What’s on for Kids in Bristol in October Half-term

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Half-term is here and there are lots of fun things for children and families to enjoy over the next week and a half!

Below is a list of half-term family friendly events and activities in Bristol from Thursday 22nd October until Sunday 1st November.

But before you find out what’s on, please be sure to give the Bristol Mum Facebook page a like to keep up with even more events and activities coming up soon!

THURSDAY 22nd OCTOBER

Prehistoric Fun Family Fun Day: Bristol Museum

  • 11am – 3pm
  • FREE

Discover Bristol Museum’s fantastic collection through creative activities, stories and unexpected goings-on!

Farm Activity Club: Windmill Hill City Farm

  • 10am – 12 noon and 2 – 4pm
  • Suggested donation £1 per person

Join the team for either of these drop-in sessions of natural Autumn crafts. Suitable for ages 5+.

Musical Crafty Cathedral: Bristol Cathedral

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Free craft morning making musical instruments, with free tours of the cathedral, plus art activities.

FRIDAY 23rd OCTOBER

Wildlife Film Roadshow: M Shed

Ever wanted to know what’s involved in making incredible wildlife film and TV? Is your child a future star of the industry? Meet industry experts including producers and camera crew, handle kit used on set and have a go at the Wildlife Film Roadshow.

Farm Tours: Windmill Hill City Farm

  • 10am – 12 noon and 2 – 4pm
  • Suggested donation £1 per person

Join the farm’s staff for an interactive tour around the farm. All ages welcome.

SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER

Bristol’s Family Arts Festival: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

  • 1 – 4pm
  • FREE

Have a go at drawing and making as part of Bristol’s Family Arts Festival. From living roofs to cycle paths, allotments to wind turbines, come and create your vision for a greener Bristol!

Farm Holiday Club: Windmill Hill City Farm

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • £10 per child

Activities exploring the farm and gardens. Suitable for ages 6 – 10. Bookable session for unaccompanied children.

Apple Day: The Edible Park, Redcliffe Way

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Come celebrate all things apple! Fritters, preserves, Harvests, bees, planting and more.

Meet Princess Elsa & Olaf: Tesco Thornbury

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  • 35pm
  • Free (but donations to British Heart Foundation & Diabetes UK welcome)

A special appearance by Princess Elsa and Olaf from Frozen. All welcome.

Spooky Puzzle Island: Windmill Hill City Farm

  • 11am – 3pm
  • FREE

Join the Puzzle Island team with activities based in the Wildlife Area. All ages welcome.

Train Rides: M Shed

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Single £2 / Return £3 M Shed to ss Great Britain; under 6s travel free
  • More details

Take a train trip on Britain’s only dockside steam train behind a Bristol-built locomotive.

Mayflower Boat Trips: M Shed

Explore the harbour aboard the world’s oldest steam tug, built in Bristol in 1861.

Hallowe’en Fun: Tyntesfield

  • 11am – 5pm
  • Free (usual admission charge applies)
  • More details

Fearsome fun for all at Tyntesfield including a spooky Hallowe’en trail, eerie arts and crafts, a torchlight tour and pumpkin carving. Fearsome fancy dress is a must!

Tudor Roses Family Discovery Day: The Red Lodge Museum

Join the team at the Red Lodge Museum for some Elizabethan family fun by making a Tudor ruff, rosettes for shoes or a herbal nosegay. Find out about the use of herbs and the meaning behind the Tudor rose.

SUNDAY 25th OCTOBER

Georgian Times Family Discovery Day: The Georgian House Museum

Travel back in time by imagining life in a Georgian household. Come and handle intriguing household objects and compare life then with today.

Hallowe’en Fun: Tyntesfield

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Free (usual admission charge applies)
  • More details

Fearsome fun for all at Tyntesfield including a spooky Hallowe’en trail, eerie arts and crafts, a torchlight tour and pumpkin carving. Fearsome fancy dress is a must!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop: Tyntesfield

Come and have a go at carving your own pumpkin!

Pumpkin Carving at Tobacco Factory Market

  • 11am

This Sunday there will be pumpkin carving for kids.

Train Rides: M Shed

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Single £2 / Return £3 M Shed to ss Great Britain; under 6s travel free
  • More details

Take a train trip on Britain’s only dockside steam train behind a Bristol-built locomotive.

Mayflower Boat Trips: M Shed

Explore the harbour aboard the world’s oldest steam tug, built in Bristol in 1861.

