What’s on for Families in Bristol this Weekend: 12/09/15 – 13/09/15

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There’s lots to do for children and families this weekend in Bristol!

Firstly on Saturday it’s this year’s Bristol Doors Open Day which gives you a once a year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the hidden treasures of 70 venues across Bristol for free! I have included a few of the Bristol open Doors days events but you can see the full list here.

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As well as Bristol Doors Open Day, there’s a bat walk, miniature train rides, Festival of Nature, Make Sunday Special event, Sunday market, Party in the Park, live music, butter making, a run especially for children and families and much more!

SATURDAY

Bat Walk: St George’s Park

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Identify and listen to the different species of bat in the park and around the lake. All welcome!

Butter Making at Blaise Dairy: Blaise Castle Estate, Henbury

Have a go at making butter by hand by shaking cream, dressing-up as a dairymaid and tasting fresh butter made in a milk churn. Part of Bristol Doors Open Day.

M Shed Tours

Take a tour of M Shed’s collection stores and encounter treasures from Bristol’s industrial and maritime past, vividly brought to life by volunteer guides. part of Bristol Open Doors Day.

Party in the Park: Golden Hill Sports Ground

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  • 12 noon onwards
  • Adults £2, children 50p
  • Golden Hill Sports Ground, Wimbledon Road, BS6 7YA

Face painting, tethered air balloon rides (weather permitting), bungee football, inflatables, tug of war and more.

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Tours

Museum staff will take you behind the scenes through the labyrinth of collection stores and conservation labs, explaining the history of the building and the important work they do along the way. Part of Bristol Open Doors Day.

Train Rides: M Shed

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Single £2 / Return £3 M Shed to ss Great Britain, Single £4 / Return £5 M Shed to Ashton Bridge
  • Under 6s travel free
  • More details

Take a train trip on the Bristol Harbour Railway and be transported back to the days of steam. Buy tickets on board on the day.

Refugees Welcome Here: Bristol Centre

A national day of action called in response to response of refugees fleeing, war, persecution, torture and poverty losing their lives or struggling to find a safe haven.

Music in the Arcade: The Clifton Arcade, Clifton Village

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Live music in the Arcade from the Brigstow Duo.

Chipping Sodbury Food and Drink Festival

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Farmers’ Market, food demos and tasting and more foodie related activities.

Vinyl Brunch: Zion, Bedminster Down

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Browse classic vinyl from James-Boy Records to buy and listen to on a classic record player whilst eating a bacon butty or full English with fresh coffee – the ultimate relaxed saturday morning!

A Wild Day on Horfield Common!

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Join FOHC for this fantastic family event! Jam-packed with nature-themed activities, this Wild Day on Horfield Common will include the chance to take part in a bug-hunt, pond-dipping activities and a programme of wildlife-themed arts. There will also be wild food, tree and wildlife walks.

This event is free and suitable for all ages.

  • 10am – 2pm
  • Event hub at the Ardagh, Horfield Common, BS7

Montpelier Beanfeast in the Park

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Vegetable swap, cakes, music and more.

The Green Treasure Hunt: Bishopston, Cotham & Redland

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  • Takes place from Saturday 1st August – 13th September
  • More details

Go on The Green Treasure Hunt to find various green treasures located around Bishopston, Cotham and Redland. A fun day out for all of the family.

South Bristol Artisan Market

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Indoor market with live music and kids’ activities.

SUNDAY

Make Sunday Special: Avonmouth Park, Avonmouth

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The last Make Sunday Special event of the year. There will be a bouncy castle, ball pool, archery, live music, storytelling, a Who is the Real Goram? battle, climbing wall and much more.

Miniature Train Rides: Ashton Court Miniature Railway

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  • 12 – 5pm
  • 70p per ride or five tickets for £3
  • Weather permitting

Enjoy a ride or three with your children on a miniature railway.

Historical Walk: Bristol’s Burning! 1831 Riots

Explore the sites and learn about the causes and consequences of the bloody and brutal riots of 1831. Expert guides will vividly retell the history of this tragic episode, exploring some of the sites that played a prominent role in the unrest.

Train Rides: M Shed

M Shed train

  • 11am – 5pm
  • Single £2 / Return £3 M Shed to ss Great Britain, Single £4 / Return £5 M Shed to Ashton Bridge
  • Under 6s travel free
  • More details

Take a train trip on the Bristol Harbour Railway and be transported back to the days of steam. Buy tickets on board on the day.

Bristol Half Marathon: Bristol City Centre

Go and cheer the runners on at this year’s Bristol Half Marathon. Road closures.

Portway Sunday Park

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Enjoy the freedom and fun of a traffic-free Avon Gorge. Grab your bikes, scooters and skateboards!

Tobacco Factory Market

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A thriving community market with around 40 food and craft stalls.

The Green Treasure Hunt: Bishopston, Cotham & Redland

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  • Takes place from Saturday 1st August – 13th September
  • More details

Go on The Green Treasure Hunt to find various green treasures located around Bishopston, Cotham and Redland. A fun day out for all of the family.

Portway Sunday Butterfly Walk

Enjoy the tranquility of a car-free gorge on this special event. learn to identify butterflies and see how many of these lovely insects you can spot along the way.

Kings Weston Junior Park Run: Kings Weston Estate

Kings Weston Junior Parkrun

  • 10am
  • FREE 
  • Kings Weston Estate, Kings Weston Lane, BS11 OUR
  • More details

A free weekly 2k timed run for children aged 4 – 14 with their families around Kings Weston Estate. All welcome but must register first.

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