20 free & cheap things to do with the kids in Bristol this half term. (May 26 to June 3).

May 24, 2018 | MAIN FEED

Welcome back to Bristol’s money saving blog! It’s May half term next week, so here’s my blog on 20 free and cheap activities to do with the kids.

1. Child goes free. Sat May 26 to June 3.

One child gets in free with every paying adult to Bristol Zoo Gardens this May half term when booking online. This saves a family of two adults and two children £18!

2. £2.50. Sat May 26 to Sun June 3.

If you’re in Bath, check out the American Museum in Britain where kids can enjoy a fun Charlie Chaplin family trail.

3. Free. Sat May 26 to 28. The Siege of Bristol.

Almost 375 years to the day since its walls were stormed by Royalist forces, the Sealed Knot will reenact the siege of Bristol at Ashton Estate.

4. £4. Sat May 26 & Sun May 27.

Vegfest takes over Ashton Court and there will be loads of family activities including magic, fairground inflatables and cookery classes.

5. Free. Sat May 26 to 28.

Danbury Motor Caravans is hosting a fun event over the spring bank holiday weekend, so that people can experience the fun and freedom of owning a motor caravan. The showroom in Yate will be transformed into a spring fair and free ice creams will be available between 11am and 1pm from the Vee Double Moo van.


6. Kids eat free, Mon May 28 to June 3.

Take the kids to The Cuban at Bristol Harbourside this May half term between 2 and 6pm and they will they be entertained by magician Adam Allsortz while feasting for free! Booking advised, click here for more information.

7. Pay what you think. Weds May 30.

Crafty Cathedral is a family craft morning offering fun and creativity for children of all ages. Join the fun between 10:00 – 12:00 as they stick, glue, make and create, best suited for under 11s.

8. Free, donations welcome. Thu May 31.

Discover: Fun and Games at St John on the Wall where children can make games and toys from the past including a Jack in the box and cup and ball toy.

9. Free. Fri June 1 to Sun June 3.

Jamaica Street Artists: Open Studios 2018 opens at Stokes Croft next week. Organisers say you can spend the day getting lost behind the scenes at these studios which will be home to exciting artworks from printing to painting, illustration to sculpture and textiles to graphic design.

10. Free. Sat June 2.

At the Gloucester Road Summer Street Party hosted by Nailsea Electrical there will be live music, food and drink stalls, free gin and wine tasting sessions and Mr Whompy – an ice cream van DJ booth & sound system with Disco Stu & DJ Ted.


11. £2. Sat June 2 to Sun June 3.

Pick up a free map from The Riverside Centre or The Southville Centre of the houses taking part in Bedminster’s Secret Gardens and see how these featured gardens are small but perfectly formed.

12. Free. Sat June 2.

There’s a record fair at Colston Hall on the last Saturday of half term where you can pick up a bargain from 10am ‘til 4pm.

13. Up to £2. Sat June 2 to Sun June 3.

Take a trip on one of the landmark cranes outside the M Shed linked to Bristol’s trading heyday of the 1950s. It’s free if you want to try the steam crane and just £2 for a ride on the electric crane.

14. Free. Sat June 2.

Behind the Scenes Studio Visits Kamina Walton at Spike Island. These open days give visitors the chance to chat with artists based at Spike Island, explore their studios and view their work.

15. 25% off Planet Pizza. Anytime.

I’ll be taking Little Miss Diva for a rare treat to Planet Pizza on Gloucester Road to celebrate the end of her SATs. We get 25% off the total bill thanks to our Gourmet Card. Want to know how to get one for free? Send me a message by clicking here.


16. Sat June 1 to Sun 2.

The Rio Festival comes to Bristol for the weekend bringing with it live performances, samba dancing and a wild party spirit to get us all in the mood.

17. Now until June 24.

Under 16s get in free to Grayson Perry’s tapestry exhibition which depicts many of the eccentricities associated with life in the UK, from British cuisine to political protest and celebrity gossip. It’s £5 for adults to get into the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

18. Now until July 1.

No Man’s Land is a photographic exhibition taking place at Bristol Cathedral that might be suitable for older children. These images of the first world war are taken by women who worked as nurses, ambulance drivers, and official photographers, as well as contemporary artists inspired by the conflict.

19. From £2.50. Sat May 26 to Thu May 31.

Take the kids to watch a film like Peter Rabbit at Vue Cinema or Odeon Bristol this half term with prices starting at just £2.50. If you fancy watching one of the latest releases instead you can get 40% off cinema tickets whatever time of the year it is. Want to know how? Send an email to hi@brokeinbristol.co.uk.

20. Free. Check individual websites for opening times.

Last but certainly not least, take the kids to one of Bristol’s four adventure playgrounds. Choose from Southmead, Felix Road, St Paul’s or Lockleaze – there’s always something going on and Little Miss Diva loves the playground at Felix Road.

Have a great May half term. Don’t forget to like the Broke in Bristol Facebook page to never miss an update and, if you found this post useful, please share it with your friends.

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Jackie Annett

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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