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Summer Festival for Dogs – DogFest – Bristol 22nd & 23rd June 2019

Bristol Dogfest Ashton Court 2019

Dogfest Bristol is an action-packed weekend in the amazing grounds of Ashton Court Estate, surrounded by thousands of gorgeous dogs. Celebrating its 6th year.  This event is for the whole family to enjoy where you can treat your four-legged friend to the best day out ever!

Dogfest Noel Fitzpatrick Bristol

The event is hosted by legendary Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick, it all began back in 2013 originally a one day get together in Surrey.  Noel wanted to create something where everyone who loves dogs could be amongst like-minded people.  Over the years, Dogfest has grown in leaps and bounds to now become an amazing weekend for people across the country to enjoy.  It now has annual events in Bristol at Ashton Court, Herefordshire at Knebworth House and Cheshire at Tatton Park.

What to expect

This exciting festival has something for all dog lovers including amazing and daring action performances, dog dancing and agility displays, expert advice of caring for your pooch, shopping, music, food and so much more.

You can take part in many activities watching your dog doing something that they haven’t had the opportunity to do before.  Some activities have a small extra charge.

Hay Bale Racing – Watch as your dog leaps over a series of hay bales all the way to the finish line.  This is a friendly, not serious, competition dogs will be timed, with prizes being awarded for the fastest time of the day.  There are even extra treats given for the funniest runs too.

Flyball – A team of will guide you and your dog as they leap over hurdles, towards a box that releases a tennis a for your dog to catch as they land on a spring-loaded pad.

Dog Agility Dog Fest Bristol

Agility – Run by the Guild of Dog Trainers, a team of experienced dog handlers who will help novices to learn how to approach the obstacles correctly and safely.  Obstacles include jumps, A-frames, pole weaving and tunnels.

Obedience Challenge – Challenge your dog training skills to see if your dog will respond to your commands whilst completing a timed course.  On command your dog will be expected to be able to sit, stand, lie down, high five/paw, stay and come.  Prizes are given for the most obedient dogs and the fastest round.

Dog Diving Dogfest Bristol

Dog Diving -The most popular have-a-go activity and such a great activity to watch.  Dogs jumping into a big pool of water, having a splash and a swim.  Places are first come, first served, you won’t want to miss this one!

Temptation Alley – Dogs are enticed by treats and toys as they head down the course.  The aim of the game is for them to resist the temptation and get to the finish line without stopping or eating the goodies on offer along the way.  Would your dog be able to resist?

The Activity Arena

One of the most popular attractions at the show, the Activity Arena is jam-packed with exciting displays and demonstrations.  Look out for sports with dogs, Flyball which is fast and furious and the dogs absolutely love it.  Also there is the fantastic show from ShadowQuest Display Team, whose highly trained dogs abseil from a 30ft tower and zip wire across the arena.  Another amazing display is from Conquest-K9 featuring non-stop action with agility, 6ft high jumps, fire hoop jumps and criminal work.

 

Dog Show Dogfest Bristol

Fun Dog Show – Of course, the festival has to, have a dog show.  A chance to show off your special pooch to the audience.  Open to everyone, each day enter a class in one of the four Fun Dog Show Rings.  Winners of each class go through to a category final and winners of their category will then go through to the overall “Best in Show” held at the end of the day – Entries are £2 per class.  Advanced entries are advised.  Online ticket purchasers can register to enter in advance for Saturday or Sunday.

These fun class categories range from Loveliest Lady – Best Female Dog – 1yr +, Most Fabulous Fella – Best Male Dog – 1 yr +, Cool Pup – 6 months to 1 yr, Best Rescue Dog, Golden Oldie (Best Dog Over 10 years), Dog with the Waggiest Tail, Dogs Got Talent and many more.  The First rounds start at 10.15am and finish at 3.15pm.  Round 2 – Category Finals is between 3.30pm and 3.14pm, with the Best in Show being judged at 4pm in Ring One.

See the very important Class Descriptions and Timetable.

Puppy Paddling Dogfest Bristol

Puppy Zone – Specially created to give you advice and a chance to learn more about the new member of your family – Organised by Puppy School the UK leading network of well-trained and professional puppy trainers.   Advice and techniques for training, play, discover, chill and learning.

Dog walking Ashton Court Bristol

Walkies – The Great Dog Walk.  Twice a day at 11am and 3pm join thousands of others on a 2km or 4km walk around the glorious grounds of Ashton Court Estate with your four legged friends.  Led each day by Noel Fitpatrick and Clare Balding.

Kid’s Area – A place for your children to enjoy themselves and burn off some steam.  Have fun and play games and enjoy the new obstacle course for children under 14.

This festival focuses on bringing together a community of dog lovers from across the country, to celebrate and rejoice in the bond shared between dogs and people.  Take a picnic and enjoy the whole day in the glorious grounds of Ashton Court Estate.

Tickets –  Adults online £16.50 at the gate £21.50.  Children online £10.50 at the gate £16.25, Families (2 adults 2 children) online £11.25 pp, £15 at the gate pp.  VIP £90 pp.  Children under 6 are Free.  Book your tickets.

Open times – Saturday and Sunday 9.30am – 5.00pm.   Parking is Free

Address – Ashton Court, Long Ashton, Bristol  BS41 9JN

Driving – The best postcode to use in your Sat Nav is BS3 2JT. As you approach the venue, AA signage for DogFest will be up – follow this to reach the car park.

