What’s on for Children & Families in Bristol this Weekend: 23/04/16 – 24/04/16

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This weekend there are some really fun events planned in and near Bristol for children and families!

There’s miniature train rides at Ashton Court, a chance to ‘meet’ Shakespeare at Bristol Central Library, pinhole camera making at Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor centre, a dance performance especially for young children of The Enormous Turnip, free arty crafty play at Children’s Scrapstore, crane rides at M Shed – I could go on and on!

Below is the full line-up of events, plus please do also check out my list of 20 free and fantastic places in Bristol to visit with kids. There is also a Bristol Mum Facebook page so please do give it a like for future ideas and inspiration of fun things to do with your kids!

Hope you have a good one!

SATURDAY

Drop-in Shakespeare Selfie Day at Bristol Central Library

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Come and meet the Bard at Bristol Central Library! An event celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary in a big way. ‘Shakespeare’ will be mingling and meeting people from 3.15 – 5pm, with readings from Shakespeare, Selfie opportunities and a children’s craft table.

Tiny Steps’ Dance Performance of The Enormous Turnip with Odva Contemporary Dance Company

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A family dance performance in a relaxed environment for babies, toddlers and their families. 30 minutes of dance performance and interactive workshop with dancers Svetlana Ovsyannikova and Federica Scuto with young children invited to join in! This event is ideal for the 0-4 age group but all ages are welcome.

Open Day at Children’s Scrapstore

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An open day at the Children’s Scrapstore warehouse to the public for one day only, with arts and crafts, face painting and more!

Entry is free, and visitors are welcome to a basket of scrap for a charitable donation. There will be a Room to Play session, scrap games, arts and crafts sessions, face painting, a bike exchange, graffiti murals and more…

Children’s Clothes, Toys & Baby Equipment Sale at Cairns Road Baptist Church

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Quality second-hand bargains galore at this Nearly New Sale. Refreshments available.

Mad Hatters Tea Party Charity Fundraiser: The Eastfield Inn

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The Eastfield Inn’s yearly charity family funday to raise money for South Westerm Ambulance Service this year. The day will consist of stalls, games, a tea party, Disney character, live muisc, BBQ and a raffle!

Crane Rides at M Shed

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Enjoy a trip inside the electric cranes on the dockside, plus the Fairbairn Steam Crane, M Shed’s biggest exhibits! Buy tickets on board on the day. Trips last 20 minutes.

  • Electric cranes £2
  • Fairbairn Steam Crane free (donations welcome)
  • More details

Nearly New Sale & Fun Day: Chipping Sodbury

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Family Funday and Nearly New Sale all in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Local MP Luke Hall will be supporting the event and officially opening the doors at 10am.

  • 10am – 1.30pm
  • Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

Free Guided Tour of Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Enjoy a free guided tour of Clifton Suspension Bridge. Find your volunteer guide by the Clifton Toll Booth (Bristol side of the bridge) wearing a high-vis jacket. Tours last 45 minutes – 1 hour and end at the Visitor Centre on the Leigh Woods side of the bridge. Clifton Suspension Bridge is a great place to take kids at any time – please read about our trip here!

KMC Pre-school Live Mural Arts & Crafts Funday: Kingswood Methodist Church

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A chance to see some of Upfest’s well known Street artists in action alongside other talented artists painting an educational mural live for Kingswood Methodist Church Pre-school. Lots of Arts and crafts for the children, plus arts and craft stalls with beautiful hand-crafted items and artwork for sale. There will also be a Barbecue from J2 Catering, face painting, sweet stalls, cake stalls and used toy stalls and more.

5th Bristol Scout Group Table top Sale: Brislington

Lots of bargains to grab, plus refreshments and cake, Tombola stall and hot food.

  • 11am
  • The Wigwam, Brookside Rd, Brislington, BS4 4JS

SUNDAY

Miniature Train Rides at Ashton Court

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Take a miniature train ride with your kids at Ashton Court Railway.

  • 12 – 5pm (weather permitting)
  • 90p per ride or 5 tickets for £4 or 10 tickets for £8
  • More details

Crane Rides at M Shed

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Enjoy a trip inside the electric cranes on the dockside, plus the Fairbairn Steam Crane, M Shed’s biggest exhibits! Buy tickets on board on the day. Trips last 20 minutes.

  • Electric cranes £2
  • Fairbairn Steam Crane free (donations welcome)
  • More details

Free Guided Tour of Clifton Suspension Bridge

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Enjoy a free guided tour of Clifton Suspension Bridge. Find your volunteer guide by the Clifton Toll Booth (Bristol side of the bridge) wearing a high-vis jacket. Tours last 45 minutes – 1 hour and end at the Visitor Centre on the Leigh Woods side of the bridge. Clifton Suspension Bridge is a great place to take kids at any time – please read about our trip here!

Free Pinhole Camera Workshop for Families: Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre

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Join a leading Pinhole Camera expert for a free family workshop and enjoy making a pinhole camera and producing a negative to take home! Spaces limited so places must be booked in advance.

Spring detectives (Family event)

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Have fun and fresh air on this special spring walk with Geraldine Taylor and Mandy Leivers. How many signs of spring can you spot along the way? Find out about the plants and animals that live on the Downs and get crafty by making your own little spring world in a jar!

  • 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • £4.00 (No charge for under 5s)
  • On the Downs
  • Book with the Avon Gorge & Downs Wildlife Project at Bristol Zoo on 0117 9030609 or
    e-mail mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

Grand Opening of the new Pond Dipping Platform on Horfield Common

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Join Friends of Horfield Common, plus the Hawk and Owl Trust to celebrate the opening of the new Pond Dipping Platform. Following the official opening at 10am, there will be free kids’ nature activities, plus birds of prey to see!

  • 10am
  • FREE
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