Summer Activities for Children & Young People at Bristol Museums

This Summer there are some creative and engaging events at Bristol Museums for children and young people.

The events include a printing workshop where you will decorate your own bag using inspiration from the beautiful shapes and patterns around Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, a one-day stage school giving you an insight into the world of performing arts, an archaeology workshop for budding archaeologists and a trip down the Nile!

The courses will keep young minds inspired and keen to learn over the summer holidays. Children and young people will learn new skills, develop creative talents, meet new friends and get to see the museums more intimately, providing a wonderful opportunity for young people.

The courses might also help out with child care as they are a minimum of 3 hours, with the Summer Art Attack event a duration of 6 hours, giving struggling Mums  and Dads a solution to keep the kids occupied – and eyes away from ipads and phones!

Below is the full line-up of events…


Acting History: M Shed

A one-day stage school for teenagers who’d like to develop skills in drama and performance. Actress Kim Hicks will help you practice using a space, your body, your voice and your response to a stimulus.

Take inspiration from M Shed’s galleries and objects to develop characters and improvise. Chat to Kim about life as an actress in Bristol and gain a valuable insight into the performing arts.

Recommended for young people aged 14 – 17.

  • 10.30am – 3pm
  • £20 per young person
  • Limited spaces – please book in advance
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN
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Summer Art Attack: Bristol Museum & Gallery

A fun-filled day turning your imaginative ideas into reality. See what a museum looks like behind the scenes and explore the awesome objects, paintings and ancient artefacts on display.

Get busy making your own work of art achieving your ‘Discover’ Arts Award certificate in the process.

Price includes cost of the certificate. Recommended for children aged 8 – 13 years old.

  • 10am – 4pm
  • £25 per child
  • Limited spaces – please book in advance
  • Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Road, BS8 1RL
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Dig it! M Shed

Take part in a fun and challenging session especially for budding archaeologists. Investigate a mock burial site, discuss ‘what rots’ and handle real archaeological finds to learn about our past.

The session includes a guided visit to Skeletons: Our Buried Bones featuring an interactive Bone Lab.

Suitable for children aged 8 – 13 years old.

  • 10am – 1pm
  • £10 per child
  • Limited spaces – please book in advance
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, BS1 4RN
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Dressing the Bristol Crocodile: M Shed

Can you sew or crochet?

Over the last four months dozens of people have been attending workshops and crocheting motifs inspired by the pumphouse floor in Underfall Yard.

The motifs will be sewn together over two days to create a beautiful coat for the Bristol crocodile. We will also be crocheting more motifs, teeth and parts for the inside of his mouth in this final crocodile inspired event.

The day will be led by Vic Harrison of Crafting the City, who you may know from Briswool and Paper Village.

Drop in on either day or get in contact with for more information. Please bring a 3.25 crochet hook or knitting needles.

The crocodile will go on display in various venues around the Bristol dockside.

  • Sunday 20th & Monday 21st August
  • Free – donations welcome
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, BS1 4RN
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Mummy Trouble: Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

Sail down the Nile with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery!

Older children will love this hands-on workshop exploring pyramids, pharaohs and mummification.

Practice hieroglyphic writing, create your own mini-mummy and decorate a canopic jar, all inspired by the museum’s fantastic Egypt gallery.

Suitable for children aged 8 – 13 years old.

  • 10am – 1pm
  • £10 per child
  • Limited spaces – booking essential
  • More details

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