30 free & cheap things to do in Bristol this half term!

May 22, 2019 | MAIN FEED


(May 25 to June 2). Free festivals, films, half price food & absolutely loads of fun to be had every day of the May half term. Have a great holiday everyone!


Free. May 25 to June 2. Victorian Games on Brunel Square.
Head on down to the SS Great Britain and try out traditional Victorian street games on Brunel Square such as skipping, hoops and hop scotch.



Free. May 25 to 27. Celebrating 25 years of Tobacco Factory. 

To mark the Tobacco Factory’s 25th anniversary, organisers will be putting on a weekend to remember. Expect live music, street food, circus skills, kids activities, street art and puppetry. Take a look at their programme for full details of what’s on when: https://www.facebook.com/events/254762962144670/


Free. May 25 to 27. Giant Art at Millennium Square.

Take part in Giant Art to celebrate the ICC Cricket World Cup coming to Bristol. This weekend the kids can paint a part of the giant statue which has all the flags and emblems of the countries taking part.


Free. May 25. Family Takeover at The Edge, University of Bath. 

Join artist Victoria Willmott for a series of fun and informal creative activities exploring the university’s current exhibition. Families can drop-in and stay for ten minutes or an hour – most suitable for 4 to 12 year olds. 



£1. Sat May 25. Summer Family Disco at St George Labour Club.

Get your glad rags on and get on down at this family disco in St George. As well as music there will also be games and sweets and lots of things to keep the family entertained.



£5. Sat May 25. Treasure Island Trail.

Starting on Saturday May 25, the Long John Silver Trust will be taking tours around the Treasure Island Trail to explore Bristol’s links with Treasure Island and other literary classics. Tickets are £5 from the Bristol Tourist Information Centre or from the guide on the day. Participants should meet at noon outside Merchant Venturers’ Almshouse on King Street.



Free. Sun May 26. Music Festival at Whitehall Rugby Club. 

Who fancies a family friendly music festival? Then head on down to the Cider & Music Festival at Whitehall Rugby Club on Sunday. Expect music from six live bands, free activities for kids and lots of cider and ale.



Free. Mon May 27. Clevedon Pier 150th Birthday Party.

On Bank Holiday Monday, there’s going to be a huge birthday party extravaganza on the pier and everyone’s invited! The line up includes classical crossover singer Teresa de Roberto, Extreme Cello, the Mumtaz Bollywood Dance Company, Barnacle Buoys and Rock Choir Somerset Coast. 



£2.50/£3 on the door. Tue May 28. Make Art about the Stars. Creative Workspace.

On day one of its week long Make an Art Gallery event, children can explore the wonders of the night sky and create sparkly collages and a 3D constellation using wood, nails, paint and thread. Each day this week you can create new works of art in different styles, then choose whether to take them home or add them to the art gallery.


£2.50/£3 on the door. Wed May 29. No Sew Fabric Picture Making. Creative Workspace. 

Create fabric pictures (no sewing skills needed) with textile artist Lois McKendrick. Choose to take it home or leave it to be displayed at the art gallery. http://bit.ly/2WmnIvq


£2.50/£3 on the door. Thu May 30. Create Comics & Graphic Novels. Creative Workspace.

Let your kids’ imaginations run riot as they create comic strips and graphic novels. Help will be on hand from two walkabout performers Paul Lawless and Chris Harrisson.



Free. May 29 & 30. Family Takeover Days at SS Great Britain.    

Are you looking for something fun and different to do as a family? Would you like to go behind the scenes at the SS Great Britain and become part of the crew for the day? Brunel’s SS Great Britain is asking for families to join its crew, get in touch to see if your family can take part.



Free. May 29 to 30. The Goram Makeover at Blaise Castle House Estate. 

Come and meet Goram, one of the legendary giants that helped create the Avon Gorge. Apparently, he needs a bit of sprucing up before the Goram Fair in June. This promises to be a lot of fun and kids can get involved from 11 ‘til 3pm.



Free. Thu May 30. Outdoor Screening of Wall-E at Millennium Square. 

Fingers crossed that the weather’s nice for this one! This family favourite will be screened from 10:30am and you can bring a picnic and make a day of it.



