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Bristol Balloon Fiesta 8th – 11th August 2019

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019

Not long to go now for Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta.  This is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the world.  So if you are looking for free things to do in Bristol this is the place for you.  Tens of thousands of visitors from across the country and beyond come to celebrate this spectacular event.  It is celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2019 and will be bigger and better than ever before.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019

 

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.  There are also shows and entertainment, fairground rides, food stalls, fantastic trade and craft stands and fireworks.  It’s also a great opportunity to have a ride in a balloon.

 

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.

Nightglow 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 annually. For it’s 40th Anniversary some of the most iconic shapes returned to mark this huge milestone.  These included favourites like Superbike, the Michelin Man, a special huge birthday cake shaped balloon, a pair of Bertie Bassett’s.

What to Expect this year at Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Free entry to this amazing fun family 4 day event.  Be prepared and bring your breaksfast, disposable bbqs are welcome or there is plenty on offer from hot food outlets.  Enjoy browsing around lots of trade and craft stands, grab a drink from the public bars, relax and enjoy the entertainment and Live Music on offer throughout the Fiesta.

Thursday 8th August – 12.00 pm – Opening Day – Hot Air Balloons are tethered throughout the afternoon.  After a weather briefing at 6pm (weather allowing), there will be the first mass ascent.  At 9.00 pm this is followed by the very popular nightglow, 25 hot air balloons turn into light bulbs, glowing in time to the music and to finish an amazing firework display.

Friday 9th August – Two mass Hot Air Balloons ascents. The first is at 6.00 am.  8.00 am Model Hot Air Balloon Competitions. 12.00 pm Hot Air Balloon Tethering.  6.00 pm the second Hot Air Balloon  mass ascent.

Saturday 10th August – Two mass Hot Air Balloons ascents.  6.00 am mass Hot Air Balloon ascent.  12.00 pm to 5.00 pm Entertainment in the Arena.  6.00 pm Another mass ascent.  9.00 pm The nightglow with firework finale.

Sunday 11th August – Two mass Hot Air Balloons ascents.  6.00 am mass Hot Air Balloon ascent.  12.00 pm to 5.00 pm Entertainment in the Arena.  6.00 pm Another mass ascent.

Childrens Entertainment Balloon Fiesta

Balloon rides are available during the event.  Booking in advance is necessary and can be made via the following ride operators – Baily Balloons, Bristol Balloons, Elite Air, First Flight & ABC Flights Ltd.

Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019

TRAVEL AND PARKING

Entry to the Fiesta is free, but parking is charged from £9.14 to £27.69 depending on the parking area.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Last entry to the Fiesta car park is 5 pm 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.  Find out more and book TICKETS.

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.

The First Bus Balloon Shuttle bus service is operated by First Bus, from Temple Meads Train Station and the City Centre – Metrobus Stop C2, Colston Avenue to the Balloon Fiesta.  Tickets can be purchased on the bus with no need to pre-book.  Buses will run every few minutes.

Bus Timetable Bristol Balloon Fiesta 2019

Tickets are just £3 single or £5 for a day ticket, with a special group ticket of £15 which allows up to five adults to travel together. We’ve introduced two new ticket features for 2019: up to two children (15 and under) can travel free with each fare-paying adult and you can buy discounted tickets in advance of the day on the First Bus mTicket app.

You can buy adult day and group shuttle bus tickets on the mTicket app and save money! Just download the First Bus app, click on the mTickets tab and select the Bristol area. Click on Special Events tickets and choose an adult day ticket for only £4 or group (up to 5 adults travelling together) for only £12 per day. This allows unlimited travel on the shuttle bus only for one day.

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

 

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Bristol Harbour Festival 19th – 21st July 2019

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The Bristol Harbour Festival is back this weekend – Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July.   Celebrating its 47th year, this free festival brings over 250,000 people together and is held annually to celebrate the city’s maritime heritage and the importance of Bristol’s docks and harbour.

Most of the activities are free, including live music, street performances, dance acts, interactive theatre, international circus acts, daredevil stunts and a variety of other live entertainments which are held on or near the waterfront of Bristol Harbour.

Bristol Harbour Festival

The outside venues include Queen Square, Lloyds Amphitheatre, Narrow Quay, Merchants, Quay, Hannover Quay, Millennium Square and Cathedral Walk, with seagoing vessels moored nearby. The liveliest part of the festival is quayside and the main attractions are entertainment designed to engage all the communities of Bristol, as well as entertain the thousands of visitors to the city.

Find your way around the Bristol Harbour Festival’s Performance Areas – Downloadable Map  See the program of events further down the page.

Market Locations

Narrow QuayMerchants QuayQueens Square and Hannover Quay

Bristol Harbour Festival Markets

The City has hosted the festival since 1971, when it was started as part of an, ultimately successful, attempt to save the docks from being filled in.  In 2012, the festival attracted over 200,000 visitors, its highest ever attendance at that time, with the Irene and the Matthew being two of the tall ships in attendance that year.

