Enjoy the bluebell woods this weekend
Enjoy the bluebell woods this weekend

Blooming marvellous spring pleasures this weekend

Every year there’s a point when realisation hits: it’s spring.  Lambs are skipping in the fields, we hit ‘peak bluebell’ and occasionally it’s possible to leave the house without a coat, although not advisable.

Although some say April is the cruellest month, it is possible that it is the least predictable.  It can be anything from snow to BBQ weather in one day, so be prepared for anything.

There’s plenty going on around the westcountry that celebrates the gentle pleasures of spring.  This weekend is when bluebells are at their most lovely.  Take a stroll through some woods, the most likely place to find our native bluebells, which carpet the forest floors at this time of the year, remember mustn’t pick them though!

If you fancy a bouquet of spring flowers why not head to Farrington Gurney?  High on the Mendips, the farm is growing 50,000 tulips.  For the next couple of weeks you can pick your own, with proceeds from the 5000 pink tulips going to Dorothy House Hospice.  There’s a farm shop where you can choose locally farmed meat, vegetables, deli food and handmade chocolates.  If you’re bringing children there’s a farm park with play barn and tractor rides and admission varies from £4 for preschoolers and just 50p for grown-ups.  The first pink tulips are blooming (see our news page for more details) but call 01761 452266 to check before you set off!

Unsure about how to draw, but would like to have a go?  Adults can have a free one-off taster with expert help at the Clifton Bridge Visitor centre on Saturday 16.  Practice your new skills by sketching what’s around you as the season changes.

If you and your children love the Julia Donaldson books this just might be for you.  The Forestry Commission are running a Stick Man trail at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean throughout the year.  At only 1.3miles long it is suitable for very little legs but if you want to go further could always extend this by wandering the miles of forest trails and finding the hidden sculptures in the woods.  Access to the woods is free but visitors pay a small charge for parking and the Stick Man activity sheets.

Drawing and spring flowers are combined at the Bristol Museum in a more academic pursuit: botany.  Children are encouraged to become a botanist for the day on Saturday 16 and identify plants using the Museum’s historical specimens and to transfer pigment from flower to paper to make a beautiful card.  Free but donation appreciated.

Take a stroll through Victoria Park and if the weather looks unpredictable you can head to No1 Royal Crescent.  To celebrate Bath’s World Heritage status, on Sunday 17 April the house are encouraging visitors to get the Georgian look.  Face patches, ‘mouse-skin’ eyebrows, white ‘lead’ powder and wigs are available for visitors to try on for free, admission charges apply but if you have a discovery card you get a discount.  After you’ve tried the look you can tour the house to see how the upper echelons of Georgian society lived.

Do check out Live Mendips what’s on page for more upcoming events.  If you have an event coming up please email news@livemendips.co.uk and let us know.

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As ever, do check with the organiser that the activity is still running before you set off, and book if you need to.