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Fun, healthy and free things to do in Bristol before you are 18


In the run up to Healthy City Week 2016, we’ll be showcasing innovative ideas and highlighting key topics to explore wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth.

In the second of the series, we are focusing on fun and free activities for young people. Bristol has a wealth of things to do,  so we asked for list of 5 things from the 80 by 18 website.Basic RGB

Bristol has lots of great ways for young people to get active, eat well and stay healthy! We’ve pulled together a list of the top 80 things for young people to do (ideally before they are 18) in the city all suggested by the people who know best – the people that live here!

To help you get started why not try our top five healthy things to do this week? They’re all free and great fun!

Climb a tree

You’ve all seen a tree – they’re made for climbing!

A must on any bucket list – do it before you get old and cranky and your knees don’t work any more.

Climbing trees is a brilliant way to get close to nature. No matter how far you go you will view the world and wildlife differently somehow.penny-brohn

Bristol is a brilliantly green city filled with a variety of tree species of all different shapes and sizes, see how many different types you and your friends can climb.

Grow something to eat

It’s so easy to get fresh, tasty free food from your own windowsill, porch or back garden – once you start you’ll never want to buy food ever again!

Eating straight from the plant cuts out the hassle of shopping and is loads more fun and rewarding. The food you grow won’t contain harmful chemicals and pesticides that fruit and veg is often treated with before it gets to the supermarket shelves.

Food is one of the most important resource humans need, second only to water and the air. Being able to

Vegetables at the Blue Soil Shrine

Vegetables at the Blue Soil Shrine

provide your own – even if it’s just a few lettuce leaves – is one of the most useful skills you can learn.

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to grow some of the most commonly eaten fruits and vegetables.

Build a den

You never know when you might need these skills for real! Building your own structure will give you a sense of accomplishment and put you in touch with nature.

Leigh Woods has a special area where you can build dens, but you can also do this in your local park, woods or your garden, as long as you are sensitive to other people and wildlife. You’ll find different materials in different locations so try a few places and see which is best.

Build a space to play and relax in, see how many rooms or special features you can add.

Do one of Bristol’s long bike rides

Get to see parts of the city that you can’t see any other way. Get fit. Get bike-phototo places without paying for trains or buses. Go at your own pace. Make the most of living in the UK’s first cycling city.

The most famous of the long cycle routes is the Bristol to Bath cycle path. It is a smooth tarmac path, which runs along an old railway line and it’s quite flat. There are lots of places to stop off and have a picnic.

Get to all the different skate parks

 Bristol is not only an amazing place to live, we also have more skate parks than any other city in the country! What better reason do you need to visit them all?

Skating and BMXing are not only super good for you but the more tricks you learn the more you can impress your friends, family and anyone else who happens to be watching.

The 18 by 80  website has lots of tips for completing these activities while staying safe and having fun. You can keep track of how you’re getting on by downloading maps and tick sheets too. Once you’ve finished these why not check out the rest of the list and challenge yourself to do them all?

Share your adventure  by emailing or tweeting to @80by18.

Get involved in more fun and free activities during Healthy City Week…

  • See some Art Under the Flyover 
    11am–5pm Sat & Sun under Hotwells Flyover. Free, drop-in
  • Try out Water sports for all with All Aboard!junk_drums3-1
    Sunday 16th 10am–12noon Baltic Wharf. Free, book 20 min taster sessions online in advance
  •  Have your say in the under 25’s Redcliffe Greensoc presents ‘Youthtopia’ Debate
    Wednesday 19th 5–6.30pm Redcliffe Sixth Form Centre. Free, drop-in
  • Join an after-school Junk Drumming workshop with Paul Midgley from Drum Runners Thursday 20th 4–5.30pm | The Park, Knowle. Free, drop-in
  • Join a sing song with the Seeding a song of nature: Closer to home with Imayla CIC Saturday 22nd 2–5pm St Werburgh’s City Farm Free, drop-in

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