Birthday Parties in Bristol Guide

Find ideas for where to have a birthday party in Bristol, be it a more traditional birthday party with a hall and entertainment, or ideas for birthday party places in Bristol that will host parties for you!

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Traditional Birthday Parties

🎉 Halls & Venues to Hire

🎉 Children’s Entertainment

🎉 DIY Party Activities

🎉 Garden Party

🎉 Party in a Park

Where to have a Birthday Party in Bristol?

🎉 Active Parties

🎉 Outdoor Play/Forest School Parties

🎉 Crafty Parties

🎉 Soft Play & Play Cafe Parties

🎉 Animal Experiences

🎉 Adventure Park Parties

🎉 Other Indoor Party Ideas

🎉 Birthday Days Out

Traditional Birthday Parties

Halls & Venues to Hire

My picks of the best venues I have seen for children’s parties, prioritising a nice setting and some with outdoor space:

Children’s Entertainment

Ideas for children’s entertainment in Bristol. These are my picks from my research and those most recommended!:

DIY Party Activities

  • Organise activities around a theme. Read about our Adopt a Pet Party!
  • Traditional party games e.g. pass the parcel, musical chairs/statues, pin the tail on the donkey, Simon says
  • Craft table – look on Pinterest for ideas
  • Tuff trays – sensory play
  • Garden Games – Stomp rocket, floor chalks, ball games! Obstacle course, scavenger hunt.
  • Cupcake decorating
  • Simple Face Painting – you could do something easy like rainbow cat whiskers or buy a couple of stencils, or glitter! Temporary tattoos always go down well too.
  • Parachute games
  • Bubbles – fill a bucket with wands for kids to help themselves to or buy bigger bubble tools and make your own mixture
  • Make tie dye tshirts
  • DIY craft kits e.g. Baker Ross do multi-packs
  • Giant colouring sheet – tape to the floor
  • Disco lights and music, loose balloons

Garden Party

A garden party can be special, intimate and inexpensive. Ideas to make it special:

1. Food: Make or buy a cake, have special food/favourite foods e.g. party food, afternoon tea, picnic or BBQ.

2. Bouncy castle: Hire a bouncy castle or a money saving hack for those with young children… Buy a toddler bouncy castle off Facebook marketplace, use it for the weekend and resell it a few days later! Alternatively, get a new water play inflatable.

3. Party games: Traditional party games are so much fun e.g. pass the parcel, musical chairs/bumps, Simon says. You could make an obstacle course or have a scavenger hunt.

4. Decorate: I love to make my own balloon arches. If you are on a budget you can get them for around £10 from AliExpress. Order a few months in advance to allow for delivery as it can be slow. Watch a YouTube tutorial on how to do it. Picking a theme for decorating can be fun!

5. At home cinema: These set ups look like a lot of fun for summer birthdays such as from Sunset Cinema

6. Sleepover tipi hire – for kids of sleepover age these look great for something special.

7. Hot tub hire: Fun for older kids!

8. Dome hire: These look lovely when decorated. You can get one from Sparkle Igloo

Party in a Park

If the weather is on your side a party in a park is a great budget friendly party option. We have been to one at Victoria Park and spotted them at Ashton Court. The one we went to had party food, a bubble wand, garden games (a stomp rocket is always a hit) and a water table. It was a 3rd birthday and the kids were very entertained! You can easily host party games with lots of space. Some entertainers will host a party in a park. You could have a teddy bears picnic party, or set up a scavenger hunt. Other parks with a nice setting and toilets: Page Park, St George Park, Blaise Castle, and Oldbury Court Estate.

Where to have a party in Bristol?

There are lots of great attractions and venues that will host birthday parties for you and run the whole thing. This can be a really good option that requires less planning on your part! Some of them even do their own invitations. Ideas organised by categories:

