Make a day of it!

Here some suggested itineraries so you and your family can make the very best of the 2015 Bristol Family Arts Festival by spending a whole day exploring some of the activities and events on offer in different parts of the city.

Friday 23 October 2015

Suggested activities all suitable for families with children aged 8+ good for kids interested in video games, conservation, nature and the world of TV!


10am – 6pm the Cardboard Arcade Bristol Old Vic FREE
11am – 4pm Nature Camera Action Discovery Day M Shed FREE
12:30pm Conservation in Action Brunel’s ss Great Britain FREE
5pm Game Bristol Old Vic £12 Adults/£8 Concessions and Children (Plus Booking Fee)

10am start your day in one of the oldest parts of Bristol, exploring the Cardboard Arcade at Bristol Old Vic. Then you might like to take a leisurely stroll along the harbour side (or perhaps a ferry?) to go and see some Conservation in Action at the SS Great Britain at 12:30pm. If you still have energy to spare, walk back along the water to the M Shed for Nature Camera Action from 11am – 4pm and then head back to the Old Vic for some Circus-Theatre fun (and a much needed sit down!) at 5pm. All finished by 6:30! There are loads of tasty treats from every corner of the globe to be had at St Nicholas Markets in the old city. You can also find great food along the waterfront or take a picnic. If the weather is fine, there will be plenty of lovely spots to munch along the way, but watch out for the sneaky seagulls!

Saturday 24 October 2015

Suggested activities all suitable for families with children aged 5+ great for active families and children interested in how things work, transport (you may spot boats, trains, cranes, buses and bikes!), history and storytelling!


11am – 3pm Build a Power House Underfall Boat Yard FREE
Time TBC - Bedtime Stories Show Arnolfini £13/£9

Explore Bristol’s maritime and industrial heritage with a visit to one of the cities previously unsung historic heroes, soon to be home to a brand new visitor attraction, the Underfall Boat Yard! Get creative, inventing, designing and making your own power house designs. Then wander, cycle or sail back towards the centre, taking in the sights along the way, including the SS Great Britain, the Bristol Packet, Bristol Harbour Railway, the Matthew and the M Shed! A quick hop across the river will take you back to the Arnolfini in time for some snuggly buggly bedtime stories! You can find great food along the waterfront or take a picnic. Bike mad families might want to pay a visit to the Mud Dock Cycle works and Café.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Suggested activities all suitable for families with children aged 3 – 8 interested in puppets, crafts and storytelling. 


Also for active outdoor families happy to travel further afield to ASHTON COURT AND LEIGH WOODS

10am – 4pm Tobacco FactoryTheatres Craft Corner Factory Theatre Café, Tobacco Factory Theatres FREE
11am and 2pm Arthur’s Dream Boatby Longnose Puppets Tobacco Factory Theatres £7
Park walks and play at Greville Smyth Park, Ashton Court Estate and Leigh Woods

Fancy a fun day out south of the river? Come and get crafty at the Tobacco Factory and then enjoy a fabulous playful puppet show! You could combine this with some time outside exploring the lovely Greville Smyth Park or café hop along the vibrant North Street. If you fancied exploring a little further afield you could travel west to the Ashton Court Estate where you can see all sorts of beautiful wildlife including the estates deer and enjoy rambling walks if it is fine and kite flying if it is windy! Travel further north and you will reach Leigh Woods National Nature Reserve where they have Family Den Building Workshops running at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Under 4s can attend for FREE all other tickets are £3.50 and must be booked in advance.

Thursday 29 October 2015 

Suggested activities suitable for ALL the family, especially those interested in dinosaurs, drawing and films! 


11am – 3pm the Big Draw: ThemBones! Bristol Museum and Art Gallery FREE
1pm LOVE Family Film at Watershed £6.50/£4.50
1pm Clarinet & Piano Recital St George’s Bristol £7 Under 21s FREE

Come and get arty with The Big Draw and explore skeletons through songs, stories, drawing and making. There is loads to see and do at Bristol Museum and Park Street offers a wide range of chain and independent shops to explore including some great eateries, especially the hidden cafes at Bristol Guild and the Folk House. Need some outdoor play time? Check out the great play areas and Nature Park at Brandon Hill. If you are feeling energetic you could even climb Cabot Tower for some fantastic views of the city. Then head down to the Watershed for some movie magic or for something a little different, pop along to St George’s Bristol to hear clarinettist Peter Cigleris play music by Bax, Schumann and Brahms.

Friday 30 October 2015 

Suggested activities suitable for families with children aged 5+ interested in designing and making, history and hidden secrets! 


2pm – 5pm Shoe Boxes and Shipping Containers! Architecture Centre FREE
2pm – 6pm Uncover Mysterious Medieval Bristol St John the Baptist Church FREE, Donations Welcomed

Spend a morning exploring the attractions of Bristol’s vibrant harbourside, then pop into the Architecture Centre to build your own ‘Grand Design’ ‘snug’ home, before travelling back in time to medieval Bristol at the historic St John the Baptist on Broad Street, built into the city wall in the 14th century! And all for FREE! Fantastic.

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