With the kids off school and already claiming to be bored, it’s the perfect time to start planning some activities. Bristol and the surrounding area have tons of food-forward family days out this August that will be fun for the entire family.
We’ve made a list of places to go and things to do that will keep everyone fed and happy!
- Visit the city farms
Bristol is lucky enough to enjoy three open city farms, each with a cafe on-site serving a mix of hot and cold food and drinks and sporting picnic areas if you want to bring your own. All are free to enjoy (but we would suggest making a donation as they’re all run on grants and fundraising) and give the public an up-close and personal look at farming, farm animals, growing crops and education on sustainability and being ecofriendly.
2. Ice cream on Brandon Hill
Brandon Hill is a fantastic open space just behind Park Street that sports Cabot Tower, kids play area, a nature area and the wonderful Vee Double Moo ice cream truck. Take a blanket and a bug book, spot the local wildlife, race each other up and down the steep banks of the park and finish the afternoon with delicious ice cream. The perfect day out!
Head out of the city to enjoy one of the Eat:Festivals events! Touring the South West, the team are heading to small towns to help them showcase what they have to offer when it comes to food, produce and drink. This not-for-profit social enterprise is all about community and bringing people together through food. Head to their website to find out where their next locations are
4. Wiltshire Game and Community Fair at Bowood House – 14th and 15th August
A good old fashioned country fair is what summers are all about! The Wiltshire Game and Community fair will be a chance to watch demonstrations, browse crafts, try your hand at country sports and of course eat well. The Food Glorious Food area offers a range of selected national and local food producers and specialist street foods and drinks. Here you will find the country kitchen hosting a number of cookery demonstrations throughout the day – the perfect place to relax and unwind. Find out more here
5. Beats and Eats – August 21st and 22nd
Raise money and have an afternoon out at this local fete in BS7. A perfect way to end the summer holidays! The fete will be inclusive for all ages with activities such as, bouncy castles, prize games and food. All profits from the event will be going to The Prince’s Trust Charity. The Prince’s Trust is a national charity that work to give young people from ages 11-30 the opportunity to create a better future through employment, education and enterprise. Easy to get to by bus, this is a great option for those looking for something low key and local! Buy your tickets here
It won’t be sunshine with blue skies every day so picking up a copy of Jenny Chandlers new book and picking some recipes to do together is a great way to teach kids about cooking and improving their confidence in the kitchen. In Green Kids Cook, Jenny has created a range of recipes perfect for small hands and also writes about sustainability, minimizing food waste and creating important conversations about the impact of our food choices on the wider world.
8. Cooking classes for kids
If your child has a flair for cooking or wants to learn a new life skill, there are plenty of kids cooking classes you can enrol in. Whether they want to learn to bake bread, whip up cakes or cook a meal for the whole family, there are plenty of age-appropriate options. The Bristol Food Network has provided some options here with low cost and free options for those on a limited income. We have also picked a few below!