As we emerge from a long and at times cold winter, the early May bank holiday is an ideal time to get back out in the great outdoors and maybe even enjoy a bit of sunshine! We’ve put together some ideas for places to explore in and near North Bristol.
The estate is 650 acres of Grade II* registered parkland and is perfect for a bank holiday trip. As well as play areas, toilets and a café, they have also created a number of walking routes to download and follow. The estate is open until 9.15pm in May and as you are also allowed to have BBQs, finish off your day with dinner cooked in the open air!
A little off our patch in Stoke Bishop is the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens. There are over 4,500 plants to explore on the 5 acre site and many are unique to Bristol. Dinosaur-mad kids will love the Evolutionary Dell which is packed with the dino’s favourite plants and if the weather’s not perfect, you can escape into the glasshouses and be transported the Amazon or South Africa.
Just behind Willow Brook Centre, the Three Brooks Nature Reserve is perfect if you only have an hour or two. With woodlands, lakes & streams and grasslands, it’s a varied habitat to explore and home to many birds, animals, insects and plants – there are some great leaflets to download from the website to help with identification. It has a network of footpath and cycle paths and The Three Brooks Walk and the Community Forest Path pass through the reserve.
Just the other side of the M5 from us is the Wild Place Project. Here you can meet all sorts of animals from all over the world and learn about conservation. There’s a 12 metre high climbing wall, the Leap of Faith climbing adventure, woodland walks and even a barefoot trail.