Ahh June, here come long hot days and balmy light evenings…or let’s hope so anyway! However the weather decides to play out, there’s tons of things to do in Bristol with kids in June. The city’s biggest food festival (Bristol Food Connections) hits the city this month with oodles of family-friendly events, there’s Father’s Day stuff on, plus dance classes, art classes, storytelling, outdoor theatre, music, puppetry, plus train and dog festivals to get stuck into!
I’ve put together a list of Bristol activities for kids in June below and will keep adding events to this round-up list as I discover them, so please share with your local friends, bookmark this page and keep checking back for more things to do in Bristol with kids in June.
Things to do in Bristol with kids in June 2019
Head over to Brunel’s SS Great Britain with your pre-schoolers for maritime tales. Sarah Mooney captivates imaginations with original stories and new twists on classic legends of whales, angel fish, pirate treasure and stormy seas.
Time: 11am, Tickets: free
An exciting new dance and yoga session for adults with babies/toddlers hosted by the bubbly and energetic Farrah from Farrah’s Dance Workout. The class will start with a wiggle and a giggle followed by a couple of songs to dance along to, before winding down with some funny farm yoga. Bring along a mat for you and your little ones if you can.
Times: 1.30-2.15pm, Tickets: £6 but try to book in advance as spaces are limited.
Join award-winning family theatre company Brave Bold Drama for a day in pyjamas and help BookTrust give every child a bedtime story. Wear your PJs all day (grown-ups too) and let imaginations soar with free flow creative play inside and outdoors in the StoryDen play.
Times; 11am-3pm, Tickets: £4 per child in advance or £5 on the door, £1 of every ticket sold goes to support Book Trust.
Matilda the Musical at Bristol Hippodrome (until 8 June)
Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by Roald Dahl.
Mini trains at Ashton Court Railway (9, 16, 13 June)
Based in the top part of Ashton Court Estate, this fun mini railway run by Bristol Model Engineers is a firm favourite with families. Featuring a selection of real steam, electric and petrol driven trains (£1.50 per ride, or 5 for £6.50), it’s brilliant, cheap fun. Take a picnic and make a day of it!
Bristol Festival of Nature 2019 (8-9 June)
The UK’s largest free celebration of the natural world returns to Millennium Square, Queen Square and Anchor Square. Discover how you can take action for nature through free family fun, hands-on activities, performances, free talks (including a ‘Behind the Scenes with Bristol Aquarium’, and an insight into Bristol Museum’s natural sciences collection) plus local food stalls and lots more.
Times: Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-5pm.
Kids can get junk-modelling with colourful plastic to create plants, animals and insects. Contact 0117 9143002 to try a single session for £8 or book a four-week block at the discounted price of £28. Attending the session entitles visitors to one-day membership to the Scrapstore Warehouse, where you can collect up to a basket of scrap for a donation of £6 (less if the basket isn’t full).
Kids can get down to the joys of baking breads, puddings, cakes doughnuts and biscuits in this two and a half hour class. Suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.
Times: 2pm-4.30pm, Tickets £40.
Explore the walled Victorian garden (just next to Blaise Castle House Museum – to the left as you look at the house). Take a guided tour or join in with various craft and growing activities and learn about organic and sustainable growing. There will also be a café and plant sale plus the Goram Fair (see below). Suitable for all ages.
Time: 11am – 3pm, Tickets: Free but donations welcome.
Celebrate the legend of local giant Goram at the sprawling, green Blaise Castle Estate. As well as a dog display, there’ll be games, stalls, crafts with Arts Enlarge, and a vintage funfair!
Times: 10am – 5pm, Tickets: Free entry but charges for funfair rides etc apply.
Walk, jog or run your way through five colour bursts of powder paint and raise money for Children’s Hospice South West. Anyone aged 5 years and over can join the fun – turn up in your white T-shirt and get covered in every colour of the rainbow!
Times: 11am – 3pm, Tickets: Adult – £30, Child – £15.
