Freedog Urban Activity Centre
2a Templegate Park, BS3 4RP
Freedog are extending their opening hours this summer, giving you more time to bounce, practice your parkour skills, play dodgeball and summersault into the foam pit. Activities are suitable for all ages and fitness levels – so get adventurous and challenge everyone to try something new.
Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH
If you want to travel a little further afield this summer, escape to Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre for the day. It’s home to more than 250 rescued and endangered species, and by visiting, your family will help sponsor the conservation of primates at risk. Highlights include guided walking tours of the 65-acre park, the Orang-Utan crèche and the cheeky chimps.
Holiday family fun
August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
A wide range of activities for 3-10 year-olds. Dress up in Victorian-style clothing, take part in arts and crafts, or write your own animal story with local children’s author Rachel Carter.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Get up close to all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures in this workshop. Ask museum experts about different animals, go on a behind-the-scenes tour of natural science and handle these historical specimens. Suitable for ages 8-13. Book early as places are limited.
Wild Outdoors club
August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Windmill City Farm
Enjoy nature crafts, take part in feeding the animals, and play outdoors games every Thursday throughout the school holidays. Suitable for ages 6-9. Places are limited, so booking is essential.
August 4 & 18; September 1
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Watch the sun go down over the Zoo and take part in some of the many activities offered during the zoo’s evening opening hours. Meet the dinosaurs at Dinomania, hear more about your favourite animals with exclusive talks, and listen to live music throughout the evening.
Valley Fest 2017
Denny Lane, Chew Magna BS40 8SZ
A small and friendly festival on a beautiful site in Chew Valley. Musical acts include Jose Gonzalez and DJ Yoda, and there are arts and crafts workshops and junior discos for the little ones. Under-fives go free.
Gloucester Road Summer Street Party
Bishopston BS7 8BN
Enjoy live music, food and drink stalls and a fully licensed bar at this family-friendly street party. Mr Whompy, the UK’s only DJ ice cream van, will also be making an appearance.
To August 10
If a traditional British summer soaking ruins your outdoor plans, a trip to the cinema is a great rainy day activity. Based on the bestselling kids’ novels, Captain Underpants is spectacularly silly and will have everyone rolling in the aisles.
Kayaking and raft-building in Bristol
A water-based extravaganza by the harbour side. Have fun paddling kayaks around obstacles and improve your technique by completing challenges. Work with a team to build a raft and test it out on the water. Can you keep your raft afloat?
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta 2017
Ashton Court Estate
The annual fiesta returns to Ashton Court Estate, with trade stands, fairground rides, and entertainment at Europe’s largest meeting of hot air balloons. More than 150 balloons will participate in the mass ascents, weather-depending.
Bristol & Bath Food Festival
A chance to sample some of the best quality food and drink in the country. There’s something for everyone – for adults, more than 40 stalls offering everything from local beer to Lebanese street food, and for younger visitors, games, activities and a chance to meet Pudsey Bear.
Uncover skeletons at a mock burial site in the M-shed. Investigate the site, discover what rots and handle real archaeological finds, while exploring the skeletons that are on display in the M-shed.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
Discover ancient Egypt. Explore pyramids, pharaohs and mummification. Practice your hieroglyphics and create your own canopic jar or mini-mummy.
August 26 – 28
Avon Valley Railway
Grandparents travel for half price along the iconic Avon Valley Railway, when accompanied by at least one paying child. Take a step back in time and visit the restored Victorian station at Bitton, then enjoy a ride along the railway in a restored heritage carriage.
Natural play trail
Explore a new natural play trail at the National Trust’s Leigh Woods site, which forms part of the Avon Gorge Site of Special Scientific Interest. The trail includes balance boards between the trees, hollow logs, a woodland fort and a giant basket swing.
Bee and Pollination Festival
University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Bees, butterflies, moths, bats and birds take centre stage, with demonstrations ranging from beekeeping techniques and the workings of a live hive, to learning how to build insect hotels and weave enchanting willow sculptures.
To September 3
Watch the sharks being fed, sit in on a fish dissection, or take part in a crafting session at Bristol Aquarium during the summer holiday. Younger children can take part in a special dino dig and hunt for their own prehistoric specimens, and there’s even a chance to hold a real shark tooth. Children under 3 go free.