Sunday, 18 August 2013
Make Sunday Special
You'd be proud of me, we did a proper Family Outing today. It involved raincoats (at first) and interaction with the children and everything...
Make Sunday Special is an initiative dreamt up by Bristol's elected Mayor. Several of the streets in the centre of the city are closed to traffic one Sunday a month - or as one of the signs put it, the streets were 'open for people'. All sorts of free street entertainment and activities were laid on.
We took advantage of a (for once) bargainous bus ticket - FirstBus are offering a family bus ticket for just five quid on Make Sunday Special days (usually it's £8). This means that it's starting to be comparable to paying for parking.
When we got to town we had a wander. It felt really strange walking down the middle of a road that's usually full of cars, particularly as the traffic lights were still cycling round as normal. Which reminds me, there were *loads* of bikes around too, and lots of cycle-related activities. A quick shower of rain sent us scurrying under the nearest gazebo which happened to be one offering a rosette-making workshop. The children set to work and Youngest wore her rosette all day.
Then of course the sun came out, which makes wandering about with the children much more enjoyable. The Ambling Band provoked much jiggling in the children, and they also enjoyed playing with a musical instrument maze set up by Acoustic Arts.
We even managed to fit in a bit of Gromit Spotting...