From petting baby animals to family-friendly theatre, a food festival to dance classes and Mother’s Day crafts, I’ve put together a list of fun things to do in Bristol with kids in March 2019.
Fun things to do in Bristol:
1-31 March (except Mondays): Kidding/lambing event Chew Valley Animal Park
If your kids are into animals, this is one of the cutest and most hands-on creature-cuddling experiences I’ve come across. On a farm overlooking the beautiful hills of the Chew Valley, there are a couple of farm buildings filled with newborn baby animals to pet at various times throughout the day throughout March including hedgehogs, guinea pigs, lambs and bunnies. After you’ve got up close to these sweet little beasts, you’ll find a wide array of other animals to look at from afar (wallabies included!), plus a children’s playground, picnic area and cafe.
Time: 10am till 4pm. Tickets: Adult £9.50, Child (2-16 years) £8.50, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £33.00.
2 March: Bing Live at Redgrave Theatre
Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Panda as they learn how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs in the first ever Bing stage show!
Time: 10am, Tickets: Adult: £17.50, Child: £15.50. All kids over the age of 12 months need a child ticket.
Create sculptures and projections using materials inspired by Mai-Thu Perret’s current exhibition The Blazing World.
Time: 10am – 12pm, Tickets: £3, booking advised.
2019 marks 50 years since Concorde’s maiden flight and Aerospace Bristol will be celebrating this marvellous milestone with some with some special activities. Head over on 2 March to watch footage, hear Spotlight Talks and meet Concorde Captain Colin Morris.
2-3 March & 23-24 March: Learn to Cycle Weekend at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park
Get your little one pedalling with help from a British Cycling Coach. There will be 20-minute training sessions throughout the day, bikes will be available or bring your own.
Tickets: Adult £10.00; Child £10.50; Toddler £4.00; Babes in Arms – Free.
Grab your glow-sticks and your favourite neon jumpsuits and get ready to jump and skank for a family-friendly rave with the ever-energetic Junior Jungle! The dance mad pair are taking over Ashton Court for two hours of family party time and four rooms of mayhem, including soft play, a bouncy castle, chill out area, face painting and a bar (cos this party ain’t just for the kiddos)! ‘Ave it.
Junior Jungle at Colston Hall
4 March & various dates: DragonBird Theatre
This lovely little theatre band was put together by drama teachers/performers Tilly Langdon and Lotte Norgaard back in 2012. Their shows normally start with a play, followed by interactive games that the whole audience (adults and children) can participate in. Children love it and the objects and games the players dream up are wonderfully creative and fun. The Chef Gherkin and His Magic Mixing Machine is the theme of the March show, but get your tickets quick – they always sell out!
4 March: Kelvin Players, Gloucester Road – 10am & 11:15am
5 March: St Werburghs Community Centre – 10am & 11:15am
6 March: The Greenbank, Easton – 11:15am & 1:15pm
21 March: Windmill Hill Community Centre – 10am & 11:15am
8 & 25 March: Clifton/Redland: 10am & 11:15am
5 March: Sea Hear Storytelling
Pop along to Brunel’s SS Great Britain with your pre-schoolers and settle down for some maritime tales. Storyteller Sarah Mooney’s free sessions mix original tales with new twists on classic legends and children can join in the action with stories of whales and angel fish, pirate treasure and stormy seas.
A day celebrating the international cuisine on offer on Gloucester Road – the longest independent high street in Europe. Discover and explore food and drink from Brazil, China, England, Europe, India, Italy, Iran, Kerala, Korea, Pakistan, Persia, Poland, Thailand in shops, cafes, restaurants, lounges, pubs, bars, butchers, bakers, greengrocers, delicatessens and convenience stores! There’ll be special menus and free tasters on offer too.
19-23 March: Annie at Bristol Hippodrome
The smash-hit production of Annie comes to Bristol Hippodrome for one week only, direct from London’s West End. This production stars award-winning actress Anita Dobson (EastEnders, Wicked, Loose Women, Chicago, Call The Midwife) as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.
20-21 March: TYNTEtots: The Little Red Hen at Tyntesfield
Sow some seeds, play with farmyard friends, create your own paper hen to take home with you and hear the story of The Little Red Hen in this family-friendly session for 2-5 year olds.
Tickets: Adult: Free, Child: £8, 2 children: £14, 3 children: £21.
