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Family Arts Festival

Bristol Family Arts Festival is a month long citywide celebration of family creativity, with a packed programme of events for all ages. Taking place throughout October, join in at venues across the city for music, theatre, storytelling, drawing, making and much more!
Offsite - M Shed: Docks Heritage Weekend

Offsite - M Shed: Docks Heritage Weekend

Saturday 30 September 2017 to Sunday 01 October 2017, 11:00 to 16:00

Pay what you think

A celebration of Bristol’s maritime past with events for all ages at M Shed and Underfall Yard.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Sea Hear Storytelling

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Sea Hear Storytelling

Tuesday 03 October 2017, 11:00 to 11:30

Free

Turn up with your pre-schoolers and settle down for some maritime tales.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive in Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive in Five

Tuesday 03 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Wednesday 04 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Spike Island: Bring Your Baby Tour

Offsite - Spike Island: Bring Your Baby Tour

Thursday 05 October 2017, 11:00 to 12:00

£5 Book

A special gallery tour designed for parents and carers to explore Kim Yong-Ik’s exhibition at Spike Island. Best suited for parents or carers of under one year olds.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Thursday 05 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britian - Conservation In Action

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britian - Conservation In Action

Friday 06 October 2017, 12:30

Free

Go behind the scenes to hear experts reveal how we look after the thousand of documents, books and objects in our care.
Offsite - Royal West of England Academy: Scribble and Sketch

Offsite - Royal West of England Academy: Scribble and Sketch

Saturday 07 October 2017, 10:30 to 12:30

Free

Ideal for families of all ages, Scribble and Sketch offers a free morning of fun and informal art and drawing activities
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Saturday 07 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Hillfields Library: Fun Palace

Offsite - Hillfields Library: Fun Palace

Saturday 07 October 2017, 13:00 to 16:00

Free

Join the Architecture Centre and the Children's Scrapstore for a creative pop-up Fun Palace event at Hillfields Library.
Offsite - Spike Island: I am Making Art: Mending / Tending

Offsite - Spike Island: I am Making Art: Mending / Tending

Saturday 07 October 2017, 14:00 to 18:00

Register here Book

Make art from found paper, family photos, maps, thread and other ephemera with artist Kelly O'Brien.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Tuesday 10 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Thursday 12 October 2017 to Friday 13 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Conservation In Action

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Conservation In Action

Friday 13 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Go behind the scenes to hear experts reveal how we look after the thousand of documents, books and objects in our care.
Offsite – Redcliffe Children's Centre: Scribble and Sketch

Offsite – Redcliffe Children's Centre: Scribble and Sketch

Saturday 14 October 2017, 10:30 to 12:30

Free Book

Ideal for families of all ages, Scribble and Sketch offers a free morning of fun and informal art and drawing activities.
Offsite – RWA and Easton Community Centre: Scribble and Sketch

Offsite – RWA and Easton Community Centre: Scribble and Sketch

Saturday 14 October 2017, 10:30 to 12:30

Free

Ideal for of all ages, Scribble and Sketch provides a free morning of fun and informal art and drawing activities.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Saturday 14 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Creative Identity: Junction 3 Library

Creative Identity: Junction 3 Library

Saturday 14 October 2017, 13:00 to 16:00

Free

Join the Architecture Centre, Children's Scrapstore and Watershed for a creative afternoon exploring the theme of identity through model making, drawing and animation. Before the workshop, ...
Offsite - St George's Bristol: The School of Music - LIVE!

Offsite - St George's Bristol: The School of Music - LIVE!

Sunday 15 October 2017, 11:00 to 12:00

£6 (plus fees), Family Ticket available Book

Meurig and Rachel Bowen’s new book for children comes alive in this specially devised event, directed by Lynne Lawrence and featuring actor-musicians Amy Porter, Laurence Kilsby and Lydia Kenny.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Tuesday 17 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Wednesday 18 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

Thursday 19 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Spike Island: Baby Art Hour

Offsite - Spike Island: Baby Art Hour

Friday 20 October 2017, 10:00 to 11:00

£3 for the first child in a family group, £1 for each additional child Book

Led by artist Éilis Kirby, these monthly sessions in Spike Island Café are for under fives and their carers.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Conservation In Action

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Conservation In Action

Friday 20 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Go behind the scenes to hear experts reveal how we look after the thousand of documents, books and objects in our care.
Offsite - 1532 Performing Arts Centre : Yana and the Yeti

Offsite - 1532 Performing Arts Centre : Yana and the Yeti

Saturday 21 October 2017 to Wednesday 25 October 2017, 00:00

Tickets £8 Book

Tobacco Factory Theatres BEYOND presents Bristol puppetry geniuses Pickled Image and Olivier-nominated writer Hattie Naylor with their latest stunning show for children featuring, of course, a real ...
Bristol Hippodrome: Family War Horse Puppetry Workshop

Bristol Hippodrome: Family War Horse Puppetry Workshop

Saturday 21 October 2017, 10:00 to 12:00

Adult - £20, Child £17.50 Book

This workshop is a hands-on understanding of how to create characters through puppetry and physicality, the 2 hour workshop gives a taste of the devising process through which the War Horse horses ...
Offsite - Tyntesfield: Lantern making workshop

Offsite - Tyntesfield: Lantern making workshop

Saturday 21 October 2017 to Sunday 29 October 2017, 10:30 to 12:30

£3 per lantern Book

Come and join us at Tyntesfield to make some Hallowe'en paper lanterns as part of the Bristol Family Arts Festival 2017.
Offsite - Watershed: Drag Queen Story Time

Offsite - Watershed: Drag Queen Story Time

Saturday 21 October 2017, 11:00 to 12:15

£2.50 Book

Join local drag queen Alyssa Van Delle for a morning of stories and sing alongs celebrating the imagination and fun of gender fluidity for all the family.
Offsite - Tyntesfield: Pumpkin carving workshop

Offsite - Tyntesfield: Pumpkin carving workshop

Saturday 21 October 2017 to Sunday 29 October 2017, 14:00 to 16:00

£3 per pumpkin Book

Come and have a go at carving your own pumpkin for Hallowe'en at Tyntesfield as part of Bristol Family Arts Festival 2017.