Free Summer Holiday Fun For Kids In Bristol This Week: Monday 31st July – Sunday 6th August

I hope the Summer holidays are going well for you all. My first week with the kids at home went quite smoothly!

This week there are lots of great free (or very cheap) events especially for children in Bristol.

The free fun includes a play day on College Green, storytimes at Bristol libraries, a farm family fun day, a chance to meet a real dinosaur, a chance to meet some creatures and creepy crawlies, an Aqua Making Day, a chance to be a detective and a community festival to name but a few!

I hope you find the below list useful. I will also be posting more ideas of child-friendly fun on my Bristol Mum Facebook Page every day of the school holidays.

Have a great week!

MONDAY

Drag Queen Storytime: Bishopston Library

Fun storytelling for children.

  • Monday 31st July, 2pm
  • Free
  • Bishopston Library, 100a Gloucester Rd, BS7 8BN
  • Booking essential – Tel 0117 3576220

Upfest: Bedminster

Europe’s largest FREE street art and graffiti festival.

Artists from all over the world will be painting super-sized street murals, shop front shutters and boards in more than 30 venues and locations all over Bedminster.

  • Monday 31st July, 11am – 4pm
  • Free, no booking required
  • More details

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
  • More details

Children’s free Summer Holiday Activities: Westbury-on-Trym Village

Summer Holiday Activity Sheet for children to do. Children must find wonderful knitted toys and creatures hidden in shop windows, on trees and around the village – owls, butterflies, cats, fairies, teddies, caterpillars and more!

Drag Queen Storytime: Bishopsworth Library

Fun storytelling for children.

  • Monday 31st July, 11am – 12 noon
  • Free
  • Bishopsworth Library, Bishopsworth Rd, Bedminster Down, BS13 7LN
  • Booking essential – Tel 0117 3576220

TUESDAY

Stories and Craft session with Angus Management: Sea Mills Library

Stories and crafts for children aged 4 – 8.

Stories and Craft session with Angus Management: Southmead Library

Stories and crafts for children aged 4 – 8.

Stories and Craft session with Angus Management: Horfield Library

Stories and crafts for children aged 4 – 8.

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!

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
  • More details

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.

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

Children’s free Summer Holiday Activities: Westbury-on-Trym Village

Summer Holiday Activity Sheet for children to do. Children must find wonderful knitted toys and creatures hidden in shop windows, on trees and around the village – owls, butterflies, cats, fairies, teddies, caterpillars and more!

WEDNESDAY

Bristol Play Day 2017: College Green

A free, drop-in event celebrating children’s right to play.

College Green will be transformed into a giant free play zone with just one purpose: for children to be as playful as they wish and have an afternoon of fun!

  • Wednesday 2nd July, 12 – 4pm
  • Free
  • College Green,, BS1 5TR
  • More details

ZooLab: Filwood Library, Knowle

A chance for children to meet some of ZooLab’s animals!

  • Wed 2nd August, 1.30 – 2.30pm
  • 50p per child
  • Booking essential: Tel. 0845 330 6322
  • Filwood Broadway, Knowle, BS4 1JN

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.

  • Wed 2nd August, 11am – 3pm (drop-in)
  • Free (donations welcome)
  • Blaise Castle Estate, Henbury Road, BS10 7QS
  • More details

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
  • More details

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!

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
  • More details

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.

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

Children’s free Summer Holiday Activities: Westbury-on-Trym Village

Summer Holiday Activity Sheet for children to do. Children must find wonderful knitted toys and creatures hidden in shop windows, on trees and around the village – owls, butterflies, cats, fairies, teddies, caterpillars and more!

30th Birthday Family Fun Day: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

Lots of fun for all of the family including making time capsules, dinosaur activities, birthday cake eating, face painting, music, games, nature activities and much more! All ages.

  • Wednesday, 12 – 4pm
  • Free
  • Saltmarsh Dr, BS11 0NJ

Stories and Craft session with Angus Management: Stockwood Library

Stories and crafts for children aged 4 – 8.

Stories and Craft session with Angus Management: Bishopsworth Library

Stories and crafts for children aged 4 – 8.

Stories and Craft session with Angus Management: Hartcliffe Library

Stories and crafts for children aged 4 – 8.

Museum Detectives at The New Room, John Wesley’s Chapel

A free Detective Day in the courtyard for children. The brand new museum, cafe and shop are also now fully open and there will be a spy-tastic trail happening all around the site.

