Summer Half Term Guide for Families

Summer Half Term Guide for Families

The May Half Term holiday is here and Bristol always looks better in the sunshine! With exciting and fun-filled events taking place all over the city it's the perfect chance to spend some quality time with your family. 

From mad cap magic shows and family days to art workshops and live music, we've put together a handy list of events that will entertain the whole family this half term. Whether you're a local or planning a visit, Bristol is guaranteed to show you a good time!

1. Bank Holiday Family Funday

Propyard Family Funday - featured in BAM Store + Space family half term guide

A fun day out for all the family down at Feeder Road. Story telling with The Adventure Bureau, bouncy castles, bubbles, games, DJs, street food and more.

Sat 27 May
11:30 - 18:00
Tickets from £3 (under 3s free)

2. 10 Ways to Play

10 Way to Play, We The Curious free half term event

5 days of free making fun in Millennium Square, led by We The Curious. Use items such as hula hoops, chalks, balls and skipping ropes, along with some simple ideas and suggestions from the We The Curious team, to create your own adventure. Stay for 10 minutes or the whole day!

29 May - 2 Jun
10:30 - 16:00
We The Curious / Millennium Square

3. Half Term Stay & Play

Child making art out of scrap materials

Get yourselves down to the Scrapstore for some junk fun! Sessions include Messy Play, Marvellous Machines, Monsters, Wheels and more. Different sessions cater to different age groups, so there's something for everyone.

30 May - 2 Jun
Various times
Tickets £10 (additional child £8)
Children's Scrapstore

4. We Are Family: Colourful Lands

Children's hands make art inspired by museum work

Create your dream fabrics inspired by the current Garry Fabian Miller exhibtion with Let’s Make Art . Using special papers, watercolours, pens and paints... prepare to get messy! These fun workshops are always popular so we recommend arriving early.

Tue 30 May
11:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 16:00
FREE donations encouraged

5. Top Secret: Museum Mission for Families

Children exploring Bristol Museum

Join Agents Kahlo and Dali on a top-secret creative mission around Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. On arrival at the museum, you’ll receive a case-file. Locate the artworks detailed in the file, identify ideas hiding in the artwork, return to HQ and share your findings with the agents while making some amazing art you can take home. A theatre/art workshop for families with children aged 6+.

Tue 30 May
10:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 16:00
FREE - no booking required
Bristol Museum

6. Knife Skills Bushcraft Workshop

Child holding a stick and carving with a knife

A fun morning learning knife skills in the woods. Learn how to safely use a blade, whittle a simple tool and then finish with a quick snack in the woods. Suitable for ages 7+. 

Fri 2 Jun
10:30 - 12:00
Tickets £8
Arnos Vale Cemetery

7. Project Zulu Bristol Busking Day

Children taking part in the Zulu Project - Bristol busking event

Comprised of children from two schools in South Africa, this incredibly talented choir of young children are guaranteed to wow you with their traditional Zulu songs and dances. The children's schools currently face overcrowded classrooms with more than 60 pupils per class so 100% of profits from this tour will be sent directly back to their schools to build new classrooms.

Also a solo concert at St George's on Fri 1 June and more busking around the harbour on Sat 2 June and as.

Fri 2 Jun
13:00 (Broadmead) & 14:30 (Cabot Circus)
FREE - donations
City Centre

8. Windmill Hill Market

Poster for the Windmill Hill Market in Bristol

Showcasing local creative businesses, food producers, vintage clothing and homewares, street food and more. Plus activities for the kids and a chance to see the farm animals.

Sat 3 Jun
10:00 - 15:00
Windmill Hill City Farm

9. Bramble Farm Open Day

Image of child petting a pig from Bramble Farm Open Day, taken by Cappel Photography

10 years since Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall helped start this community farm, it is still going strong. Enjoy a day on the Northern Slopes in Knowle exploring this farm as part of Bristol's Get Growing Trail.

Sat 2 Jun
11:00 - 16:00
Bramble Farm, Knowle

10. Seksa: Cooking Up Fun

Image of Seska holding a dog with eyebrows and red noses drawn on top, Wardrobe Theatre family magic show

Super-hilarious family comedy magic for ages 3-8 and their families. Seska’s show is a mad mix of exploding light bulbs, strange appearances and disappearances, sword swallowing, stunning card tricks, escaping from chains, sawing a lady in half, slapstick danger, happiness and craziness!

Sun 4 Jun
11:00 & 14:00
Tickets £8
Wardrobe Theatre

We hope you have lots of fun making plans and if you do find it useful, please share this guide with friends! Wishing you all a sunny and happy half term.


As always, these events are not endorsed by BAM and we recommend checking dates and times before setting out.

Cover photo: Nik on Unsplash

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