Active Parties

  • Ninja Warrior – New obstacle course and inflatables adventure park. Three party packages to choose from ranging from £18-£33 per guest.
  • Freedog – Two party packages:
    • “Mega Dog Party” – 1 hr bounce session: trampolines, ninja course, jump games and foam pits, 30 mins in party room with pizza and slushies. Ages: 5+ & over 110cm Capacity: Minimum 8 children. £23 per person.
    • “Puppy Party” 1 hour session on trampolines, foam pits and soft blocks before moving to a party room for mini pizzas and squash. Ages: 0-5 years only. Capacity: 8-30 children. Cost: £19 per person.
  • Airhop – Multiple package options including jumping, pizza, slushies and party bags. Costs range from £20-27 per person. Toddler takeover parties also available ages 6 months – 6 years £16 per person. Capacity: minimum booking of 10 for all parties.
  • Majestics Gymnastics – Exclusive 1hr gymnastics party with bouncy castle, softplay, party games and disco. Capacity & Cost: Up to 30 children £180, Up to 40 children £220. Parties are on Saturdays.
  • Axis Trampolining & Gymnastics – 1 hr exclusive hire of the gym, and 30 minutes in the party room (food not included but you can bring your own). Parties to be tailored to the age group. Cost: Pre-school party £200 up to 30 pre-schoolers, school age £200 up to 20 children or £275 20-30 children.
  • City of Bristol Gymnastics Gymnastics party 1 hour exclusive use, and 30 mins in the cafe £170 Capacity: 30 guests.
  • West Country Water Park – Some fab water related party options here including an aquapark giant inflatables party, or a paddle boarding party! Most activites age 6+. Capacity: 6 – 20 participants.
  • Redpoint “Crazy Climb” Party. 1 hr of climbing and pizza in a party room. Ages 6+. Cost: £24 per person.
  • Clip n Climb – 1 hour climbing and 30 mins in the party space with food included. Cost: £260 for a minimum of 10 plus £23.50 per extra participant. Maximum 23 participants. Ages 4+.
  • Bump RollerdiscoRollerskating, with food & drink included. Cost: £18.50 per person.
  • Campus Skatepark – Hire the whole skatepark at Campus Pool or Park! Cost: £180 for 1 hr, up to 15 skate park users. Pizza party package also available.
  • Mendip Activity CentreIf you are looking for something adventurous, Mendip has lots of activities available to book e.g. abseiling, canoeing, skiing, toboganning. See our recent reel featuring some of these activities! Prices and age restrictions vary.
  • Planet Ice – 1 hr ice skating. Cost: prices vary but 10 children came out as £198. 7 guests minimum and celebration age from age 4. Calculate with your specifics on their website.
  • The Wave – Various group party booking options with Play in the Bay, Surfing and Body Boarding.
  • Adventure Bristol – Tree Tops High Ropes Adventure party at Ashton Court. Woodland party area (bring your own food). Age 7+. Cost: £18-20 per person. 10% off groups of 10 or more.
  • Laser Fusion – Lasertag party. Cost: £15.95-£19.95 per person. Exclusive hire rate: £399 for up to 20 players.
  • Team-Sport Go-Karting – Packages for ages 8-12 yrs up to 10 participants. Other group options. Prices start from £33 per person.
  • Absolutely Karting – Packages from £250-£370 for 6-8 participants.
  • Parish Wharf Leisure Centre in Portishead has a great fun kids leisure pool which is available for hire. £100 for an hour. Capacity: 40 people. Other party options available. Most swimming pools will have party options.
  • Mission Inflatable – At UoB pool. Private hire £180
  • Dragonfly Leisure – Ninjair Obstacle Course Party, Laser Tag Party, Soft Play Party, Climbing Party, Toys and Floats Pool Party – Radstock/Bath locations

Outdoor Play/Forest School Parties

  • Felix Road Adventure Playground – Adventure playground available for private hire. Cost:fr £100 per hr capacity 400. Hall and kitchen also available for hire additional cost.
  • St Pauls Adventure Playground – Adventure playground available for private hire. Cost: £120 per hr for playground. Additional costs for the hall and other rooms.
  • The Vench Adventure Playground – Playground, playroom and kitchen available to hire in Lockleaze. Cost: £15-£50 per hour depending on the time/day.
  • Little Hatters Outdoor Playgroup– Fantastic outdoor playgroup which is a pre-schoolers heaven! Under 5s and weekdays. Contact them directly to arrange a party.
  • At Play In The WoodsForest school party different themes available. Cost: Prices starting from £200 for 2.5 hrs party up to 10 children.
  • Bristol Forest School – Explore nature, get muddy and have fun! Ages 3+, groups of up to 16 children. Cost: from £140.
  • Woodland Makery – Woodland parties with different craft and activity options. Smores and hot chocolate included. Cost: £12 per child.
  • Kingfisher Forest School – Forest School Parties. Currently taking a break as of Jan 24 but check back for updates.
  • Chew Moos Ice Cream Parlour host parties. Fab outdoor play. Contact them for more details. Open seasonally.
  • Hideaway Forest School – Woodland parties
  • The Outdoors Project – Outdoor birthday parties on Horfield Common. Lots of themes such as Pokemon, Harry Potter, Minecraft, Nerf, Bushcraft, etc.

