Fun events for kids this half-term at The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol

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This half-term, Bristol’s Royal West of England Academy is holding lots of exciting activities and events for children and families!

The RWA is an art gallery, situated on Queens Road in Clifton (where Queens Road meets Whiteladies Road) and always welcomes children and families. Half-term activities for families include storytelling, screen printing, drawing, mask making, needle felting and much more!

Read on for the full list of activities lined up…

Tree Tales with Rosie Faragher
Tuesday 17th February, 3 – 5.30pm


Join Bristol-based author-illustrator Rosie Faragher for an afternoon of drawing, storymaking and storytelling, in response to the Arboretum exhibition, including (weather allowing!) a walk on nearby Brandon Hill to find inspiration amongst the tree.

  • £10 per child
  • Suitable for children aged between 7 – 12, accompanied by an adult

SuperTrees! Family Screenprint Workshop with Simon Tozer

Wednesday 18 February, 10:30am – 12:30pm


Trees are among the most magical and awe-inspiring life forms in nature. Every tree supports a myriad of other life forms such as plants, insects, birds and mammals for whom it provides food and shelter.

In this workshop we will celebrate both the tree and tree dwellers by making fabulous poster-size screen prints of trees and the creatures that live in them. Perhaps there will be space in the tree for us, perhaps space for our own tree house high up among the branches.

  • Suitable for Children aged 5+, accompanied by an adult
  • £10 per child

Butterflies and Bees – Buzzing in the Meadow, print workshop with Christine Howes

Wednesday 18th February, 2 – 4pm


From bees, dragonflies and butterflies to a meadow buzzing with insects of your creation! Come and print your handmade printing blocks with an Artist printmaker.

  • £10 per child
  • Suitable for children aged between 7 – 12, accompanied by an adult

The Beau Street Hoard Roadshow!

Thursday 19 February, 11am – 4pm (drop-in)


Come and discover the Beau Street Hoard, a unique find of 17,577 silver Roman coins uncovered by archaeologists in Beau Street, Bath. At this event, you can learn about the Hoard and its discovery, handle the coins, take part in fun hands-on activities and even strike your own coin!

  • Illustrated Talk at 2pm
  • Suitable for all ages
  • FREE with exhibition entry

Giant, Fuzzy Needle Felting, with Uncanny Creations

Friday 20th February

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Learn how to make fantastic 2D Creatures where the only limit is your imagination. We will teach you the techniques and skills you need to create pieces for our giant fuzzy felt board. Needle Felting is a very easy and quick process using a stabbing motion which binds all the fibres together till flat and smooth.

  • Choose a session: 11am – 12.30pm, 1pm – 2.30pm or 3pm – 4.30pm
  • Suitable for children aged 5+
  • £5 per child

Wildlife mask making with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project

Saturday 21st February, 10.30am – 4pm

Come and create your own wildlife mask, choosing from a range of designs, including peregrines, butterflies, badgers and the Bristol Onion (a wild flower that only grows in the Avon Gorge and nowhere else in the UK!)

At 2pm Mandy Leivers will also be delivering a short talk about the wildlife of the Avon Gorge and Downs.

  • Avon Gorge Wildlife talk at 2pm
  • FREE with exhibition entry

Wildlife Photography Workshop with Ian Wade

Saturday 28th February, 10.30am – 1pm

Join award-winning photographer Ian Wade for a look around the British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition, followed by a ramble on nearby Brandon Hill, where you will have the opportunity to take snaps of the natural environment, under Ian’s expert guidance.

Beginners welcomed. Please bring a digital camera – be that a camera phone, a compact or a digital SLR.