Bristol Harbour Festival

The festival is held every year in July over a weekend and many of the bar and restaurants put on extra entertainment to keep visitors happy during the late evenings. In 2018 visitors were be able to watch for the first time, the Power8 rowing sprints battle it out on the water, as teams from eight cities compete to be the best.

The highlight of this year’s festival will be the arrival of three very special tall ships – The Etoile Molence, Irene and Iris.  Also Power8 Sprints will also be headlining with their 350 metre, high octane rowing action on the water.

Bristol Harbour Festival

More than 250 boats of varying shapes and sizes will be tied up at every available mooring along a four-mile stretch of the Harbourside, with familiar sights such as the SS Great Britain and the Matthew all set to appear.

Bristol Harbour Festival

There’s so much entertainment to keep you engaged, including music at the huge outdoor concert area “the Lloyds Amphitheatre”, top quality circus and street theatre acts from Circus Bijou.  Western Boat Show, showcasing all kinds of sailing boats and power boats, rowing competitions, general fun and games in the water, dedicated family areas, plus the Continental Food Market at Queens Square, a fantastic line-up from across France, Italy, Spain and Germany providing olives, cheese, crepes and more, an experience for the taste buds together with traditional gifts and crafts and lots of Harbourside fun for everyone.

Bristol Harbour Festival

Travel – Head for the City Centre, follow signs for Harbour Festival.  Further travel info Here.

Parking

There is plenty of parking and it is advised to arrive early to get as close as possible to the available Harbourside Parking.  You will also find parking within a short walking distance of the Harbour at the following places –

St Mary Redcliffe Car Park, NCP – Redcliffe Parade, NCP – Queens Charlotte Street, Trenchard Street Car Park, The Gallery Car Park, Nelson Street Car Park, College Street Car Park, Mardyke Wharf Car Park, Oldfield Place Car Park

 

Program of Events

Saturday 20th July

Music – Amphitheatre – Music Stage

12.45 pm             Bristol Community Big Band

2.00 pm               The Hucklebuck – Blues Music

3.15 pm               Camo Clave – Cumbia Music

4.30 pm               Phantom Ensemble

5.45 pm               Matuki  – Afrobeat, reggae fusion

7.15 pm               Doreen Doreen – Marsh up Band

8.45 pm               Rod Smith RSD

Music – Brunel Stage at SS Great Britain

11.00 am             Framptoon Shantymen – All Male Choir

12.00 pm             Samba – Reggae drumming band

1.00 pm               Ceili – Traditional Irish/Celtic acoustic music

2.00 pm               Gentle Hooligans – Rock ‘n ‘ roll fusion

3.00 pm               JI & The Rainbirds – Up beat feel-good folk

4.00 pm               Eden Root’s Reggae Band – Red hot Reggae

5.00 pm               The Bare Souls – Rock, blues, soul and funk fusion band

Music – Centre Stage at Cascade Steps

12.00 pm            The Great Sea Choir

12.50 pm            Rosina Keri – passionate dreamy pop

1.40 pm               The Harrisons – Blues, country and americana band

2.30 pm               Barnacle Buoys – Acapella sea shanty singers

3.25 pm               Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall – Folk duo

4.20 pm               Mireille Mathlener – Vocalist

5.15 pm               Laimu – Sultry vocals

Music – Dockside Stage at the Grove

2.00 pm               Punk Rock Aerobics

3.00 pm               Richard the Fourth – Neo soul and slow funk

3.30 pm               Hush Mozey – Miz of spa, punk and garage

4.30 pm               The Rupees – Hi energy rock band

5.30 pm               Sam Brockington – Fantastic vocal talented singer

6.30 pm               Farebrother – Indie rock quartet

7.30 pm               Joe Probert – Super cool soul

8.30 pm               Katy J Pearson – Catchy melodies

Dance and Entertainment at Millenium Square

11.45 am             Bollyred Dance Company

12.15 pm            Urban Cookie: Dance Zumba Gold

1.20 pm               Performance from Gerry’s Attic Dance Company

1.55 pm               Making Tracks Youth Music

2.55 pm               2 O’clock Beauty Queens

3.15 pm               Dance Extreme BS13/Storm

3.25 pm               Bristol Salsa Ladies Styling Team

3.30 pm               Subline Dance Troupe

3.40 pm               Rise Youth Dance

5.00 pm               Hype Dance

5.20 pm               Swing Dance Bristol and Swing Riot

Entertainment, Family Fun Activities, Music and Food at The Circus Playground – Queens Square

Continental Market Food – a selection of everything you will expect will be on offer

