Welcome Back to Broke in Bristol – the blog that helps you save money, make money and live life to the full on a shoestring. If, like me, you can’t believe the kids are nearly off school again – here are 30 free and cheap things you can do as a family this October half term. Enjoy!
Now until Jan 19. Pay what you think. Clowns: The Eggs-hibition. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
On the first day of the half term holidays, I’ll be taking Little Miss Diva on an afternoon outing to this colourful and fun exhibition celebrating 250 years of circus with costume, circus skills, clown cars and eggs. What’s not to love?
Anytime. £3.99. The Codebreaking Walk, the Tramble App. Bristol
Encourage kids to walk by downloading the Codebreaking Walk on the Tramble App for just £3.99. It’s a great way to explore our city and find little nooks and crannies most people miss everyday.
Sat Oct 20 to Sun Nov 4. Free. Bristol Zoo Gardens.
One child gets into Bristol Zoo for free this half term with every paying adult. Special events include Spooky Storytime, Witches Corner and Creepy Encounters. Use code FREECHILD when booking online.
Thu Oct 25. Free. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
I’ll be taking Little Miss Diva to Museum at Night: Circus Spectacular for this free event featuring acrobatics and circus performers. It starts at 7:30pm and entry will be on a first-come first-served basis so get there early. Perfect for children aged 10 and upwards.
Thu Oct 25 to Sun Nov 4. Free, donations welcome. The Blaise Scary door trail.
Spend the day at the Blaise Castle Estate and during half term kids can visit the museum and find secret words hidden behind tiny wooden doors all with a Halloween theme. There’s also a toy room, dressing up, café and amazing outdoor play area.
Fri Oct 26 onwards. Cinema, £2:50 up. Bristol.
Take the kids to watch Hotel Transylvania 3 at Odeon Bristol or Vue from just £2.50. Or watch the latest releases with up to 40% off prices all year round with a Gourmet Card. Send me an email if you’d like to find out how you can get one of these for free.
Fri Oct 26 (other dates available). £5. Haunted and hidden Bristol walking tour.
This is a 75 min walk combining haunted buildings and TV locations starting at College Green in Bristol. The tour won the 2017 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award and was voted No.1 on GWR FM’S Top 20 Things to do in Bristol. Advance booking is required.
Fri Oct 26. Halloween Disco Party. PBA Sports & Social Club, BS11.
From 5pm it’s fun for all the family at the PBA Club in Shirehampton this Friday. Expect the usual disco and games as well as a costume competition, prize for best carved pumpkin and a Halloween themed disco.
Sat Oct 27. Frankie Loves Ava’s 1st birthday bash. Wells Rd, Totterdown.
This charming little vintage shop in Totterdown is having a sale with up to 25% off and little visitors will be given a free Halloween treat if they come along with their parents.
Sat Oct 27 to 29. Free. Zanna Launch Party at Space.
This is a free art exhibition featuring 50 artists offering limited edition prints at an affordable price. May be worth a visit if you’re in town and have older children.
Sat Oct 27. Free, 2pm. Bristol Zombie Walk. Fairbairn Steam Crane, Wapping Wharf.
The Zombie Walk takes place every year but this year it may have a nautical/zombie theme. If you’ve never been before it’s a fun event where you can join others on a walk around the city centre or just admire the fabulous costumes. Plans are still being finalized so keep an eye of the Facebook page for updates.
Sat Oct 27. Free (10:30 ‘til 12). Watershed.
As part of Anim18 season – a celebration of British animation – the Watershed is inviting families to make their own spooky motion animations during this free drop-in workshop. Most suitable for kids aged 6 to 11 but everyone is welcome.
Sun Oct 28. Free (12 to 5pm). St George Labour Club BS5.
Everyone is invited to this freefancy dress party in St George this Sunday.
Sun Oct 28. £4.50 (4 to 6:30pm). Little Toddlers Halloween Party. Hanham Community Centre.
The Little Folk Toddler Group will be having a fancy dress Halloween party where for £4.50 per child they can boogie on down at the disco, play games and take part in a carved pumpkin competition.
Sun Oct 28. Free (10:30 to 12:30). Haunted Lyde Green Halloween.
