One of the best things about living in Bristol is that there are so many lovely places to visit entirely free. Blaise Castle is one such place and is one of our favourite spots to spend time at weekends. Sophie loves it there and often requests to go to ‘Blaise park’! It’s just a 10-minute drive from our home in north-west Bristol, is open every day, and is totally free to visit.
We love Blaise because it has loads of open space (650 acres to be more specific), lovely woodland walks (there are several different suggested circuits and a lot of them are pushchair-friendly, though we also like to take Matthew in the sling and do the more adventurous routes!), areas to run and play games, gorgeous trees, paths for scooting (though it can get really busy at weekends which makes scooting more perilous), a stream to paddle and wade in, two huge play areas for younger and older children, a castle (open on certain days of the year), a mansion house which is home to a museum, and, of utmost importance, a cafe which serves decent coffee.
In terms of facilities Blaise also scores highly, with free parking, toilets with baby changing area, and picnic areas. There are also activities and events on throughout the year. We once saw some kind of very high-energy group (I mean, about 500 people) exercise going on, and another time there was a cross-country run.
The only downsides we’ve noted are that it does get exceptionally busy at weekends on dry days, so it can be difficult getting a parking spot (although recently we’ve noticed that an overflow carpark on one of the fields has been operating), and the lunch food in the cafe is mainly or wholly of the junk variety. They do also serve ice-creams, though, and there is often an ice-cream van outside the play area too which I am sure makes an absolute fortune on summer weekends!
We think Blaise is absolutely brilliant.
Other wonderful, free places we have visited in and around Bristol include Leigh Woods, Ashton Court, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, M Shed, Lawrence Weston Community Farm, and Kingsweston House. There are loads more ideas online (such as these on Visit Bristol).
The views expressed in this review post are entirely my own. I have not been sponsored or paid to write this review.