10 free & cheap things to do with the family this February

Jan 31, 2017 | MAIN FEED


Welcome back to Broke in Bristol – the blog that helps you save money, make money and live life to the full on a budget. Time to banish those winter blues and check out these 10 free and cheap activities that all the family can enjoy this February.


Feb 2 & 12. If you’re a bit of a word geek, then The Printed Word exhibition at Bristol Central Library has its opening evening on February 2. And on February 12, there’s a free print workshop from 1 to 5pm.


February 4 & 5 (until 16th). It’s time to come out of hibernation and celebrate Chinese New Year at the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. I’ll be taking Little Miss Diva along for some lion dancing and dressing up! No admission fee – donations welcome. Some activities are pay what you think.


Feb 4 is open day at the Woodcroft Community Centre where you can warm yourself at the free bonfire as they get rid of the old junk and get ready for spring.


Feb 5. If, like me, you love a bargain then get on down to Abbeywood Community School in Stoke Gifford for its Little Pickles Market from 2pm where there’s a family market where you can buy baby and children’s clothes and toys. £1 entry per adult, little pickles free.


On Feb 5, Little Miss Diva and I will be checking out the Paintworks where there will be 30 stalls selling affordable vintage fashion in Bristol as well as accessories and collectables. From 11am to 4pm, it’s £2 entry and free for under 12s.


On Feb 4 & 5, you can wander through the streets of Bishopston and enjoy Winter Wanderland where you can appreciate the creative window displays and see your community in a fun, new light.   


Feb 4. Now this one will set you back £6 per performance or £10 for two shows, but as us parents know, that’s quite cheap for the theatre. The Snow Baby and the Owl and The Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense will be on at The Wardrobe Theatre this Saturday February 4 where organisers are hoping to raise money to put on a future show.


Feb 4. I am Making Art at Spike Island is a monthly activity session led by artists where visitors of all ages can drop in from 2pm until 6pm on Feb 4. Even better – it’s free! Booking advised. 


Feb 5. Fancy something a bit different? The Wardrobe Theatre is also hosting its fun family game show – Squeezy Green’s Compendium of Games this Sunday February 5. £6 adults, £4 kids, under 3’s free.


Feb 12. The Love Food Festival at the Paintworks has whet my appetite. Expect locally reared meat, olives and oils, cheeses, wine, bread, fresh fish and shellfish along with demonstrations on what to do with them, including how to fillet a fish, shuck an oyster and prepare a crab.


Please check via the organisers’ web and Facebook pages that events are still going ahead before heading on out. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page so that you never miss an update. If you found this post useful, please feel free to share the love!













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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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