MONDAY 26th OCTOBER

Papua New Guinea Family Discovery Day: Bristol Museum

  • 11am – 3pm
  • FREE

Discover Bristol Museum’s fabulous collection through creative activities, stories and unexpected goings-on! Make your own colourful headdress inspired by the crafts of Papua new Guinea.

Hallowe’en Fun: Tyntesfield

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Free (usual admission charge applies)
  • More details

Fearsome fun for all at Tyntesfield including a spooky Hallowe’en trail, eerie arts and crafts, a torchlight tour and pumpkin carving. Fearsome fancy dress is a must!

Lantern making: Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield House was one of the first properties to have electricity installed. To celebrate this, the team will be making paper lanterns on every other day of this half-term.

Pumpkin Carving Workshop: Tyntesfield

Come and have a go at carving your own pumpkin!

MONDAY 26th & TUESDAY 27th OCTOBER

The Story Cellar Half-Term Spooky Tales: Easton-in-Gordano

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Calling all 6-11 year olds! Explore torch lit tales & shadow puppets while creating a haunted house tour for family and friends. Two days of Halloween themed games and drama activities.

Work with theatre professionals to devise ghostly goings-on and spooky tales galore. Help us create a promenade performance to lead our audience round a ‘haunted’ house, where anything can happen…

Enjoy torch lit tales, shadow puppets, pumpkin carving and sound stories. (NB. Fear factor will be very age appropriate!)

TUESDAY 27th OCTOBER

LEGO Day: Zion Bristol

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If your kids love LEGO, bring them along for a morning of imaginative building fun, games and competitions with prizes for different age groups, all LEGO supplied – plus FREE LEGO mini-figure for all those taking part!

Suitable for ages 4+ but all welcome, Duplo available for very little ones.

Arthur’s Dream Boat: Tobacco Factory Theatres

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Perfect for half term, Long Nose Puppets present a magical, playful children’s show which is so enchanting that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat!

The APE Project: Windmill Hill City Farm

  • 10am – 4pm
  • FREE

Join the APE Project for a Halloween themed cooking and fire session.

Make a Meal Cookery Class 
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One of two school holiday cookery classes for ages 8-14 where children make a two-course meal for two. Each class takes place at Meals for Squeals cookery school in Coalpit Heath, Bristol. Award-winning cookery school, DBS (CRB) checked, food hygiene certification, accredited by Kallikids.

Hallowe’en Fun: Tyntesfield

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Free (usual admission charge applies)
  • More details

Fearsome fun for all at Tyntesfield including a spooky Hallowe’en trail, eerie arts and crafts, a torchlight tour and pumpkin carving. Fearsome fancy dress is a must!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop: Tyntesfield

Come and have a go at carving your own pumpkin!

Spooky Woods Adventure: Tyntesfield

Create some gruesome creatures, bubble up some woodland potions, craft magical kingdoms and tell spooky stories around the campfire!

Golden Fun Adventure Day: The Golden Hill Community Garden

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Calling all explorers and monster hunters! The Ghastly Hill Community Garden needs you! For games, silliness, facepaint, ghouls, goblins and things that go bump in the pumpkin patch!

Family Storytelling: Arnolfini

Interactive storytelling fun with local storyteller Jay Osbourne from Pop Up Tales. Meet in the cafe area for 10.30am to go into the Arnolfini storytelling space for some exciting stories.

Every Drawing tells a Story Family Workshop: Arnolfini

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Join a friendly team of drawing and print students from UWE for a fun and informal workshop, drawing journeys and stories.

The Way to Play: M Shed

Try out toys and games from the past, make your own board games and turn Museum Square into a giant playground.

WEDNESDAY 28th OCTOBER

LEGO Day: Zion Bristol

Zion Lego Day

If your kids love LEGO, bring them along for a morning of imaginative building fun, games and competitions with prizes for different age groups, all LEGO supplied – plus FREE LEGO mini-figure for all those taking part!

Suitable for ages 4+ but all welcome, Duplo available for very little ones.

Autumnal Animals Family Discovery Day: Bristol Museum

  • 11am – 3pm
  • FREE

Explore the Bristol Wildlife Gallery, lose yourself in Autumnal stories around the magical gypsy caravan, bring your questions about native birds to the RSPB stall and make animal and bird masks.

Children’s Cookie Decorating

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A school holiday cookery classes for age 10-16. Children learn a range of different techniques to decorate a batch of cookies using royal icing. The class takes place at Meals for Squeals cookery schoolin Coalpit Heath, Bristol. Award-winning cookery school, DBS (CRB) checked, food hygiene certification, accredited by Kallikids.

In this class you will be making Dresses and Shoes cookies.

