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Things to do in Bristol

Amazing, fun things to do in Bristol, days out in and around Bristol to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Bristol.

Boot Camp – What Was I Thinking?

When we signed up for a boot camp weekend, did we have 'The X Factor' in mind - celebrities, make up, sparkles and champagne?

Maybe, but the setting of Aylestone Park when it was minus 1 degrees and muddy couldn’t have been further from our dream of a good time!

First Things First...

Still, we were there and if not raring to go -or at least prepared to have a go! That is, until two ‘fitties’ appeared in Lycra and sinews!  There were five of us altogether along with Rob our boot camp commander. I was easily the oldest and least fit.

First things first. Rob called it a warm up and warm up we did - surprisingly quickly! Next, we were off on a 15 to 1 circuit. My comfort zone is whiteboards and lists, so I was lulled into a false sense of security when the whiteboard came out with the list of 15 to 1 different types of exercises. All appeared to be reasonably easy like the ‘get ups’. All you have to do, is get up (again and again and again). With the two fitties off like greased lightning and Emma and Sam not far behind them, I embarked on the challenge. Rob was brilliant, when he saw me struggle, he adapted the exercise. When I skipped bits he turned a blind eye and when I came to a shuddering stop he helped me finish with dignity.

Suddenly, it was mid morning break! Sitting in the car, getting our breath back and refuelling, Emma and I could barely speak. We did manage to convince ourselves we were having a good time though despite being covered in mud.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? First Things First...
Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Running - No Thanks...

Running - No Thanks!

I won’t go into huge detail about the individual exercises we did but I will say that at the beginning, when we had a quick chat with Rob about what why we’d signed up and what we wanted to get out of the weekend, I had mentioned in passing that I didn’t do running! Incredibly - and down to his coaching and encouragement, I found myself not only running on the Sunday morning but enjoying it. Not only did I run on the flat, but uphill as well! (I don’t think I mentioned that Aylestone Park is on the side of Aylestone Hill.)

By the time we’d finished the two days, Emma and I were not only proud of ourselves but proud of each other too and vaguely talked about doing it again! Oh and I learnt that Tabata is not something to eat but the fastest, most effective exercise routine I’ve ever encountered. I wouldn’t mind giving it another go some time! Yep, definitely a different way to spend a weekend in January!

Outdoor Gym

The last thing I would have guessed would be a magnet for us on holiday was the gym on the beach. But, standing on a piece of equipment under a blue sky, exercising and gazing at the sea seemed briefly like a little bit of paradise!

Even when not on holiday, it is easy to go to a local outdoor gym. There are hundreds of local council-funded outdoor gyms that are free-to-use all year round as councils hope it will encourage a healthier community. Some are in beautiful settings too. Many of our Treasure Trails go past them.

Boot Camp - What Was I Thinking? Outdoor Gym

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15th March 2019

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Things to do in Bristol – The M Shed Museum

The M shed museum in Bristol has something for everyone. From aircraft to antiquities, balloons to buses, crayoning to a cafe, dressing up to displays of dinosaur finds and loads more!

Family Day Out

We spent just an hour in there recently after checking the Bristol Harbourside Treasure Trail and the Redcliffe and Temple Quay Treasure Trail. It was packed with families enjoying the exhibits and pressing buttons to light up interactive displays.

I watched a little girl using a giant Etch A Sketch and another working out where she lived on an enormous map of Bristol laid out on the floor.

We also had a coffee and a toasted sandwich in the cafe and browsed in the shop. You could easily spend a lot longer than we did. A perfect place for a wet afternoon with children.

Things to do in Bristol - The M Shed Museum - Balloons
Things to do in Bristol - The M Shed Museum - Banksy

Bristol’s Claims to Fame

Upstairs, there is even more to capture the imagination. There is an original Banksy stencil of the grim reaper. The display takes pride of place on the first floor.

Also upstairs, there was masses of stuff to look at. One display I really liked was of props for a school play in 2009. There are loads of stories about real ordinary people that are fascinating. I loved it.

From street art to fine art, there were adorable collections of all sorts of things. My favourite was the model ships. I would defy anyone not to be enchanted.

Special Exhibitions

There is also a beautiful and sensitive exhibition about Bristol’s involvement with the slave trade. As of the time of writing (February 2018), there is currently the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the M Shed as well.

There is a suggested donation of £5, but no entrance fee. Parking is very close by and at the weekends is £4.50 for the whole day. The cafe was good and the toilets were clean.

What more could you ask for to entertain the whole family for a morning or afternoon. Apart from a Treasure Trail of course!

Things to do in Bristol - The M Shed Museum - Model Boats

Actually, Bristol's M Shed is perfect to do before or after one of the Treasure Trails that starts at the M Shed. The Bristol Harbourside one will take around an hour and a half. It is just right for younger families. The Redcliffe and Temple Quay Trail will take nearly 3 hours and is better for older families or couples.

12th February 2018

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