Now that the summer has arrived, the best of Greater Fishponds comes alive with amazing opportunities, most are free options by exploring our historic green spaces which were once magnificent important estates designed by Humphry Repton and Thomas Wright who were inspired by works of Capability Brown, all three whose work can be found along the Frome Valley which flows through Greater Fishponds and these men were some of England’s most famous landscape gardeners.
Explore Stoke Park Estate, once the home of Duke’s of Beaufort and landscaped by Thomas Wright, now owned by the people of Bristol as an historic parkland, (this is like the people of London being given Buckingham Palace compared in 2150). Explore Oldbury Court Estate landscaped by Humphry Repton for Thomas Graeme and now owned by the people of Bristol as an historic parkland. Explore Eastville Park, once part of Heath House Estate owned by the Berkeley Family, this was the preferred home of the owner who also owned Ashton Court across the city but which he rented out. Eastville Park is one of Bristol’s best places to spot nature in 2018.
The heart of Fishponds is a shopping area boasting affordable eateries and now in 2018 some of the best loved cafés found in the city and eateries including La Piazza 1, Burger Joint, Grounded, Portó Lounge, Coffee One, Everyday Thai and more for great choices. Plus Eastgate retail park at the other end of Eastville Park for Costa, M&S Food and Park One Coffee & Kitchen along Park Road in Stapleton heading back between Eastville Park, Stoke Park Estate and Snuff Mills.
Enjoy summer in Greater Fishponds and fall in love with the countryside in the city and visit the Straits Parade seen in the picture below, constructed by request of King George III to the Duke of Beaufort while out riding in the area now known as Fishponds in the old parish of Stapleton in Kingswood Forest, an area stretching back over 1000 years of royal heritage.