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Adventure

Open-ended adventurous activities with a bit of mystery about what's going to happen next are popular with all age groups. If you make sure the activities you plan have an element of adventure in them, you'll get better attendance too.

A useful website for outdoor/adventure activity providers is www.aala.org.

bods - Adventure, Survival and Heritage Crafts. An outdoor education charity that aims to make the most of the unique opportunities for social education and personal development that adventure and nature provide. They also hope to give experience to those least likely to get this opportunity, especially young people, regardless of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, cultural or financial backgrounds.

Devon Adventure Training offer a range of adventure activities, residential courses and team building exercises in the South Devon and Dartmoor area. Run by experienced, qualified instructors, courses include activities such as caving, canoeing, raft building and gorge scrambling.

Yumping is a useful online database that lists adventure activities by county. See their South West pages for local activities.

Exmoor Adventures offer a range of adventurous activities and courses within the Exmoor National Park, the Quantocks and the South West. It is an AALA accredited Adventurous Activity Provider.


Adventure Playgrounds

Royal Victoria Park, Bath - The mother of all adventure playgrounds, fenced off for safety with something for all ages from toddlers to pre-teens (they can hang out at the outdoor skateboard ramp across the way). Picnic places in surrounding parkland, botanical gardens, outdoor tennis courts, putting green and boating pond are amongst some of the attractions the park offers. Map

In Bristol, the following enclosed supervised play areas are open outside school hours and are staffed by skilled playworkers. There are also play facilities at the Community Farms:

Felix Road Playground, Felix Road, Easton
Bus no. City Line 4, 5, 5A, 585, 586 Map

Lockleaze Playground, Romney Avenue, Bus no. City Line 24 Map

St Paul’s Playground, Thomas Street, Bus no. City Line 5, 5A, 25 Map

Southmead Adventure Playground, Doncaster Road, Bus no. City Line 54, 76 Map

Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bedminster Bus no. City Line 24, 25, 75, 76, 77 Map

Currently there are over 150 parks and green spaces in Bristol with play facilities. There are also three major playgrounds in Bristol: 

Blaise Castle Estate, Kings Weston Road, Bristol BS11 0XF Map

Hengrove Play Park, Hengrove Way, Hengrove, Bristol BS14 0HR 

Oldbury Court Estate Oldbury Court Estate, Bristol, BS16 2QX Map 

Wheels parks

Wheels parks are customised areas designed for wheel sport activities. These can have single use like a stone chip covered BMX track or a multi purpose concrete park. Wheels parks provide a focal point for skating and riding and offer a social gathering space for young people. Wheels parks attempt to offer a more secure setting for an activity that can be medium to high-risk depending on the location. Wheels parks are located at:

Hengrove Park, Hengrove Way, Hengrove, Bristol BS14 0HR

St George Park, Church Road, St George, Bristol BS5 Map

Dame Emily Park, Dean Lane, Bedminster, BS3

Filwood Park 

Lawrence Weston Park

 

Archery

You’ll probably need to take your group to an archery ground to try this sport out, as there is too much gear to lug around. To find out what’s available, contact:

Cleve Archers - their website has details of the various courses they run at their ground near Junction 1 of the M32 at Hambrook, South Gloucestershire.

Castle Quarry Training & Activity Centre Offers Archery as well as a broad range of other activities. 

Klive Court

The Grand National Archery Society – The national governing body for the sport. Lists details of your local archery club and society in their ‘Club Finder’. 

The Harry Crook Activity Centre (0117 9656948) and Young Bristol have qualified staff and equipment to run archery at venues around Bristol. 

Many other activity centres, such as Aardvark Endeavours also offer archery.

 

Arts

Painting, sculpture, print making, murals, drawing, mosaics … the possibilities are endless. Consult your group on what they’d like to do, and then try the contacts below to track down an artist who’ll come out and work with you. 

The Moveable Feast Workshop Company - consists of visual artists, performers, musicians, writers and dancers who collaborate on expansive, imaginative and innovative workshop practice. 

Aune Head Arts is a rurally-based contemporary arts organisation, which commissions work, provides workshops, and works closely with communities in and around Dartmoor National Park. 

Wolf + Water Arts Company use arts techniques creatively and as part of the therapeutic process with groups who are socially, mentally or physically challenged.  The work aims to raise self-esteem through the development of new personal and interpersonal skills. 

Shape is a disability led arts organisation that aims to improve access to the arts for deaf and disabled people whilst supporting deaf and disabled artists to challenge perceptions and promote Deaf and Disability Culture.

Knowle West Media Centre has lots of project workers on their books, including animators, web designers and photographers.

Muktomoncho Cultural Society run workshops in Bengali/other South Asian performing arts (music, dance, drama) and literature, based at St Werburghs Community Centre. 

Sampad is a dynamic development agency for South Asian Arts based in Birmingham. It plays a significant role regionally, nationally and beyond, in promoting the appreciation and practice of the diverse art forms originating from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Through its work Sampad serves, supports and initiates South Asian Arts in all its forms working with youth, community, education and professional artists.

Public Art South West is a development agency which takes a leading role in co-ordinating a range of strategies for public art development in the South West. It aims to create opportunities for artists and craftspeople to contribute to the built and natural environment, through initiating and supporting projects, which encourage quality and innovation.

DAISI (Devon Arts in Schools Initiative) supports and encourages creativity through the arts within the school community. Working closely with teachers, governors and artists, DAISI strengthens the relationship between the arts and education sectors. DAISI arranges arts education projects in schools and provides support, information and training opportunities for both teachers and artists.  You can use DAISI's website to find:
• Ideas for arts projects or artists for your schools – whether dance, theatre, music, painting, sculpture, photography, digital art … and lots more
• The services that DAISI offers to artists and schools - such as arts training, newsletters, advice and support, an online forum
• How to hire the DAISI collection of contemporary art
• Information and advice about arts in education work

For databases listing local artists, contact:

Creative Learning Agency

Axis national contemporary arts information service

Asian Arts Agency

Southville Centre, Bedminster