Free Summer Holiday Events & Activities For Kids In Bristol This Week: Monday 24th – Sunday 30th July

The Summer holidays are finally here and Bristol doesn’t disappoint this week in terms of Summer holiday fun for kids!

Events and activities this week include a fairy door trail, giant bubble making, arts and crafts, woodland family cooking, bike workshops and lots more exciting stuff for kids to enjoy.

All of the activities below are free or ‘pay what you think’ and the giant bubble making is £2.

Here’s my list of Summer fun for kids this week from Monday 24th – Friday 28th July.

I’ll also be posting ideas of fun things to do on every day of the Summer hols on the Bristol Mum Facebook Page.

Have a good week!

The Blaise Giant’s Fairy Door Trail: Blaise Castle Estate, Henbury

A magical trail of hidden miniature fairy doors waiting to be discovered in Blaise Castle House Museum and in the community gardens. There will also be refreshments and children’s crafts available to enjoy in the gardens.

An event ideal for children aged 3 – 10.

  • Wednesday 26th July, 11am – 3pm
  • Pay what you think
  • Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Road, BS10 7QS
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Fantastical Creatures: St John on the Wall, Central Bristol

A free drop-in event for children and families at the medieval St John on the Wall.

Children can uncover curious creatures roaming the church’s secret crypt, as well as make magical masks, create colourful creatures and invent enormous animals.

There will also be other art and craft fun, dressing-up and music!

  • Thursday 27th July, 11am – 3pm
  • FREE
  • St John on the Wall,  Broad Street, BS1 2EZ
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Woodland Family Cooking: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Share your cooking skills and ideas while everyone cooks a Summer vegetable stew on the fire. All ages.

  • Wednesday 26th July, 2 – 4pm
  • Free (donations welcome)
  • Saltmarch Dr, BS11 0NJ

Giant Bubble Morning: Boiling Wells, St Werburghs City Farm

A drop-in event for children and their families. Make giant bubbles at the beautiful Boiling Wells conservation site. Bring a picnic and make some time to explore the 2 acres of woodland, gardens and ampitheatre!

  • Tuesday 25th July, 10am – 1pm
  • £2 per child
  • Boiling Wells, St Werburghs City Farm, Watercress Rd, BS2 9YJ
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Meet a Pliosaurus at Bristol Museum

A chance for children and families to dive into Bristol’s Jurassic sea, travel back in time 150 million years and come face to face with a real life 8 metre long Pliosaurus!

The Pliosaurus – aka Doris – was discovered in Westbury Wiltshire in 1994 and her fossil is one of the world’s most complete. This will be the first time she has been on public display.

Children can touch her skin, listen to her heartbeat and smell her disgusting breath! Ideal for children aged 3 – 11.

  • Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
  • ‘Pay what you think’ – tickets can be collected from museum’s Box Office on the day
  • Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road, BS8 1RL
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Discover Doris’ Secret Den: Bristol Museum

A special tour of the hidden museum vaults where Doris the Pliosaurus (see above) lives when she is not on display.

Travel down a secret staircase, meet Doris’ weird and wonderful fossil friends, and take the ammonite challenge to learn more about her life at the museum.

Ideal for children aged 7+ and their families.

  • Saturday 29th July, 10 – 11.30am
  • Free (donations welcome)
  • Sign up on the day – no more than 10 people max on tour
  • Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Queens Road, BS8 1RL
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Bristol’s Brilliant Archaeology: Blaise Castle Estate, Henbury

A chance for children to become archaeologists for the day with lots of archaeology-themed fun including demonstrations, displays and archaeological activities.

Mini-excavations, a Roman feast, face-painting Iron Age style, dressing up as a medieval monk, making beautiful flax string jewellery and a chance to handle replica Anglo-Saxon weapons and armour – just a few of the many activities on offer!

  • Saturday 29th July, 11am – 4pm (drop-in)
  • pay what you think
  • Blaise Castle Estate, Henbury Road, BS10 7QS
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Cairns Café, Westbury Park

A welcoming non-profit community café for parents/carers and young children.

Large play area for children, plus space for babies and crawlers. Reasonably priced drinks, cakes and light lunches.

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10am – 2pm (drop-in)
  • Free entry
  • Cairns Café, Cairns Road Baptist Church, Westbury Park
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Kids’ Bike Workshops: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Children can bring their bikes along to the farm to learn how to mend, adjust and clean them. All ages.

  • Tuesday 25th July, 2 – 4pm
  • Free (donations welcome)
  • Saltmarsh Dr, BS11 0NJ

Meet the Thatcher at Blaise Dairy

A chance to see the old dairy’s roof being thatched in the traditional way and to ask the thatcher questions and learn about this process.

  • Thursday 27th July, 11am – 3pm (drop-in)
  • Free (donations welcome)
  • Blaise Castle Estate, Henbury Road, BS10 7QS
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Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed

An exciting new free exhibition at M Shed Bristol revealing how Bristolians lived thousands of years ago, Skeletons: Our Buried Bones will display six skeletons discovered in Bristol alongside six skeletons from the Museum of London’s 20,000-strong collection, bringing to life stories long hidden beneath the ground.

M Shed is open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm in term-time. It is closed on Mondays except on bank holiday Mondays and Mondays during the school holidays. Last entry to Skeletons: Our Buried Bones will be 45 minutes before closing.

  • Open ExhiTuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm
  • Pay what you think
  • Drop-in
  • More details

For more ideas of fun things to do this week please do head over to the Bristol Mum What’s On Page!