May Half Term Activities Bristol 2023

Family Days Out

Find our picks of May Half Term Activities in Bristol below!:

Wild Place (Bristol Zoo Project) “Spring Fest”

A street art exhibition and wildlife adventure in partnership with Upfest! Fun games, crafts and storytelling. Put your handprint on a giant mural! Activities on 12.30-3.30PM 27 May – 4 Jun. Plus all the usual zoo fun! 🎟️ Adult £14-16, Child (2-14) £11-12, Under 2s Free. Book here

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Longleat “Explore New Realms”

Knight themed event with giant inflatable castle course, meet dragons and knights, birds of prey display, themed show, crafts and pizza making. 27 May – 4 Jun. Plus everything else Longleat has to offer! Most of these activities included with admission fee. 🎟️ Adult (16+) £39.95, Child (3-15) £29.95, 0-2 Free, Membership options available. Book here

Aerospace Bristol “Journey to Mars”

Huge Mars artwork from Luke Jerram on display, an interactive kids app, Concorde, interactive museums and tickets allow returns for a whole year! See our recent day out here on our Instagram Reel. 🎟️ Adult £19.50, Child (4-17) £12, Under 4s Free, Family Tickets available. Book here

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Avon Valley “Dinosaur Valley: LIVE!”

Huge collection of animatronic dinosaurs, trail and quest, meet dinosaurs, dinosaur shows, fossil excavation, as well as the rest of the adventure park! 🎟️ Adult or Child (2-16) £13.50, Under 2 £12.50, Babes in Arms Free. Book here

Cotswold Farm Park “May Half Term”

Bottle feeding lambs, sheep shearing, talks and potentially see live births. Huge lambing event with over 800 lambs being born on the farm! Also enjoy the whole of the farm park! 🎟️ Adult £15.95, Child (4-15) £14.95, Age 2 & 3 £11.95, Age 0 & 1 Free. Book here

Slimbridge “Spring into Life”

Visit ducklings, make a bird feeder, pond dipping, canoe safaris, talks, arts and crafts, dress up and role play as an arctic adventurer. Also “Drawn to Water: Quentin Blake” Illustrated map trail – more events related to this in the summer. There is the fabulous welly boot land and the rest of the wetlands to explore as well! 🎟️ Adult £15-17, Child (4-17) £10-11, Under 4 Free. Book here

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Wookey Hole “Scoob 4D Experience Half Term”

Explore the caves, meet the witch of Wookey Hole and encounter mythical beasts and legends! See the new Scooby-Doo 4D experience in the Cinema 27 May – 4 Jun. There is adventure golf, soft play and a circus show also! There is also the “Magique Magic & Illusion Show” 31 May. 🎟️ Adult £21.45, Child (3-14) £17.65, Under 3 Free. Book tickets

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm “Hide and Sheep Trail”

An exciting collaboration with Aardman to bring an augmented reality Shaun the Sheep trail around the zoo! We enjoyed this trail, and having a picnic next to the elephants and seeing giant tortoises were highlights! See our recent Instagram Reel of our day out. 🎟️ Adult £22-24, Child (2-15) £17-19, Under 2s Free. Book here

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American Museum and Gardens “Sculpture Trail and All-American BBQ”

The “Sculpture Trail” is on until 31 May and “All-American BBQ” family event 12-2.30PM 29 May. Lovely museum and grounds to walk around with play area. Purchase tickets on arrival. 🎟️ Adult £10-15, Child (5-17) £7-9, Under 5s Free, Family tickets available. More info here

Puxton Park “May Half Term”

Special half term events include magic shows, comedy shows, animals, arts and crafts, disco, as well as the rest of the adventure park! 🎟️ Adult £12.95, Child (2-16) £14.95, Under 2 Free, Family Tickets Available. Book here

Fairfield Animal Centre “Animal Experiences”

Half Term Animal Experiences including Alpaca Walks, Goat Walks, Birds, Bees & Bugs Experience and Donkey Meet, Greet and Groom Experience. Lots to do in their animal park as well! 27 May – 3 Jun. Cost of animal experiences vary and are separate to admission. Book here

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The Bishop’s Palace Wells “May Half Term”

A number of events for May half term. “Spring Scavenger Hunt” 27 May – 4 Jun, “Family Storytelling” 30 May, and “Family Crafting” 1 Jun. More information here

Cheddar Gorge & Caves “Spring Into Nature”

Nature talks, help build a mega bug hotel, bat trail, activity sheets, crafts. Free with entry. 🎟️ Adult £22-25, Child £17-19, 0-4 Free. 27 May – 4 Jun. Book here

Berkeley Castle “Tudor Day and Knight School”

• Berkeley Castle “Tudor Day” with Henry VIII & wives 28 May

• “Knight School” Learn sword fighting, watch the warrior show and see steel armour displays £8 on top of admission 29-30 May. Admission valid for a year!

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Royal Bath and West Show

Action packed rural themed family day out 1-3 Jun in Shepton Mallet. Book here

Inflatable Theme Park

Inflatable Theme Park at Gatcombe Farm Shop, Long Ashton. 27 May – 4 Jun. More information here

Palette and Pasture “Scarecrow Trail”

Palette and Pasture Scarecrow Trail and art competition (as well as their ice cream parlour!) 🎟️ £2.50 entry. Open every day during half term. Book here

Avon Valley Railway “Brick Express”

Avon Valley Railway “Brick Express” Train rides with Lego building workshops. Great for any train loving kids! 3 & 4 Jun. Book here

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Creative & Play Half Term Activities Bristol

We The Curious “10 ways to play”

Free activities run by the We The Curious team in Millenium Square! Drop in anytime between 10.30-4PM. Great place for water play and ice cream from Sprinkles too! 29 May – 2 Jun

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Bristol Old Vic “Birthday Family Day”

Birthday Family Day at Bristol Old Vic 11-3PM 30 May. Crafts, trails, workshops and more. Free but workshops can be booked in advance.