THURSDAY

Phonics Workshop: Clifton Library

A Free Phonics Workshop suitable for children 5-7 years old. This is a free event but you do need to book at the Library

  • Thursday 3rd August, 3 – 4pm
  • Free
  • Clifton Library, Princess Victoria St, BS8 4BX
  • Booking essential: Tel: 0117 9038572

Medieval Merriment: Bristol Cathedral

A free drop-in activity morning – all ages welcome. Arts and crafts (ideal for 1 – 11 year olds), a new children’s trail, plus refreshments available at the Cathedral’s café.

  • Thursday 3rd August, 10am – 12 noon
  • Free
  • Bristol Cathedral, College Green, BS1
  • More details

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!

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
  • More details

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.

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

Children’s free Summer Holiday Activities: Westbury-on-Trym Village

Summer Holiday Activity Sheet for children to do. Children must find wonderful knitted toys and creatures hidden in shop windows, on trees and around the village – owls, butterflies, cats, fairies, teddies, caterpillars and more!

Krik Krak Festival Family Fun: Arnolfini

A celebration of Haitian culture for families.

Discover the culture of the Caribbean island of Haiti through drop in sessions including games, arts and crafts, music class taster, dance class taster, storytelling and more.

  • 11am – 1pm, drop-in
  • Free, donations welcome
  • 16 Narrow Quay, BS1 4QA
  • More details

FRIDAY

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
  • More details

Stories and Craft session with Angus Management: Bishopston Library

Stories and crafts for children age 4 – 8.

  • Friday 4th August, 1.30 – 2.30pm
  • Free
  • Bishopston Library, 100a Gloucester Rd, BS7 8BN
  • Booking essential – Tel 0117 3576220
  • Enquiries: author@angusmanagement.co.uk

Stories and Craft session with Angus Management: Westbury-on-Trym Library

Stories and crafts for children aged 4 – 8.

Stories and Craft session with Angus Management: Central Library

Stories and crafts for children aged 4 – 8.

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!

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
  • More details

Children’s free Summer Holiday Activities: Westbury-on-Trym Village

Summer Holiday Activity Sheet for children to do. Children must find wonderful knitted toys and creatures hidden in shop windows, on trees and around the village – owls, butterflies, cats, fairies, teddies, caterpillars and more!

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.

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

SATURDAY

Aqua Making Day: Windmill Hill City Farm

Water play at the farm for children aged 6 years+.

Come along to the Play Area to make a giant water play board to enjoy at the farm this summer and some splish splashing fun!

  • Saturday 5th August, 10am – 2pm
  • Free, no booking needed
  • Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bedminster
  • More details

Redfest:Church Road, BS5

A free annual community music and arts festival with some fun things for children and families to see and do!

There will be a set of events taking place along Church Road, plus children can help build a cardboard city in St George Community Centre!

Crane Rides: M Shed

Experience a working crane on the dockside with trips inside the electric cranes and the Fairbairn steam crane, M Shed’s biggest exhibits! Trips last approximately 20 minutes.

  • Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August
  • Electric crane rides: £2 / Fairbairn steam crane rides: free, but donations welcome
  • Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN
  • More details

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!

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
  • More details

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.

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

Children’s free Summer Holiday Activities: Westbury-on-Trym Village

Summer Holiday Activity Sheet for children to do. Children must find wonderful knitted toys and creatures hidden in shop windows, on trees and around the village – owls, butterflies, cats, fairies, teddies, caterpillars and more!

SUNDAY

Redfest:Church Road, BS5

A free annual community music and arts festival with some fun things for children and families to see and do!

There will be a set of events taking place along Church Road, plus children can help build a cardboard city in St George Community Centre!

Crane Rides: M Shed

Experience a working crane on the dockside with trips inside the electric cranes and the Fairbairn steam crane, M Shed’s biggest exhibits! Trips last approximately 20 minutes.

  • Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August
  • Electric crane rides: £2 / Fairbairn steam crane rides: free, but donations welcome
  • Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN
  • More details

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!

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
  • More details

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.

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

Children’s free Summer Holiday Activities: Westbury-on-Trym Village

Summer Holiday Activity Sheet for children to do. Children must find wonderful knitted toys and creatures hidden in shop windows, on trees and around the village – owls, butterflies, cats, fairies, teddies, caterpillars and more!

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

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