 

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North Somerset Show Bristol – May Bank Holiday

North Somerset Show Bristol Bank Holiday

I enjoyed a fabulous day out on Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, at The North Somerset Agricultural Show at Bathing Ponds Fields in Wraxall, Bristol.  It was an early start as I wanted to watch the cattle showing and take lots of photos as this, for me, is the star of the whole show and my family were showing our Jersey and Hereford cattle.  It was a very successful day (although tiring for the team) with great results  – 4-second places, 3-first places and Reserve Champion, what a great way to start the year, at the first show of the season.

North Somerset Show Bristol Bank Holiday

The Show is on the first Bank Holiday Monday in May and is run by The North Somerset Agricultural Society, formed out of the North Somerset Ploughing Society in 1840 by a small group of farmers.  Its sole purpose was to further agricultural development by communicating agricultural issues and providing a showpiece to the general public.

This popular event attracts over 20,000 people and showcases local agriculture, food and farming as well as country crafts and pursuits.  Show stoppers are tractor pulling, livestock showing and horse show jumping.  This year was its 160th show.

North Somerset Show Bristol Bank Holiday

North Somerset Show is massive, with so many sporting activities to partake in or to watch.  I think my favourite (after the livestock) was the dog agility competitions, they had 3 rings for different levels of difficulty.  It’s super competitive and the dogs absolutely love it, with some of them barking around the whole course.

You can easily spend a whole day here and be constantly entertained, there are displays and competitions going on all at the same time in different areas of the show.  I wandered for hours and enjoyed every single minute of shopping at the trade stands.  They have all your country needs, including clothing and gifts, crafts, art, photography, pet supplies etc.  A vast array of food stalls inside and out.  All of this is amongst the different arena displays showcasing, sheep shearing, falconry, motor bike displays, strongest man event, Vintage Tractor displays, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Blacksmith Competitions, pony games, motorbike displays, the list just goes on and on.

North Somerset Show Bristol Bank Holiday

A Great day out – put the date in your diary for next year!

Address – Bathing Pond Fields, Bristol Road, Wraxall, BS48 1NF – Website and useful Information   Printable Map

Gates open to the public at 9.am and close at 5pm – Car parking is free.  Dogs are welcome.

Tickets – Adults £18, Children (15 & under) £8, Children under 5 go free, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £45

Independent Review – May 2019

North Somerset Show Bristol, the first of the new season green field experiences this local family friendly show is the perfect size to get around in a day, see old faces, learn new ideas, inspire the next generation and generally appreciate how lucky we all are to live locally in the beautiful farmer-friendly county of Somerset … whether you like tractors, animals, games, sports, shopping, eating, drinking, chatting, bartering … watching or doing it you can pretty much do all of this with the whole family in tow !

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What’s on in Bristol – Top tips – May 2019

What's on Bristol May 2019

What’s on in Bristol – We have a jammed packed May ahead of us.  Here are some of my personal favorites.

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BADMINTON HORSE TRIALS – 1st May – 5th May 2019

Things to do Bristol Badminton Horse Show

 

Staged within the beautiful grounds of the Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire this top-level equestrian sports Weekend kicks off on Wednesday 1st May, where visitors can browse over 500 trade stands in the vast shopping village.  Exhibitors cover all shopping tastes, from Animal & Pet Feed, Art, Books, Toys and Country clothing to all equestrian needs and even Garden Equipment & Machinery.  You can also explore the grounds and stroll along the cross country course.  See the Site Plan for Tradestands and Food & Bars.

Thursday and Friday continue with Dressage, Saturday is Cross Country day, famous for its size and level of difficulty and Sunday sees the end of the competition with Showjumping.  See the full timetable.

The annual event attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.  It offers a great family day out, where children and dogs are welcome.  The weather this year is set to be great, making this amazing weekend something to really look forward to.

Live TV coverage of every day of the Horse Trials will be available around the world via Badminton Livestream. You can also watch the highlights on BBC On demand.

For visitors who will be purchasing tickets at the gate please follow appropriate AA Signage from Stroud, Cirencester, Chippenham or the M4  J15, J17 and J18.  Your satnav system will not take into account the traffic management that will be in place during this event.  For more information visit their WEBSITE

 

 

 

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North Somerset Show – 6th May 2019

 

North Somerset Show Bristol

The North Somerset Agricultural Show is on the first Bank Holiday Monday in May at Bathing Ponds Fields in Wraxall.  This popular event attracts over 20,000 people and showcases local agriculture, food and farming as well as country crafts and pursuits.  Show stoppers are tractor pulling, livestock showing and horse show jumping.

The show is run by The North Somerset Agricultural Society and was formed out of the North Somerset Ploughing Society in 1840 by a small group of farmers.  Its sole purpose was to further agricultural development by communicating agricultural issues and providing a showpiece to the general public.

Traditionally, the North Somerset Show takes place in May and since the early 1900′s it was held at Ashton Court near Bristol.  In 2002 the Society purchased a 130 acre site in Wraxall near Bristol.  This year is its 160th show.

What to expect – Inside and outside trade stands, with all your country needs including crafts, art, photography, clothing, pet supplies, food halls.  Arena displays including sheep shearing, falconry, dog agility, pony games, motor bike displays.  Vintage Tractor Parade, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Air Rifle Shooting, Blacksmith Competitions and so much more.

Watch the skillful showing of all farm animals and once the competitions have finished, get up close and see all the different breeds that have been in the competitions.

