Weekend Fun for Kids in Bristol: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th February


Hooray, the weekend is finally here! If you are looking for ideas of fun things to do, here’s a list of what’s on in Bristol especially for children and families.

This weekend kids can become a warrior for the day, follow in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes and solve a mystery, enjoy amazing magic at a magic show, enjoy culinary activities and crafts, get writing at a Creative Writing Workshop, go on a boat ride and more!

Here’s the full line-up…

Warrior Weekend: Bristol Museum

  • When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 4pm (drop-in)
  • Where: Bristol Museum, Queens Road, BS1 1RL
  • Cost: FREE (however activities which take place in the Warrior Treasures Gallery are free for children but over 16s must pay – adults get £1 off exhibition entry with one child).
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A chance to become a warrior for the weekend! Children and families can meet the Wulfheodenas Anglo-Saxon warriors and get up close to replica weapons and armoury with games and demonstrations. There will also be crafts, dressing-up, traditional board games and storytelling (storytelling sessions at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm).

Family Comedy and Magic Show: Smoke & Mirrors

  • When: Saturday, 4.30 – 6.30pm
  • Where: Smoke & Mirrors, 8 Denmark Street, BS1 5DQ


A Family Comedy and Magic Show especially for families with children aged 8+ at Smoke & Mirrors, the UK’s Only Boutique Magic Theatre Pub.

From the moment you walk through the door to when you leave you can enjoy full-blown magical entertainment!

On entering Smoke & Mirrors you will be greeted by the in-house close-up magician who will bamboozle you with great drinks and other welcoming staff will be on hand to look after your drinks and food requirements.

At 4.15pm you will be invited to enter the Smoke & Mirrors 1920s-style theatre seating just 48; it’s cosy and the atmosphere is electric! The Smoke & Mirrors theatre host will seat you at your table and take your interval drinks for you.

Once all guests are seated the show starts at 4.30pm, with the Smoke & Mirrors resident compere guiding you with what you are about to witness. You will then be treated to 90 minutes of fantastic magic and comedy with two Smoke & Mirrors House Magicians!

Pyronaut Boat Trips: M Shed

  • When: Saturday & Sunday
  • Where: M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN
  • Cost: Buy tickets on board on the day – adults £6, children £4
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M Shed boats

Take a boat trip with a difference! Watch the powerful water cannon at work on Bristol’s former fire-boat on a trip round the docks that she was built to protect. Trips last approximately 30 minutes.

‘Children’s Storytelling Spiderweb’ Creative Writing Workshop: Spike Island

  • When: Saturday, 1 – 3pm
  • Where: Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Rd, BS1 6UX
  • Cost: FREE
  • Booking required – REGISTER HERE


A free creative writing workshop for children aged under 16.

Do you want to learn to tell a story? An adventure story? A scary story? An animal story? Or something completely different?

In the Storytelling Spiderweb, you can tell your story and see it come to life as it is attached to the ever-growing web of tales. Pens, card and spiderweb are all provided – all you need to bring is your imagination.

IBT17 Playing Up, presented by Live Art Development Agency: Arnolfini

  • Dates: Saturday & Sunday
  • Time: 11am – 5pm
  • Cost: Free (donations welcome)
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Live Art Game For Kids And Adults Dance with animals, remote control an adult, search for miracles, follow a random passer-by. Ideal for families with children aged 6 years +.

‘Valentine’s Special’ Love Food Festival: Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol

  • When: Sunday, 10.30am – 4pm (drop-in)
  • Where: Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH
  • Cost: Free entry
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A free event for children and families celebrating love, community and food! Cooking demonstrations for children and grown-ups, Valentine’s Day card-making, indoor market selling lots of delicious food, plus lots more!

Sherlock’s Super Sleuth Mystery Trail: Tyntesfield

  • When: Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 3.30pm
  • Where: Tyntesfield,
  • Cost: £3 per person, plus usual National Trust admission charge applies (prize included)
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A mystery on the Tyntesfield estate, elementary my dear Watson… children and families can follow in the footsteps of the great Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusting associate and solve some exciting mysteries around the estate! Once solved, you can collect your prize!