Play/Days Out: Outdoor Fun

We may not have as many sunny days as some countries, but that makes them even more special when they do come along – so get out there and enjoy! Of course, it’s also fun to wrap up warm and head out on a cooler or more overcast day, so long as you pack a brolly just in case.

Free Local Parks & Places To Visit

Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve access via Fennel Road/Robin Place/Wren Gardens. A great family walk, & a favourite for young ones trying out their first scooter or bike. Bird hides, & great blackberry picking in season. See what wildlife you can spot along the way, a great game for little ones to play!

Sculpture Trail (public art trail) – we have some amazing public art right on our doorstep. Test out your photography skills on route, while your little ones tick off the sculptures along the trail
www.publicartportishead.co.uk
(download/print the pdf, for a detailed map & pictures of all 28)

The Riddle of the Stones (online storybook & puzzle – with sculpture trail). Did you know those little ‘ratty’ sculptures were part of a trail?
www.riddleofthestones.co.uk
(download/print the maps & puzzle clues)

Window Wanderland (Every February)
You can join this annual event for free & decorate a window of your home. To find all the details & to register your display, take a look at the website www.windowwanderland.com

RNLI Lifeboat Station Take a look at our new station, opened in 2015. The shop there is full of RNLI toys & souvenirs.

Portishead Quays Marina Come & watch the boats locking in & out of the marina. Check out their website (at the bottom of their home page), to download latest ‘Locking Times’ & ‘Tide Times’. For times refered to as GMT, remember to add an hour to convert them to British Summer Time, during the summer months. www.quaymarinas.com/our-marinas/portishead-quays/navigation/

Lake Grounds, Esplanade, beach, Battery Point lighthouse & walk alongside East Wood. Portishead’s main attraction for visitors with loads of green space. Walk along the esplanade, check out Battery Point & Portishead Open Air Pool, then continue along Woodlands Road to The Royal Inn & RNLI Lifeboat Station

Weston Big Wood take crayons & paper to do rubbings, beautiful bluebell spot too
www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/reserves/weston-big-wood

Kilkenny Fields large green space between Kilkenny Field car park at Beach Road West & The Windmill Inn off Nore Road (North Somerset Council – Neighbourhood Open Space)

Sugar Loaf Beach via a lovely coastal path walk which can be joined at Beach Road West car park/field alongside the Windmill Inn. Can also get straight there via Belton Road, which is where Portishead Yacht & Sailing Club is also situated. There is also an old tidal pool on the beach, which underwent some refurbishment in 2015 by local volunteers (see facebook ‘Sugar Loaf Beach Tidal Pool – Portishead)

The Royal Inn Beach via the wooded area alongside The Royal Inn

Jubilee Park Burlington Road, lovely open space to run around or have a picnic

Parks with children’s play equipment

Avonway play equipment & court

Blackdown Road small park with some new equipment in 2015 with loads of green space (North Somerset Council – Neighbourhood Open Space)

Brampton Way Park

Charlcombe Rise

Cheviot Meadow 

Hallets Way

Heavens Field Play Area two swings, play cube & slide. Pop a little further along Newhaven Road, past Redcliffe Bay Toddler Group to find this little play area, with great views across the channel & to watch the big boats going by. (Portishead Town Council)

Lake Grounds Park

Mead Road, North Weston (Portishead Town Council)

Merlin Park  toddler park with swings & slide. Older children’s equipment, skate park & zip wire with loads of green space (Portishead Town Council)

Nightingale Rise Park (new equipment 2019)

Paper Mill Gardens Play Park NEW 2019

Parish Wharf Play Area climbing frame (new equipment 2019) & court 

Stonechat Green Play Area, great park for all ages. A really popular well equipped park, that everybody loves

The Vale Play Area, Galingale Way

Trinity School Play Area

Underwood Road, North Weston (Portishead Town Council)

Free Places Further Afield

Wild Walks with Kids North Somerset  – One mum, one toddler, one baby and an OS map. Adventuring close to home. Sharing our wild walks so others can enjoy them too. The lovely Becky has given us a great resource, as she wants to share her love of the outdoors with all of us. Click Here to read her blog & you can also Click Here to give her a LIKE on Facebook

Tyntesfield dog walk trail – also includes the woods & woodland play area! access via the rear of the main car park, or ask about the dog walkers trail. (unfortunately parking charges will apply from March 2016, so display your National Trust car sticker & bring membership card, or bring some change, if arriving by car.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield/

Leigh Woods fantastic woodland for walking or testing out your new bike, with or without stabillisers
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leigh-woods/
Intermission cafe now open at Leigh Woods Friday to Sunday & School Holidays Click Here for Details

Blaise Castle great for walks, Cafe & brilliant playground, to suit all ages. From a great sandpit with pirate ship, to zip wires. 
www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/blaise-castle-estate

Ashton Court loads of green space, woodland walks & deer! Cafe near the main car park & another by the golf course & mountain bike hire hut. 
www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/ashton-court-estate

Ty Sculpture Trail A very special woodland trail – a collection of 14 stone carvings of animals that live in & around this ancient woodland & celebrates the life of Ty Partridge. Opened in May 2016
www.tysculpturetrail.co.uk

The Downs
www.bristol.gov.uk/page/leisure-and-culture/downs

The Strawberry Line if you fancy a longer family cycle & picnic, this is the place to go. Can join at various points
www.thestrawberryline.org.uk/

Lawrence Weston Community Farm our nearest community farm, & well worth supporting
www.lwfarm.org.uk/

Weston-super-Mare seafront & beaches

Abbots Leigh Church Park small, but a lovely space for little ones to play

Clevedon Esplanade, beach, Salthouse Fields & newly refurbished Marine Lake a great park well equipped for all ages, loads of green space, & skate park for the older ones. There is also the well loved Clevedon Miniature Railway (although that will cost you)
www.marlens.org.uk (Marine Lake info)

Geocache (treasure hunting using a smartphone or GPS)
www.geocaching.com

Entrance Fee

Portishead Open Air Pool
www.portisheadopenairpool.org.uk/

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust
www.clevedonpier.com/

Court Farm Country Park

Puxton Park

Treasure Trails – Portishead, Clevedon, Bristol Harbourside & more
www.treasuretrails.co.uk

Ashton Court Miniature Railway check out their timetable for dates. Run by railway enthusiasts & definately worth a visit or two. A great idea for a picnic birthday party with a few goes on the trains as part of the fun. Tickets are really good value.
www.bristolmodelengineers.co.uk/public-running-days/

Bristol Zoo

Wild Place Project

Old Down Country Park

Slimbridge Wetland Centre