10 free & cheap things to do in Bristol this weekend

Feb 27, 2020 | MAIN FEED

People enjoying the light installations at Bristol Light Festival


Welcome to What’s On Weekend – a new addition to Broke in Bristol – & beyond which I aim to publish every Thursday. It’s the place to come to find all the free and affordable family-friendly events taking place in your city and get your weekend started with a bang. There’s loads going on this weekend in Bristol, so I’ve chosen 10 family-friendly events that won’t break the bank.


Tonight sees the first Bristol Light Festival illuminate the city and by the look of it, hundreds of you are already planning to check out the artwork and maybe take a guided tour of the installations. Brought to you by Bristol City Centre BID, Visit Bristol, UWE Bristol and Bristol Council highlights include Pink Enchantment which will transform Castle Bridge into a stunning interactive artwork and Wildlife on the Waterfront which tells the tale of the people and wildlife of Uganda’s oldest national park. I’m hoping to take Little Miss Diva at some point – the exhibition starts at 5pm tonight (Thu Feb 27) and finishes at 11pm on Sunday March 1st.


After school on Thursday 27 from 4 to 6pm you can take your children to this banner making workshop in BAM Store + Space in BS5. In case you haven’t heard teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg is coming to Bristol on Friday 28 March and this is a great free opportunity to make some banners that you can take with you to the school strike on College Green or put up in your windows if you can’t go. On Friday I’ll be taking some time out of my working day to support Little Miss Diva and her friends on the Bristol Youth Strike 4 Climate Change from 11am to demand action on climate change.


On Saturday it’s time to get all crafty with younger children at the Children’s Scrapstore’s Super Saturday Sample Session from 2 ’til 4pm. This event will be taking place on the last Saturday of every month and there will be a different variety of craft activities to try. Free to attend, although hosts would always welcome donations towards the cost of running the session.


Lou Lou’s Bristol Vintage Fair is taking over the Passenger Shed at Brunel’s Old Station from 11am to 5pm and you can pick up a fashion bargain while also saving the environment by not buying new. It’s £3 on the door – but under 12s are free and there’s loads to see and do including entertainment, a tea party and the chance to be pampered.


Do you have a budding rock star in the family? If the answer’s yes then you may want to take them along to this Newcomers Free Taster Session at the Rock Project Bristol. The Rock Project is a school of rock and pop for children aged 7 to 18 where kids can learn guitar, bass, drums, singing and perform regularly as part of a band. IT’s taking place at Redmaids’ High School in Westbury on Trym: Juniors (7-11s) 9.30am-11.30amSeniors (11-18s) 11.30am-1.30pm.


This Saturday there’s also a free tech workshop called Digimakers February 2020 at the Trinity Centre from 10:30 ’til 4:30pm. Digimakers is a series of free hands on workshops for children (aged 8 to 18) and their parents and these events aim to inspire the next generation of technical innovators, creatives and engineers by providing an introduction to ‘making’ in the digital world.


From 7pm there’s a family night at The Hungerford Community Centre & Social Club which will include a kids disco, leap year celebrations, raffle and sweet shop. It’s just £1 for children and adults get in free. 


This Sunday is St David’s Day and you can take your little ones to an affordable Lovespoon Workshop at the Tobacco Factory for a children’s craft workshop inspired by the Welsh wooden handcrafted Love Spoons. This event is drop-in, cost £3 and is suitable for all ages.


Again on Sunday there’s free park entry day to Old Down Country Park where kids can have fun in the adventure playground, see the donkeys, chickens and other animals and enjoy arts and crafts in the yurt. It usually costs £8.50 for adults and £5.50 for children so you could save an absolute fortune by visiting on March 1.


On Sunday morning you can take children aged 4 to 8 to a Just Scott Disco for £5 at Lyde Green Community Centre. Travelling around cones, under rainbows and around obstacles your children will be engaged in a fun and healthy activity. £5 per child. All children need to be accompanied by an adult. To guarantee entry, bookings can be made on www.bookwhen.com/justscoot and you’ll need to take your own scooters and helmets.


That’s it for this week folks – please check all events are still taking place before heading on out. Don’t forget to like Broke in Bristol – & beyond on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest deals, discounts and days out.


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Welcome to my website. My name is Jackie Annett and I've lived in this wonderful city for many years. I'm a single mum to fourteen-year-old Little Miss Diva and for the last 20 years, I've been working as a journalist, magazine editor and blogger.

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