Free Educational Events for Kids in Bristol this Half-Term

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Do not despair when schools, pre-schools and playgroups stop this February half-term!

Bristol boasts numerous free and family friendly places to enjoy, such as community farms, museums, cathedrals & gallerieswalks & woodlands and many more. The Bristol Mum Events Calendar is also bursting with exciting but cheap events and activities for kids to enjoy this half-term.

But there are also some special one-off, completely free educational events for children in Bristol this half-term to occupy your little ones. Below is a half-term planner for these events.

Happy learning!

Saturday 15th February

Go behind the Scenes at Bristol Museum

Bris Museum

This one-off activity allows children aged 7+ to take a closer look at Bristol Museum’s World Cultures collections on a special one-hour with a friendly expert. There are several available tours which you must book on the day.

  • Saturday 15th February
  • 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
  • Queens Road, BS8 1RL

Sunday 16th February

Butterfly Sun Catchers at Bristol Central Library

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As well as the regular free weekly activities for children that Bristol Central Library offers throughout the week, this is a special arty crafty event where kids can make Butterfly Sun Catchers to catch the Spring sunshine with!

  • Sunday 16th February
  • 1.30 – 4pm
  • Bristol Central Library, College Green, BS1 5TL

Bristol Rocks! at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

This event sees the museum being overtaken with rocks and fossils. Kids can dress up, handle the rocks and there will be other fun activities, too.

  • Saturday 16th February
  • 10am – 4pm
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, BS8 1RL

Family Wild Walk: Stoke Park Estate

This guided family walk gives children and families the chance to enjoy the beautiful Stoke Park Estate and learn about the plants and animals that reside there. Children can also learn what can be foraged from the countryside as well as how to identify wildlife whilst exploring.

  • Sunday 16th February
  • 10am – 1pm
  • Meet by the Cameron Centre off Romney Ave, Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze

Monday 17th February

Walk on the Wild Side: St Werburgh’s City Farm

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Here families and children of all ages can join the team at St Werburgh’s City Farm for a walk and a family adventure. The walk will start from the farm, and journey across to Narroway’s Nature Reserve and then finish at Boiling Wells with a camp fire and refreshments. Meet at the top of Watercress Road, near the farm and cafe. Note: this walk will be tricky with pushchairs so slings would be preferable.

  • 10.30am – 12 noon
  • Contact Sophie 0117 942 8241
  • St Werburgh’s City Farm, Watercress Road, BS2 9YJ

Tuesday 18th February

Be a Roman Emperor at Lawrence Weston Community Farm

This event gives children the opportunity to learn more about the Romans through dressing up as Romans, making Roman Emperor crowns and handling real Roman objects. This event is free, however donations are gratefully received.

  • Tuesday 18th February
  • 2 – 4pm
  • Saltmarsh Drive, BS11 ONJ

Children’s Storytelling: Arnolfini


Enjoy some free and fantastic storytelling for children aged 3+ at the wonderful Arnolfini. Today’s story will be Angelina Sprocket’s Pockets by Quentin Blake.

  • 10.30 – 11.15am
  • Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

Wednesday 19th February

Seed Planting & Woolly Fun: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

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Children can enjoy planting sweet pea seeds and making paper pots to take them home in too. They can also learn about all the fantastic things that can be done with the wool from the Farm’s sheep, such as felting, spinning and weaving.

  • 1 – 4pm
  • Saltmarsh Drive, BS11 ONJ

Medieval Mayhem at M Shed


This event gives children the opportunity to learn about medieval crafts, such as weavers, spinners and potters. There will be medieval inspired activities and medieval objects for children to handle.

  • 10am – 4pm
  • Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN

Thursday 20th February

Literally Latin at Bristol Museum

Literally Latin is an opportunity for children aged 7+ to learn more about the Romans and their language through trails and games.

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, BS8 1RL

Decorate your own Animal Wellies: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Kids can enjoy transforming their wellies into lions, tigers, frogs and more in this fun free wellie makeover and then wear them for an outdoor treasure trail around the farm! This event is free but donations are gratefully received.

  • Thursday 20th February
  • 2 – 4pm
  • Saltmarsh Drive, BS11 ONJ

Wild Tales Storytelling at M Shed


Here, renowned and entertaining local storyteller Martin Maudsley will be spinning wild tales. Ideal for children 4+.

  • 11am, 2pm & 3.30pm
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN

Historical Walk from M Shed

A guided 0.8 mile walk around the centre of Bristol for all. Children will be able to learn about the history of Bristol and the events, places and people who have made Bristol what it is today.

  • Thursday 20th February
  • 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Meet at M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN

Build a Bug Hotel: St Werburgh’s City

At this fun practical event, kids can learn how to create a bug hotel for all the little creatures that live on the farm.

  • 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • St Werburgh’s City Farm, Watercress Road, BS2 9YJ

Leigh Woods Community Games

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Drop in at any time between 10am – 2pm to take part in this family fun day of games and play at the beautiful Leigh Woods. Children can learn new sports, from volleyball to orienteering and archery.

Friday 21st February

North American Indians at Bristol Museum

Here children of all ages can learn about North American Indians by handling the museum’s treasures.

  • 10am – 1pm
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, BS8 1RL

Saturday 22nd February

Family Film Screening at Arnolfini

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Photo credit: George Scane

Bring your kids to watch a U-rated film, suitable for all ages, at Arnolfini.

  • Doors open 10.45am, film starts 11am
  • Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

We are Family – Be Artrageous at Arnolfini


On the fourth Saturday of every month, Arnolfini hosts free arty crafty activities for children and this half term is no exception. There will be fun and practical activities such as 3D collages, gigantic drawings, and workshops with friendly artists to assist. I can personally recommend this activity. Suitable for children aged 5+ but all children welcome.

  • 1 – 5pm
  • Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA

Wood Craft & Basket Weaving: Stoke Park Estate

This event gives children and families the opportunity to learn about wood craft and basket weaving, while taking in the stunning scenery of Stoke Park Estate at the same time. Materials and event are both free.

  • 10am – 2.30pm
  • Meet outside the Cameron Centre off Romney Avenue, Gainsborough Square, Lockleaze

Sunday 23rd February

Graffiti Art Exhibition: The Island


An educational activity with a difference, this exhibition gives children the chance to learn about graffiti through the work of both graffiti artist Matt Gillis and local children.

  • 10am – 7pm
  • The Island, Nelson Street, BS1 2LE

I hope this article gives you some ideas of free educational events for kids in Bristol this half-term! For details of the many other events and activities for families this half-term, please check out the Bristol Mum Events Calendar.

Please also like the Bristol Mum Facebook Page to keep up with what’s on in Bristol for children and families, as well as articles about education, support for mums and much more.


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