Join local conservationist and naturalist Steve England for this spooky walk which tracks the witch of Lyde Green. Steve will show you all the witch’s favourite haunts and introduce you to some of the plants and insects she used to make her potions.
Sun Oct 28. Free. Pumpkin carving with Kids Cre8. Tobacco Factory, BS3.
Bring your own pumpkin or pick one up for £2 at this fun event for the whole family. Children of all ages will enjoy this pumpkin carving workshop.
Monday Oct 29. £2.68 (1 to 4pm). Pumpkin Carving. Lyde Green Community Centre. BS16.
This event is perfect for under 11s and there will be timed sessions so tickets must be booked in advance.
Mon Oct 29. Free. Hanham High Street Halloween Pumpkin Trail.
Search for the colourful paper pumpkins hiding in shop windows all along the high street. It’s free to join in the fun and maps will be available from Eclectic Gift Shop from Monday 29th October. The first 250 families to complete the trail will be given a little goodie bag of prizes.
Tue Oct 30. Tickets £6.50. Halloween Horrors at Totterdown Centre Community Spaces.
Join local storyteller Nick Laws for after dark spooky tales and a hearty treat of soup and rolls. Tickets cost £6.50 each or 2 for £12 which include soup and a roll and you can get them from Floriography or the healing spaces.
Tue Oct 30. £2.50 in advance, £3 on the door (11 ‘till 3pm). Spooky Stained Glass Workshop. Creative Workspace, BS13.
The whole family can make spooky stained glass window decorations and nightlights to take home and there’ll be fun activities for little ones at this workshop.
Tue Oct 30 (1 to 4pm). Free music tech workshop. Lyde Green Community Centre, BS16.
Little Miss Diva will love this free workshop which is perfect for teens who are into their music and beats. They can make their own music in this fun and creative session using drums, percussion and voice.
Wed Oct 31. Free (10 to 1pm). Free Autumn My Wild Child Family Fun Day. Easton.
The Avon Wildlife Trust My Wild Child and education team will be running a free Autumn Family Fun Day at the Netham Park Pavillion. There will be lots of children’s activities including bug hunting, story telling and free nature activity bags to take home.
Wed Oct 31. £2.50 11am to 3pm. Sticky Ends. Creative Workspace, Withywood, BS13.
For just £2:50 kids can enjoy spooky storytelling, make a Halloween costume and create a spooky storybook. Drop in to the session anytime or get your money’s worth and stay for the full four hours.
Wed Oct 31. £2.50. Halloween disco 10am to 12. KMC Pre School, 17th Bristol Scout Hut, BS15.
It’s just £2.50 for little ones to dance away and show off their costumes at this disco, where every child will get a free gift. There’s also face painting, games and lots of fun.
Thu Nov 1. £5 (10:30 to 3pm). Make an animation, Creative Workspace, Withywood.
Learn how to storyboard and illustrate characters use stop-go animation technology and create a soundtrack. You can leave your children at this workshop as long as they are age 8 and above, advance booking is essential.
Fri Nov 2. £2.50. Day of the Dead film and Crafternoon. 11:30 to 3pm. Creative Workspace, Withywood.
There’s loads going on at Creative Workspace this holiday including this film and ‘crafternoon’ for just £2.50 per child.
Sat Nov 3. Mexican Day of the Dead. Free (donations welcome). Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
The Mexican Day of the Dead fiesta is when families gather to remember their dead. Visitors can join craft workshops and add memories of loved ones to the colourful ofrenda (shrine). There’s also face painting, music and dance.
Sat Nov 3. Free (11:00 to 3pm). Halloween Family fun day. Creative Workspaces, Withywood.
There’ll be live music, face painting and spooky arts and crafts. Visitors to this fun day will also be able to watch the animations created at the workshop earlier in the week.
Sun Nov 4. Free taster day with Stage Stars Theatre School. Longwell Green Community Centre.
A fantastic way to learn new skills, build confidence and make friends. This taster day is suitable for primary school aged children and parents can drop off or hang out in the bar from 1:30 ‘til 3pm.
All holidays. Free. Bristol’s adventure playgrounds.
There’s too much going on to list here but don’t forget to check out one of Bristol’s Adventure Playgrounds this half term. There’s the Felix Road Adventure Playground, one in St Pauls and another in Southmead. Have a great half term everyone!
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