Activities for autistic children

Bournstream Trust disability playground

bournstream disability playground

Bournstream Trust is an amazing playground and picnic area for disabled children and their families, located just outside Wotton-under-Edge in Gloucestershire.

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The sandpit and climbing frame

Around 20 years ago, a generous woman called Barbara Sexton donated around two acres of her own farmland for use as a play space for disabled children. It is now used by families and special schools as a safe place to play and enjoy each other’s company.

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The view walking from carpark to play area

In order to use Bournstream Trust, you have to register as a member and pay a £10 fee. You must also attend an open day where you are shown around and taught how to unlock and relock the secure padlock that protects the site. Once you have done that, you are free to come any time you want. Parties of up to 12 families are also welcome, for an additional £20 donation.

My husband, daughter and I went along to an open session this morning. It was a long drive and on the way I hoped it would be worth the journey. However, once we arrived and saw the beautiful rolling hills around the site, and then all of the play equipment and toys, we were delighted.

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Several picnic tables are available for family lunches

Over the two-acre site are a wide range of play areas. There is a large sand pit with climbing equipment, two different sets of swings,  a water play area, football pitch, nature observatory and several picnic tables and sitting areas. They also have a selection of ride-on toys and adapted tricycles.

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A variety of ride-on toys and adapted bikes and trikes are available
Well-maintained

What struck us most was how well-maintained the site is. It is clearly looked after with great love and affection for those who use it. This care is evident in every part of the play park. It gave us a deep sense of respect for the place and those who so mindfully look after it.

My 4-1/2 year old had a wonderful time at Bournstream today and I’m sure as the warmer weather settles in we’ll be there again and again. For parents, the play space offers a chance to relax with a book while knowing their child/ren are perfectly safe.

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A relaxing family-sized hammock

For more information, please see the Bournstream Trust website at http://www.bournstream.org.uk/. To book an induction session, please ring Jinny Rawlings on 01531 820693 and leave your full name, telephone number and address.

About the author

Kate Laine-Toner

Kate Laine-Toner

Kate Laine-Toner is the founder and Chief Executive of Bristol Autism Support.