Going out | October half-term family fun

BPL434 3 October 2019

Bristol is bursting at the seams with things to do this October half-term – pumpkin picking, artistic activities, live performances, you name it!


Holidays are a great time for some sneaky teaching, especially when events as good as these are happening. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something too…

Planetarium Nights: Autumn Stargazing 3D (16+): The UK’s only 3D planetarium in Millennium Square opens its doors on Thursday 31 October for a night of autumn stargazing, where you’ll get to see for yourself the constellations above Bristol in real time and hear fascinating facts from the presenters.

Planetarium, 31 October

The Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show 2019: One for mini motorheads – watch a vintage motor be transformed by expert engineers before your very eyes. Around a thousand classic cars will be on display for you to see and the best part is, under 15s go free!

Royal Bath & West Showground, 2–3 November



Bristol is well known as an arty city, and has more than come up with the goods for half-term.

MiniBeats: Wonderful Woodwind!: Buck the trend and get kids into classical with this incredible opportunity to spend time with musicians from the Bristol Ensemble and presenter Laura Tanner.
Learn about woodwind and have a go at the oboe, saxophone and more.

St George’s Bristol, 27 October

The Little Prince Family Workshop: Be let into the world of the Little Prince, his friends, and all their dances and games at this amazing workshop for families.

The Edge, 2 November

Scribble and Sketch: Embrace your artistic side and indulge in a morning of unrestricted drawing and creating activities at Bristol’s first art gallery! No pre-booking is required and admission is completely free.

RWA, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, November 2



Get into the spooky spirit with these fabulous autumnal events.

Pumpkin Patch – Pick your Own: You couldn’t do much better with an empty day than spend it at a pumpkin patch, choosing your own spherical squash to take home! Pumpkins cost between £2 and £12, depending on their size and there will be fete games, music, entertainment, food and drink on site too.

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, October 5–31

Blood, Blackbeard & Buccaneers (12+): As the 300th anniversary of world-famous pirate Blackbeard’s death approaches, you can join this new walking tour of Bristol’s dockside and find out some juicy details about his life, his violent reputation and his enemies.

Meet at The Golden Guinea in Redcliffe (BS1 6SX), finishes near The Centre, October 26

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