Hallowe’en Fun: Tyntesfield

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Free (usual admission charge applies)
  • More details

Fearsome fun for all at Tyntesfield including a spooky Hallowe’en trail, eerie arts and crafts, a torchlight tour and pumpkin carving. Fearsome fancy dress is a must!

Half-term Forest School (8-12 year olds) with Earthwise Forest School

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  • Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th October
  • 10am – 3pm

Join us for some fun and frolics in a stunning woodland overlooking Chew Valley Lake. The small group session includes fire skills, campfire cookery, safe use of knives and hand-tools for wood craft activities, playing games and getting muddy!

8 children maximum. One day bookings available.

For more details and to book, please visit:http://www.getearthwise.co.uk/childrens-activities/calendar/2015/10/28/half-term-forest-school

Lantern making: Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield House was one of the first properties to have electricity installed. To celebrate this, the team will be making paper lanterns on every other day of this half-term.

Learning in the Garden: Wordsworth Centre, Lockleaze

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  • 10am – 12 noon
  • FREE
  • To book your place on one, two or three of the sessions, contact Angela Marshall 0117 903 0060

A free course for parent and children which will held children learn about seeds, bulbs, scarecrows and more through stories, crafts and gardening activities. For mums, dads and carers with few or no qualifications.

Pumpkin Carving Workshop: Tyntesfield

Come and have a go at carving your own pumpkin!

Spooky Woods Adventure: Tyntesfield

Create some gruesome creatures, bubble up some woodland potions, craft magical kingdoms and tell spooky stories around the campfire!

Bling up your Bike & Bike Sale: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

  • 2 – 4pm
  • FREE

Decorate your bikes and scooters and leave the farm on a super-sonic sparkling machine that’ll get your wheels noticed in the coming dark nights. Children and adults bikes for sale at very low prices. A bike mechanic will help you fix your bike too!

Build a Guy: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

  • 2 – 4pm
  • FREE

Join Alan to make an effigy from wood, straw and materials.

Arthur’s Dream Boat: Tobacco Factory Theatres

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Perfect for half term, Long Nose Puppets present a magical, playful children’s show which is so enchanting that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat!

THURSDAY 29th OCTOBER

Golden Fun Adventure Day: The Golden Hill Community Garden

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Calling all explorers and monster hunters! The Ghastly Hill Community Garden needs you! For games, silliness, facepaint, ghouls, goblins and things that go bump in the pumpkin patch!

The Big Draw Them Bones: Bristol Museum

Transform the floor of Bristol Museum into a gigantic picture and bring to life the story of the monstrous Sea Dragons.

Be inspired by our dinosaur specimens; prehistoric ichthyosaur and plesiosaur fossils and be illustrations in the Geology Gallery.

Half-term Forest School (8-12 year olds) with Earthwise Forest School

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  • Wednesday 28th & Thursday 29th October
  • 10am – 3pm

Join us for some fun and frolics in a stunning woodland overlooking Chew Valley Lake. The small group session includes fire skills, campfire cookery, safe use of knives and hand-tools for wood craft activities, playing games and getting muddy!

8 children maximum. One day bookings available.

For more details and to book, please visit:http://www.getearthwise.co.uk/childrens-activities/calendar/2015/10/28/half-term-forest-school

Learning in the Garden: Wordsworth Centre, Lockleaze

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  • 10am – 12 noon
  • FREE
  • To book your place on one, two or three of the sessions, contact Angela Marshall 0117 903 0060

A free course for parent and children which will held children learn about seeds, bulbs, scarecrows and more through stories, crafts and gardening activities. For mums, dads and carers with few or no qualifications.

Arthur’s Dream Boat: Tobacco Factory Theatres

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Perfect for half term, Long Nose Puppets present a magical, playful children’s show which is so enchanting that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat!

Hallowe’en Fun: Tyntesfield

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Free (usual admission charge applies)
  • More details

Fearsome fun for all at Tyntesfield including a spooky Hallowe’en trail, eerie arts and crafts, a torchlight tour and pumpkin carving. Fearsome fancy dress is a must!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop: Tyntesfield

Come and have a go at carving your own pumpkin!

Spooky Woods Adventure: Tyntesfield

Create some gruesome creatures, bubble up some woodland potions, craft magical kingdoms and tell spooky stories around the campfire!

Chaos by Lords of Strutt: Tobacco Factory Theatres

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  • Thu 29 – Sat 31 October 7.30pm / Matinee Fri & Sat 2.30pm
  • Age suitability: 8+ (partial nudity, though nothing you wouldn’t see at the beach, and one curse word might slip through).
  • Tickets Full £12 / Concession £8. Family ticket £34 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)
  • Visit http://www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/detail/chaos_lords_of_strut/

Tobacco Factory Theatres is excited to welcome the fame obsessed and socially impaired Lords of Strut as part of Circus City, Bristol’s new circus festival.

