Five Free(ish) Things to do in Somerset and Bristol This Autumn Half-Term

Five Free(ish) Things to do in Somerset and Bristol This Autumn Half-Term money saving what to do with the kids reviews

I don’t know about you but I’ve been feeling a bit miserable at the mo. The mornings are cold, grey and dull, and the evenings are, yep you guessed it…cold, grey and dull. I feel like I blinked and completely missed summer and I don’t feel ready for autumn and winter. I’m certainly not ready for Christmas and I’m sick of being reminded of X amount of days left on my bloody Facebook feed!

So, to cheer myself up, I’ve put together a list of things I want to do this autumn and winter in North Somerset and the surrounding area. Most are either free or fairly low cost. I always feel that keeping busy and getting out of the house and into the fresh air is vital for maintaining good mental health. If it rains all weekend, I really start to feel cabin fever set in and I get bored really quickly. What are you up to this autumn?! If you are in the Bristol/Somerset area then here are my recommendations:

M-Shed in Bristol is always a fave of mine. It is free and they always have lots of things to see and do for little ones – as well as big ones. Housed within a 1950s dockside transit shed, M Shed pretty much tells the story of Bristol. It has loads of exhibits that are toddler friendly though and even a little area full of toys.

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They have lots going on during the October half-term week and if you are lucky to be off or not at work, check out the Bristol Family Arts Festival at the M Shed: The Big Draw – STEAM.

One steam train in the area we haven’t tried yet is the Avon Valley Railway. They have some spooky train rides organised over the half-term break and kids ride free if they turn up in fancy dress. B is a big train fan so I imagine this would be a lot of fun 🙂

Closer to home is the Clarence Park Night of 1100 Lights. To be honest I’m not entirely sure what that entails but it was on the Discover North Somerset website and it sounds fun; music, games and fireworks. If you aren’t local to Weston-super-Mare then to keep you up to speed, Clarence Park is a pretty park at the southern end of Weston and not far from the seafront. They have a children’s play area (could massively do with updating North Somerset Council;-) ) and they have a little café and places to sit and enjoy watching the world go by.

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Another big event across Somerset is Carnival. This was new to me when I moved over to this side of the country back in 2003. I must have dragged the hubby to loads of these and, well, he’s been there, got the t-shirt etc etc. I love the carnival though and enjoy wrapping up warm and soaking up the atmosphere…of which included street brawls and vomiting at the Bridgwater Carnival about ten years ago now! I’m pleased to say I’ve had better carnival experiences in Weston and Burnham-on-Sea. The carnivals take place all over Somerset this November:

Sat 05 November 19:00 Bridgwater
Mon 07 November 19:30 Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea
Fri 11 November 19:15 Weston-super-Mare
Sat 12 November 19:00 North Petherton
Mon 14 November 19:30 Midsomer Norton
Wed 16 November 19:30 Shepton Mallet
Fri 18 November 19:00 Wells
Sat 19 November 19:00 Glastonbury

The carnival in Weston will take place on Friday 11th November and I can’t wait to see little man’s face when he sees all the lights for the very first time! Expect a carnival blog post soon after haha! If the rain keeps away then it should be a great evening, with over 140 illuminated floats, marching bands, fancy dress walkers and entertainers winding their way through the streets of Weston!

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Free fireworks at Burnham-on-Sea. The Sunday after Bonfire night wouldn’t be the same without the annual seafront fireworks at Burnham-on-Sea! Be sure to get there well before they start (usually 8ish but don’t quote me!!). One year we didn’t realise what time they started and parked up just as the final rocket went off. We then spent two hours trying to get out of a gridlocked Burnham. Fun times. Not. Both me and the hubby and his sister and boyfriend had all fallen out by the time we got home. Oops. So plan ahead, get parked and snuggle up for what is usually a really great display along the seafront : )

So there you have it, a round up of fun things to do in the area this autumn. What plans do you have? Will you be celebrating Halloween and Bonfire night?! Share with me your plans in the comments or on social media 🙂 And don’t forget to pin for later!

Five Free(ish) Things to do in Somerset and Bristol This Autumn Half-Term money saving what to do with the kids reviews

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