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Apologies for being relatively quiet, I’m so bloody tired. I have it easy on the sleep front compared to many of you, but eight weeks of precisely 4.45am is officially ageing me.

Am dreading the clocks going back.

Anyway, October’s looking awesome. I’m not going to even attempt a half term guide better than Bristol Arts Monster’s. It’s so good it’s almost criminal. You should also check out Visit Bristol’s guide to our best Autumn Walks, which Joyful Bristol highlighted to me the other day.

We went to Westonbirt last week. It was PACKED. Like, theme park packed. If you can, go very early on a non-school holiday weekday. It’s beautiful, but queuing to have your pictures taken by particular trees was a little bit weird. On the plus side, the cafe, which was being absolutely pillaged, coped really well. Also, if your kids are frightened of dogs, you probably also want to avoid at weekends. Dog mania.

A huge shout out for Bristol Circus City. This incredible feat of creativity and organisation, bringing exciting and innovative international performances to the city,
showcasing work by Bristol and UK artists, supporting the UK circus touring circuit,
and inspiring the circus community and Bristol audience is co-directed by my amazing next door neighbour, Kate Hartoch! There are specific family shows, but circus is not just for children, go and challenge your perceptions with some of the other events.

The m32 flea market is tomorrow, October 14th. Over 50 stalls, plus children’s entertainment, under the Stapleton Rd flyover.

Crotchfest. Yeah you read that right. Crotchfest is on the 14th at Hamilton House. This is not for kids, but it looks so good – power ballad yoga? Group air guitar? 80s dance party? Sign me up!

Toyville, the beautiful south Bristol toyshop, is one on the 14th. This one is for kids. Head on in for face painting, goodie bags, and the chance to win your shopping for free.

Lastly for the 14th, the Bristol Women of the World team is holding an Autumn gathering at the St Pauls centre. Women of all ages and cultures, share reflections,plans, hopes and dreams. Bring clothes and books for clothes swap if you want to. Bring cake or savoury snacks to share,drink tea and celebrate the summer passing into autumn with a gratitude circle.

Massive, massive chalk drawing is happening on Millennium Square on Sunday 15th courtesy of we the curious. Chalk provided, no rudies please 🙂

There’s a Clifton family classical concert on Sunday 15th at 4pm courtesy of New Bristol Sinfonia. The theme is birds, and it includes Saint Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, which is a lovely way to introduce children to classical music.

It’s Apple Day at Barley Wood Orchard in Wrington on the 21st. You can take your own apples to be juiced and pressed, tour the orchard, play lovely games with the kids like apple bobbing. Gorgeous autumn fun.

MiniBeats at St Georges on Brandon Hill is on the 29th, with two sessions for pre and at school kids. This is to celebrate the conservation work being done on the building, and will involve percussion instruments that the kids can also play, and dressing up as….BUILDERS! Love it!

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