One of the many advantageous of living and raising children in Bristol is the vast amount of amazing free places to visit!
One such place is Blaise Castle Estate, near Henbury: 650 acres of green space and woods which include a museum, huge play park and castle. Blaise Castle Estate is open every day throughout the year and admission is free.
I took my kids to Blaise today for the first time in several years. They loved the play areas which are located alongside each other for both older and younger children. The play areas for the older kids include exciting equipment like wooden Helter Skelters, basket swing and a zip wire.
Following a play in the play area, we decided to visit Blaise Castle House Museum, and bought our first ice creams of the year to enjoy on our walk up there.
The house is impressive with high ceilings and is very grand. The house has been made into a museum to give visitors an idea into what life was like in the past both inside the house when it was a home and what life was like generally.
Blaise Castle House Museum is a great place to teach children about what life would have been like in the past.
My kids were very interested in the old schoolroom which was complete with old desks and blackboard.
There is also a room with a collection of old baths and toilets in which my daughter was fascinated with!
There is also a collection of old laundry equipment, including laundry mangles.
Here are some old-fashioned tricycles, very different from the brightly coloured bikes, trikes and space hoppers that we have lying in our back garden!
There are also lots of old toys to look at, including armies of soldiers and dolls.
You could most easily spend a day at Blaise Castle Estate; we only managed to do just a little bit of the Estate today and there is so much more to see and do.
There are sometimes kids’ activities held throughout the year at Blaise Castle Estate, too, so do keep an eye on the Bristol Mum What’s On Page 🙂
We will visit Blaise Castle Estate again soon so watch this space!