10 free & cheap things to do with the kids in Bristol this May Bank Holiday weekend.

Apr 27, 2017 | MAIN FEED


1. Free. April 29 to May 1. The Noise Family Fun Afternoons feature talent shows, face painting, inflatable and craft activities and are taking place all over Bristol this May Bank Holiday.


2. £1.50 up. April 29 to 30. What better excuse is there to eat popcorn for breakfast than an Odeon Kids showing of Sing this Saturday or Sunday morning costing just £1.50 per seat. At Vue Cinema it’s £2.49 to see films like Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience, Moana and Sing – but get this – with every ticket purchased you get one free children’s ticket to Legoland Windsor! See the Vue website for exact details.


3. Free, donations welcome. Now until Sept. Skeletons: Our Buried Bones at M Shed is an exhibition of 12 human skeletons from Bristol and London each with an interesting story. This may not be suitable for very young children or scaredy cats like me. 


4. Free. April 28 to May 7. North Somerset Arts Week 2017 is a biennial art trail taking place across the North Somerset region. Artists are opening their homes and studios to the public to showcase their work from 9:30am to 6pm where you can browse or buy the artwork on display. 


5. Free. April 28 to May 1. The annual Spike Island Open is a chance to take a sneaky peek behind the scenes of the former Brooke Bond tea packing factory. It’s home to over 70 artists’ studios, Spike Print Studio, UWE Fine Art BA/MA students, as well as other creatives including designers, writers, filmmakers, animators and photographers.


6. Free, donations welcome. April 29. We are Family is taking place at the Arnolfini and artists Vicky Smith and Marcy Saude from BEEF (Bristol Expanded and Experimental Film) are inviting families to join them to try experiments with 16mm film. Drop-in between 1 and 4pm.


7. £1 and up. April 30 to May 1 St Thomas a Becket Church in Pucklechurch is fundraising by holding a scarecrow competition during the May Day bank holiday. Guess the names of the scarecrows to be in with a chance of winning a £50 cash prize! Tickets only available on the door. Click here for more details.


8. Free. April 29 to 30. Beer Fest & Family Fun at The Globe, Frampton Cotterell is a beer and cider festival where you can take the kids to bounce off their energy on the bouncy castles during the day with a live band each night from 7pm.


9. Free. April 29. Horseworld Open Day is a great opportunity to see what goes on at HorseWorld’s Welfare Department and talk to the grooms and trainers who rescue, nurse back to health, train and then find suitable homes for these animals.


10. Free. April 28 to May 1. Have you checked out Bristol’s adventure playgrounds yet? Loads of free activities this May Bank Holiday weekend including a Bristol Harbourside Urban Wild Play Trail with Playing Out


That’s it for this week’s folks. Please double check all event details before heading on out. Don’t forget to like the Broke in Bristol Facebook page and please share this post with your friends if you found it useful.





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