Bubbline – Fun with bubbles

A.P.E Project CIC – Mobile Adventure Playground

Sounds Right Phonics Bristol – Music, games, movement, bubbles and poms poms for little ones

Marky Jay – Compere & Street Theatre – Jokes, Juggling and puppets

Avon Valley Wildlife Park – Interact and discover more about small animals

Bristol Taiko – Traditional Japanese Drumming

Bocadcalupa Arts – Bee Garden

Avon Valley Wildlife Trust

Baby Racing

Cirocomedia – Youth Circus Showcase and Workshops

Giddy Kipper – Sloth Time

Tiny Little Clouds Theatre – How to Build a rainbow

Don’t Drop The Beat – Live Drumming and Juggling

Above & Beyond – Mini Flying Trapeze Rig

Dragonbird Theatre – Pyjama Island

Angie Mack – The Super Hooper Jula Hooping Street Show

Korri Aulakh – World Class Aerialist performances

Rob Lewis – Cello

Kat Lyons Storytelling and Spoken Word

King Edmunds Acrobatic Club

Angie Mack – Have a go Hula Hoop Workshops

Cathedral Walk – Spoken Word, Music and Performances

11.30 am             Poetry Machine – Performance

12.00 pm            South West Showcase – Performance

1.00 pm               Yoniverse Takeover – Performance

2.00 pm               Guest Artist – Joelle Taylor – Performance

2.30 pm               Poetry Machine – Performance, Family

2.50 pm               South West Showcash – Performance, Family

4.30 pm               Guest Artists – Rebecca Tantony and Dominie Hooper – Performance & Music

On the water Themes Maritime & Sports

10.00 am             Family Maritime Trail – Complete the trail for a chance to win a boat kit

12.00 pm             Young Shipwrights Boat Race – Cardboard boat race

12.45 pm             The Aircraft Carrier Challenge

1.15 pm               Bristol Cardboard Boat Race – A 250 metre cardboard boat race

2.30 pm               Newfound Friends – Dogs shows us their lifesaving skills

3.50pm                Jet Ski Stunts

Bristol Harbour Festival – Sunday 20th July

Music – Amphitheatre – Music Stage

12.00 pm             Tan Teddy – Sharing Jamaican culture through song

1.10 pm               Nuala Honan – Folk music from Bristol based Australian singer-songwriter

2:20 pm               Amdodu Diagne & Yakar – Modern blues and funk

3:30 pm               Dizaeli – Jazz-tinged band

5:00 pm               Sheelanaig – Balkan swing, celtic music

Brunels Stage at SS Great Britain

11.00 am             South Wales Clarinet Choir

12.00 pm            North Somerset Samba – Reggae drumming band

1.00 pm               Bee Bakare – Soulful pop

2.00 pm               Zyla – Soul-infused funk

3.00 pm               Sol Feo – Rock, funk, grunge, metal and folk bended band

4.00 pm               Baraka – Afro beat dance band

Centre Stage at Cascade Steps

12.00 pm            Storm Force 10 – Shanty band

12.50 pm            Jodie Mellor – Singer

1.40 pm               Bristol Sea Slugs – Shanty, folk band

2.30 pm               Charlie Limm – Vocalist

3.25 pm               Jazz the Two of us – Jazz classics with a twist

4.20 pm               Maaike Siegerist – Swinging jazz and dark folk

5.15 pm               Sounds of Harlowe – Grunge soul collective

Dockside Stage at the Grove

1.00 pm               Gabriel Templar – Indie pop

2.00 pm               Luke Marshall Black – Vocalist

4.00 pm               RVBY – Quirky pop

5.00 pm               Agata – Vocalist

6.00 pm               Imprints – Gypsy, pirate, folk-rock band

Millennium Square – Bristol Dances

11.00 am             Diddi Dance

11.45 am             Dancin Tots

12.20 pm             Afon Sistema – Brazilian Dance in Bristol

1.10 pm               Mumtaz Dance Company – Bollywood Dance

1.25 pm               Original Spinners – Dance, Performance

1.40 pm               Untold Dance Theatre – Dance

2.00 pm               Cabaret and Drag Dance Show

3.10 pm               Funk Supreme

3.20 pm               Piloexcersize – Dance

4.20 pm               The Hills School of Irish Dance Performance and Workshop

5.00 pm               Celidh Dance with Mr Medler – Dance

Cathedral Walk – Spoken Word, Music and Performances

11.30 am             Poetry Machine – Performance

12.00 pm             South West Showcase – Performance & Music

1.00 pm               Guest Artist – Dizraeli – Performance & Music

1.30 pm               Poetry Machine – Family Performance

2.00 pm               The Urban Word Collective Takeover – Performance

3.00 pm               Guest Artist – Deanna Rodger – Performance

3.30 pm               Bath Spa University Poetry Showcase – Performance

3.45pm                South West Showcase – Performance

4.30 pm               Guest Artist – Toby Thomson – Family Performance

On the water Themes Maritime & Sports

10.00 am             Family Maritime Trail – Complete the trail for a chance to win a boat kit

12.00 pm             Young Shipwrights Boat Race – Cardboard boat race

2.30 pm               Newfound Friends – Dogs shows us their lifesaving skills

The Circus Playground – Queens Square

Entertainment, fun for the family, food and Music all day from – 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.