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE http://www.nsas.org.uk/north-somerset-show/getting-here/ Useful information and Ticket Prices

 

 

Foodie Festival Durham Down – 10th – 12th May 2019

Where to go Bristol Foodie Festival

 

 

 

The UK’s biggest food festival returns to Durham Downs with top chefs and MasterChef winners cooking live, try sweet treats with Bake Off winners and top bakers, sample new wines, champagnes and cocktails, eat delicious street food from around the world, taste new flavours, meet artisan producers, have fun all day with chilli eating competitions and food challenges and live music.

What to expect – Luxury VIP Tent, Street Food, Vintage Cider Tent, Live Music Stage, Healthy Living Show, Cakes and Desserts Theatre, Chefs Theatre, Kids Cookery Theatre, Restaurant Tens and more.

Address – Durdham Downs, Stoke Road, Bristol BS9 1FG – Ticket info

 

Children under 12 and dogs are free entry.  Opening times:  Friday 12pm – 9pm, Saturday 11am – 9pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm

 

 

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 South Glos Food and Drink FREE Festival – 17th – 19th May 2019

Free things to do with the kids Bristol South Glos Food and Drink Festival

 

Returning to the Lawns at Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green for it’s second year, the festival provides a whole weekend celebrating our two favourite things, food and drink, together with music from local artists.

What to Expect – So many stalls, something for everyone

Food Stalls – Fuffle from Fudgeheaven, the Jerk Yard, in Tents Catering, Thomas Cookie Co, Jethros Marinades and Sauces, Free Range Pies, Flapjackery, Glastonbury Cheese, The Parsons Nose, Rad Burger, Chockshop, Signore Twister, Chanbury’s Woodfired, Dutch Cheeseman, Cohens Sausages, and many more.

Drinks – Hullabaloos Lemonade, Hay Wines Ice Cold Slush, Gillow Cider, English Spirit, Edinburgh Gin, ABK Beer, Cohens Coffee, Cusan Welsh Cream Liqueur, Eccentric Gin, Bubblebird Horsebox Bar, Pulpt, the list goes on and on.

Music – Rock Choir, The Bad Dads, Limited Edition, Richard Friend, The African Sambistas

Read about last year’s festival HERE  

Address – The Lawns of Bristol and Bath Science Park, Dirac Crescent, Emersons Green, Bristol BS16 7FR – Visit the WEBSITE https://southglosfoodfest.co.uk/

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Love Saves the Day – 25th – 26th May 2019

Love Saves the Day Bristol

 

 

Love Saves the Day returns to Eastville Park for the 8th time and promises to be even bigger and better than ever.  This year will see several brand new areas showcasing a diverse range of genres and music styles on some of the most ambitious stages builds to date.

The festival started from humble beginnings as a one-day event and has now expanded into an eclectic weekend festival.  New stages have been added showcasing a diverse range of genres and music styles as Love Saves the Day continues with its aims to combine the best of Bristol’s thriving underground scene with pioneering artists across the globe in one buzzing, open space.

The emphasis is on great music but a following from all of the creativity and live entertainment that occurs throughout the festival, expect the spectacular.  Over 300 acts performing across 12 stages, Love Saves the Day’s music line-up is second to none, but the festival has much more to offer, roller skating, ball pits, face painting/ jewelling,  circus acts, fairground rides, displays and food and drink stalls.  Love Saves the Day just keeps getting bigger and better every year.

 

 

See this year’s LINEUP

Address – Eastville Park, Muller Road, Bristol BS5 6XA – Opening Times – Saturday 11am – 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 11pm

Ticket and Information

 

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The International Mini Meeting is coming to Bristol

International Mini Meet Bristol

If you’re a Mini enthusiast, you are going to be overwhelmed with hundreds of Mini’s invading Bristol for the world’s biggest meeting of the Mini club scene, in August 2019.

The International Mini Meeting is an annual event which originated in 1978 in Germany.  It started out as a small 3-day camp event on the Whitsun weekend. After several years its popularity had grown, even over the German borders and this resulted in an International event which takes place every year in a different country, defying language barriers and creating a foundation of appreciation like no other.  Every 5 years it celebrates the Mini in England where the IMM takes place around the Minis birthday in August.

International Mini Meet Bristol

International Mini Meeting Bristol 2019 is a 5 day festival style 1980s themed event for all ages, and welcomes both classic minis and new MINIs as well as their derivatives. The event opens at mid-day on Thursday 8th August, at Washingpool Farm, Easter Compton, Bristol, with a gentle build up to the official opening ceremony on Friday night, by which point most of the participants have arrived.

If you’ve booked for the weekend there will be plenty of things to do and see, including traders, mini displays, street food and drink vendors and meeting points. From Friday there will also be live music/acts throughout the day on the outdoor and indoor stages, plus rides and children’s entertainment. On Friday evening the event is officially opened, with a special opening ceremony. Different activities will be organised for Mini drivers and Mini Clubs during the rest of the weekend, including an open topped bus tour, rocker cover racing, club competitions including Sinclair C5 racing and a mini run.

Examples on show will span the entire mini family tree from pristine 1959 originals and Marcos coupes through to the second generation of John Cooper Works GPs, together with many wild and wacky restorations.

International Mini Meet Bristol

Mini History

The Mini came into existence in England in 1959 and remained in production until 2000 in one form or another. BMW picked up the MINI name in 1994. While the German automaker wound down the British version of the car, it began designing the car that would become the new MINI in 2000.  These days, the so-called MINI is a proper modern hatchback — big enough to swallow up the iconic 1960s version.

This event is only open to Day Visitors on Sunday 11th August, tickets will be available to purchase on the gate.  If you want to attend any other day you will need to purchase a weekend Ticket.