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for over 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. Watch spellbinding bubble tricks as he explores the breathtaking dynamics of everything from square and fog-filled bubbles to bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines in this hour-long show. Shows also feature multi-instrumentalist Jet Black Pearl accompanying Louis with bubbly music.
Tickets: £10, Times: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm.
Presenter Laura Tanner and the Percussionists from the Bristol Ensemble need your help to bash, crash and SMASH their way into summer with a range of instruments! In-between performances, step back in time and create amazing animal fossils.
Times: 10:15am for children aged 3-5, 12pm for children aged 5-8 – British Sign Language Interpreted, 2pm Relaxed Performance – British Sign Language Interpreted. Tickets: £6, family ticket available.
We The Curious can be a big and sometimes noisy venue which can sometimes be challenging for visitors on the autism spectrum. The attraction will open early for this session from 9am and visitors will have an hour and a half to explore the exhibits at their own pace. There will also be an autism-friendly show in the Planetarium at 10.15am (suitable for age 5+), with softer music, the lights on and doors open, so you can leave at any time.
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.
Things to do in Bristol with kids in June
The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild will be hosting their summer family fun day at Berkeley Castle for the first time. Visitors will have the chance to see a range of puppet shows including Punch and Judy, plus a mini paper adaptation of the classic fairy tale ‘Princess and the Pea’. There will also be puppet-making for families throughout the day.
Times: 11am – 5pm, Tickets: Adult £12.50; Concessions £11; Child £7; Family £35; Under 3 years free.
Bristol Food Connections (12-23 June)
Bristol’s biggest food festival returns this month with over 100 events taking place in locations across the city. There are tons to choose from on their website, and you can filter by various themes (including oodles of family events). Check out their website for more details, or take a look at some of the highlights below:
The Big Blaise Picnic (22 June)
Camping Fire Cooking (23 June)
Kaleidoscope at Felix Road (23 June)
Heartbreak productions has adapted David Walliams’ bestseller for the outdoor stage and will be performing at South Street Playing Fields. Bring your chairs, blankets, picnics and settle down for a fun night as you join Ben and Granny on this thrilling adventure.
Times: 6.30pm – 8.30pm Tickets: From £9.00
Barrow and Flax Festival (June 13-16)
From opera to music hall, poetry to comedy and even stage hypnotism, this festival has plenty to cover all tastes. Featuring family-funk favourite Kid Carpet, world-renowned ukulele maestro Andy Eastwood, food tasters, pairings and demos, the festival culminates with a glittering opera gala in Barrow church.
Check individual events for times and ticket prices here,
Summer outdoor theatre at Tyntesfield (June 14)
The HandleBards are a troupe of cycling actors who carry all the set, props and costume needed to perform extremely energetic, chaotic (in a charming way) and environmentally sustainable Shakespeare plays. Bring a chair and a picnic, and spend a summer’s evening watching one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies on The Croquet Lawn at Tyntesfield.
Times: 7pm – 9.30pm, Tickets: Adult (16+ years): £16, Child (5-16 years old): £8, Family (1 adult, up to 3 children): £32, Family (2 adults, up to 3 children): £48.
Baby Art Hour at Spike Island (June 14)
Bring your little’un along to play with colour, shape and texture and learn easy ways to create using simple methods and materials at Spike Island’s popular monthly sessions for under fives and their carers. Led by artist Éilis Kirby.
Times: 10am – 11am. Tickets: £3 for the first child in a family group, £1 for each additional child. Booking essential.
Bristol Volksfest (June 14-16)
Held in Long Ashton, this festival celebrates all things Volkswagen with live music, DJs, a kids’ zone and entertainment. Perfect for VW drivers, music lovers, bargain hunters or those after good times and a relaxed family atmosphere.
Tickets: click here to see ticket prices.
Easton Arts Trail (June 15-16)
Over the course of the weekend various family-friendly events will be taking place across Easton for this year’s Arts Trail, including bubbles, face-painting, outdoor games, live music, workshops, treasure hunts, children’s poetry and lots more. This year’s theme is diversity.