Crafty Parties

  • Children’s Scrapstore – Crafty parties in their colourful PlayRoom. Parties are 1.5 hrs including 1 hr of craft activities on your chosen theme. Bring your own food. Cost: From £160. Capacity: 16 children maximum.
  • Goldfinch Art Parties with lots of activities to choose from e.g. moving paper animals, superheroes, badge making, creative nature crowns. 1.5 hrs party from ages 2-16 yrs. Cost: From £175. Capacity: up to 20 children and 2 adults.
  • Pottery Painting at Flourish – 2 hrs of pottery painting and pizza. Lovely colourful room see our post. Minimum 10 participants. Cost: £19.95 per person.
  • Craft Club Bristol – Small craft parties up to 8 children
  • Kiln Workshop – Pottery painting contact directly about parties.
  • Flying Saucers – Pottery Painting. Party table and themed options. Drinks included. Cost: from £16 per person.
  • Mini Potters – Exclusive hire of the studio at Windmill Hill City Farm. 8-12 participants. Age recommendation 5+. Cost: £22 per person.
  • Lush – Party themes to choose from, games and activities, product making kit. 1.5 hrs party. Recommended age 5+. Parties cost £25 a head. Contact your local store: Cabot Circus, Cribbs Causeway, or in Bath.

Soft Play & Play Cafe Parties

  • Boing Inns Court Softplay – This is a great venue for 0-5s. Exclusive hire for 2 hrs. Cost: £150 at the weekend or £99 weekday. Capacity: 25 children aged 0-5 years and 20 adults.
  • Boing! Softplay Early years soft play in Lockleaze. Exclusive hire for 2-2.5 hrs. Hire cost: £120 weekday, £150 weekend. Capacity: 25 children aged 0-5 years and 20 adults.
  • My Little Town Roleplay Cafe – A wonderful roleplay cafe in Chipping Sodbury, and the perfect size for a party. Read our review. Tables for parents to sit with a cup of coffee whilst the children play. Cost: Exclusive hire from £165 dependent on food choices. Maximum 20 children.
  • The Curious Play Cafe – Play cafe in Hanham which opened in 2023! Lovely intimate play space. Best for young ones. 2 hrs party hire up to 24 people. Cost: Packages from £90 with different activities and food options.
  • Wonderland Chew Valley – Beautiful play cafe in Chew Valley. Exclusive hire available for 2 hrs. Cost: £220. Capacity: 20 children.
  • SkyboatSmall aesthetic soft play in Henleaze. Best for young ages. 2 hrs party and food/drink included. Cost: £200 for up to 10 children, £6 per additional child – max 22 children.
  • Be Weird Be Wild Be Wonderful – Large open ended play cafe in Longwell Green. Cost: Packages £125-£175. Exclusive hire £125 up to 50 people, or party organised by them with activities £175 up to 20 children.
  • Out There Indoors – Play cafe in BS4 which you can exclusively hire. Lots of open ended toys to play with. See our review. Cost: from £160 for 2 hours.
  • Little Nannie’s Cafe and Sunshine GladeSmall soft play in Pucklechurch you can exclusively book. Best for 1 and 2 year olds. Also has tea rooms. No online booking system best to ring 07367782288.
  • The Cowshed – Brand new large soft play at Cattle Country. Exclusive hire 5-7pm. Cost: £10 per child £300 = 30 children. Capacity: up to 100 children.
  • Wild Things Play Project Stay and play and workshop party options. Cost: Starting from £11.95 a head and £20 room hire. Capacity: between 4 – 15 children package dependent.
  • Sansway Street – Small role play room. See our post for more details. Exclusive party bookings from £75 fo 90mins. Capacity: up to 22 people with up to 10 children.
  • Jump Large soft play. Capacity: 8 – 24 children. Cost: From £10.50 per child.
  • Super Sense Sensory room at Imperial Park. Great for SEND and young children. To find out more see contact details on webpage.
  • Farrington’s Farm Soft Play party packages. This would be nice to pair with a visit to their free farm park, closed during the winter so check their socials for the re-opening date.
  • Ocean Adventurers in Cheddar. Capacity: 5 – 25 children. Cost: From £14.95 per child.
  • Gymboree Play, music and art parties for ages 1 – 5.
  • A & R Animal Adventures Animal themed play cafe exclusive hire. Capacity: 30 people Cost: £150
  • Most soft plays and play cafes will do parties so check directly if you have any other favourites!

