October is going to be jam-packed, with Halloween and half term. I haven’t really touched on Halloween here, as there’s so much else going on. But I may squeeze in a roundup later this week, so, if you’ve got any bright ideas or events, get in touch. Anyway, here’s what’s on in October for families in Bristol.
The ideal Harvest Festival
If I wasn’t going to be completely covered in new baby, I’d be going to the Old Market Assembly’s family Harvest Festival on October 22nd. It looks so awesome. There’s cider tasting, a massive vegetable competition, family appropriate activities, and a ceilidh. Yes please!
The Avon Wildlife Trust My Wild Child Family Fun Day
You can get all the details you need here on the Facebook event page, but on October 22nd, the My Wild Child fun day takes place at Bennett’s Patch and White’s Paddock up at Avon Gorge. Storytelling in a bell tent, Create a bird feeder, Say hello to a hedgehog, Campfire cooking, Free wild play, Wildlife photography with lain Green, and much more
Bramble Farm open Day
Up on the Northern Slopes in Bedminster is one of the most secret and brilliant smallholdings you’ll ever come across – Bramble Farm. On October 22nd the cooperative of farmers is having an open day, why not go on up and look round, sample some soup, hotdogs, cake, meet the animals, and talk about life as a smallholder. Check out the Facebook event page.
The FAF (Family Arts Festival)
Where to start with this? There’s SO much going on. This is a national thing with events in lots of towns. But in our Bristol, led by the Arnolfini but featuring lots of our favourite venues, some of my top picks for the Family Arts Festival are:
- The Arnolfini Bring Your Baby tour – an October 20th guided gallery tour for parents of slinged up or in arms babies, specifically curated for you lucky folks.
- Lantern making and pumpkin carving at Tyntesfield, for all ages, throughout half term
- Let’s Make Art at the RWA making twirling, whirling mobiles, on October 25th
- Family Storytelling at Bristol Cathedral on October 24th, a free event
- The Arnolfini’s 50 ways to make a drawing, October 26th, a free event for all ages
- Anything that Children’s Scrapstore is doing – take a look, lots of things are free
Honestly, there’s something almost every day going on, so do check out the website or the Facebook page.
HorseWorld, HorseWorld, Party Time, Excellent
Okay so maybe I’m the only one who hears the Wayne’s World theme tune in my head when I hear HorseWorld mentioned, but, I still miss HorseWorld, I had an annual pass and it was awesome.
HorseWorld in Whitchurch has an open day on October 15th though, which is a brilliant opportunity to get in and see all the incredible work the team there does, rescuing and rehabilitating horses and ponies.
The Bristol Family Cycling Centre
OK – hands up, I didn’t know this place existed. But I do now! It’s in Hengrove (Hengrove is basically a hidden pit of awesome kids’ stuff, like Hengrove play park, and the nearby Hartcliffe Gymnastics Centre).
Anyway, I digress. The Bristol Family Cycling Centre is a new purpose-built facility giving people of all ages and abilities the chance to learn to ride a bike and practice their skills on a safe, traffic-free cycle track. Have a look at their timetable – especially those of you looking to help your preschoolers on their balance or first bikes, and those of you, like me, who can ride a bike but just not very well.
Kid Carpet’s Super Mega Rockin Rock show is live at half term!
Back to the Wardrobe Theatre at the Old Market Assembly again, and this show from the undisputedly too cool for school Kid Carpet looks pretty awesome. The Wardrobe Theatre has been one of our favourite places to visit these past 12 months, it’s so perfect for kid’s shows.
In this 45 minute show Kid Carpet will guide you through everything you need to know to be able to rock out big time. Even if it’s your first gig! Join in with stories, games and songs. Audience participation is encouraged with parents and children both onstage and in the seats.
In Bishopston? Sign up to be part of Window Wanderland
The dates of the 2017 Window Wanderland in Bishopston are now confirmed as 3rd, 4th & 5th February 2017 and people can now sign up via www.windowwanderland.com. It promises to be a fantastic event with lots of residents and local traders already involved. The photos from the last Window Wanderland were so awesome, I think it’d be a very special thing to be involved with.
Your next night out – The Bristol Cider Shop
Yeah, I know I’m supposed to be all parent blogger cool and talk about gin and wine o’clock, but in reality, all I care about is cider. On the off chance (you live in Bristol, so it’s kind of compulsory) that you do too – how about checking out the new Bristol Cider Shop at Wapping Wharf, which opens on October 15th?
It used to be on the Christmas Steps, and it’s moving this week. I can’t wait to book in for one of their 10-piece cider, perry and cider brandy tastings, with accompanying local cheese.
Support the BRI and raise money for the families they help
If you’ve ever had to be in hospital with your kids, or long term yourself as a parent, you’ll know how much it utterly sucks.
Local Bristol hospital charity Above & Beyond launched a very special children’s anthology, Don’t Be Scared, to raise funds for Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. With the support of over thirty of our best authors and illustrators, the new book is dedicated to all the children and families cared for at the hospital. The children’s book is a collection of short stories and poems by some of the best-loved Children’s Laureates of the 20th and 21stcenturies, including; Jacqueline Wilson, Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, Anne Fine, Geraldine McCaughrean, Quentin Blake and Carol Ann Duffy.
Don’t Be Scared is available to buy online from Redcliffe Press at www.redcliffepress.co.uk, at Foyles in Cabot Circus and at the Above & Beyond Fundraising Hub inside Bristol Royal Infirmary (next to Marks & Spencer). All profits will be donated to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.