Children’s Scrapstore

Various craft workshops available over half term. Book here

Unicornfest “Unicorn Pottery Painting”

Paint your own miniature unicorn ahead of this fabulous summer trail! £10 + optional donation 31 May. Book here


“Summer Kids Rave” Great music, balloons and face painting in a lush venue! 10-12 30 May. Book here

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Almondsbury Creative

  • Circus Skills Workshop and Show 30 May Book here
  • Wacky Wednesday 31 May – Party style set up bouncy castle, diddi cars, music and under 3s soft play. Book here

Bristol Beacon

Our Musical Garden at Bristol Beacon – Musical play for under 5s. 31 May. Book here


  • RWA Junior Drawing School “Playful Map Printing” Age 8+ £10 31 May Book here
  • “Summer Early Years Day” Activities for age 2-4. Drop-in. 1 Jun.

Wolfridge Alpaca

Craft Workshops £6.50 per child, booking recommended. 30 May – 5 Jun. Also alpacas to see and a nice cafe. Book here

The Egg, Bath

Fold My City Event. Help create a large model origami city. Age 3+. 3 June. Book here

Outdoors and Nature Half Term Activities Bristol

Arnos Vale Cemetery

Beautiful Victorian Cemetery well worth a visit. It has some great free or inexpensive family activities. There is parking and a lovely cafe.

• Big Bug Hunt 30 May

• Stanley’s Stick Stomping Story 30 May

• The Tiger Stomping Story 1 Jun

• Wings and Things Drop-in Activity 1 Jun

• Knife Skills Bushcraft Workshop 2 Jun

• Hapa Zome Dyeing Activity 2 Jun

Booking required for most of these events here

arnos vale cemetery

Bristol Walk Fest

  • Bristol Walk Fest until 31 May. Family friendly puzzle walks at Hengrove Park and Netham Park. More Information Here.
  • Foraging Walks for Families with Life Rewilded 30 May Willsbridge Mill & 31 May at Stoke Park Estate. Book here

Get Growing Garden Trails

Get Growing Garden Trails 3 & 4 June are available at a number of locations including Bramble Farm in Knowle (not often open to the public), Bridge Farm in Stapleton, Dame Emily Park Project, plus many more. University of Bristol Botanic Gardens is also free to enter with a trail leaflet 4 Jun. Read more about these garden trails here, they sound great!

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Bath City Farm

Free Family Bird Walk at Bath City Farm 2 Jun. Booking required

Ashton Court Miniature Railway

Ashton Court Miniature Railway 12-5PM 28 & 29 May

MShed Steam Train

MShed Steam Train Ride Buy tickets at the ticket office by the MShed platform. Single £3, Return £4.50. 27 – 29 May. More information here

Dinomania in Clifton

Dinomania – Princess Victoria Street, Clifton 12, 1 & 2PM 1 Jun

National Trusts & Forestry England

Stourhead “Medieval themed play”

Stourhead “Medieval themed play” with lawn games, medieval colouring station and a hobby horse obstacle course 27 May – 4 Jun. “Tree climbing” climb the tulip tree next to the Palladian bridge in the landscape garden m. Ages 6+. 27-29 May. Booking essential. Usual admission applies. Book here

Tyntesfield “Red Dress Exhibition”

Tyntesfield “Red Dress Exhibition” a global embroidery project on display and with a family craft to make a mini paper version of the red dress. Usual admission applies. 27 May – 4 Jun. More information here

Dyrham Park “Wooden Era Trail”

Dyrham Park “Wooden era trail” with images of wooden collection items from the house hidden in parkland tree branches until 4 Jun. “Flower wall mass craft creation” from recycled and scrap materials 29 May. “Nature Explorer” sessions with activities such as bug hunting, exploring nature, crafts and pond dipping being held on 31 May and 1 Jun at 11 & 1.30PM. More information here

Newark Park “Wonderful Weather Trail”

Newark Park “Wonderful Weather Trail” weather themed activities around the gardens. “Bug Hotel Making” booking essential 1&2 Jun. Book here

Westonbirt Arboretum “Seasonal Scent-sations”

Westonbirt Arboretum “Seasonal Scent-sations” family activity and craft. Free drop in event. 30 May – 1 Jun. The Zog activity trail is also still on! More information here

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  • The Lion King at Bristol Hippodrome
  • The Addams Family at The Redgrave Theatre. 1-3 Jun
  • You Are The Sun at The Egg. Ages 0-2. 27-29 May
  • The Wind in the Willows Playhouse WSM 2-4 Jun
  • Weekends of Wonder – Free Street Theatre Festival in Broadmead 27 & 28 May and 3 & 4 Jun.
  • Nutty Noah at The Wardrobe Theatre. Ages 3-8. 28 May
  • Seska: Cooking Up Fun at The Wardrobe Theatre. Ages 3-8. 4 Jun
  • NoFit State Circus “Sabotage” in St Paul’s – performances until 2 Jun

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