This Week’s Free Summer Holiday Fun for Kids in Bristol: Monday 14th – Sunday 20th August

It’s week 4 of the Summer hols in Bristol and we’re half-way through the Summer!

There are lots more free (or very cheap) events and activities for kids in Bristol this week. I’m especially excited about the 18 pianos arriving on streets across Bristol this Thursday, all of which are free to play and enjoy!

Hope you find the below list useful – if so, please do pop over to my Facebook page to keep up with even more fun events and activities coming up in Bristol.

Enjoy your week!

MONDAY

Find out about Cats: Bishopston Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

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

Find out about Cats: Filwood 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

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
  • Saltmarch Dr, BS11 0NJ

Children’s Storytelling: Henleaze Library

Free storytelling with the charity, Cats Protection. Ideal for 4-8 years. Drop-in, no need to book.

  • 11.15am
  • Free
  • Henleaze Library, Northumbria Drive, BS9 4HP

Find out about Cats: Clifton 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!

Daytime Disco: Zion Bristol

Bring the kids for a disco dance off at Zion! The lights will be lowered and the glitterball in action! All the classic songs for them and you… to boogie too!

All ages welcome. Refreshments available at the Zion Café 9am – 3pm.

  • 11am – 12 noon
  • £1 per child
  • Zion, Bishopsworth Rd, Bedminster Down, BS13 7JW
  • More details

WEDNESDAY

Pop-Up Play in the Park: Blaise Castle Estate

Exciting free pop up play sessions for children in the grounds of the beautiful Blaise Castle Estate in Henbury.

The fun and creative play sessions are being offered by Unique Voice, a local drama organisation which uses the arts to help inspire children’s creativity, ambition and confidence.

The drop-in session will include games, crafts and other fun activities and will be ideal for children aged 3+ years. No booking required.

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

Dressing-Up Day: Blaise Castle House Museum

Don’t you just love dressing-up? Be inspired by the clothes in our Costume Gallery, explore our Clothes and Fashion Activity Baskets and make your own Victorian paper dolls. Try on our fabulous dressing up clothes to see how you would have looked in Victorian times.

Stop press! Avon Fire and Rescue Service will be popping along so you can try on their hats, see a real fire engine up close and learn about fire safety.

Ideal for ages 3 – 10.

  • 11am – 3pm (drop-in)
  • Pay what you think
  • Blaise Castle House Museum, Henbury Road, BS10 7QS
  • More details

Insect Adventures & Fantastical Creatures: Hillfields Library

An afternoon of mask making for free at Hillfields Library.  Make minibeast masks with Watershed to celebrate the insect characters in their summer Bugs on Film season.

Discover the creatures found in St John in the Wall with the Churches Conservation Trust – make your own creature with model making, masks and projection.

  • 1 – 4pm, drop-in
  • Free, all materials provided
  • Hillfields Libary, Summerleaze, Speedwell, Bristol, BS16 4HL
  • Telephone: 0117 9038576
  • More details

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.

Find out about Cats: Redland Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

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

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!

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

THURSDAY

LEGO Card Swap: Bristol Central Library

All welcome to this LEGO card swap at Bristol Central Library. Please bring any spare cards you have, and hopefully you’ll be able to swap them for the ones you need to complete your collection!

  • 10am – 6pm
  • Free
  • Bristol Central Library, Deanery Rd, BS1 5TL

Ice-cream Sundae Making: Zion

All children welcome to make Ice-cream sundaes whatever the weather! If your little one likes a sweet treat then bring them along for some messy tasty fun… all ages welcome.  

The Zion Café will be open for refreshments 9am-3pm.
  • 10.30 – 11.30am
  • £2 per child
  • Zion, Bishopsworth Rd, Bedminster Down, BS13 7JW
  • More details

Outdoor Film Screening of Monkey Kingdom: Millennium Square

All welcome to a free film screening of ‘Monkey Kingdom’ (PG) on Big Screen Bristol in At-Bristol’s Millennium Square!

The film is 1 hour and 21 minutes in length. Limited deckchair seating provided on first come first served basis. So why not bring your own blankets, chairs or cushions? Bring a picnic or pick up something hot from the At-Bristol Café.

  • 3 – 4.30pm
  • Free
  • Millennium Square, Bristol City Centre, Canon’s Way BS1 5DB
  • More details

Bristol Pound Piano Singalong: Tobacco Factory

All welcome along for a sing-song and a play on Bedminster’s own Play Me, I’m Yours piano at a live community jam event in the Tobacco Factory courtyard. Punters will be encouraged to sing and play along to the theme of money, led by a guest pianist on a beautiful hand decorated piano.

Punters will be given song sheets and will have the chance to exchange sterling for Bristol Pounds at a pop-up cash point. Pianists of any level especially welcome.

  • 6 – 8pm
  • Free
  • Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Rd, BS3 1TF
  • More details

Find out about Cats: Knowle 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!

FRIDAY

Childen’s Centre Farm Afternoon: Lawrence Weston Community Farm

All children aged 0-8 and their parents/carers welcome to join staff from Long Cross Children’s Centre to explore the farm and take part in simple fun activities.

  • 1 – 4pm, drop-in
  • Free
  • Lawrence Weston Community Farm, Saltmarsh Dri, BS11 0NJ
  • More details

Outdoors Fun for Under 8s: The Old Library, Eastville

Free outdoors fun for children under 8 including den building, tree decorating, air twirlers, outdoor games and more in The Old Library garden. Bring a picnic and enjoy the fun!

