The BBC, canoeing and game design this half term

This May half term Wider World hit the small screen at BBC Bristol. Sitting in the same spot as David Attenborough, we tested our skills producing and presenting the news before exploring in awe this hub of creativity. We are proud Bristolians and aspiring wildlife broadcasters!

The children then embraced their fears by taking to the water in canoes at Pooles Wharf, led by Young Bristol. Working together to navigate, the children tested their team work and communication skills before a climactic race back to land!

On our second day Scrapstore Bristol opened its doors to us (and our trolleys of cardboard) and in pairs we designed, built, tested and played a range of arcade games using a never ending supply of recycled materials. The teams saw through a process of planning, implementing and adapting their ideas and then reaped the rewards.

Well done to everyone who received awards for their teamwork, confidence and curiosity last week!



Curiosity, teamwork and resilience this Easter…

Thank you to Highways England for welcoming us into their workplace where the children got an insight into a range of roles and skills before demonstrating their own impressive bridge building skills during a STEM workshop. The brilliant volunteers at Bristol Cathedral then guided us through the story of this historic building, challenging the children […]

We are half way through our Easter holiday activity days!

Last week the Wider World team got inside access to Trinity Road police station where we had a fascinating tour from some of Bristol’s police officers. At Windmill Hill City Farm we tested our cooking skills and reaped the rewards eating our own home made pizzas before visiting the farm’s resident goats, cows, ducks, geese and chickens. The curiosity and zest displayed by the children during these visits was really remarkable.
On day 2 the rain didn’t get in the way of all the children taking part in an array of team building challenges at St Paul’s Adventure Playground. Human hungry hippos, puzzle races and blindfolded communication challenges were all battled out among the teams for the much coveted prize of chocolate eggs! These tasks encouraged fantastic team work and leadership skills.
More activities to come this week…

Our programme continues…

We had a fantastic two days of workshops and activities at the Architecture Centre, Underfall Yard and Bristol Zoo Gardens this week. The children gained new insights into the world of architecture and design, building their own models to ‘fill the gap’ of disused space on Bristol’s harbourside. We then explored the history and engineering behind Bristol’s floating harbour at Underfall yard. At Bristol Zoo, the team got up close with various mini beasts before challenging themselves to tackle the high ropes course at ZooRopia! Well done to all those who took part and demonstrated such good team work, curiosity and resilience!

We have already begun our new 2017 enrichment programme!

This year’s team of 12 children, from Hotwell’s and Bishop Road primary schools, kicked off their journey with Wider World just before Christmas, taking part in three days of exciting activities across the city. During our packed programme we explored We The Curious, learned new circus skills, reached new heights at Redpoint Climbing Centre and practiced the art of chocolate making. We’re really excited for this week’s upcoming trips where we’ll be getting creative at the Architecture Centre, visiting Bristol’s old harbour and getting in touch with wildlife at Bristol Zoo!

New programme starting soon

We’re pleased to announce that Wider World will be working with Hotwells Primary School and Bishop Road Primary School in Bristol, delivering a programme of enrichment activities for 12 lucky KS2 children over a 6-month period. Exciting times.

Trustees Needed

We’re looking for two new Trustees with experience in education, charities or business development. Email for an application pack.