Bristol is going to enjoy a mini heatwave according to weather reports, so what better excuse is there to enjoy a cheap and cheerful day out. Here's Ms Broke in Bristol's pick of favourite picnic spots in and around Bristol.
1. My personal favourite is Perrett's Park on the Knowle/Totterdown border where you can relax on the slopes and enjoy a lovely view of the city while the kids play in the park. It’s also a great place to watch the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta from Aug 9 to 12 and if you’re visiting in the evening for the fiesta you can always stop by Farrows on Wells Rd – recently voted Bristol’s best chippy by readers of the Bristol Post.
2. Ashton Court Estate is another firm favourite of mine because there is just so much green space whether you want to simply relax in the grounds, go for a walk in the woods or play a spot of rounders. This historic estate comprises of 850 acres of woodland and parkland and is host to the International Balloon Fiesta taking place later this summer, although I prefer to avoid the crowds and watch it from afar. There’s also a café where you can treat the kids to an ice cream (budget permitting).
3. Next up is Blaise Castle Estate in Henbury thanks to its awesome play park, free parking, free museum and shaded walks along the river. There are usually events for families taking place during the school holidays, check out this website for more details.
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4. I sometimes take Little Miss Diva for an afternoon outing to Brandon Hill – a great spot to entertain the kids during the holidays. You can walk up Cabot Tower where you can enjoy stunning views of the city before relaxing with a picnic on the grass afterwards.
5. You can spend all day at Hengrove Park where daredevils will love the 12m high dome and wheels park for skateboarders and BMX riders. There’s also sand and water play for younger children and dedicated picnic benches.
6. Millennium Square may not be the first place you think of when planning a picnic (there’s no grass!) but this made it into my top ten because Little Miss Diva loves to splash in the water – and it’s free! We like to eat by the harbour before heading over to the fountains, but don’t forget to pack dry clothes!
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7. This summer I’ll definitely be taking Little Miss Diva to Chew Stoke Waterfall. You can park the car in Chew Stoke valley and take a leisurely walk into the woods where you can cool down underneath the waterfall.
8. St Andrews Park has an outdoor paddling pool for children and there’s usually something fun going on too. Check out its Facebook page for the latest news and opening times.
9. Swap people watching for boat watching and take the family for a day out at Portishead Lake Grounds where you can enjoy a spot of outdoors swimming at the open air pool and the kids can play at the park.
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10. There are many others but I’d have to choose Victoria Park in Bedminster as it’s on my doorstep and has everything you need from a local park. With a choice of three play areas, basketball court and skateboard area it's a great place to be active or just enjoy the rays.
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