Children’s Festival at Zion (June 15)
Take the whole family along for a packed day of face-painting, music, singing, craft, circus skills, magic and more. The cafe will be serving breakfast, brunch and lunch, plus hot and cold drinks and snacks.
Times: 10.30am, Tickets: Kids £6 (under 18 months free) /Adults £8 and Family tickets are £25 (3 kids and 2 Adults).
Librarian Theatre present’s Quentin Blake’s The Green Ship, a family theatre performance.
Times: 7pm, Tickets: £5.
Join in the bottle-top mosaic, make a hanging home for a plant or a milk-bottle-elephant.
Times: 10.30am Tickets: Contact 0117 9143002 to try a single session for £8 or book a four-week block at the discounted price of £28.
Be wowed by the marvellous House Magicians inside this 1920’s-style theatre during an hour-long magic and comedy event suitable for kids aged 7+.
Times: enter at 4.15pm, main show 4.30pm, Tickets: £10.50 – Adult £9.50 – Child.
Father’s Day at Berkeley Castle (16 June)
Entertain your beloved dad at Berkeley Castle for a great family Father’s Day out – the old man gets in free (with full paying kiddo_ and receives a free lunch too (when another is purchased)! Henry VIII & his six wives have also been invited to make sure your Dad gets the welcome he deserves! Pop into the Education Room for ‘Father’s Day’ themed crafts throughout the day.
Times: 11am-5pm, Tickets: Adult £12.50; Concessions £11; Child £7; Family £35; Under 3s free.
National Trust Top of the Gorge Festival (June 14-16)
Top of the Gorge festival takes place for its second year on a spectacular site overlooking Cheddar Gorge. Welcoming campers and day visitors, the festival is a carnival of outdoor adventure, entertainment, inspiration and fantastic local food and drink. The pop-up campsite gazes right through the jaws of the gorge towards the Somerset coast, and activities include trail running, mountain biking, climbing, caving, walking, archery, food foraging, campfire cooking, star gazing and much more. Challenge yourself with some outdoor action, relax with live music and local food, and try something new all atop the UK’s largest gorge.
Tickets: day and weekend tickets available here.
Things to do in Bristol with kids in June 2019
Friday Twilights at Bristol Zoo Gardens (June 21, plus dates in July)
Held in the heart of Clifton, Friday Twilights returns to Bristol Zoo Gardens this summer. Get closer to nature and experience the Zoo like never before. The doors open after hours, offering visitors a unique chance to see the animals and award-winning gardens, plus live music from The Chicken Teddy’s from 9pm, BBQ and lots for families too.
Tickets at £7.50 (£6.50 for members).
TYNTEtots: Alice in Wonderland at Tyntesfield (19-20 June)
Head over to the National Trust’s beautiful Tyntesfield for storytelling, crafts and games for 2-5 year olds and their families, inspired by the classic story of Alice in Wonderland. Play croquet by the Rose Garden, create a mad hat, help the Queen of Hearts by painting the white roses red.
Times: 10-11.45am, Tickets: Adult: free, Child: £8, 2 children: £14, 3 children: £21.
Tales of the Forest – an ecological art project that aims to use imagination to look in new ways at contemporary issues – will be hosting this community event. Bring a picnic or something to nibble, taste some intriguing tree-themed snacks and take part in free family craft workshops run by artists involved in the project (including mask making, clay creatures and willow crowns). There’ll also be storytelling and live music.
Brilliant Makers at Chandos Atelier (22 June)
These Saturday morning clubs are run by a professional maker who helps children use a wide range of materials and methods – paint, plaster, cardboard, fabric, clay – for two hours of creative, exploratory fun .
Times: 10am-12pm, Tickets: £15 – advance booking is essential as spaces are very limited.
