community Garden and the Outdoors Project, play dates with friends, trips to the library, visits to the park as well as walks and rambles around Bishopston and surrounding areas.

But the biggest event of our summertime has been my children's camping trip with the 91st Bristol Scout Group to which my son went for one week and my daughter for the last weekend. All of the Scouts, Cubs and Beavers had an amazing time.  The Cubs and Scouts took part in activities such as raft-building, crate stacking, swimming, beach visits, endless sports and games, plus a trip to Brownsea Island, where Lord Baden-Powell's first ever scout camp took place in 1907. The Beavers weren't short of fun things to do on their weekend either and enjoyed climbing, walking, singing, a quiz and more.

The entire camping trip was amazingly well-organised by the 91st Scout Leader, David Da Silva and his team and I would like to say a personal thank you to them for all for their hard work and for giving the kids such a wonderful experience.

September is looming and with it, a host of clubs and activities for children ready to re-start for a new term.

I recently mentioned that my son had started rugby with Ashley Down Juniors, a rugby club situated in Lockleaze. Rugby is my son's favourite sport and has given him confidence and drive since he started. Ashley Down Juniors is led by a local man, James Hall, who is dedicated to making the club a success. The club also has a brand new all-weather pitch. The club is currently looking for new children to join and I would wholeheartedly recommend signing up your daughter or son. The first training session of the season is September 3 – to contact James email coots@live.co.uk.

If your kids ever need some fresh air and exercise, there's a great place to try not too far away from Bishopston which offers a fantastic play park for children of all ages, plus acres of green space and woodland to explore with a castle, too. Blaise Castle Estate is in Henbury and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's one of those places I tend to forget about visiting as it's not on my doorstep, yet every time I do visit with the kids I am reminded what a great place it is. We went there this week and my son indulged his love of climbing on the huge rope climbing frame, my daughter made new friends, and both loved the see-saw, swings and zip wire! There is also a free museum on the estate; there's an old school room and a collection of period toys, clothes and more. Blaise Castle Estate is open at all times and will keep your kids thoroughly entertained.

 

Enjoy your month!

 

Bishopston Mum

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