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What it's like to be a parent in BS5 + BS2

Thinking of moving to Bristol? Shamira Scott gives the lowdown on being a parent in Eastville, St Werburghs & St Paul's...

Landscape: Take the second slip road off the M32 and you hit Eastville, one of the many suburbs of Bristol. Home to a super-sized Tesco and the only IKEA in the city, this is a peaceful stretch of suburbia lined with terrace and semi-detached houses. While many people talk about community, the inhabitants of multicultural Eastville and its surrounding areas of St Werburghs and St Paul’s mean what they say: they know their neighbours, and passersby who don’t say ‘good morning’ to each other are rarer than the inner city trains which creak through the area. Bristol is a green city (the only in the UK to have won the title European Green Capital of the Year, no less), and bike rides and walks up and down hill help to keep people fit.

Eastville Park

Hangouts: The day breaks on new mums doing the early-morning grind around Mina Road Park alongside joggers and meditating yoga fans. When you’ve finished the kiddy classes and need a breather while they nap in the buggy, you’ll head to Better Foods, an independent organic/ethical shop in St Werburghs, for a cuppa and a vegan brownie. Eastville Park has a sandpit and a pond for duck-feeding, while the bright and beautiful City Farm has a good handful of farm animals, a neat little cafe and a play area. Wet weather days sees parents congregate for caffeine in Mothercare’s smart café while their little ones play on the rides.

Better Foods

Events: Eastville Park hosts concerts, ‘fiestas’ and festivals throughout the year, including the ‘Love Saves the Say’ festival which showcases some of Bristol’s best underground music alongside international names.

Parents: These parents span every part of the ‘hipster’ range: from baby-wearing boho-hippies who work as herbalists, to stylish, espresso-drinking freelancers.

Mothercare cafe

Instaparents: @lottie_storey, @lemon_drop_books and @tigerlillyquinn have all been spotted here and abouts. But the question is, when you spot them in Tesco do you tell them you follow them on Instagram?

Local celebrities: Banksy is one of many big creatives to come out of Bristol and even though you’ll never see him, his artwork is plastered almost everywhere you turn here.

St Werburgh's City Farm

Baby and kids' classes: It’s tough to get bored here: the classes are regular, varied and either free or good value. The Old Library on Muller Road has a great session on Mondays called Singing, Story and Craft Time. Parkway Parent and Child Project hosts Stay and Play on Mondays and Wednesdays. St Paul's Nursery runs a music group on Wednesdays, and St Werburgh's Nursery School have a baby group on Thursdays. The Salvation Army holds a playgroup on Wednesdays and Fridays (shame they’ve stopped doing their bargain cooked lunch on Fridays – 50p for kids and £1 for adults), and Bristol Hawks Gymnastics Club holds parent and toddler sessions from Monday-Friday. 

Mums wear: Trendy comfortwear such as harem pants or leggings with t-shirts and oversized jumpers.

Dads wear: Jeans and a sweatshirt.

Kids wear: Small independent brands, Mothercare and Next.

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