Bristol and the South West is a wonderful place to live and have children. There are a whole bunch of places to visit and fun kids activities to try out in the area. Here are a few ideas that we have put together as a starting point.
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#1 Pop along to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Museums and art galleries sound like they are a little dull. But they are absolutely great for rainy days and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is one of those museums that is also great for a dry day. Their current exhibits include an Egyptian Mummy, a giant Gorilla to name a couple. Kids will love exploring the museum and it offers a bit for adults too.
If you want to combine a visit to the Museum with a walk then take on our Millennium Square Tramble and pause it when you get past Cabot Tower.
#2 Paying the animals a visit at Community Farms
Community Farms are popping up all over the country and we are glad to say that Bristol have some of the best on offer. Last time we were down at Windmill City Farm on our Bedminster Tramble Treasure Hunt we were lucky enough to have a goat showboating for us!
- Lawrence Weston Community Farm
- Windmill Hill City Farm
- St Werburgh’s City Farm
- Grimsbury Farm
- Hartcliffe Community Park Farm
Oh, and they are Free! Although if you can please do make a donation.
#3 Walking Bristol’s Harbour
Bristol's Harbourside is one of the things we treasure most about the city. You can have an amazing wander there any time of year looking at the colourful houses across the way.
But do you want to explore it in a different way? There are also regular boat rides, train rides and our Tramble walk along the harbourside.
#4 Taking a trip out to the Clifton Suspension Bridge & Visitor Centre
There is little doubt that Clifton Suspension Bridge is absolutely amazing and kids are often fascinated with it. It is free to walk along and offers spectacular views across Bristol.
Make sure you head along to the Abbots Leigh entrance as the Visitor Centre gives kids a chance to learn about the designer Brunel and a couple of other things too.
We would recommend reading up on the bridge before you go... as you'll have a bunch of questions to answer!
#5 Exploring Brandon Hill
Although there are many... Brandon Hill is another great space for children and families to have fun at. It boasts two play areas, one for younger kids and another for older ones.
There is also our favourite monument... Cabot Tower, a 105 foot tower which is free to climb and features on our Tramble walk in the area.
Take a picnic and have a lovely day!
#6 Take in the greenery at Arnos Vale Cemetery
A cemetery... Don’t be put off because Arnos Vale is exactly that. There is a whole bunch of things to see and explore at this beautiful 45 acre site. You'll see loads of greenery, wild flowers and impressive Victorian headstones. There are various trails you can take and it makes for an interesting afternoon out.
#7 A little more mainstream at Leigh Woods!
You will have a wonderful day at this designated nature reserve. Leigh Woods offers wonderful walks for the family and a natural play area with logs, swings and balance beams. Take a look at their website for all the different trails you can take.
#8 More fresh air at the Ashton Court Estate
While we are on the subject of walks and fresh air why not head down to the Ashton Court Estate. Over 800 acres of woodlands and grasslands to mooch around in, plus a woodland garden, picnic area, play area and plenty of trees to climb... if you are that way inclined!
#9 Checking out the M Shed
Another fantastic museum in Bristol is the M Shed. The key to this place is the interactive activities including a bomb shelter and double decker bus. Plenty of fun to be had!
#10 Books, books, books at The Children’s Library at Bristol Central Library
We all want our kids to be eagerly reading! Bristol Central Library is a great place to introduce them to the magic of books. It is bright and spacious and also includes free drawing activities and a huge pirate ship for kids to play in.