The Summer holidays are all about adventures. Travelling to new places, taking in the sights and sounds of a new city and this is exactly what we did last week. We packed up the car with a picnic and our rain coats (a Great British Summer essential) and drove down to Bristol for a fun family day out.
There is lots to see and do in Bristol so with our Little Mr and our 7 year old nephew we needed to do something to keep them engaged and occupied. Both the boys love animals so the first stop on our tour of Bristol was the zoo
Packed with over 400 species of animals ranging from exotic to endangered, Bristol Zoo has something for the whole family. From Asiatic Lions to Fruit Bats, Seals and Wallaby’s, you really can get up close and watch these magnificent animals. There are nine animal houses under cover, so you can explore the Zoo in any weather. We loved the Reptile House and the Aquarium and all the boys braved Twilight World to see the rare Aye Ayes and Blind Naked Mole Rats.
There are regular talks throughout the day including the Gorilla talk and feed where we saw animal keepers feed the Gorillas and introduce us to Jock the Silverback Western Lowland Gorilla. He is simply magnificent and a delight to see.
We all had a wonderful few hours at the Zoo (even in the rain) and we would love to return in the sunshine to explore more of what the Zoo has to offer.
The Shaun in the City trail is one not to be missed. Only on in Bristol until the 31st August 2015, the charity art trail organised by Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Foundation, has dotted 70 fantastic Shaun the Sheep sculptures throughout the city. When we told Little Mr and our nephew that we would be Shaun spotting they were so excited. It kept them excited and couldn’t wait to spot a Shaun on our travels throughout the city and have their photograph taken with them.
When you give two wheels mad children the chance to ride on an open topped bus to tour the city, their faces are a picture. The boys were both really excited to be riding on the top deck of the bus as we took the 90 minute tour around the city with a tour guide telling us all about the history, the sights and the views. We were very lucky with the weather as it brightened up (and stopped raining) for our bus tour so we were able to enjoy the Clifton Suspension Bridge views across the gorge and find out more about the history of the harbour.
The Aquarium is home to over 4,000 aquatic creatures including sharks, seahorses, rays and piranhas. Bringing marine life to the city of Bristol, the Aquarium is somewhere to keep the kids entertained for the day. Daily talks and feeds will allow visitors to get more from their visits and are highly recommended.
At Bristol Science Centre is a hands on exhibition bringing Science to life. From stargazing in the 3D digital Planetarium to getting up close to a real life human brain, there really is something for everyone and all ages and will keep young minds active all day as they learn more about how exiting and interesting Science can be.
We had a wonderful day in Bristol, thanks to Visit Bristol and we can’t wait to come back and explore some more.
Disclosure: We explored the city with a press pass. All words and images are my own