Animal Experiences

  • Bristol Zoo Project – Become a Zoo Keeper For The Day 16+, Cheetah Experience, Meerkat Experience
  • Noahs Ark Zoo Farm – Junior Animals of the World Experience, Elephant Keeper Experience, Giraffe and Rhino Experience, Spectacled Bear Encounter, African Lion Encounter, Giant Tortoise Encounter, Capybara and Tapir Encounter, Porcupine and Skunk Encounter
  • Avon Valley – Reindeer, Alpaca, Goats & Sheep, Pig, Ponies and Small Animals Experiences. Cost: £75 per session for up to 6 attendees.
  • Chew Valley Animal Park – Animal experiences available: capybaras, foxes, meerkats, donkeys & Shetland ponies, or lemurs & tortoise. Prices vary per experience. Get in touch for more information.
  • Wolfridge Alpaca – Alpaca experiences from age 4. Cost: £15 adult, £9 child. Capacity: 8 in a group.
  • Creature Cuddles Animal Handling – Animal handling sessions with a variety of animals including bunnies, reptiles and bugs. You can book onto one of their animal handling sessions or book a private session. (Also available for parties)
  • Severnvale Equestrian Centre – Parties where you will groom your ponies, get them ready for gymkhana games and have fun when playing the games. Capacity: minimum 4 people. Cost: £25 per person. They also have various other children’s pony experiences.
  • Mollys Farm Play Days – Pony riding experience. Informal and relaxed, brush the ponies and go on a hack in the local area. Contact them directly for more details.
  • North Somerset Birds of Prey Centre – Owls and birds of prey experiences, meet foxes, racoons and more!

Adventure Park Parties

  • Puxton Park – Great value party packages £16.95 per child which gives you one free supervising adult. Minimum 8 children. If you are planning to meet a group of friends here it might be worth doing it as a party!
  • Avon Valley Park – Three party themes to choose from: ‘Animals’, ‘Dinosaurs’ and ‘Build Your Own Soft Toy’. Party activity with a party host for 1 hr, followed by 45 minutes in a party room with a picnic bag for the children. Capacity: 11 to 30 children. Cost: £14.95 per person. Entry to the adventure park is NOT included, but some of the party choices you get to go around parts of the park with your party host e.g. walking around to visit the animals, or going to dinosaur valley. Parties only available when the park is open which is not all year round.
  • Old Down Country Park – Party package includes animal encounters, day entry, lunch, crafts and more. £18 per child, minimum of 15 children. Soft play bus hire alternative option.
  • Court Farm Country Park – Lots of farm animals and animal feeding. £6 per child.

Other Indoor Activity Party Ideas

  • Bristol Aquarium – Shark, Pirate or Mermaid Parties from age 4. Capacity: 10 – 20 children. Cost: £16.95 per child.
  • Escape Room – There is a Wallace and Gromit themed one at Locked in A Room!
  • Gaming – Belong Gaming offer party packages.
  • Bowling
  • Cinema – Go to any screening or private hire. Everyman is a nice choice with their sofas!
  • Board Game Cafe

Birthday Days Out

A day out with family or friends can be a great way to celebrate a birthday as an alternative to a party. Take cake and a birthday picnic. Days out worth considering:

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Disclaimer: Information as accurate as possible as of January 2024, but subject to change so always check information directly. Bristol Family Blog and it’s editor take no responsibility or liability for any loss or damaged caused from any location visits, events, activity, parties or experiences that are mentioned on this blog or social media channels. The ‘contract’ is between you and the provider or producer of the event.

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