With Christmas a distant memory, children are already looking forward to the next school holiday, half term. But as parents, how are you planning to keep your little ones entertained for the whole week at home? Luckily, Bristol is a great place for families with lots going on throughout February to keep the whole family entertained. From live shows and performances to festivals and celebrations, a trip to Bristol is guaranteed to keep your little ones entertained, and most importantly, tired out, this half-term break!
Family Friendly Accommodation in Bristol
Before you add to your list of things to do in Bristol this half term, first book the ideal family accommodation. Don’t find yourselves stuck in a cramped hotel room. Instead, book a serviced apartment in the heart of the city with all of the facilities of a home-from-home. Our spacious one- or two-bedroom suites are perfect for all types of families whether you’re entertaining toddlers or coercing teenagers into taking part in activities! The fully equipped kitchen makes it easy to eat together or pack lunches to save you time while exploring. Enjoy family nights at home enjoying a takeaway and watching movies in the living space before retiring to comfortable bedrooms. We’re expecting a busy half term so book your stay soon to secure your suite.
Bristol Light Festival
If you’re lucky enough to have an early half term this year, Bristol Light Festival will run from 2 – 11th February 2024. this very special festival brings colour, light and play to city centre spaces with a series of commissions from local and internationally renowned artists. It’s a truly eye-opening festival that takes place as soon as it gets dark and illuminates spaces around the city with colour and different themes. Most events are free and unticketed and it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours in the evenings instead of spending them in front of a screen.
Everyone’s favourite monster is making an appearance in Bristol this half term. Fans of this adorable character will love the Gruffalo’s Child and her adventurous mission at the Redgrave Theatre on the 10th & 11th of February. It’s an enchanting adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler that is sure to entertain young and old. It’s suitable for theatre lovers from ages 3 to 103 and tickets start at £15.
The Great Big Dinosaur Show
Why are children obsessed with Dinosaurs? It might be the novelty of extinct creatures, their funny names, or the sheer size of these magnificent beasts! No matter the reason, dino lovers of all ages will love The Great Big Dinosaur Show at the Wardrobe Theatre. Join poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko for a family show for ages 4-11 full of poems, raps, and songs about all of our favourite prehistoric heroes. The show is on 12th Feb for one day only and tickets start from £10 per child.
Another excellent show in Redgrave Theatre this year is Exciting Science with interactive displays and demonstrations ensuring an educational and fun day out for children aged four and up. On 13th February the theatre turns into a laboratory demonstrating fun & fact-filled experiments like a volcanic eruption, turning a vacuum cleaner into a missile launcher or aiming at you with their smoke blaster! Shows start at 11am & 2pm and last approximately 80 minutes with an interval for bathroom breaks – always appreciated at a kid’s show!
Lunar New Year
Celebrate the coming of the Year of the Dragon in Bristol with celebrations around the city. On 10th February join Wai Yee Hong Asian supermarket’s annual Lunar New Year celebrations. This family event is free to attend and will feature dance and martial arts performances as well as the traditional lion dance. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is also celebrating the Spring Festival with a feast of spectacular performances, stalls and activities on 17th & 18th February with another free family event suitable for all ages.
If your little ones love the Zoo, half term is a great time to visit. As well as the usual spectacular animals on display and the educational displays helping your children learn as they play, Zoo Detectives is back in 2024 to make your day at the zoo even more exciting. A mystery animal has travelled through the zoo and your family needs to find out who the culprit might be. It’s a self-guided interactive tour of the zoo that takes the whole family’s help to solve.
Book your family accommodation in PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments in Bristol on our website to guarantee our best available rates. We hope to play a small part in your family’s favourite half-term memories this year.