This Week’s Free Summer Holiday Fun for Kids in Bristol: Monday 7th – Sunday 13th August

It’s week 3 of the Summer holidays and Bristol doesn’t disappoint with lots of great free (or very cheap) events and activities for kids to enjoy!

The free fun includes Drag Queen Storytelling, the Ashton Court Balloon Fiesta, All About Cats workshops at libraries across Bristol, creative fun at Bristol Museums, pop-up play in the park events and activities at the farm.

There are even shooting stars to see in the sky one night this week!

Here’s this week’s list of free fun and please do also check out my Facebook page for even more ideas and inspiration this week…

MONDAY

Find out about Cats: Bedminster Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

Find out about Cats: Fishponds Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

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!

TUESDAY

Children’s Storytelling & Crafts: Henleaze Library

Free storytelling and craft activities with Angus Management, animal detective extraodinaire. Ideal for 4-8 years. Drop-in, no need to book.

  • 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • Free
  • Henleaze Library, Northumbria Drive, BS9 4HP
  • More details

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.

  • 2 – 4pm
  • Free
  • Saltmarsh Dr, BS11 0NJ

Woodland Play: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

With APE Project CIC. An adventure play trail and swing balance scramble in the Water Vole Woodland. Please wear long sleeves/trousers. All ages.

  • 2 – 5pm
  • Free
  • Lawrence Weston Community Farm, Saltmarsh Dri, BS11 0NJ
  • More details

Find out about Cats: Hillfields Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

Find out about Cats: Marksbury Road Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

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

Pop-up Play in the Park: Blaise Castle Estate

Free fun and creative drop-in session for kids aged 3+. Games, activities and crafts. All welcome!

  • Two sessions: 10 – 11.30am or 12 – 1.30pm
  • Free
  • Blaise Castle Estate, Kings Weston Road, Lawrence Weston BS10 7QS
  • More details

St Anne’s BIG Picnic

Join the St Anne’s community for a BIG picnic in the park. Meet other residents, find out about local events and meet local groups. Bring a picnic and something to share if you wish.

Animal Story Factory: Blaise Castle House Museum

Create your own animal story with local children’s author Rachel Carter. Invent a character, plan your plot and write an amazing adventure using the gardens and woodlands around Blaise Castle House as an inspiration.

Craft activities will be taking place and refreshments will be served in the amazing Community Gardens which will be open to explore especially for this event.

Ideal for ages 3 – 10.

Find out about Cats: Bishopsworth Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

Find out about Cats: Henbury Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

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!

THURSDAY

Wonderful Windows: 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.

  • 10am – 12 noon
  • Free
  • Bristol Cathedral, College Green, BS1
  • More details

Traditional Tales from around the World: Bristol Cathedral

Join Chip Colquhoun for an afternoon of fun and engaging stories from all over the world. Puppetry, songs and lots of joining in! Ideal for 5 – 11s.

  • 1.30 – 3pm
  • £2 per person, under 5s free
  • Tickets available on Eventbrite/on door
  • Bristol Cathedral, College Green, BS1
  • More details

St Anne’s BIG Picnic

Join the St Anne’s community for a BIG picnic in the park. Meet other residents, find out about local events and meet local groups. Bring a picnic and something to share if you wish.

Find out about Cats: Central Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

Find out about Cats: St Paul’s Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017: Ashton Court Estate

The launch of Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017, Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons and four days of free family-friendly fun.

There will also be great trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment.

  • Free entry
  • Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, BS41 9JN
  • 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!

FRIDAY

Drag Queen Storytime: Bristol Central Library

Fun storytelling for children.

  • Friday 11th August, 11am
  • Free
  • Bristol Central Library, Deanery Rd, BS1
  • More details

Pop-up Play in the Park: Blaise Castle Estate

Free fun and creative drop-in session for kids aged 3+. Games, activities and crafts. All welcome!

  • Two sessions: 10 – 11.30am or 12 – 1.30pm
  • Free
  • Blaise Castle Estate, Kings Weston Road, Lawrence Weston BS10 7QS
  • More details

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017: Ashton Court Estate

Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons  and four days of free family-friendly fun. As well as 150 hot air balloons, there will also be great trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment.

  • Free entry
  • Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, BS41 9JN
  • 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

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!

SATURDAY

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017: Ashton Court Estate

Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons  and four days of free family-friendly fun. As well as 150 hot air balloons, there will also be great trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment.

  • Free entry
  • Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, BS41 9JN
  • More details

Train Rides: M Shed

Take a steam train ride on Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed. The train will be pulled by the locomotive Portbury.

  • 11am – 4pm (buy tickets on board on the day)
  • Single £2 / Return £3 (M Shed to ss Great Britain) / Under 6s travel free
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, 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!

Shooting Stars Over Bristol

This one’s a late one but just in case the kids have you up in the night, it’s worth looking out of your window as tonight will be the annual Perseid meteor shower!

SUNDAY

Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017: Ashton Court Estate

The last day of Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017, Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons and four days of free family-friendly fun.

As well as 150 hot air balloons, there will also be great trade stands, fairground rides and entertainment.

  • Free entry
  • Ashton Court Estate, Long Ashton, BS41 9JN
  • More details

Train Rides: M Shed

Take a steam train ride on Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed. The train will be pulled by the locomotive Portbury.

  • 11am – 4pm (buy tickets on board on the day)
  • Single £2 / Return £3 (M Shed to ss Great Britain) / Under 6s travel free
  • M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, 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!

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