What’s on for Families this Weekend in Bristol: 8/10/16 – 9/10/16


The weekend is finally here and there’s lots of family-friendly fun on offer in Bristol!

There’s miniature steam train rides at Ashton Court Miniature Railway, a pedal-powered cinema in St Andrew’s Park, pony rides at Avon Riding Centre, a Pirates of the Carribean concert with Bristol Orchestra, UK Fungus Day at Feed Bristol, plus bats, pond dipping, snail racing and more outdoor activities at Grimsbury Farm – yes it’s all going on!

Have a great weekend lovely Bristol Mum readers!


Big Green Weekend 2016 at Grimsbury Farm, Kingswood

A free and family-friendly event.

Lots of great outdoor activities for kids including archery, bug hunting, nature crafts, pond dipping, a treasure hunt and snail racing. Avon Bat Group will also be there with some bats for children to learn about!

No booking needed – just turn up and enjoy.


  • 10.30am – 3.30pm
  • FREE
  • Tree Life Centre, Grimsbury Farm, Kingswood BS15 9SE
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Children’s Clothes, Toys and Baby Equipment Sale: Cairns Road Church

Quality second-hand items for sale. Bargains include children’s clothes for ages 0-8 years, toys, games, puzzles, bikes, baby equipment, maternity clothes, prams and more. Refreshments available.

Profits go to Noah’s Ark Pre-school, a registered charity.


  • 11am – 1pm
  • £1 per adult
  • Cairns Road Baptist Church, Cairns Road, Westbury Park
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Witness the Wild: St Andrew’s Park Takeover

On Saturday evening St Andrew’s Park will be taken over by Witness the Wild, a pedal-powered wildlife cinema!

Witness the Wild is currently touring through Bristol showing free pop-up and pedal-powered wildlife film screenings, endangered species street art and an open-air, environmentally friendly, sustainably-sourced photography exhibition, featuring some of the world’s best wildlife photographers.

This screening is completely free and booking is not required. Please bring warm clothing and something to sit on!


  • 6 – 10pm
  • FREE
  • St Andrew’s Park, Effingham Road, St Andrew’s, BS6
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Open Day at Clifton College Upper School

A chance to learn about the outstanding opportunities on offer to children aged 13 – 18 at the Upper School at Clifton College. The open day includes a welcome from the Headmaster and a tour of Clifton College’s amazing facilities.


Steam Train Rides on Bristol Harbour Railway

Take a train trip from M Shed on Britain’s only dockside steam railway behind Bristol-build locomotive, Portbury. Trips last 20 mins approx.

M Shed train

  • 11am – 4pm
  • Single £2, Return £3, under 6s travel free – buy tickets on board on the day
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Cheeki Monkeys Baby & Children’s Market: The Castle School, Thornbury 

A pop-up Baby and Children’s market/event and fun family day out with FREE GOODY BAG FOR FIRST 100 PAYING ADULTS! The place where ‘smart parents’ shop – save 90% on quality pre-loved goods.

Plenty to keep the little ones amused including bouncy castle, soft play and FREE kids colouring competition – where there is a HUGE teddy to be won!

Kids goody bags also available (small charge for goody bags and some activities).

Buy and sell babies and children’s toys, clothes, equipment and essentials… pre-loved stalls £10 (craft and business stalls also available).

To book a stall please visit www.cheekimonkeys.co.uk/south-glos-bristol

If you are stuck for something to do with the children…. then pop on down. Includes yummy treats, great gifts and fantastic offers for the whole family!

WIN some great prizes, including paintball, cinema and bowling tickets in our charity raffle for the Jessie May Trust!


  • Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
  • Venue: The Castle School, Park Road, Thornbury BS35 1HT
  • Entry: £1.50 Adult entry, FREE child entry
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Pirates of the Carribean with Bristol Concert Orchestra: Bristol Grammar School

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Climb aboard for this concert for children with music sure to make a splash: music from the Pirates of the Caribbean films (interspersed with narration by David Barrell) and The Padstow Lifeboat by Malcolm Arnold with a feature the children are sure to love.

This FREE concert by Bristol Concert Orchestra will be a great way to introduce your children to the thrill of hearing a live orchestra play right in front of them, in the grand setting of the Great Hall at Bristol Grammar School.

Demand is expected to be high, so be sure to secure your seats now to avoid disappointment.

  • Time: 2pm
  • Cost: FREE for children and adults accompanied by children (if at least one member of your party is under 12, your entire party gets in free!). Unaccompanied adults £8.
  • Book online: http://www.bristolconcertorchestra.org.uk/tickets/
  • The Great Hall, Bristol Grammar School, University Road, BS8 1SR

Steam Train Rides on Bristol Harbour Railway

Take a train trip from M Shed on Britain’s only dockside steam railway behind Bristol-build locomotive, Portbury. Trips last 20 mins approx.

M Shed train

  • 11am – 4pm
  • Single £2, Return £3, under 6s travel free – buy tickets on board on the day
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UK Fungus Day: Feed Bristol

A free, fun and educational event for all ages to find out more about the fascinating world of fungi.

There will be children’s activities, a fungi film space, a fungi foray to find mushrooms in the wild, mushroom cultivation workshops to help you to grow your own mushrooms at home, mushroom laboratory tours showing you Feed Bristol grow edible and medicinal fungi on site, a chance to try and buy unusual cultivated fungi and much more!


  • 10am – 4pm
  • FREE
  • Feed Bristol, Frenchay Park Road, BS16 1EL
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Miniature Train Rides at Ashton Court


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
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Open Day at Avon Riding Centre

Fun and games for all the family including pony Rides, Falconry, barbecue, riding demos, 4 x 4 “Safaris”, a new Wheelchair-friendly woodland walk to try out and more.