Puxton was a brilliant day for all!


Puxton Park www.puxton.co.uknear Weston-Super-Mare was the venue for the first ‘Pick Me Up Activity’ coach trip organized by the Neighbourhood Partnership 3 working Group for older people.   

This was set up in response to replies received from a questionnaire given to older people over 60 years in this area to find out how they would like to spend £1,500 which had been granted by BCC’s Health & Social Care Strategy This grant was  to be spent on ‘promoting the health & wellbeing of older people’. For the coach trips it had been decided that priority should be given to those older people who found difficulty using public transport.

So on June 14th on a lovely sunny day, 33 older residents of Henleaze, Westbury on Trym and Stoke Bishop were escorted by the Dial a Ride

Coach Service www.bristoldialaride.org.uk to Puxton Park.  After a welcome from members of the Working Group we all enjoyed some delicious cake and a cup of coffee. Whilst there was a planned timetable for the visit, everyone was free to wander around the park and ‘do their own thing’. 

The first stop was to ‘Pets Village’ to see rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens (including the rather posh rooster and mother hen with her brood of baby chicks).  It was lovely to be able to handle some of the animals – we were particularly taken with ‘Barry Blocksmith’ a friendly guinea pig  and a delightful grey flop-eared rabbit (sex unknown) who was quickly christened ‘Georgie’  (as being the nearest unisex name we could think of)!

After this there was time to wander round in the sunshine looking at various attractions –the animal pens with young calves, sheep, lambs and alpacas; visiting  the birds of prey in the  Falconry Centre; taking a walk by the lake and conservation area or just sitting chatting and enjoying an ice cream.

 The next ‘event’ found us in the central arena where we watched a fantastic falconry display.  Amongst the amazing birds we saw were an American kestrel, ‘Sam’ a ‘Harris Hawk’ and then ‘Irwin a Bubock owl just 8 weeks old and obviously ‘learning the ropes’.

 Lunch was delicious and there was more time to want around and to buy food at the Farm shop before everyone returned to the coaches for the return trip home.   We would of course definitely all have had a go on the “Adventure course’, climbed up the “Old Fort’ or even tried the ‘Red Rooster slide or challenged ‘The Death Slide’ – but there wasn’t quite enough time!!

Was it a good day – yes – it was a great success and everyone said how much they had enjoyed it and gave very positive comments – ‘Lovely atmosphere’; ‘never been so cossetted for a long time’; we loved it – all wonderful’; ‘it was a really nice day and the weather was a bonus’!!

 We as the organisers really enjoyed it too – thanks so much to all the people who came – we loved your company!

 Sue. Tracy, Glenise, Gay, Liz, Wendy and the Dial a Ride team.


Dinner is served!

In the Restaurant at Puxton, where we were waited on by the welcoming staff. 

The very friendly American Kestrel on the arm of one of the day trippers.

Soaking up the glorious sunshine in the animal park area, and waiting for the Falconry display.


“Hello” and “Goodbye”  in a Dial-a-Ride mini bus. “The volunteers were a good laugh…”

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  1. Makala says:

    I like these pictures

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