I’m a bit of a believer in activities for kids that are also fun for the adults. Today we went and accidently discovered a new piece of forest in Bristol. I like exploring new bits of wilderness but I also want to make it fun for the kids. So as we went we collected things to make a woodland mobile to hang in their bedroom.
We were trying to get to the new nature reserve near us called Bennett’s Patch. We found the path down, having fun stopping to look at things and chatting (ceaseless chatting!!). We couldn’t find our way across the railway line straightaway. A few wrong turns and eventually we came across some overgrown terraces, and what must be an old rose garden avenue among the trees. Most strange.
Then this tunnel beneath the railway line. On the gate we found a pamphlet and discovered that it is the lost ornamental terraced gardens and arboretum of Bishops Knoll House. It’s all massively overgrown but I was surprised to find bamboo among the undergrowth. It’s clear that people are working on uncovering the lost splendour.
My 4yo is really getting into her stride with nature. She loves her binoculars and is always pointing out things and wondering what is around the corner. The toddler loves the outdoors too. From birth it seemed she’d rather be outside. She loves exploring, getting muddy, discovering and just wandering around the garden.
We picked up an assortment of leaves and pinecones for the mobile and stowed them in their backpacks. They both love going on these “adventures” with their backpacks and packing them gets them excited about the trip.
We never quite properly explored Bennett’s Patch as we loved Bishops Knoll so much, but we did discover that you can do pond dipping there. So we’ll be back!
I’d brought some string and scissors, so when they got a bit tired walking, we sat down and made our woodland mobile.