Location – Washingpool Farm, the home of IMM 2019 and Easter Compton Farm Shop.  Located just 5 minutes from junction 17 of the M5 motorway in the midst of beautiful south west England countryside.

Want more information about this great event – Visit their Website

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Exciting Boat Trips from Bristol’s Floating Harbour

Bristol Harbour Ferry Boats

Fancy a Boat Trip with Bristol Ferry Boats? – Bristol Ferry Boats offer a number of different trips, a great way to see the City from a different viewpoint.  Bristol Ferry Boats has been running since 1977.  The iconic blue and yellow Ferry Boats can be seen travelling around the harbour almost every day of the year.  They provide a community focused, friendly ferry service and pride themselves on their unrivalled reliability.  Visitors are safe in the knowledge that they run their service every day except Christmas day, come rain or shine.  You will always receive a warm Bristol welcome their staff.

Bristol Ferry Boats Bury Hill Farm

Wednesday Sundown Sailings – A lovely cruise around the Harbour, listening to music, watching the sun go down.  The trip includes tapas and cheese to complement two drinks of either Gin, Sherry or Rum (drinks depend on dates booked).  There are two departure times from the City Centre at 7pm and 9pm the trip lasts for 2 hours.  Tickets are £20 per person.

Brunel’s Bristol Boat Tour – A comprehensive tour of Brunel’s famous Bristol Landmarks.  Departing from Bristol Temple Meads, sailing past the SS Great Britain and on toward the historic lock gates, where Brunel’s other Bridge is laid.  Traveling away from the harbour along the Avon Gorge underneath the famous Clifton Suspension Bristol and then returning back to the Bristol Floating Harbour.  A great way to see some of Bristol’s Landmarks.  This trip lasts for 2 hours and 40 minutes.  Tickets – Adults £15, Children £12, Concessions £12 or Family of 5 £45.

Avon Gorge Trip – An exciting cruise along the Avon Gorge, with commentary throughout.  Departing from SS Great Britain leaving the floating harbour, along the Avon Gorge, underneath the amazing Clifton Suspension Bridge, Passing the ancient port of Sea Mills and the Village of Pill and onto Avonmouth (if the tide allows) and then returning back to the floating harbour.  This trip lasts for 3.5 hours.  Tickets – Adults £18.50, Children £16.50, Concessions £16.50 or Family of 5 £55.

Full map HERE

Bristol Ferry Boats Map

 

Booze Cruises and Boat Parties – Private Hire – There is a variety of packages on offer – Vintage Tea Party, Bubbly Breakfast, Booze Cruises and Party Packages offering trips to dockside pubs and bars.  Catering for parties ranging from 25  to 45 people, with fully licensed CASH ONLY bars and music.  You have the opportunity to hop on and off of the boat and visit a wide range of Bars and Pubs.  These are fantastic trips, perfect for any celebration and for Hen Parties, a great way to start your weekend visit to Bristol.  There are many options available to create a bespoke party.  Find out more HERE.

Sunday Riverside Roast – A lazy cruise along the River Avon, departing from Welsh Back.  This is a very relaxed river cruise, after sailing through the City, see Bristol’s countryside from the water as it travels along the feeder canal and through Netham Lock along the riverbanks of St Anne’s and Conham River Park.  Enjoy the wildlife, you may see Otters, Swans, Deer, Foxes, Squirrels, Kingsfishers, Ducks etc.  Gently cruising onto the very popular Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms to enjoy a delicious roast dinner and then have time to enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Tea Rooms until it’s time to make the journey back to Bristol.  This trip lasts (including your meal) for 3 hours.  Ticket prices include your food – Adults £25.00, Concessions £19.00.  Advance Bookings are essential as these trips are very popular.

Friday trip to Beese’s with live music – A Great way to start the weekend, departing from Welshback, a super river cruise sailing from Bristol, through the countryside to the very popular Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms, where you can enjoy a meal and watch a live band most Fridays.  Some Fridays the tide doesn’t allow for these trips, but that’s only a few.  Drinks are available to buy (cash only) onboard during your trip.  This is a one-way trip, so that you can enjoy the whole evening dancing, you will need to book a taxi for the return journey.  Ticket prices include entry and food at Beese’s – Adults £21.00.  Advance bookings are essential.

Live Music Beese's Tea Rooms Bristol Bury Hill Farm

Band line ups for these trips for 2019 :-

26th April             Belle Rose

3rd May                Fiesta Latina

10th May              Dysfunktional

24th May              The Mayfair Players

31st May              Funk Husky

7th June                Soul Reason

14th June              The Bad Losers

21st June              The Jumps

28th June              Dukes of Mumbai

12th July               Finger Buffet

19th July               Dappa Don & The Playaz

26th July               Fromage en Feu

9th August            Stiff Upper Lips

16th August         JJ Gatsby

23rd August         The Jumps

6th September    Natty Daps

More about Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms

Beese’s Riverside Tea Rooms is a hidden treasure, set beside a pleasantly wooded stretch of the river Avon. For some, a haven of tranquillity, where generations of city dwellers would put their cares of the city behind them for a time.  Visitors range from families, ramblers, cyclists, dog walkers and, of course, river-users swimming or rowing leisurely by.

Beeses Tea Rooms Bury Hill Farm

In more recent years, Beese’s can be a lively place, whether it’s a friends’ get-together, a birthday or wedding celebration, or one of Beese’s music nights.

Beese’s is open each year for the spring and summer.  They have live music most Friday evenings, including a mix of known Bristol bands and visitors from afar.  There has been an annual beer festival since 2009.  Visit their Website for more information.

