Bristol Family Arts Festival returns!


It's art for all in Bristol this month

October sees the return of the beloved Bristol Family Arts Festival, a month-long event that celebrates creativity, community and every kind of art under the sun! There are dozens of activities for all ages throughout the month that you and your family can get stuck into, from simple drawing to wild theatre. A huge range of venues are involved for this edition, with many activities free for all!

This year the festival will feature over 50 events, with almost every discipline covered: visual arts, film, theatre, dance, animation, design, heritage, music and storytelling. Maybe you’re already well-versed in one thing, but the festival is a perfect opportunity to experiment and discover. It’s destined to be a great month of educational and entertaining goings-on which will delight everyone — and it’s flexible too, with no expectation you attend everything, you can pick and choose what suits you and when it suits you. As well as many events in the city centre, Easton, Lawrence Weston, Hartcliffe and Knowle West are all hosting exciting opportunities.

Highlights during the month include Drag Queen Story Time at the Watershed — expect some super-fun stories and plenty of singalongs! — a War Horse puppetry workshop at the Hippodrome (why not catch a show as well?) and a special introduction to theatre at the Tobacco Factory.

There’ll be lots going on in half-term week (very handy indeed) and plenty of spooky happenings for a different kind of Halloween — whether you’re making masks at the Bristol Museum, carving pumpkins at Tyntesfield or enjoying a one-of-a-kind Halloween Scrapstore party, you’ll find something that the little ones will love!

Bristol’s reputation for creativity is known across the country, continent and even the world — so get stuck into what makes this vibrant, vivacious city so special! You’ll have endless fun, make lifelong memories and maybe even learn a thing or two… 

Make sure you check for a full list of activities and further information.

When: 1–31 October

Where: Citywide 


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