Free things to do with the Kids in Bristol – Visit Grimsbury Farm

Grimsbury Farm Bristol

Grimsbury Farm

Grimsbury Community Farm is open to the public every day 365 days a year from 9am – 6pm, there is a car park on site and entry is free.

Evidence of farming activities on this site have been found going back to medieval times, although ownership and detailed usage have changed many times over this period. Through marriages (involving the Stone and Tilly families in the mid-1700s) this site became part of the much larger Tilly estate which was in excess of 1000 acres. Following more changes in ownership, it was sold off in lots by the then owner, Rev. Edward Batchelor in 1862. The last private ownership was that of the Warner family who finally moved out in the 1970’s, whereupon Kingswood District Council took ownership.

Today, the farm is owned and managed by South Gloucestershire Council, where its function is that of a community farm open to all as a place to relax and enjoy, or even to learn new skills.

Grimsbury Farm Bristol

Throughout the year there are lots of different activity days and events including new births – lambs, calves, piglets, goat kids, ducklings etc so always plenty to do or see.

A Typical year on the of farming activities include:

Spring – Lambing, Vaccinations and worming.  Scanning cows to see if they are pregnant.  Putting the animals out into the field to eat grass. Planting sprint crops.

Summer – The sheep are sheared to keep them cool in the heat. This wool is sent to the market. Lambs are weighed.  Harvesting of spring and winter planted crops.  Bailing straw from left over crops to us as animals bedding at the farm.

Autumn – Calving of Cows, sending lambs to market, moving some of the cows and sheep into the barns for the winter.  Cultivating the land and sowing winter crops.

Winter – Female sheep are scanned to see if they are pregnant and also wormed and vaccinated. Cows are mated for Autumn calving. Maintenance is carried out on all the buildings, machinery, hedges and fences.

There is a lovely Café “The Barn Café” providing children’s meals, a range of light bites, sandwiches & rolls, pasties, a selection of homemade cakes and also has daily specials – all very reasonably priced and freshly prepared. The Café is open daily hours do vary but usually 10am – 3.30pm.  Besides providing food for humans you can also purchase small packs of feed for the chickens & ducks, sheep & goats or pigs who you can feed on you way around the farm.

Grimsbury Farm Cafe Bristol

A rather damp Sunday afternoon didn’t seem like the best of times to visit Grimsbury Community Farm but we had a pleasant surprise when we arrived, the Farm has plenty to see even on a rainy day there are fairly dry pathways around the farm from where you can see an array of animals including : Pygmy Goats, Sheep, Dexter Cattle, several different breeds of Pigs, chickens, ducks, Donkeys & ponies to name but a few. As you wander around the Farm there are lots of signage & information boards telling everything from the history of the farm to details of the breeds of animals and details of individual animals, which are both very interesting and educational.

Grimsbury Farm Bristol

Upon arrival we decided to pop into the Barn Café (which is situated by the car park) for a nice cup of tea and a slice of lovely homemade Fruit Cake, we then had a wander along the pathway behind the café where you can see some of the ducks & chickens and then up to one of the barns which houses most of the Farm’s “babies”. In the barn was a Large Black Sow called Diana with her 11 piglets and 12 Gloucester Old Spot piglets –  we read that the mother of these unfortunately died shortly after giving birth and it’s a testament to the care given by the staff at Grimsbury that all 12 piglets had survived hand reared !

Also in the barn were a Muscovy Duck and her ducklings, some lambs and a pen of rabbits.

On the way out of the barn we stopped to pat a sheep that was hand reared & bottle fed and roams freely around the farm happily accepting pats & attention from visitors, we then walked on around a path between the fields, past the outdoor paddocks housing some of the pigs onto the Pigmy Goat’s paddock and there met a very inquisitive little Billy Goat who just loved attention & posing for photos.

In the fields opposite were the Farm’s herd of Dexter Cattle (the UK’s smallest breed of cattle) some with calves too and some of the Farm’s sheep, some of these had red or blue markings on their behinds – which shows they have been served by the Ram and will be due to have lambs in the spring.

Further along there is the “Tree Life Centre” and Picnic Area and we then passed another field of sheep where some children were feeding some of the sheep who were very happy to nibble the food from the children’s hands.

