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5 Family-friendly things to do in Bristol

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April 12, 2023

Days out with loved ones are cherished memories for both parent and child, but we can often get lost in the day-to-day and not find time to do the work in finding things to do, and finding activities that the whole family will enjoy can be a real pain in the backside, particularly if live in the bustling streets of Bristol. But don’t worry, we’ve scoured the streets to bring you the crème de la crème of family-friendly Bristol events and activities, in the South’s capital of cool. 

With Bristol being such a diverse city, there’s truly something for everyone, whether you’re into space travel or getting up close and personal with prehistoric creatures, you want a fun free day out in nature or you want to see the biggest on-stage productions at the theatre, the options are plentiful. So, grab your little ones, your partner, or your parents – whoever is up for some family fun – and get ready to experience the best Bristol has to offer. We promise that by the end of this post, you’ll be raring to go and fully equipped to tackle any family adventure that comes your way. Let’s dive in!

Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol
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When: Open 10am – 4:30pm every day

Where: Hayes Way, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5BZ

Is your little one a budding astronaut? Then a trip to Aerospace Bristol is a must. This museum is home to an impressive collection of aircraft, including the last Concorde ever to fly. Yep, that’s right, you can step aboard the iconic supersonic jet and experience what it was like to fly at twice the speed of sound. And if that’s not enough, Aerospace Bristol has plenty of interactive exhibits to keep the kids entertained, from building your own rocket to piloting a plane in a flight simulator.

So, buckle up and get ready for takeoff – Aerospace Bristol is a guaranteed hit that will leave the whole family on cloud nine. And remember, if your child decides to become an astronaut after this visit, you can take full credit for igniting their passion for space exploration. Get your tickets now and blast off to an unforgettable day out!

Disney’s The Lion King

When: Thursday 18th May – Saturday 1st July 2023

Where: Bristol Hippodrome

Hakuna matata, it means no worries! That’s right, folks, the Lion King is coming to Bristol Hippodrome from Thursday 18th May – Saturday 1st July 2023. If you haven’t seen this classic tale brought to life on stage, then you’re in for a real treat. With unforgettable songs, stunning costumes, and a heartwarming story, this musical is a crowd-pleaser for all ages. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love singing along to “Circle of Life” at the top of their lungs?

So, grab your family and prepare to be whisked away to the Pride Lands. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a first-time viewer, Disney’s The Lion King at Bristol Hippodrome is an event not to be missed. Book your tickets now and get ready to feel the love tonight!

T-Rex show at The Tobacco factory 

When: Saturday 22nd April 2023

Where: Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol

Get ready to travel back in time to the land of the dinosaurs with the T-Rex show at The Tobacco Factory on Saturday 22nd April! This interactive show combines puppetry, science, and comedy to give you an unforgettable experience. You’ll learn all about the mighty T-Rex and get to meet a life-size baby dinosaur – how cute is that? And don’t worry, parents, the show is designed to be educational as well as entertaining, so your little ones will be learning without even realizing it.

So, if you’re looking for a unique and fun-filled day out, where someone else has to entertain the kids for a bit, look no further than the T-Rex show at The Tobacco Factory. It’s the perfect opportunity to bond with your family while getting up close and personal with some prehistoric creatures. Plus, you’ll be the coolest parent in town for taking your kids to a show about dinosaurs. Get your tickets on Skiddle now before they go extinct!

Clip N Climb

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When: Open 9am – 6pm every day

Where: 3 New Gatton Rd, Easton, Bristol BS2 9SH

If your little ones are full of energy and love a challenge, then Clip N Climb at Bloc Climbing is the perfect day out for you. This indoor climbing centre has a variety of climbing challenges suitable for children of all ages, from easy-peasy climbs for beginners to heart-racing vertical drops for the more experienced climbers. And the best part? The challenges are all set up with automatic belay devices, so you don’t need any climbing experience to have a go.

So, why not step out of your comfort zone and climb to new heights with your family? Clip N Climb at Bloc Climbing is a fantastic way to build your child’s confidence, coordination, and strength while having a blast. And who knows, you might just discover a new family hobby. Don’t be a wallflower, get your tickets now and climb your way to family fun in Bristol!

Blaise Castle Estate

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When: Open 7:30am – 5:15pm every day

Where: Kings Weston Rd, Bristol BS10 7QS

 Looking for a free and fun-filled day out with the family? Look no further than Blaise Castle Estate. This 650-acre park is home to beautiful gardens, a playground, and even a castle – perfect for little knights and princesses to explore. You can take a leisurely stroll around the lake, have a picnic on the grass, or even go on a bug hunt. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot some deer or rabbits!

So, if you’re on a tight budget but still want to give your family a memorable day out, Blaise Castle Estate is the place to be. It’s a great opportunity to get some fresh air, stretch your legs, and make some precious family memories without spending a penny. Pack a picnic, grab some sunscreen, and get ready for a day of adventure in Bristol. Your little ones will thank you for it!


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