5 FREE things to do with kids in Bristol
Stuck on how to entertain your children at weekends and during holidays? Why not take a trip to Bristol for fun,entertainment and new experiences. Bristol is just a short drive from Bath and offers a range of activities that are free of charge located in the heart of the city. So why not take the kids to the city to try something new!
1. Aston Court– This day out is suitable for all ages. The estate covers 850 acres of green space covering many woodland walks, trails and outstanding views. You may be lucky enough to see some wild animals including deers, badgers and wild rabbits!There is plenty of open space for games so why not take a football and a picnic for a great day out for the whole family. (there is a small charge for parking and a cafe located on site). They also host the Balloon Fiesta every year in August which is a free family event!!!
2. M Shed Museum– This offers your children education and fun in an interactive environment. Learn about the cities historical features, dress up as people from the past including pirates and get involved in family games. The museum often offers many special events throughout the year to offer something new and different for the whole family including exciting crafts, re enactments and a photo trail.
3. Bristol Cathedral– This beautiful Cathedral is nearly 1,000 years old. It is home to one of the most important buildings in the country- the Chapter House. Children will be amazed at the delightful stain glassed windows and the Cathedral’s outstanding architecture.
They also offer a guided tour of the Cathedral every Saturday at 11.30 am and 1.30 pm which gives you more information about historical artefacts and the history. Why not try one of their audio tours allowing you to discover the interesting facts at your own pace. This may be more suitable for young children.
4. Clifton Suspension Bridge– This is a MUST see when visiting Bristol. Built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, providing spectacular views of Bristol. You will have the opportunity to walk or drive across the bridge (small fee of 50p for cars). During the summer time and at weekends free guided tours are offered to the public.
To celebrate 150 years of the Suspension Bridge live shows are taking place in January to express Brunel’s work. There is an additional charge for these shows and will need to be booked in advance.
5. Windmill Hill City Farm– One of my favourite things to do when I was younger was to go to the farm. Not only did I get to see lots of my favourite animals including pigs, sheep and chickens I also got to take part in art and craft activities. This unique farm offers animal encounters where you can touch the animals (hand washing facilities are available throughout the farm), try home made baked goodies and get creative- including painting, cooking and junk modelling. There are also many climbing frames and outdoor activities that older children can take part in so this day out will provide entertainment and activities for the whole family.