Bristol Light Festival presents: Luminarium, a free family-friendly immersive experience this August

Luminarium comes to Bristol this summer + ideas of free things to do around the city over the school holidays

Luminarium is a fully accessible, multi-sensory pop-up coming to College Green on 4 – 14 August from 1-7pm daily, brought to the city by Bristol Light Festival

Visitors are being invited to enter a world of wonder when the world-famous inflatable domes filled with natural light and colour visit the city this summer. Taking inspiration from natural forms, Islamic and Gothic cathedrals and modern architecture, the Luminarium is a sunlight-powered sensory experience featuring kaleidoscopic colours, domes, tunnels and pods. 

An Instagrammers dream, this installation is truly designed for every member of the family and every age group. As a multi-sensory environment, it is also accessible for those with complex needs. 

The free-to-enter and inflatable walk-in art experience, half the size of a football pitch, has travelled with other luminaria across 43 countries, hosting a total of more than 3 million visitors since being created by Alan Parkinson, designer and founder of Architects of Air, in 1992. 

Alan Parkinson said:“We grew Architects of Air from a theatre project for people with learning disabilities. Inclusivity has remained at the heart of the work we do with each exhibition of Luminarium. It embraces all ages, all abilities, all cultures and communities. 

The residency at College Green this summer will be the first time a Luminarium has visited Bristol in 21 years, and we can’t wait to see how people interact with the experience – it’s a truly unique response from each visitor.”

The Luminarium is fully wheelchair accessible, set across one level, and schools and organisations for children and adults with accessibility needs are being invited to join in the experience with quieter sessions available.

Luminarium by Architects of Air (AoA) is presented by Bristol Light Festival, delivered by Bristol City Centre BID, and supported by Arts Council England. It is being delivered as one of the activities under the City Centre and High Streets Recovery and Renewal programme, funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Combined Authority’s Love our High Street project.

Tickets are free for all and can be booked online in advance, with walk-ups also available.

Find out more about the Luminarium on Bristol Light Festival’s website: bristollightfestival.org. 

Free things to do around Bristol over the school holidays

Six weeks + can be a long time to keep the kids entertained, so here’s a few ideas of some fabulous free things to do around the city and beyond… 

Have fun and learn 

Perfect for a rainy day (let’s face it, there’ll probably be a few) Bristol is packed with tons of fascinating museums, many of which are free! Including:

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery 
M Shed 
The Georgian House Museum 
The Red Lodge Museum 
Blaise Castle House Museum 
Bristol Archives 

Walk with the animals 

Pet an animal or two and learn more about where our food comes from at:

St Werburghs City Farm
Windmill Hill City Farm

Jump on board

Bristol is lucky enough to benefit from its own harbour and access to the River Avon, which you can make the most of and learn all about its history thanks to the likes of:

Underfall Yard
The Matthew
A wander around the harbourside!

Get inspired 

Bristol’s known as a creative capital for many reasons, and there’s plenty of ways to benefit from this without spending a penny:

Banksy walking tour 
Street art walking tour
Spike Island
Royal West of England Academy

Stretch your legs

With so much green space around, make the most of the warm weather at some of Bristol’s best outdoor spots:

Ashton Court Estate
Arnos Vale Cemetery 
Oldbury Court
Stoke Park
Snuff Mills
Leigh Woods

Unique to Bristol…

There’re some things that you can definitely only do in Bristol… 

Explore the Bristol Blue Glass Factory 
Visit the fairy-tale-like Blaise Hamlet
Attend the Bristol Balloon Fiesta

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