 

Back to Bristol Ferry Boats –  There are 5 Ferry Boats all painted in iconic yellow and blue colours.

Margaret was built in 1952 and acquired in 1977 she has capacity for 28 passengers.  She has a wooden hulled open launch and was Built in Appledore for service in Lynmouth to replace a vessel wrecked in the flood of 1952 and later used as a ferry across the Avon between Shirehampton and Pill.

Independence was built in 1927 and acquired in 1980 she has capacity for 46 passengers.  With a wooden hulled open launch and was previously used on the Severn and Wye, and on the Erewash Canal.

Emily was built in 1927 and acquired in 1992 she has capacity for 48 passengers.  With a wooden hulled enclosed launch. Built in Bideford and was previously used at Scarborough and in Gloucester Docks.

Bristol Ferry Boats Bury Hill Farm

Matilda was built and acquired in 1997 and has a capacity for 50 passengers.  With a Steel hulled enclosed launch, with a length of 14.02 m (46.0 ft) and a beam of 4.61 m (15.1 ft). Purpose built for Bristol Ferry Boats.

Brigantia was built and acquired in 2006 and has a capacity for 50 passengers.  With a Steel hulled enclosed launch. Purpose built for Bristol Ferry and based on the design for Matilda but equipped with a retractable wheelhouse and a wheelchair lift.

Both Matilda and Brigantia are licensed to operate on the tidal Avon downstream from Bristol through the Avon Gorge to Avonmouth, as well as throughout Bristol Harbour and on the Avon upstream to the city of Bath. The other vessels are restricted to Bristol Harbour and the upstream Avon.  Margret is the original yellow and blue ferry boat and is a true west country survivor.

Visit their Website for more information or check out their Timetable for Ferry’s.

Independent Reviews:-

Having had a less than successful trip to We the Curious, we saw the yellow boat arrive and jumped on board. The full tour takes you from the City Centre to Hotwells and back, and then goes off in the other direction to Temple Meads and back. You can choose the full 80 minute tour, a 40 minute (half tour) or simply use the craft as a taxi or bus in the harbour area.
We chose the 40 minute trip to Hotwells and back and saw Bristol from a viewpoint I had never experienced before. You travel past The Matthew and The Great Britain, have a good view of the cathedral, the harbour-side industries and the old pubs, with a great view of the multi-coloured buildings of Hotwells.
A very friendly crewman was there to help people on and off and call out the stops and sell the tickets.
We will definitely go back and do the full tour (ticket lasts a day and lets you hop on and off) when the weather is a bit warmer. Great fun and great value.

Beese’s Riverside Bar and Tea Rooms
This is a great little quirky place next to the river. If you are used to eating in chain establishments it may not be for you as it is quite ‘characterful’. We only had a cream tea but the Sunday lunches that people were tucking in to looked good too. The walk along the river and ferry across added to the charm.

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A Wonderful Christmas Experience – Bristol

Christmas Experience Avon Valley Country Park Bristol

Avon Valley Country Park – Whatever the weather there is plenty to do for all the family.  It is an 80+ acres Country park in Keynsham Bristol, next to the River Avon a place to have fun, meet the animals from Rabbits to Horses.  There are many activities throughout the day, every day including animal demonstrations, talks and handling, fun games and craft activities.

There’s a massive indoor soft play area with slides, rope swings, canon area and a toddler village for the under 5’s.  The outdoor adventure park has animal petting area, train rides, fishing, boating on the lake, go-karting, jungle land, wall climbing, crazy golf, feed the lambs, a Maize Maze, junior sandpit, country trail, tractor rides, picnic areas, gift shop and so much more including a café serving excellent food.  There are hours and hours of fun to be had.

There are many other events during the year, but my favourite is the Christmas experience.  Running from the end of November until Christmas Eve.  The park is transformed into a Winter wonderland and the children can enjoy Christmas activities like gingerbread man biscuit decorating, card making, touring the toy factory, help the elves make toys for Father Christmas, posting their very important Christmas list in the magical post room, visiting the Enchanted Village.  This is a special event which you must purchase tickets well in advance, but you also get use of the whole park.

We visited on the 2nd December 2018 and took 2 of our nephews.  We arrived in plenty of time to enjoy the whole park.  The children were given a special Christmas passport for the Christmas experience and some tokens for the quad bikes.  We spend a couple of hours wandering around seeing the animals, having a ride on the train.  They each took turns on the quad bikes and enjoyed the adventure playground.  It was a little bit drizzly, so we spend the last hour an hour in the inside play area.  We got a bite to eat and a cup of coffee whilst they burnt off their energy enjoying themselves on the slides and soft play area.

Then it was time for us to check in for the Christmas experience.  It’s very well organised, the children are totally memorised by the whole thing.  You are led from one lovely themed room to another with the elves entertaining them the whole time.  Each activity must have taken around 20 mins, all the children in the group, which was about 12, got really involved with everything they were given to do, their passports were stamped after each activity.  Then there was a chance to have a relax and wait for the big event, to see Father Christmas.  While we waited for our time slot the children could enjoy the merry-go-round and the tea cup ride, feed the reindeer, sit down and have a chat with the elves who were helping them complete their present list and getting them posted in the Post Room.  Enjoy their free cup of hot chocolate and play and have fun around the many decorated trees and Christmas themed life-sized ornaments.  You really did feel like you were at the North Pole.

Avon Valley Country Park

Smaller groups of 6 went in to see Father Christmas and Mrs Claus, the children were sat together on a bench, with the adults sitting at the back, the room was like what you see in fairy tale books. We must have spent another 30 minutes in there.  They each has their turn to tell Father Christmas what they wanted for Christmas and were given named gifts.  It was a very magical experience for everyone.

