I don’t know about you but I love days that are completely unplanned and that just “happen”. I am completely guilty of over-thinking and over-planning most things. I like to know what I’m doing, when, where, how, who, what and why! And this is why I love the unplanned, spontaneous days. And last Saturday was one of those days 🙂 I only found out about the Bristol Festival of Nature from browsing through twitter on the Friday. It sounded perfect for mooching about the harbour with a toddler.
Typically, when we rocked up to Bristol, it was raining. And not just a light drizzle but full on peeing it down. We always park by the M Shed, so we dipped in there for half an hour. B wasn’t disappointed as he loves looking around.
Once the rain subsided, we took a look at the little train that runs up and down the harbour. B wanted to go on it but we were eager to check out the nature festival and managed to coerce him too 😉
B was super lucky though as the train driver showed him the fire! Little man was VERY impressed!
So back to the festival. The Bristol Festival of Nature runs for 2 days down at the harbour. So not only do you get to enjoy the festival but you also get to enjoy the boats, the M Shed and the SS Great Britain. Check out some of our photos from the day. If this runs next year, we will certainly be back. There was literally soooo much for the little ones to do. The only problem I had was getting b to leave each tent. The day started well with him having a complete melt down over a chicken shaped rubber in the very first tent we visited. Fortunately these wooden “medals” in the next tent snapped him out of his grizzle. You helped yourself to a small slice of tree and drew whatever you wanted on it. Daddy helped b draw a leaf and a tree. Original ey.
He took a particular liking to the RSPB tend and the soft toys strategically placed at child height. We were very nearly signed up for the year!
We also got to make cute bird feeders in the RSPB tent. B typically hates getting his hands sticky and messy but he loved this activity and it will be something I try when we move and have trees where we can hang feeders from.
Another huge hit was the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery tent. They had lots of fossils and bones on show. B loved this and actually gasped when he saw some sort of animal head and teeth. I’d missed the intro so have no idea what it actually was :/
Another hit for b was the Fin Fighters tent. They had a small sand pit set up where you could dig for a quid and take 3 shark teeth home. B thought this was great fun. I must admit I knew nothing about Fin Fighters before we visited the tent. They are a fairly new UK shark conservation organisation and they aim to end the sale and distribution of shark fin in the UK. I was surprised to learn that there was demand for shark fin in the UK – I just assumed (wrongly) that it was an issue more common on the other side of the world :/
After a mooch about and various picnic and potty stops, we decided to risk a pub drink. If you read my recent post about eating out with b, you will know that I vowed never to eat out again. I told myself this was just a drink and what could go wrong? Haha, nothing! Nothing went wrong! He was happy, he was content, he was like another child 😉 Here we are, blowing small straws through big straws. Whatever keeps you going ey.