8 summer holiday activities in Bristol

8 summer holiday activities in Bristol

Posted on: 19 Jul 2019

It’s that time of year again: the school summer holidays are coming! Time to start planning your six-week programme of non-stop entertainment, right? Let us help. 

Here’s eight things you and the kids can do to pass the time in Bristol this summer. From Clip’n’Climb to Wallace & Gromit activities at Bristol Zoo, there's tons of stuff to keep the little ones busy. 


1. New bouldering sessions, ASD sessions and more at Clip ‘n' Climb BristolClip ’N Climb Bristol

Clip ‘n Climb have been busy gearing up for the summer months. 

The team has just introduced a new ASD class for children who may find climbing centers overwhelming. Join them for their early Monday morning ASD sessions before the venue opens to the public. 

The centre has also announced a string of summer holiday bouldering sessions: a great way for the kids to burn off that excess energy! 


2. Shiver me timbers! Pirate fun happening at The Galleries 

Between 26 - 27 July, The Galleries’ dedicated kids’ club, Brizzle Kids, is hosting two days of FREE pirate-themed fun. 

Bring the little ones along for pirate shows, arts and crafts and more! The perfect chance to do a little bit of shopping. 

Brizzle Kids Clubhouse has always got stuff going on, so keep up to date via The Galleries’ website. 


3. Jump around at AirHop Bristol
AirHop Bristol

Massive trampolines and loads of sessions throughout the summer: need we say more? AirHop Bristol has made some huge announcements in preparation for the school holidays. 

AirHop welcomes the whole family for a bounce during their unique Family Takeover sessions. At the moment, hoppers can grab a summer pass for just £35. 

What else? Well, the venue has introduced Airhop sleepovers for clubs and youth groups. 

They’ve also introduced AirHop Chill; inclusive sessions with quieter music, less noise and fewer people. Happening every Sunday evening, AirHop Chill has been designed specifically for those on the autism spectrum and with additional needs and disabilities. Head to their website to see their full summer itinerary.


4. Horrible Histories comes to Bristol Hippodrome 

Between 24 - 27 July, the Horrible Histories gang are coming to Bristol Hippodrome to tell some awesomely gruesome tales. 

Uncover the lives of terrible Tudors or hear from the awful Egyptians in these unique, one-off shows. 


5. Have a wild day (or night!) out at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bristol Zoo Gardens in Clifton

The Zoo is a summer holiday no-brainer. Luckily, Bristol Zoo Gardens have got loads of activities happening to keep the little ones entertained. 

This summer, kids can become ‘Trainee Zookeepers’ in a brand-new Wallace & Gromit trail. From 20 July to 13 October, kids can have a go at model-making, animal behaviour monitoring and much more. 

Or why not see the Zoo after hours? On Fridays, visitors can experience the Zoo after hours with music, a BBQ and exclusive talks. 


6. Go Aardman-mad at M Shed

Calling all budding production team members: step behind the camera and learn how the Aardman animation studio made their hit film, Early Man, with M Shed’s exciting summer exhibition. 

From now until 3 November, see original puppets, dress up as a member of the Stone Age tribe and create a live-action sequence on a green screen.  


7. Score a hole in one at inPlay Golf
inPlay Golf in central Bristol

Got a rainy day on your hands? Why not head to inPlay Golf who are set to welcome beginners and primed golfers alike this summer. 

Situated at the Harbourside, inPlay has state of the art golf simulators, up to 195 courses and live leader boards for you and the family to battle it out.


8. Any budding scientists? we the curious has got you covered 

Like every holiday, we the curious has got some fantastic activities happening across the break. 

On 31 July, catch a FREE outdoor screening of children’s favourite, The Lorax. Or why not watch Bambi on 14 August?

Or, between 2 August to 29 November, explore the sounds and sights of the cosmos with the venue’s ‘Planetarium Sounds’ events. 

Have we missed anything? If you'd like to feature your summer activity, get in touch. 

Article by:

Kate Hutchison

Kate Hutchison, co-Editor 365Bristol.com & Editor 365Bath.com 

Kate is a recent Philosophy graduate and freelance writer with a passion for digital content, music and lifestyle journalism. Find Kate in a coffee shop, on Twitter or email kate@365bristol.com