All the children left believing and then you could still spend further time in the area outside / inside and enjoy more rides until you were ready to take the train to leave.  We all had a really great time.  Would really recommend this experience.

Other Themes during the year include, October Half Term, children can enrol in the parks Witch & Wizard School with activities like, slime in potions classes, spell classes, teachers showing off their broomstick skills, pumpkin carving, broom decorating.  Sessions run throughout the day.  Children can take home with them a witch or wizard hat, broomstick, broomstick flying licence.

Halloween is always a very popular time, during October the park will be running a scary theme called Fear at Avon Valley Scream Park.  This event is classified as 12a. Any persons under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult.  Be prepared to be scared and dare to go into the Mazes or Escape Room, Frightening Street Theatre or ride of the Fairground Rides.  Or enter the Killzone an interactive experience, test your shooting skills and kill as many Zombies as you can before they get to you!   Will you make it out of the Corn Field?  It’s totally terrifying.

There is also Halloween themed events for children, where they can carve pumpkins and do other activities and the whole park is covered in pumpkins.

Avon Valley Country Park –  Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1TP – 0117 986 4929 – 17 minutes by car from Bury Hill Farm.

Opening times vary through out the year , for more information visit their Website

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Downend Round Table Fireworks 2018 – Friday 2nd November – Bristol

Downend Fireworks 2018 Bristol Bury Hill Farm

It’s the perfect evening to see the fabulous Fireworks Organised by Downend Round Table returning for another year and promises to be even bigger and better than ever.   A hugely popular event, typically attracting over 10,000 visitors on site.  If you live within a twenty-minute walk they recommend that you don’t drive directly to the event, it’s quicker to walk!  The event is held in The King George V playing fields, in Downend Bristol.  There are three entrances to the park, Gate one is on Westerleigh Road and there are two further gates on Sutherland Avenue.

Downend Fireworks 2018 Bristol Bury Hill Farm

 

There will be a huge bonfire, funfair rides, food stalls, bars with plenty refreshments available from the Great Western Brewery which will be offering a selection of ales, lagers, ciders and wine and also entertainment for the whole family.

It’s best to arrive earlier as there will be areas on the roads which will be coned off for the safety of emergency vehicles.  Buses stopping close to the event are

First Bus:  5, 18 18A, 47, 47A and 48 or A Bus: A6

The Children’s display is at 6:30pm and is is deliberately more about the visual effects and is suitable for  younger guests to ooh and ah.  The Main display is 8:00pm and will be using some BIG fireworks that combine noise and light so if you are sensitive to loud noises, some level of ear protection would be advisable.  The gates open at 5:30pm so arrive early to get a good spot, there will be plenty of entertainment.

Downend Fireworks 2018 Bristol Bury Hill Farm

Child priced at £5.00 each.  Adult priced at £7.00 each.  Family ticket (includes 2 adults and 2 children) priced at £20.  Children under 3 years old are free.

VIP ticket priced at £15.00 each includes; A fantastic view of the fireworks from your own seat in our exclusive VIP Area, VIP Wristband, An alcoholic or soft drink on arrival, Glow in the dark toy for children, Snacks, Loan of a blanket of brolly if it’s wet or chilly & A loo within the VIP area.

The tickets are available from various shops in and around Downend or online. Or you can purchase tickets upon arrival (VIP & Family tickets only available online).

This event is for charity and last year raised an amazing £26,000 for good causes.

Address: King George V Playing Fields, Downend, Bristol, BS16 6QW – Website

Downend Fireworks 2018 Bristol Bury Hill Farm

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A Recommended Day Trip in Bristol

Flowers and gifts St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

St Nicolas Market is a lively market place found in the heart of the old part of the city.  It was established in 1743 and is the oldest and most popular market in Bristol.  Located at the top of Corn Street in “The Exchange Building”.  It has been named one of the ten best markets in the UK and Britain’s Best Large indoor Market in 2016.  It is quintessential of what a market should be and home to the largest collection of independent retailers in Bristol, making it one of Bristol top attractions.

Its historical architecture, quirky ambience and fantastic stalls bursting with a wide variety of goods, crafts and street food combine to make the perfect place to shop, wander, eat, relax and enjoy. With over 60 independent stalls, with things you just wouldn’t find in regular shops this market is a must see for any visitor to the city.  St Nicholas Market is also home to several outdoor markets which take place in the pedestrian street which is alongside The Exchange Building.

It has a varied mix of stalls selling original fashion, vintage, hand-crafted accessories, records, unique gifts and everything in between and an underground treasure trove of Indian goods just at the entrance to the Exchange Hall where you can pick up Mandala tapestries, rugs, textiles and designer made stained glass, tiaras, jewellery and more.  This shop is called Lunartique and is a colourful treat and owned by a very talented lady named Helen Christini.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

The indoor market has three sections and is open Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm:

EXCHANGE HALL – a large open plan trading area with a broad collection of permanent stalls selling funky knitwear, individual bags and hats, shirts, scarves, handmade jewellery and gifts, novelty gifts, celebration cards, travel bags, gadgets, Organic Natural Olive Oils, flaming hot sauces, Handmade wooden crafts, wind charms and chimes, dream catchers, second hand records and books, pictures, candles, toys and much more.  The majority of which are handmade by local traders.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

In between the Exchange Hall and the Glass arcade is a café called Royce Rolls selling a huge range of rolls and sandwiches with interesting homemade fillings, Organic Soup, Salad boxes, Oven baked jacket potatoes and a delicious selection of gluten free and vegan cakes.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