On our way back to the car park we also passed the large Children’s play area which has plenty to keep the kids entertained including, seesaws, sliders, swings, climbing frames & mini adventure playground etc and plenty of benches around for weary parents to sit too.

So although it would be obviously more appealing to visit in the spring or summer there is still plenty to do & see even on a dull winters day at Grimsbury Farm !

Address – Grimsbury Community Farm, 90 Grimsbury Rd, Kingswood, Bristol BS15 9SD

And if you fancy dinner afterwards, why not try a local Pub and restaurant ” The Folly”  and round off your day!

Gromit Unleashed 2 – Bristol UK

Gromit Unleashed 2 2018

Gromit Unleashed 2 Bristol

Gromit Unleaded 2 – Bristol – UK – 2nd July – 2 September 2018

This year Gromit with be joined by his pal Wallace and rival Feathers McGraw, as they once again take up residence in Bristol and the surrounding area to raise money for The Grand Appeal, the Bristol Children’s Hospital Charity.

The dazzling, colourful award-winning trio will be dotted around the city and perfect for a Grand Day Out.

Gromit Unleashed 2 2018

You can download the interactive trail app and unlock special trophies and collect rewards whilst tracking down the sculptures, or you can pick up a paper map from several locations around Bristol including our GU shop at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Bristol Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre, M Shed, Tourist Information Centre, Aerospace Bristol and the Gromit Unleashed HQ on Upper Maudlin Street. – We have the official paper Trail Map here a Bury Hill Farm for guests too.

 

Gromit Unleashed 2 2018

Here’s the trail in alphabetical order showcasing Bristol’s fabulous parks, historic landmarks and waterfront locations – Aardman, Gas Ferry Road, Aerospace Bristol, Arnos Vale, Ashton Court, Ashton Gate Stadium, Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Keynsham, Badminton Road, Downend, Blaise Castle, Boston Tea Party, Gloucester Road, Bristol Energy Hub, Harbourside, Bristol Marriott City Centre Hotel, Bristol Children’s Hospital, Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Cabot Circus, Cascade Steps, Cenotaph, Colston Avenue, Chew Valley Lake, Cinema de Lux, Cabot Circus, Clifton Observatory, Clifton, Suspension Bridge, College Green, Dunkley’s, Bradley Stoke, Flaxpits Lane, Winterbourne, Gardiner Haskins, Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare, Greenway Centre, Southmead, Gromit Unleashed 2 Shop, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Hargreaves Lansdown, Anchor Road, Hartcliffe Community Farm,   High Street, Chipping Sodbury, House of Fraser, Cabot Circus, Kings Chase Shopping Centre, Kingswood, Mall Gardens, Clifton Village, M Shed, Millennium Square, Museum Square, M Shed, Narrow Quay, North Street, Park Street, Puxton Park, Hewish, Quakers Friars, Queen Square, Royal Fort Gardens, Royal West of England Academy, Sion Hill, SS Great Britain, St Mark’s Road, Easton, St Mary Centre, Thornbury, St Mary Redcliffe, Stanfords, Corn Street, Temple Meads Station, Temple Quay, The Downs, The Galleries, The Horsefair, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, The Podium, Broadmead, The Victoria Rooms, UWE Bristol, Bower Ashton, Wapping Wharf, Willow Brook Centre, Bradley Stoke, Wills Memorial Building.

Gromit Unleashed 2 Bristol

During the summer holidays on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays FREE shows will be taking place at the Mall Cribb Causeway, of classic Aardman animations at their pop up cinema.  Each show is 30 minutes long, there’s no need to book, just turn up on the day.  The cinema will be located outside the Mall either by the entrance of topshop, M&S or inside if it is raining.  The Gromit Unleashed shop is also at the Mall, the only place to buy all the official Trail merchandise, a perfect change to purchase a Wallace or Gromit of your own.

Gromit Unleashed 2 2018

After the trial has finished, from 15 September you will be able to see all of the sculputres at the Gromit Unleashed 2 Exhibition at the Mall Cribbs Causeway, this is ticketed exhibition

The Grant Appeal has been raising money since 1995 to help fund life-saving medical equipment and provides free accommodation to families of critically ill patients.

https://wallaceandgromit.com

https://www.grandappeal.org.uk

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