Ireland’s most emotional dancers are here to change the world with dance and share their “idiot proof” secret to life and happiness! In this motivational, roller-coaster of a show, watch Famous Séamus and Seántastic hold it together as they dance and bicker through a hilarious hour of physical and “meta-physical” comedy.

Discover Wildlife: Lawrence Weston Moor

  • 10am – 12pm 
  • FREE
  • Please book: ruthcoleman@virginmedia1.com

Discover wildlife with Avon Wildlife Trust. Hosted by Lawrence Weston Community Farm.

Build a Guy: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

  • 2 – 4pm
  • FREE

Join Alan to make an effigy from wood, straw and materials.

FRIDAY 30th OCTOBER

Arthur’s Dream Boat: Tobacco Factory Theatres

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Perfect for half term, Long Nose Puppets present a magical, playful children’s show which is so enchanting that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat!

Hallowe’en Fun: Tyntesfield

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Free (usual admission charge applies)
  • More details

Children’s Cookery: Pick, Cook and Eat! 

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  • Fri 30th October
  • Under 8 year olds: 10am – 12pm
  • 8-16 year olds: 1pm-4pm 

Two children’s cookery sessions with Earthwise. Join ‘BBC Cook of the Year’, Jo Ingleby as we have fun harvesting crops at The Community Farm and cooking a feast to share!

For more information or to book please visit:

http://www.getearthwise.co.uk/childrens-activities/calendar/2015/9/20/kids-cookery

Learning in the Garden: Wordsworth Centre, Lockleaze

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  • 10am – 12 noon
  • FREE
  • To book your place on one, two or three of the sessions, contact Angela Marshall 0117 903 0060

A free course for parent and children which will held children learn about seeds, bulbs, scarecrows and more through stories, crafts and gardening activities. For mums, dads and carers with few or no qualifications.

Lantern making: Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield House was one of the first properties to have electricity installed. To celebrate this, the team will be making paper lanterns on every other day of this half-term.

Fearsome fun for all at Tyntesfield including a spooky Hallowe’en trail, eerie arts and crafts, a torchlight tour and pumpkin carving. Fearsome fancy dress is a must!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop: Tyntesfield

Come and have a go at carving your own pumpkin!

Uncover Mysterious Medieval Bristol: Church of St John the Baptist 

A free family event at the Church of St John the Baptist on Broad Street. Children (and adults if they like) are invited to dress up in the clothes of their ancestors, ring the bells in the tower & create medieval mementos.

Historical Walk: Redcliffe

  • 1.30 – 3.30pm
  • FREE (donations welcome)
  • Sign up on the day or book in advance: Tel 0117 352 6600
  • More details

A guided walk into the once-autonomous township of Redcliffe, where you will find some of the most impressive remains of historical Bristol.

Chaos by Lords of Strutt: Tobacco Factory Theatres

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  • Thu 29 – Sat 31 October 7.30pm / Matinee Fri & Sat 2.30pm
  • Age suitability: 8+ (partial nudity, though nothing you wouldn’t see at the beach, and one curse word might slip through).
  • Tickets Full £12 / Concession £8. Family ticket £34 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)
  • Visit http://www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/detail/chaos_lords_of_strut/

Ireland’s most emotional dancers are here to change the world with dance and share their “idiot proof” secret to life and happiness! In this motivational, roller-coaster of a show, watch Famous Séamus and Seántastic hold it together as they dance and bicker through a hilarious hour of physical and “meta-physical” comedy.

Project Wild Thing: Resound Community Church, Mangotsfield

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  • 7 – 9pm
  • FREE (donations to Avon Hawk & Owl Trust welcome)
  • Resound, Blackhorse Road, Mangotsfield BS16 9BP
  • Booking essential, please contact Penney Ellis 07896 315778.

Free film night, screening the highly acclaimed Project Wild Thing, followed by an informal discussion about issues raised during the film. Special guest appearance by an owl and a kestrel with Avon Hawk and Owl Trust. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

SATURDAY 31st OCTOBER

Family Film Screening: Arnolfini

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A special U-rated film screening just for families with children of all ages. Doors open 10.45am to collect tickets and choose your seat.

Bristol Family Arts Festival Finale of ‘My Green City’: Arnolfini

An afternoon of Green-themed activities for families. Make a spooky plant costume or prop, create giant drawings, take a storytelling boat trip or help design ways to feed the future city. Most suitable for children aged 5+ but children of all ages welcome to have a go.

