Last week we were invited on a day out with Yeo Valley and the Woodland Trust. It was a trip organised with some other lovely south west family bloggers and was such a lovely opportunity to get out of the city for a few hours.
Tom and I don't drive and don't see ourselves wanting to in the foreseeable future. We live in a area of the city that is walkable to most locations or really accessible for public transport (the inner city trains are great!), truly the only reason I can think of to need a car in the city is to get out of the city and admittedly this is something we do very rarely. We are spoilt in Bristol though with all the parks and greenery, we have a nature reserve right on our doorstep so we can get a little stuck in our ways when it comes to outings.
It was great to hear then that the Woodland Trust have this handy little section on their site that means you can filter down their locations by accessibility by public transport. I realised there are three places close to us that we can make very easily.
The day started off with some leaf detective work and then some bug detective work. Wilf got given a little magnifying pot in which to place any 'bimbles' he found. Actually he was a rather tired toddler in the morning (which is what happens when you decide to get up between 12-2am and then for the day at 4.30am!) so he was mainly in the sling at this point. He did however enjoy collecting leaves from the branches and shouting 'Neil!' (his word for snails).
We were given a lovely lunch and it was a chance to sit down and have a good natter with my friends Adele and Jess (I finally got to meet her gorgeous boy!).
After lunch we headed off to the woods where the older children learn't how to build dens and the littles made wands! I may have gotten a little carried away with wand making, it was really fun!
We ended the day with very tired but happy children with tummies full of good food and a day of lovely memories. Wilf fell asleep as soon as he was strapped in the taxi and wanted to hold his magic wand (or just magic as he calls it) to fall asleep with at bedtime.
Did you know you can also win a tree with Yeo Valley and The Woodland Trust just by buying one of their yummy yogurts? What a wonderful prize! We truly loved our day out and are planning lots more nature walks soon, spotting as many 'bimbles' and plants as we can with our new Woodland Trust books.
We were guests at the Yeo Valley HQ with The Woodland Trust but all words and thoughts are my own. Wilf's wells were also a gift from Hunter boots.