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Bristol Family Arts Festival 2017

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 - Spike Island: Baby Art Hour

Offsite - Spike Island: Baby Art Hour

Friday 20 October 2017, 10:00 to 11:00
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
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 - RWA: The Big Draw

Offsite - RWA: The Big Draw

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

Free with exhibition ticket

A fun, family drawing workshop at the RWA
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 - Brunel's SS Great Britain: Sailors' Scars and Woeful Wounds

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain: Sailors' Scars and Woeful Wounds

Saturday 21 October 2017 to Sunday 29 October 2017, 11:00 to 16:00 Workshop runs from 11am - 4pm.

£14 per adult, £8 per child (5 - 17 years old) under 4's go free

There's plenty of infectious fun to be had this October-half term, including earning your sailors' scars at Brunel's SS Great Britain.
Offsite - Watershed: The Princess Bride (PG)

Offsite - Watershed: The Princess Bride (PG)

Saturday 21 October 2017 to Monday 23 October 2017, 13:00 to 15:00 Screening times: Sat 21 Oct at 13:00, Sun 22 Oct at 13:00, Mon 23 Oct at 13:30

Ticket prices: £6.50 / £4.50 concessions and under 24s Book

Journey to a land of giant rodents and Spanish swordsmen with our family screenings of the 1987 cult classic The Princess Bride - a comical fantasy tale of beautiful princesses, foul villains and ...
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.
Offsite - St George's Bristol: Family Heritage Day

Offsite - St George's Bristol: Family Heritage Day

Sunday 22 October 2017, 11:00 to 15:00

£6 (plus fees), Family Ticket available Book

In Spring 2018 St George’s Bristol will be launching a new interactive heritage interpretation space, where visitors can discover the amazing story of this ‘Hall on the Hill’.
Offsite - Tobacco Factory Theatres : An Introduction to Theatre

Offsite - Tobacco Factory Theatres : An Introduction to Theatre

Monday 23 October 2017, 10:00 to 16:00

£25 for one day or £45 for both days Book

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained this half term? Tobacco Factory Theatres has two days of fun for them!
Offsite - We The Curious: Topsy-turvy ball run

Offsite - We The Curious: Topsy-turvy ball run

Monday 23 October 2017 to Friday 27 October 2017, 10:00 to 18:00

General admission price for We The Curious Book

Build your dream ball run at We The Curious this half term week.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain: Bristol Crocodile

Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain: Bristol Crocodile

Monday 23 October 2017 to Sunday 29 October 2017, 11:00 to 16:00

Get up close to a life-size woolly version of the Bristol Crocodile.
Offsite - Tobacco Factory Theatres : An Introduction to Theatre

Offsite - Tobacco Factory Theatres : An Introduction to Theatre

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 10:00 to 16:00

£25 for one day or £45 for both days Book

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained this half term? Tobacco Factory Theatres has two days of fun for them!
Offsite - Childrens Scrapstore : Under 5's Make a Mess

Offsite - Childrens Scrapstore : Under 5's Make a Mess

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 10:15 to 11:45

£5 per child £4 for additional siblings Book

Messy play session for under 5's and their adults
Offsite - Tyntesfield: Spooky woods adventure

Offsite - Tyntesfield: Spooky woods adventure

Tuesday 24 October 2017 to Thursday 26 October 2017, 10:30 to 15:30

£6 per child / £2 per adult Book

Hallowe'en arts and crafts in the woods during October half-term.
Arnolfini: Big Draw

Arnolfini: Big Draw

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 11:00 to 15:00

Free

Join UWE’s Drawing and Print BA students to explore drawing in innovative and creative ways.
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

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

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite - Watershed: Coraline (PG)

Offsite - Watershed: Coraline (PG)

Tuesday 24 October 2017 to Sunday 29 October 2017, 13:30 to 15:00 Screening times: Tue 24 Oct at 13:30, Wed 25 Oct at 13:00, Thu 26 Oct at 13:30, Fri 27 Oct at 12:15, Sat 28 Oct at 13:00, Sun 29 Oct at 13:00

£6.50 full price / £4.50 concessions and under 24s Book

This spellbinding stop-motion family fantasy follows an adventurous girl who, after moving into a new home with her family, discovers a portal to a strange and seemingly better world.
Offsite - Children's Scrapstore : Toddler Make and Take

Offsite - Children's Scrapstore : Toddler Make and Take

Tuesday 24 October 2017, 13:45 to 15:15

£5 per child £4 for additonal siblings Book

Under 5s Make and Take craft session
Offsite - Children's Scrapstore: Stay and Play Lantern making

Offsite - Children's Scrapstore: Stay and Play Lantern making

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 10:15 to 11:45

£5 per child £4 for additional siblings Book

Children of all ages stay and play with their adults for a workshop of magical lantern making.
Offsite - St George's Bristol: Wild Words Elgar The Enigma

Offsite - St George's Bristol: Wild Words Elgar The Enigma

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 10:30 to 12:35

£6 (plus fees), Family Ticket available Book

Join the Wild Words team for this original and enlightening story about the upside-down adventures of a worm named Elgar
Offsite - Blaise Castle House Museum: Holiday Family Fun - Halloween

Offsite - Blaise Castle House Museum: Holiday Family Fun - Halloween

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 11:00 to 15:00

Pay what you think

Dress up in your spookiest outfit and encounter Halloween surprises throughout the museum and the gardens, including a scary-fairy door trail!
Offsite - Brunel's SS Great Britain - Archive In Five

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

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 12:30 to 13:30

Free

Rare and original artefacts and diaries reveal their stories in curator-led sessions.
Offsite- Children's Scrapstore: 8 + Art club seasonal costume making

Offsite- Children's Scrapstore: 8 + Art club seasonal costume making

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 13:45 to 15:45

£8 per child £7 additional siblings Book

Costume making sessions for ages 8 and over
Offsite - Watershed: Spoken Word Family Hour with Raise The Bar

Offsite - Watershed: Spoken Word Family Hour with Raise The Bar

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 15:00 to 16:00

Free

Come and join poets Sara Hirsch and MiKo Berry for a very special free spoken word family event where you can also create and share your own works.
Offsite - Children's Scrapstore: Under 5's Make a Mess

Offsite - Children's Scrapstore: Under 5's Make a Mess

Thursday 26 October 2017, 10:15 to 11:45

£5 per child £4 for additional siblings Book

Messy play session for under 5's and their adults
Offsite - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: The Big Pliosaurus Draw...and more

Offsite - Bristol Museum & Art Gallery: The Big Pliosaurus Draw...and more

Thursday 26 October 2017, 10:30 to 15:30

Pay what you think

Join Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for a big day of fun to celebrate The Big Draw and the amazing family friendly exhibition, Pliosaurus!
Offsite - St John on the Wall: Shadows in the Crypt

Offsite - St John on the Wall: Shadows in the Crypt

Thursday 26 October 2017, 11:00 to 18:00

Pay what you think

Family arts, crafts and activities at St John on the Wall