Things to do this summer

Things to do this summer , the summer holiday’s are here!!!

How are you planning on filling the 6 weeks?  According to the Post Office’s annual money report, UK parents are set to spend an extra £468 per family this summer and this almost doubles for London parents who’re estimated to spend an extra £870 on family activities.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES: Things to do this summer

1. Have a picnic

If the sun is not shining and its too wet to play why not have an indoor picnic my children just love to throw their blankets and pillows down and have lunch on the floor with all their teddies.

2. Home Cinema

Shut those curtains and cosy up. Why not make some yummy popcorn and grab their favourite treats, you can even let smaller children design some tickets and let them show you to a seat. This is a great activity for pregnant mummies who are too hot and tired for running around in the sun or for rainy days!

3. Get out and about…

Also on in Bristol this summer is a wide range of family friendly things to do.

Upfest 2017, Europe’s largest, free, street art & graffiti festival, will take place from 29 to 31 July when over 300 artists will paint at 35 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville.

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons, attracting over 150 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe. The Fiesta truly is a sight that can only be seen in Bristol. Takes Place this year from the 10th August.

Colston Hall Hoo Ha. For the third year, Colston Hall comes alive for three days filled with music, mirth and rip-roaring fun for all the family. With interactive shows, awesome activities and tons of surprises in store around each corner. From the 15-17th August.

Bristol Doors Open Day: From dusk to dawn, from towers to tunnels, explore the city as never before with Bristol Doors Open Day from 7th September to 10th September.

Fancy a game? Check out Tennis for Free’s website to find out where there’s free ongoing coaching sessions in your area.

4. Have a family photo-shoot with a difference

Are you looking for something different than the typical high street studio portrait for your family? Why not invite us on your summer day out, picnics in the park, Longleaf and LEGOLAND, you wont need to lug around your camera to capture the FUN just invite us along too to record all the memories for you. After all I know how much you have to carry around on days out with little ones.

Family Photoshoot information & Pricing

I would love to hear what you are planning for your summer so please do let me know in the comments below.

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Top teacher gifts for under £10

Teacher Gifts:

Buying teachers gifts can be a nightmare especially knowing what to buy, according to Facebook  personalised items (or wine) came top of the list!

Here are some items for you!

This cute  Best Teacher Wood Star is £7.50 is from Not on the High street and you also have the option to add a personalisation to the back so you could add your child’s name and year too!
Personalised and practical this Best Teacher Tote Bag is currently on sale for £6.32 at NOTHS

teacher gifts

This Personalised Coaster is on Sale on Not on the high street and is currently for only £3!

Parsnips Cupcakes

 

What about these Teacher Pencils currently On Sale for £3.75
So what will you be buying, let us know in the comments.
Happy shopping everyone!
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Pregnancy Announcements

 

Pregnant?

How you can announce your exciting news to everyone.

Pregnancy announcement, Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting yet slightly terrifying times of your life.

As you are filled with a huge mixture of emotions as well as morning sickness you will start to plan how to announce your news.

Who will you tell first? In the early weeks you may be so excited you want the world to know or you may want to keep the news a little more low key. You will need to discuss how do you tell family and close friends? Should you gather them all together and tell them at the same time? There’s really no right or wrong way.

Gift

You may want to give a special gift or card to your immediate families announcing their going to be a granny, grandad, uncle, aunt ect.

Once you have told family and close friends it’s time to start thinking about how to tell everyone else. Many parents wait till after their 12 weeks scan to make that special announcement.

In the last few years pregnancy announcements have become very creative with lots of thought and planning. There are special photos, videos, t-shirts and much more.

Announcement on social media

There are 38million active social media user in the U.K. alone so announcing the big news on social media is likely to be the quickest way to spread the news no matter where in the world your family and friends are. The most popular ways of doing this is by posting your scan photo or a “we’re very excited to announce…” status. You will soon be receiving many notifications, text and calls as your news spreads.

Photography

A photo of a line of family shoes with a tiny super cute pair of baby booties can be simple and effective.

Photos are the perfect way to include siblings in the big news a popular way of doing this is have the sibling hold a sign/chalkboard. We have so many ideas on how you can use a photo shoot with Photography by Fiona to announce your news we can even make a video/image slideshow.

