If you’re staying in or around the Mendips this half-term then there’s plenty on to amuse the whole family.
The Bishop’s Palace, Wells has a minibeast theme over the break and is holding two bug-filled events aimed at younger children. One is a search for critters in the Community Garden on Bank Holiday Monday. The other involves crafting bugs on Family Fun Friday, on 3 June in the Stable Yard Room. Join their crafty team to make spinning spiders, dangly dragonflies and beautiful bugs. There will also be garden games and dressing up to keep little ones entertained.
The creepy crawly theme continues at Steart Marshes. Come and explore the reserve and have a go at pond dipping, search for exciting minibeasts, learn how to identify them and see how clean the water is. Pond dippers will be there between 11am and 3pm and will provide equipment. Pond-dipping will be along the wetland walkway, signposted from the car park. Suitable for all ages. Take along a net and a jar and scrutinise your catch.
If you have not yet seen Briswool – our beloved Bristol made out of wool – then hot foot it to the M:Shed. For little ones inspired to create their own woolly wonder, there are workshops for 3- 10 year olds on 31 May. Start designing your own woolly creations through finger knitting and making pom-pom creatures.
If your children are older take a leap of faith at the Wild Place. Leap of Faith is 12 metres tall and will test the nerves of all the family, with seven different climbing and exhilarating challenges. There are three elements to it (Leap of Faith, Power Swing and climbing wall) and you pay for what you want to do; £15 for the whole experience, not included in the admission price.
If it rains there’s a Leap of Faith at Clipnclimb in Bristol. Test your resolve and determination across all of the separate challenges – Jungle Gym, Skyscraper, take the Speed Climbing challenge, or race your friends up Face to Face! No climbing experience is necessary and full briefing is given. Clipnclimb say indoor climbing has never been easier or safer – an automatic belay devices take in the slack as you climb and then lowers you gently to the ground.
If the little ones are peckish Windmill Hill farm are running different activities every day over the half term. On Thursday 2 June it’s alfresco pizza making in the outside kitchen from 9.30-12 for only £2.
If you are still hungry on Thursday you could combine a cream tea with a boat trip on the Avon Gorge. Enjoy a trip on the beautiful Matthew and enjoy a quintessentially English cream tea as you take in the atmosphere and indulge in a traditional cream tea – a scone, 2 different cakes and jam and clotted cream, baked by Ann, one of their volunteers. £25 for adults.
Inspire your children, there’s an Old Master in town. Bristol Museum have been selected to host Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63 as part of the National Gallery’s Masterpiece Tour, painted in 1669 at the end of Rembrandt’s eventful life as one of the leading Dutch artists of his time. For eight weeks, his masterpiece will form the focal point oftheir beautifully refurbished European Old Masters Gallery.
An updated fable for our times. Rucksack? Check. Binoculars? Check. Blind faith and unfathomable courage? Check. Check. Sense of direction? Well… This retelling of Hansel and Gretel has received great reviews, and at £7 a ticket it is an affordable night out for the whole family. At the Wardrobe Theatre, Old Market, Bristol, from 31/5 until 5 June.
Last but by no means least is one of the West’s biggest events, taking place at Shepton Mallet. Self-styled as the biggest celebration of rural life (and who am I to disagree?), it covers everything from cider championship, animals, livestock, family fun, trade stands, art exhibition to horticulture. Of course it’s none other than the Royal Bath and West Show. So mahoosive you could probably spend two days there touring the exhibitors and visiting all the stands.
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