Free. Thu May 30. Brizzle Kidz Clubhouse. Galleries, Bristol.

Organisers will be getting kids into the magical world of Aladdin and helping them create their own magic carpet placemat in this free creative workshop from 11am to 4pm.



£7.50. Fri May 31. Friday Twilights at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

This popular event returns to the zoo this year and it’s a chance to see the animals and enjoy live music and a BBQ when dusk descends. 



£2.50/£3 on the door. Fri May 31. Explore Paint & Paintings. Creative Workspace.

Explore paint and paintings as Brave Bold Drama bring back Framed, where you can dress up as a famous painting and be in with a chance to win an art book.



Free. Fri May 31. Sculpture Special at Easton Community Centre. 

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained this half term? The RWA is hosting a free drop in scribble and sketch session led by Abigail Reed from 10:30 – 12:30.



Free. Sat June 1. Bath Festival of Nature. Green Park, Bath.

Join organisers in Green Park for a free, wild day out for the whole family, featuring the region’s wildlife organisations and a chance to explore nature in a heritage park with a stunning riverside location.



£2.50/£3 on the door. Sat June 1st. Grand Gallery Opening. Creative Workspace.

Enjoy young people’s art and soak up the party atmosphere with live music and walkabout theatre from Creative Workspace’s host theatre company Brave Bold Drama.



Free. May half term holiday. Bristol Walk Fest.

Bristol Walk Fest is a month of events encouraging people to enjoy the great outdoors and walk more. Events include free walking tennis lessons and tours of the docks, please see their website for full details and check that walks are child friendly before you set off.



50% off. Until May 31. Frankie and Bennys.

If all that walking has made you hungry, head on over to Frankie and Bennys where you can get 50% off your meal when you share a picture of your food on Instagram. Or send an email to hi@brokeinbristol.co.uk to find out what you need to do to get a free Gourmet Card – giving you up to 50% off restaurants and cinemas all year round


Free. June 1 and 2. Crane Rides at The M Shed. 

On a nice summer’s day I cant think of anything better than to spend a day at the M Shed, amphitheatre and Millennium Square. On June 1 and 2, kids can also have a go on a free crane ride or you can pay £3 to try out the electric cranes.  Just buy a ticket on board on the day.




From £1. Sun June 2. Brick Express at Avon Valley Railway. 

Jump on board the Brick Express and enjoy building workshops with Lego® while you travel the line. Children aged 3 to 14 travel for just £1 with the Kids for a Quid special offer.



Free. Sun June 2. Family Fun Dog Show. Wells & Mendip Dog Day Stay.

Family fun dog show, lovely atmosphere, stalls donkeys, have a go agility Mendip Agility, demonstrations and all to raise money for Buddies Rural Animal Rescue.



£2.49 cinema tickets. May half term – see websites for exact dates. 

Take the kids to Vue’s Mini Mornings https://www.myvue.com/offers/mini-mornings at either Cribbs Causeway or Longwell Green to see Peppa Pig, How to Train Your Dragon or the Lego Movie 2 for a fraction of the usual cost.  Or check out the Odeon Bristol where selected films will set you back just £1.50 per ticket plus no online booking fee.



Free. Anytime.

I’m holding out for a really hot day (if we get one!) when I’m going to take Little Miss Diva to Oldbury Estate and Snuff Mills for a picnic. If you’ve never been before, it’s a beautiful woodland estate with riverside walks and a playground to keep the little ones occupied.



Pay what you think. Wed May 29. Crafty Cathedral and Musical Mayhem at Bristol Cathedral.

Crafty Cathedral is back this half term and this event was recently awarded runner up in the 2019 Hoop Award for Best Creative Fun.Join in the fun between 10am and 12, best suited for under 11s. Suggested donation £2.



Free. Anytime (weather dependant!)

If the sun makes an appearance in Bristol why not pack a picnic and take older kids on a Banksy Walking Tour? Brandon Hill is a perfect place for a pit stop and the whole family can take in the stunning views from Cabot Tower.



Free. All holidays. Bristol’s adventure playgrounds.

There is always so much to do (in fact too much to list) at these playgrounds in St Pauls, Southmead and Easton – please see their websites for full details. 



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