 

 

Make it personal

Try to make your announcement personal to you. If your musical then how about a song? Maybe you can involve your hobby or where you met?
We would love to hear how you announced the big news, please comment on this blog post and let us know
Email photographybyfiona@live.co.uk if you would like our help make your announcement extra special.

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Outdoor swimming pools in Bristol, Bath and the surrounding areas

Swimming is a great way to cool off during the summer months. I’ve rounded up the top local outdoor swimming pools for those last few weeks of pregnancy and keeping the children entertained in the holidays.

Portishead outdoor pool

Located near the lake grounds in Portishead this is the perfect place for a summer day out. The toddler pool is heated with green energy perfect for the little ones. There is limited shade so be sure to pack the sun cream and hat.

http://www.portisheadopenairpool.org.uk/

 

Lido

The lido in Clifton is the perfect place to relax and cool off in the final weeks of pregnancy. A non member adult afternoon day pass can be purchased Monday-Friday 1-4pm for just £20 you can enjoy access to the pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub.

www.lidobristol.com

 

Greenbank pool

Located in Street this is a great place to spend a hot day. There is a spacious law to enjoy a family picnic. Complete the day with a spot of shopping, well it would be rude not too.

http://www.greenbankpool.co.uk/

 

Brean Splash Waterpark

Brean splash park offers both indoor and outdoor swimming. The outdoor area opened on 27th may for this season and looks great. I will definitely be planning a trip with my own children. The outdoor splash area features

  • Seaside Water Play Area for under 12’s. This consists of a 3 x waterslide play structure within a shallow pool.
  • Three super Waterslides including the River Ride, Serpentine Slide & Turbo Drop slides.
  • Sun Bathing Area

http://www.breansplash.com/

 

Lymington Seawater, Bath

This is a place I have recently discovered through friends and looks perfect for the whole family as there is something for everyone. It features

  • 120 metres of inflatable obstacle courses
  • Water zorbs
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Kayaks
  • Aqua jousting
  • Children’s splash pool & sandpit

http://www.lymingtonseawaterbaths.org.uk/

 

Have I missed anywhere? Let me know in the comments below.

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Bluebell locations in and around Bristol

We’ve had such a blast photographing lots of lovely families, children and babies on location amongst the beautiful bluebell woods over the last week.

Whilst planning for this year’s bluebell mini sessions we were lucky enough to visit and research lots of beautiful locations ensuring we choose the best possible locations for our sessions.

If you are looking for the perfect bluebell walk to take your family on. Do take a look at our top locations. Be quick thou as the bluebell season will soon be over for another year.

Bluebell woods in and around Bristol 

Avon Valley Riding School woodland 

The woodland located next to Avon Valley Riding School is an ideal place for family walk amongst the bluebells. This is a quite location full of bluebells with lots of other nature to be spotted as well.

Wrington

Drive along the road between Cleeve and Wrington and you will pass this beautiful location which just can not be missed from the road. Park the car and enjoy a short walk amongst the sea of blue. This is the smallest of our locations but is worth a visit although can get a little busy.

Stoke Park Woods

Located in the heart of Bristol just off the M32, you will find Stoke Park Woods which is well worth a visit at the time of year. Stoke Park Estate, Duchess Gate, Park Rd, Bristol BS16 1AU.

Piror’s  Woods 

Once part of the Tyntesfield Estate. The woodland cloaks part of the Carboniferous limestone ridge that runs from Clevedon to Failand in the Gordano Valley. The bluebells are particularly stunning in the southern and western parts of the wood.

Leigh Woods 

Explore the beautiful and diverse woodland above the famous Avon Gorge.

Ty sculpture trail 

Located just outside of Nailsea. Park next to Jacklands Fishing Lakes pick up a map of the trail and go explore. The Children will love this walk there is even a ‘gas’ bubbling pond.

Spotting a carpet of bluebells in a woodland is a highlight of any springtime walk. However bluebells are protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). To ensure the bluebells keep coming back year after year your family should stay on paths, not pick the bluebells and keep dogs on a lead.

 

We are always looking out for new locations so please do let us know in the comments if you have found a great bluebell woodland.

You can contact me on 07828877598, email me at photographybyfiona@live.co.uk or the contact form on my website. Visit my website for more details of my prices and packages.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

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