Pat, Community Engagement Officer at Up Our Street, tells us about her adventure with families from St Judes:
"Catching a train out of the city to go on a summer adventure is always fun. Grey skies did not scare us off and everyone was in a great mood when we met at Rosemary Early Years in St Jude’s to start our trip.
Ian and John who work at Rosemary Early Years introduced me to the families that signed up for the trip and as we walked to the train station we started getting to know each other. We had plenty to talk about but then, we had all day ahead of us.
Then, platform-train-go! The adventure began. We were excited to be together on the train and for some children it was their first train trip ever. A short walk from Oldfield Park station and we reached our destination, the playground at the Royal Victoria Park in Bath.
The playground is massive and exciting and as soon as we saw it, I heard the sounds of awe from our younger companions. We had to speed up the pace so the fun could begin. For over three hours we were swinging, sliding, running and jumping and even feeding ducks. Walking back to the train station children and parents were already planning when and how to come back.
When we parted at 4pm we knew each other a bit better and since we had fun together we started making other plans as well. It is not always possible to take a trip out of the city but we thought that we can meet up here in St Judes or in Barton Hill and still have a great time. And when we do you will all be invited so watch this space.
I had a chance to join Rosemary Early Years during one of their summer trips but they provide a range of short trips every summer. They are always looking for sponsors so if you know of anyone who could fund it get in touch with us and we will pass the information.
This year Up Our Street was able to offer the trips to Rosemary Early Years thanks to generosity of Severnside Community Rail Partnership."