September Column: Bishopston Mum

August 30 2013
September Column: Bishopston Mum

Bishopston Mum on making the most of the great outdoors, a friendly and good value Bishopston playgroup and an exciting new venture...

My children and I have been up to lots of exciting activities over the summer and, as a result, our holidays have sped by quite quickly. We have also spent much time outdoors and we have been enjoying St Andrew’s Park, in particular. My children can happily while away the hours in this beautiful Victorian park, enjoying the fresh air, green space and all of the wonders which each season brings. Of course, there is the added attraction of the fantastic paddling pool and play park and my kids love digging in the sand pit, climbing on the climbing frames and just generally being outside and active.

While at St Andrew’s Park one day this summer, my children and I decided to explore its nature reserve. We had fun discovering its meadow and pond and searching for the creatures who live there, such as frogs, toads, butterflies and damselflies, to name but a few. Some of the best activities and places to go are on our doorstep and are free for all to enjoy –and St Andrew’s Park is one of these.

Now that September is here, playgroups will be starting up again. I wanted to write about St Bon’s Playgroup, which is held at St Bonaventure’s Church on Egerton Road, Bishopston, on Wednesday afternoons from 1.30-3pm. It costs just £1 per adult and child and 20p for each extra child – very reasonable, indeed! I found this playgroup very friendly when I visited. I should mention that the playgroup is upstairs in the parish hall with its entrance by the car park. If you would like more details about St Bon’s Playgroup, please phone Pippa Picket on 07964 159178.

I have been busy finding out about the new Boston Tea Party soon opening on the junction of Gloucester Road and Nevil Road. I am pleased to hear that the cafe is aiming to attract families in particular and includes child-friendly flooring inside for children to play on safely, as well as an outdoor play area with a sandpit and toys.

On a personal note, this last month has been an important one for me. I have launched a new blog called Bristol Mum (, which is all about living and raising children in Bristol. Bristol Mum will feature articles about education, as well as interesting activities, events and places to visit in Bristol. It will be relevant to parents all over Bristol rather than just in and around Bishopston and will run alongside Bishopston Mum. Launching Bristol Mum is exciting for me, though slightly nerve-wracking, too!

I hope you enjoy a great September!

Bishopston Mum