British autumns are usually grey, wet and foggy – well, that’s what they’ve been for me during the last three years, but the end of this October was really lovely. We had my mum and sister over for my birthday and we tried to spend as much quality time together as possible, so one morning we decided that it would be nice to show them some sides of Bristol that they haven’t seen yet. They are used to the hustle and bustle of the city centre, so venturing out into the green was a welcome alternative.
We spent a lovely afternoon in Bristol’s Ashton Court Estate whose woodland stretches over 850 acres of beautiful Somerset countryside. In the heart of the estate, you can find a beautiful old mansion that was built in the 15th century and is surrounded by juicy green meadows, quiet country walks and grazing deers. The great thing about Ashton Court Estate is that it has the perfect size for family days out: little ones can run across green fields while parents and grandparents can admire the architecture of the ancient mansion or the beautifully designed gardens around the main building. There are also gorgeous little picnic spots that allow you to rest after a stroll through the countryside.
Ashton Court Estate also offers many great activities throughout the year. You can go cycling, there’s a nice little golf course at the top of the grounds and also a miniature railway for all those trainspotters. The estate also hosts bigger events such as the Balloon Fiesta that takes place every August but I am particularly looking forward to an event that I have only heard about recently: The Ashton Court Christmas Food & Craft Faye.