Arthur’s Dream Boat: Tobacco Factory Theatres

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Perfect for half term, Long Nose Puppets present a magical, playful children’s show which is so enchanting that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat!

MyMiniDisco Bristol Candy Rave: The Old Fire Station, Silver Street

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To celebrate Halloween MyMiniDisco are throwing an ultraviolet fancy dress disco special, “Candy Rave” (think Day of the Dead, candy skulls and fluorescent costumes).

Ramping up the rave anthems DJ Soul of Man (Finger Lickin’) will be playing from the super sized ghetto blaster and starring local legend and Shambala sensation Annabelle Holland (Frenetic Engineering). Prizes for best costumes, FREE face painting, complimentary snack bags and lots of crazy dancing. For children aged 0-10.

Hallowe’en Fun: Tyntesfield

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  • 11am – 5pm
  • Free (usual admission charge applies)
  • More details

Fearsome fun for all at Tyntesfield including a spooky Hallowe’en trail, eerie arts and crafts, a torchlight tour and pumpkin carving. Fearsome fancy dress is a must!

Pumpkin Carving Workshop: Tyntesfield

Come and have a go at carving your own pumpkin!

The Giant Pumpkin Chase: Eastville Park

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  • 11am – 3pm
  • FREE
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A family treasure hunt around Eastville Park with activities along the route. It’s free, fun and fancy dress is encouraged!

Chaos by Lords of Strutt: Tobacco Factory Theatres

Chaos

  • Thu 29 – Sat 31 October 7.30pm / Matinee Fri & Sat 2.30pm
  • Age suitability: 8+ (partial nudity, though nothing you wouldn’t see at the beach, and one curse word might slip through).
  • Tickets Full £12 / Concession £8. Family ticket £34 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)
  • Visit http://www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/detail/chaos_lords_of_strut/

Ireland’s most emotional dancers are here to change the world with dance and share their “idiot proof” secret to life and happiness! In this motivational, roller-coaster of a show, watch Famous Séamus and Seántastic hold it together as they dance and bicker through a hilarious hour of physical and “meta-physical” comedy.

Family Halloween Storytelling Boat Trip: Arnolfini

  • 2.30 – 4pm
  • £5/£3 concessions and children under 12; free for under-5s
  • More details

A family friendly boat tour to the Ballast Seed Garden. Dress up as your favourite ghost or ghoul and enjoy some spooky storytelling.

Mexican Day of the Dead: Bristol Museum

Celebrate this traditional Mexican festival with face painting, puppetry and real Mexican artefacts.

Create Day of the Dead crafts, add your memories of loved ones to the museum’s colourful shrine and enjoy the vibrant sounds of a Mexican band.

Day of the Dead Halloween Disco: Zion Bristol

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  • 2 – 4pm
  • Entry £3 per child adults & under 2s free entry)
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Bring the kids along for a Halloween party with a difference, join us to celebrate with the Mexican ‘Day of the Dead’ Halloween disco!

We’ll have face-painting, ‘zombie statues’ and Mexican dance-off with spooky prizes to be won. Cafe open all day.
Entry includes squash & a biscuit.

SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER

Sunday Morning Cookery Club

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Monthly cookery club for age 6-8. Make a different recipe every month (no need to sign up for a term, just book the dates/recipes you’d like to come to).

All the classes take place at Meals for Squeals cookery school in Coalpit Heath, Bristol. Award-winning cookery school, DBS (CRB) checked, food hygiene certification, accredited by Kallikids.

Today’s class will be making fruity flapjacks.

Arthur’s Dream Boat: Tobacco Factory Theatres

Arthur's Dream Boat Puppet Image

Perfect for half term, Long Nose Puppets present a magical, playful children’s show which is so enchanting that everyone will want to sail away with Arthur in his dream boat!

Hallowe’en Fun: Tyntesfield

  • 11am – 5pm
  • Free (usual admission charge applies)
  • More details

Fearsome fun for all at Tyntesfield including a spooky Hallowe’en trail, eerie arts and crafts, a torchlight tour and pumpkin carving. Fearsome fancy dress is a must!

Lantern making: Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield House was one of the first properties to have electricity installed. To celebrate this, the team will be making paper lanterns on every other day of this half-term.

Free Fireworks Party: Trinity Centre

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Enjoy some fireworks in the Trinity garden for its annual firework bonanza! Warm your hands on the bonfire, enjoy the spectacular fireworks display and taste some delicious winter treats and performances.

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