Avon Wildlife Trust, Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, Bubblina – Family entertainment with bubbles, Sound right phonics Bristol, Circomedia – Circus Workshops – Great Family Fun, Traditional Japanese Drumming, A.P.E Project CIC – Mobile Adventure Playground, Marky Jay – Street Theatre, Bocadalupa Arts – Bee Garden and much more.

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

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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 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

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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

 

 

FREE THINGS TO DO BRISTOL

 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/

Open from 10am – 4pm – Free Entry and Free Parking

 

 

 

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 Trendy Cocktail Bar with a Difference Bristol

Aluna Trendy Cocktail Bar Bristol

A very popular inventive cocktail Bar, with a concept unlike any other creating a truly unique experience as soon as you walk through the doors.  Aluna which used to be Thai Edge is divided into two distinct sections. Turn right and it’s the restaurant with some really funky food and also the usual salads, burgers, pastas, steaks and even a stir-fried lobster with celery, ginger, spring onion and a touch of Thai whisky.  Turn left and it’s the bar area with their legendary cocktails and a feeling of Victorian boudoir meets Arabian Nights, you will fall in love the décor, the tables are beautifully decorated as well as the walls and ceilings.  The whole place has a warm cosy, but classy feel.

The main attraction, the cocktails are painstakingly tested and developed, to illustrate and highlight the delicate, subtle and fragrant ingredients collected from all over the world. The elite bartenders hold a wealth of knowledge which allows them to push the boundaries of molecular mixology and produce truly exciting cocktails.

Aluna Trendy Cocktail Bar Bristol

 

Know about Mixology

Mixology…. Trendy? Yes! cocktail bars are being replaced with ‘Mixology Studios’ (yes, really!), bartenders are calling themselves ‘Mixologists’, and even the new Girl Guiding programme allows a 7-year old Brownie to earn her Mixology badge – whipping up non-alcoholic cocktails, of course.

‘Mixologist’ is the new way to describe someone who invents new drinks, researches new ingredients, and comes up with innovative ways to serve up classic flavours; essentially, a bartender who cares about his craft. Ultimately, mixology is more about the art of cocktail making.

Aluna Bristol Bury Hill Farm

Why not book a Masterclass

Cocktail Masterclasses will be a personal guided session with your own bartender, who will show you the basic Aluna techniques to making show-stopping cocktails. Packages start from £22.95 per head up to £39.95 per head, although groups must be a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 12. Any groups larger than this must be completed in two sessions to ensure the guests receive the best experience with each session lasting roughly 1-3 hours depending on package and group size. Booking in advance is essential due to demand.

Masterclass Packages range from £22.95 to £39.95 per person.  All includes a minimum of 2 cocktails.

A Cocktail Masterclass is a great experience for groups wanting to start their weekend with a bang.

Book your Masterclass HERE

Food at Aluna Trendy Cocktail Bar Bristol

 

And don’t forget the Food!

The Pan-Asian inspired menu is a culmination of the chef’s experience and dedication to food, you are guaranteed to find something to tantalise your taste buds.  The Menu is mainly small dishes or dishes to share and has an amazing selection of beautifully presented and tasty delights.

Food at Aluna Trendy Cocktail Bar Bristol

 

Aluna is the perfect place to start you evening, situated close to Bristol Harbour.  As you would expect advanced booking for food is essential.

Address 4 Broad Quay, Bristol BS1 4DA – 01179 276829 – Visit their Website HERE.

Independent Reviews

Local Guide  – 10 months ago

Nice upmarket cocktail. The cocktails are top notch, its worth a visit. Bar staff are friendly and knowledgeable on cocktails. Interior decor is well maintained and comfortable to sit in. Right in the city centre by bus routes and was to access. The bar gets very busy so book ahead if you want a table on Fridays or Saturdays.

Local Guide  – a year ago

My favourite cocktail bar in the city – they have an amazing variety of cocktails served by really friendly and helpful staff members. The atmosphere of the place’s also really cosy and quite high-end, so if you feel like treating yourself, this is the place to go.

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

Farm Animals at 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.

Grimsby Farm by Bury Hill Farm

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.

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.

Grimsby Farm

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.

Grimsby Farm by Bury Hill Farm

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 after, why not try a local Pub and restaurant to round the day off!

 

The Folly a Country Pub and Restaurant
The Folly Pub and Restaurant

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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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