GLASS ARCADE – home to a unique offering of world foods.  This brightly coloured selection, includes award winning pies handmade pies from Pieminster, Handmade falafel, hummus and pitta from Eat a Pitta, homemade cakes and buns from Ahh Toots, authentic Szechuan street food from Chilli Daddy, Japanese cuisine, Gyoza and delicious filled dumplings from Eatchu, traditional Portuguese food from Portuguese Taste, Pure Pasta sell pasta, sandwiches, lasagne and other Italian meals from Pure Pasta, Soup and Sandwiches, authentic flavoursome Moroccan food from the Moroccan Café, healthy nutritional fresh juices and smoothies from Big Juice Bar to name just a few and not forgetting Lucy Anna Flowers, supplying the best quality flowers sourced locally.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

COVERED MARKET – a series of unique shops in alleyways – One of the oldest bookshops in the South West called Beware of the Leopard Books, boutique Danish Costume Jewellery, second hand fine jeweller from A&P Jewellery, Zimbabwean and South African Food and drinks from Kalahari Moon, Phone accessories and repairs from Phone Junkies, delicious chocolates, sweets and handmade truffles from A Bar of Chocolate, Haberdashery, beads, ribbon and craft supplies from Sew n Sew, records from blues to reggae in Wanted Records, Handmade one off glass, concrete planters, ceramics, books and homeware from Gravel Pit.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

During the week there are Markets on the street in front of The Exchange Building.

Tuesdays and Fridays – 11am – 2.30pm – Street Food Market, 15 stalls offering the best of Bristol street food from Thai to British, Indian to Japanese.  Regulars are Caribbean Mutton Creole/Cajun Cuisine from Blue Fire Smoke and Grill, Indian curries and accompanying side from Indian Masala, homemade exquisite sausages from The Italian Sausage, Indonesian Street Food from Enggi’s Kitchen, Japanese Street Food from Momo Bar, Thai food from Niang’s Thai Snacks, Gourmet doughnuts filled with homemade delicious jams and custards from Pippin Doughnuts.

Wednesdays – 9.30am – 2.30pm – Bristol Farmers’ and Producers Market an award-winning weekly market offering fresh produce direct from independent producers across the city. Traders include – Apple Juice from English Apple Juice, Smoked Fish from Felce Foods, Meat, Pies and Quiches from Frocester Fayre Farm, Handmade Hummus from Moist, a superb range of bread from family owned Pullins Bakers, a great Venison range from Robert Hawker Venison, traditional Italian and Spanish cured meats combined from Somerset Charcuterie, Quality homemade cakes and sponges from Taynton Farm.  Elm Tree Farm a 47-acre Farm based in Bristol offering support for leaning disabilities and selling the products produced. Products range from apple, eggs, cucumbers, marrows, lettuces, Aubergines, sweet corn, apple juice, herbs, cut flowers and anything else you can think of.  The list for the Farmers Market goes on and on.

St Nicholas Indoor Market Bristol

Fridays and Saturdays – 9am – 5pm – The Nails Market – 30 local independent traders selling a fantastic range of handcrafted jewellery, vintage clothes, original artwork and an array of gifts – Traders include – Bespoke handmade pottery by Liz Isaacs, fused glass window hangings and jewellery from Mivart Colour, Bristol Landscape Photography from Roger James Hinchliffe Photography, Art, Books and collectables from Simon Ellis, Art and fashion from Tobias Illustrate, Vintage Clothing from Urban Fox, the naughtiest, tastiest homemade chocolate brownies from Naughty Brownies. Plus, a range of unique and creative seasonal guest stalls.

Mondays – 10am – 3pm – The New Bristol Vegan and Wellbeing Market – Bristol’s only dedicated Vegan Market with an array of plant powered goodness guaranteed.  Delicious Street food options, sweet treats, fresh produce and vegan essentials.

St Nicholas Market – The Exchange Building, Corn Street, Bristol BS1 2DP – Parking – The Galleries, just a 2 minutes’ walk. Newgate, Bristol BS1 2DP – Travel 25 minutes by car.  https://www.bristol.gov.uk/web/st-nicholas-markets/home

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South Gloucestershire Show 2018 – 4th & 5th August 2018

Craft Stalls South Gloucestershire Show Bristol

South Gloucestershire Show 2018 – 4th – 5th August 2018

Celebrating its 5th year, South Gloucestershire Show had something for everyone and the weather this year was absolutely glorious, making for a perfect weekend at the Show which gets bigger and better every year.  This year one of the highlights was the amazing spectacle from The Stampede Stunt Company with their incredible International Dzhigitovka Show providing the best in Main Arena Equine Shows, using the world’s best Trick Riders and delivering outstanding performances that are detailed, scripted, choreographed and presented meticulously. It certainly kept everyone thoroughly entertained.

Other attractions included a new birds of prey show in the main arena and a dog agility display and terror racing.  A country fair area with the Wye Valley Axemen showing off their skills with engaging displays containing razor sharp axes and saws. The Motor Zone which had a massive selection of vintage cars on display.  The food and crafts festival marquee, children’s fun fair rides and live music from the music stage with local bands performing throughout the day including The Coyote Kings, Twinners, Paruski, Limited Edition, WILF and The Stories to name just a few!

The Sprint Print BMX Arena showcased Matti Hemmings a professional flatland BMX rider with 3 Guinness World Records showing his BMX stunt show with freestyle BMX performances alongside freestyle footballer Steve Gray.  These very skilled shows were amazing.