Weston Air Festival 2019 (22-23 June)
Weston Air Festival will return this summer with breathtaking air displays over the Seafront and Beach Lawns at Weston-super-Mare. There will also be fun fair rides, military displays, an armed forces village, veterans parade and drumhead service, trade stands, balloons on the beach evening ascent and activities to suit all ages.
Tickets: Free to attend.
Peppa and George will be appearing at the Adventure Park together at 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3pm. Book your park tickets for the day, then book a time slot that you would like the children to see their favourite piggies.
HorseWorld Charity Open Day (June 22)
The Charity Open Day at HorseWorld takes place four times a year and is a chance for the public to explore this working rescue yard, meet the horses and staff, and enjoy demonstrations, a tractor safari tour (weather permitting), a Patty the Painting Donkey display and more.
DogFest at Ashton Court (June 22-23)
Join hundreds of dog lovers for a fun-filled weekend, alongside special guests Professor Noel Fitzpatrick and Clare Balding! Try your paw at a variety of activities, watch arena displays, and shop the latest poochtastic goodies.
Times: 9.30am – 5pm, Tickets: Adult – £16.50, Child (6-16) – £10.50, Senior – £12.50, Family (multiples of 4, 5 & 6) – £11.25. Children under 6 go free!
The miniature railway at Avon Valley will have steam and diesel hauling passenger services and miniature traction engines offering guests a ride. There’ll also be a chance to take a photo with a miniature railway driver, have a go at driving a miniature engine yourself for just £5, plus themed crafts for train-loving kiddos.
Times: 10am – 6pm. Steam locomotive rides will begin around 1pm each day due to the requirements needed to haul passengers. Tickets: One train ride is included in Adventurers’ Passes on entry, or buy online the day before to save £1 per person. Additional train rides are £2 per ride, per person.
A joyful exploration of identity, belonging and choice, devised by a mother and son, Liz Clarke (aged 43) and Felix (aged 10). This performance for family audiences collides extravagant fantasy and the daily reality of mother and child making art together; figuring big stuff out together with a healthy dose of glitter. A must for anyone who has a big imagination and whose family doesn’t quite fit inside the box. Most suited for 8+ but all ages welcome.
Times: 12pm, Tickets: £8 (£12 for show & workshop)
The Secret Garden at Wild Place Project (June 23)
Wild Place Project will become home to a stage beneath the sky as Chapterhouse Theatre Company bring to life the story of a young girl and the amazing garden she discovers. Raising funds for their worldwide conservation projects, this fantastic open-air performance will take place just a stone’s throw away from the animals. Once you’ve explored the park, pitch up with your blanket and settle in for the discovery of The Secret Garden.
Time: 4pm, Tickets: £14 for adults, £12 for children and concession. Each ticket entitles you free entry to Wild Place Project on 23 June from 3pm.
Teddy Bears Picnic at Avon Valley Railway (June 29-30)
This special teddy-themed day includes free train travel for kids who bring their Teddy Bear. There will also be a family teddy bear trail around the station, craft activities onboard the trains, Punch & Judy shows, balloon modelling and face painting (for over 3s).
Times: 11am – 4pm, Tickets: £8.50 for Adults, £7.50 for Concessions and under 5’s go FREE. All other children (5 – 14) will also travel free if they bring their Teddy Bear.
Big Bear Sculpture Trail at Wild Place (until 1 September)
Go on a bear hunt and go and catch a big one…or twenty ginormous ones at Wild Place Project. Ahead of their summer Bear Wood opening (when the attraction will become home to real life bears), artist-painted bear sculptures have been hidden around the grounds, with four mini trails to complete while seeking them out.
Pop along to superhero training school at St Georges Community Centre and meet the best supers in the business! Event 1 will feature Spider-Man, captain America, Iron man and Batgirl (10.30am-12pm) while Event 2 presents Spider-Man, Hulk, Batman and Harley Quinn (1pm-2.30pm) The 90-minute will include a meet and greet as well as a photo opportunity.
Tickets: £15 per ticket, with one free accompanying adult per child.
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