Get ready for a hauntingly good time this October half term in Bristol! Whether you're into theatre, the outdoors, drawing or board games, there's something for everyone to enjoy! It's the perfect time to spend time together as a family and have fun doing it.
So get your diaries out and use this handy list of family friendly activities to make it a half term full of fun!
Here at BAM Store + Space we also have a great collection of decorations, games, accessories and books to get you in the spooky spirit on the days you don't want to leave the house!
Get inspired by the power of stories at Storytale Festival. Kicking off October half term with a bang, events include storytelling, book cover design workshops, draw-a-longs and more.
20 - 23 October
FREE events (some ticketed events too)
A rip-roaring, prehistoric science pop gig for curious humans of all ages. With soaring music, catchy songs and mind-blowing science, this show is suitable for ages 6+. Just don't forget to bring your own dinosaur!
20 - 28 October
Tickets from £8
Bristol Old Vic
3. Star Seekers
Have you ever dreamt of flying to the moon? Meeting an alien? Becoming an astronaut? Join star seekers Alph, Betty and Gammo on a journey through space where you take the steering wheel! A gorgeous and a unique theatrical experience for children.
21 - 30 October
11:00 & 14:00
Tickets £10 (under 2s free)
Part of Circus City festival, this show is a joyful, hilarious adventure for the whole family based on... you guessed it... BOOKS! Highly trained chaos makers, with characters you'll root for and juggling and acrobatics to take your breath away.
21 - 22 October
Tickets from £8.50
Unit 15 Studios
Time to go big or GOURD home! Pick your own pumpkin and spend the day enjoying a small fairground, theatrical performances, fire shows, fire an apple cannons, pumpkin paintball and much more.
21 - 31 October
Tickets from £4.99 for PYO Pumpkins, some other charges for activities
Avon Valley Adventure Park
There are lots of brilliant events for families taking place at Arnos Vale Cemetery this October half term including a Fire Lighting Workshop where you can make your own s'mores, Autumnal Leaf Crown Making, story telling walks, Coffin Decorating workshop, gruesome tours for teenagers, a creepy kids tour and more.
23 - 18 October
Some FREE events, others around £8
Arnos Vale Cemetery
A fun and free board games day at Zion Bristol. Pop in for a quick game or stay as long as you like. The cafe will be open for drinks, hot food and snacks. There's also a Dungeons & Dragons for 12-16 year olds the next day and a Halloween Lego competition too.
Tues 24 October
9:00 - 15:00
FREE entry but reserve a space
To celebrate a new Aardman mural in the city centre, join this workshop and learn how to draw Gromit! There are also model making and mural painting workshops on other days.
Tues 24 October
13:00 - 15:00
Based on Let's Make Art's collaborative workshops with children in Addis Ababa, families can explore pattern, shape, texture, touch, smell and sound. These popular drop-in sessions are always a wonderful creative adventure for children. There are more sessions the next day based on the art of Elias Sime.
Tue 24 October
11:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 16:00
Throughout half term you can get creative at one of the Scrapstore's brilliant Stay & Play sessions. Make your own Frankentoy, play with light, make your own Halloween costume, create a fireworks painting and get stuck into some Halloween crafting.
24 - 28 October
£10 parent & child ticket, £8 additional children
11. Owl at Home
Owl lives alone in a cosy little home in a hollow tree in the woods. With no one to talk to, Owl sings to himself and looks for ways to pass the time. As his imagination runs away with him, ordinary objects begin to take on a life of their own and Owl finds an unexpected friend who’s willing to follow him to the ends of the earth… whether he likes it or not! An enchanting tale with music, Owl at Home shows us how friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places. Ages 5-11.
25 - 28 October
10:30 & 14:30
Tobacco Factory Theatres
Head over to Blaise for their October family fun day with a Bats and Ravens theme. There will be craft activities, storytelling, trails and much more!
Fri 27 October
11:00 - 15:30
13. Family Film Club
Bring your own snacks and enjoy a film suitable for all the family.
Sat 28 October
10:00 - 13:00
£2 per family
Easton Community Centre
If you know of an amazing family friendly event you think we should include let us know! Otherwise we hope you all have a spook-tacular half term!
*As always - none of these events are run by us so please double check dates and times with individual venues/organisers before setting out.