There were also hundreds of fabulous individual local exhibitors and stalls too selling local crafts, clothing, face painting, health and wellbeing, bespoke gifts, plants and scrumptious food and drinks and the Kids Zone was always full of families enjoying a whole range of activities from painting, flower arranging, modelling and a Punch & Judy Show, which was hilarious and not forgetting the Sheep Show a fun educational show, if you’ve not seen it before it’s definately not one to miss.

South Gloucestershire Show by Bury Hill Farm

Exhibitors – there are just too many, but here’s a selection from our visits this weekend :-

Handmade Pies, Black Cheese, Handmade Wooden Gifts by Amy Lovell, Hives & Herbals, Bertha’s Pancake Pantry, Artisans, The Reiki Connections, Heart Shack, Eat a Pitta, Atlanta Design, Handmade Illustrated Gifts, Eccentric Gins, Flapjackery, The Bath Soft Cheese Co, ICandy, Continental Cottage, Edinburgh Gin, Stardust Face painting, NFU Mutual, Clifton Photography Co, The Gourmet Brownie Kitchen, Almondsbury Garden Centre, Oliver Corner, Avon Wildlife Trust, Pickle Millie, Oscar Pet Food, Dazzling Mosaics, Marshmallow Heaven – and many, many more.

The organisers have done a great job providing South Gloucestershire with a country show, which just keeps getting better year on every year.

Tickets

Advance Ticket Prices – Adults £10, Child £6, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £30

On the Gate Prices – Adults £12.50, Child £7.50, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £37.50

Hospitality Packages from £20.    Parking is free – Dogs allowed.

http://www.southglosshow.co.uk/ticket-info/

South Gloucestershire Show by Bury Hill Farm

Travel

The South Gloucestershire Showground, Westerleigh Road, BS37 8QZ between the large towns of Yate, Chipping Sodbury, Emersons Green and Downend and is easily accessible from the M4, M5 and the A4174 (Avon Ring Road).

Gates open at 10.30am on both days and the fun goes on until 8.00pm.

For Sat Navs you should use the postcode BS37 8QZ.

Car parking is free at the show and there is ample space for plenty of cars including disabled parking.

CYCLING

The Showground itself is situated along the Avon Cycleway that connects areas in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset.

Review – 11 months ago-

I’m not one to usually post a review but enjoyed this year’s Show so much I felt I should.
The food available inside was great with plenty of choice (and not too expensive either!). I particularly liked the bubble tea and ridiculously rich stand within the marquee section.
So much on offer for only £10 entry, the children really loved the BMX display and we enjoyed the bar! The pig racing was also a lot of fun.   Looking forward to next year’s Show already!

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Bristol International Balloon Fiesta UK – 9th – 12th August 2018

Clifton Suspension Bridge Bristol Balloon Fiesta Bury Hill Farm

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the world.  Tens of thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond come to celebrate this spectacular event.  It is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018 and will be bigger and better than ever before.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The Fiesta is truly a sight that can only be seen in Bristol and is held over four days in August every year, at Ashton Court Estate.  There is so much to keep you busy during the day including the mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons launch at the same time, twice per day at 6am and 6pm, subject to weather conditions and also shows and entertainment, fairground rides, food stalls and fantastic trade and craft stands and fireworks.  It’s also a great opportunity to have a ride in a balloon.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The night glow is also something not to miss, the hot-air balloons light up their burners in time to music.  Night glows are usually on the Thursday and Saturday from 9pm and usually last for an hour and is then followed with a firework finale.   Some people see this as the highlight of the Fiesta.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

The event was first held in 1970 and is now one of the largest in Europe and takes place in the Aston Court Estate.  For it’s 40th Anniversary some of the most iconic shapes will be returning to mark this huge milestone.  These include favourites like Superbike, the Michelin Man, a special huge birthday cake shaped balloon, a pair of Bertie Bassett’s.

TRAVEL AND PARKING

This is a fun family event and entry to the Fiesta is free, but parking is charged at £10 + booking fee per car and needs to be booked in advance.   http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/visitor-information/tickets-and-parking/  Anyone turning up without a pre-booked ticket will be turned away.  Last entry to the Fiesta car park is 5pm each day, spaces are expected to sell out quickly, so you need to book asap. There are signs, which are yellow to guide travellers to the correct car park and it’s best not to follow your sat-nav directions as there is more than one entrance.

If you’re coming from the North, M5 Junction 19: take the A369 towards Bristol city centre.From the South, M5 Junction 21: take the A370 towards Bristol.From the East or West, M4 Junction 20: take the M5 southbound, leaving at junction 19 for the A369 towards Bristol city centre.

Bus services will be operation from Bristol Temple Meads and The Centre (St Augustine’s Parade) during all four days, running ever 10 minutes from 10am until the Fiesta closes.  Payment can be made on the bus, tickets are £3 for adults, £2 for concessions or £5 for day returns for adults and £3 for concessions.

Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, Bristol, BS41 9JN – 45-minute walk from the city centre.

http://www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk/

Review

A must-see attraction

We stayed for the whole weekend at the Balloon Fiesta and camped in the nearby temporary campsite. This is just walking distance to the main arena. The balloons are just fantastic, and (weather permitting) fly in the morning and the evening. Thursday and Saturday evening they also had the “Night Glow” of static balloons lit up to music and a spectacular firework display. Lots of things to see also like stunt flights, wing walkers, parachute etc. The arena is very large and has trade stands galore, mostly craft type or food outlets. Two bandstands with live music was also a bonus.

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