  • 11am – 2pm, drop-in
  • Free
  • The Old Library, Eastville, BS5 6XP
  • More details

Insect Vinyl Making Workshop: Watershed

A fun, hands-on workshop where children can decorate vinyls for windows at home starring bejewelled bugs of all shapes and sizes.

All materials provided. Ideal for ages 6 – 11 but all ages welcome.

  • 10am – 12 noon, drop-in
  • Free
  • Watershed, 1 Canons Rd, BS1 5TX
  • 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!

Find out about Cats: Westbury Library

Stories and activities with a cat theme for children.

Summer 2017 We Are Family Artist Residency: Arnolfini

We Are Family takes over the first floor of Arnolfini, turning the gallery into a family space and studio for you to create a collaborative experimental film.

Play with giant props and miniature sets to imagine your perfect future worlds. Use green screen technology to layer ideas and films together and watch your work appear on the big screen.

Most suitable for 5+ but all welcome!

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

Outdoor Screening of Planet of the Apes: Millennium Square

Free outdoor evening screening of Planet of the Apes (12 rating) in Bristol’s Millennium Square. Film is 1 hour 52 minutes.

Limited deckchair seating provided on first come first served basis. So why not bring your own blankets, chairs or cushions? Remember to bring warm clothes and pack a picnic!

  • 8- 10pm
  • Free
  • Millennium Square, Bristol City Centre, Canon’s Way BS1 5DB
  • More details

SATURDAY

Pop-Up Play in the Park: Blaise Castle Estate

Exciting free pop up play sessions for children in the grounds of the beautiful Blaise Castle Estate in Henbury.

The fun and creative play sessions are being offered by Unique Voice, a local drama organisation which uses the arts to help inspire children’s creativity, ambition and confidence.

The drop-in session will include games, crafts and other fun activities and will be ideal for children aged 3+ years. No booking required.

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

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!

Friends of Stoke Park Picnic

All welcome to this community picnic and fun day in Stoke Park featuring Jody’s outdoor drama workshop for children: ‘Granny’s Knickers’ with Nora and Winnie! Bring a blanket and picnic.

  • 2 – 4.30pm
  • Free
  • Meet at Romney Avenue entrance to Stoke Park (opposite Stanfield Close), Lockleaze, BS7
  • More details

Summer 2017 We Are Family Artist Residency: Arnolfini

We Are Family takes over the first floor of Arnolfini, turning the gallery into a family space and studio for you to create a collaborative experimental film.

Play with giant props and miniature sets to imagine your perfect future worlds. Use green screen technology to layer ideas and films together and watch your work appear on the big screen.

Most suitable for 5+ but all welcome!

Daughters of Igbo Woman: Georgian House Museum

African writers respond to Bristol’s transatlantic slavery legacy by evoking the voices of three generations of women from one family, separated by the Atlantic ocean.

Daughters of Igbo Woman is a memorial installation using film and sound in remembrance of Fanny Coker (1767-1820). Fanny Coker was maidservant to Mrs Pinney at the Georgian House.

These installations mark 250 years since Fanny’s Coker’s birth in Nevis.

  • 11am – 4pm
  • Free, donations welcome
  • Georgian House Museum, 7 Great George St, BS1 5RR
  • More details

SUNDAY

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

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 vic.harrison@blueyonder.co.uk 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
  • More details

Big Bemmy Banquet: North Street, Bedminster

This event will see the lower end of North Street, from Hebron Road to Cannon Street, be transformed for the Big Bedminster Banquet.

As well as the massive banquet the street will be filled with live entertainment. There will be live music, displays and demonstrations from community groups and kids activities all inspired by international influences.

This is no ordinary banquet as 500 meals will be served up for free, as part of a wider initiative to honour the hard work and dedication of some of the areas’ unsung heroes and the BID are asking people to nominate those who they feel deserves a seat at the table this August.

Nominees will receive their free meal ticket for the event on August 20th, as lower North Street will be transformed into a globally inspired dining destination. Local traders will serve up special one-off dishes and those from a little further afield will be joining in with stalls and pop-ups, to add to the market feel. However, you don’t have to be a ticket holder to get in on the fun, the Big Bedminster Banquet will be open to all and people are encouraged to come on down and get a flavour of Bedminster.

Daughters of Igbo Woman: Georgian House Museum

African writers respond to Bristol’s transatlantic slavery legacy by evoking the voices of three generations of women from one family, separated by the Atlantic ocean.

Daughters of Igbo Woman is a memorial installation using film and sound in remembrance of Fanny Coker (1767-1820). Fanny Coker was maidservant to Mrs Pinney at the Georgian House.

These installations mark 250 years since Fanny’s Coker’s birth in Nevis.

  • 11am – 4pm
  • Free, donations welcome
  • Georgian House Museum, 7 Great George St, BS1 5RR
  • 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!

Summer 2017 We Are Family Artist Residency: Arnolfini

We Are Family takes over the first floor of Arnolfini, turning the gallery into a family space and studio for you to create a collaborative experimental film.

Play with giant props and miniature sets to imagine your perfect future worlds. Use green screen technology to layer ideas and films together and watch your work appear on the big screen.

Most suitable for 5+ but all welcome!

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