Join Badminton School for an Easter egg hunt, face painting, forest school, soft play, balloon modelling and more. Kindly register your place so the school can ensure they have plenty of refreshments.
Times: 10.30am – 12.30pm, Tickets: free.
24 March: Little Swing at The Anson Rooms
Join swing dance band Paper Moon fronted by jazz singer Lucy Moon, for a toe tapping, leg wiggling and finger clicking workshop for families with children aged 5-11. Learn all about the instruments in a band, how to direct musicians using body language and get the whole family up on their feet with fun dance moves from the swing era.
Times: 11am – 12pm, Tickets: Child Entry: £9.00. *All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 adult goes free with each ticket.
23-24 March: Nutty Noah at The Wardrobe Theatre
Bringing his own brand of chucklesome silliness, Nutty Noah’s award-winning show includes cheeky songs, crazy juggling and amazing magic for children aged 3-8 and their families. Nutty Noah is one of the most sought-after family entertainers in the UK and has featured on CBBC’s The Slammer and Britain’s Got Talent.
Times: 11am & 2pm, Tickets: £8 (under 2s go free)
Kiddos can make a handmade card for their mama using pressed flowers and enjoy an after-school afternoon tea in the Sawmill at Tyntesfield as a reward.
Tickets: Adult afternoon tea: £15.00, Child card making and afternoon tea: £7.00, Child just card making: £2.00. Booking essential. Times: 4pm – 5pm.
30 March: Let’s make Art at CASS art, Park Street
Pop along to CASS Art on Park Street for some collage creativity where kids will be exploring colour and geometrical shapes.You also get 10% off in the shop afterwards. Ages 7+. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Times: 2.30-3.30pm. Tickets: Limited spaces available, £5.
30 March: Bristol Comic Con and Gaming Festival
The Bristol Comic and Gaming Festival is a family-friendly event with traders, props, film cars and bikes. There will be table top to retro consoles to try, cosplayers and professional costumers groups, plus cosplay competition and more activities. The Wizards Gathering is the event zone for Harry Potter fans.
Times: 10am-4pm. Tickets: General Advance tickets age 14 and over – £8, Age 6-13 years ticket – £4, age 5 and under – free.
Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol will be visiting Cattle Country and appearing together at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Just book your park tickets as usual for the day, then book a time slot. They fill up quickly though so book early to avoid disappointment!
We The Curious can be a big and sometimes noisy venue with lots going on, which can sometimes be challenging for visitors on the autism spectrum. The venue will be open early for a special session on 31 March from 9am and you’ll have an hour and a half to explore the exhibits at your own pace. There will be also be an autism-friendly 30-minute show in the Planetarium at 10.15am (suitable for age 5+) in 2D, with softer music, lights on and doors open, so you can leave at any time if needed.
Tickets: Adults and children aged 3 and above: £4.95 / £5.50 with gift aid, Personal Assistants: FREE, Planetarium tickets are an additional £2.50 per person.
30-31 March: Mother’s Day Bath Salts Making at Tyntesfield
Pop by the Orangery to make your mama a homemade gift of lavender bath salts on Mother’s Day weekend with Tyntesfield’s garden team.
Times: 11am – 3pm, Tickets: £3 per jar of bath salts.
30-31 March: Mother’s Day Weekend Afternoon Tea at Tyntesfield
Enjoy a special family afternoon tea on Mother’s Day weekend in the Sawmill at Tyntesfield.
Times: 12pm – 1pm, 1.30pm – 2.30pm, 3 – 4pm. Tickets: Adult, deluxe afternoon tea (includes a glass of prosecco): £22.50, Adult, afternoon tea: £20, Child, afternoon tea: £5.
Treat your Mum to a slap-up Sunday Roast (they do an epic one here) complete with live music and roaming magicians on Mother’s Day.
Surely what every mummy really wants on Mother’s Day – gin! Or even better, an afternoon tea at Riverstation in partnership with the truly scrumptious 6 O’Clock Gin. Head to Riverstation’s Pontoon Bar for gorgeous cakes, delicate sandwiches and little scones with jam – perfectly complemented by a 6 O’Clock Gin cocktail on arrival.
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- 10 Coolest things to do in Bristol
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- Family-friendly M5 stop-offs near Bristol
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