Bangla Mirror went to visit Bristol and Bath over to the summer to see if the South West provided enough activity and entertainment for the kids to enjoy during holidays. We didn’t come back disappointed- highlights included:
We The Curious, Bristol
The amazing Bristol based science centre which was formerly known as At-Bristol for 17 years has had an exciting transformation earlier this month when it changed its name to ‘We the Curious’ following consultation with Bristolians and public to make it more accessible to all . The new direction sees the centre creating a culture of curiosity amongst its visitors young and old where science and culture collaborate and people of all ages and backgrounds can explore new ideas. Indeed when I visited it with my 8 year old over the summer, it was pleasing to see that she got lost in the creative spaces, enjoying the interactive installations, especially the spectacular planetarium where she could partake in 2D stargazing. Take part in Autumn Stargazing in 3D,Twisty-turny-topsy-turvy ball run and Autumn in the Greenhouse over half term. We the Curious makes science, culture and being curious enjoyable and fun-a jewel in Bristol’s crown which is worth visiting every time you are in the city. www.wethecurious.org
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Bristol
Bristol knows a thing or two about Festivals from the St. Paul’s Festival, Love Saves the Day, nearby world famous Music festival Glastonbury, Harbour Festival to the annual Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. We visited the latter over the summer and it was a sight to behold. The largest annual meeting of 130 hot air balloons hit the Bristol skylines held over four days at Ashton Court Estate. The event though completely free saw huge crowds and unbelievable traffic – yet the unmissable NightGlow alongside the large number of food stands, fairground rides and entertainment meant it was one not to miss. www.bristolballoonfiesta.co.uk
Roman Baths, Bath
Bath was founded upon natural hot springs with the steaming water playing a key role throughout its history. Lying in the heart of the city the Roman Baths were constructed around 70 AD as a grand bathing and socialising complex. It is now one of the best preserved Roman remains in the world as any kids learning KS2 will tell you. Lucky for me- when I visited in August the Roman Baths were open until 10pm due to the longer summer evenings. The flickering torches lit around the baths cast illuminating shadows over the ancient pavements creating a beautifully romantic and magical atmosphere which the children just loved- especially as they got to witness it past their bedtime!
Victoria Art Gallery Museum, Bath
A free public gallery which houses Bath and North East Somerset’s collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. Here Be Dragons is a wonderful exhibition to catch with the family as you can explore dragon lore through images created by some of the world’s best children’s illustrators and writers, from Chris Riddell (Ottaline and Goth Girl) Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo) Quentin Blake and Cressida Cowell (How to Train Your Dragon). Exciting dragon events, workshops and storytelling sessions are on till 8 Oct with free family museum activities 21-28th Oct.