Family-friendly attractions in Bristol back open this weekend

Family-friendly attractions in Bristol back open this weekend

Posted on: 29 Jul 2020

Update: Friday 31 July


Please note: due to an update in government guidlines, venues such as bowling alleys, casinos and skating rinks, that had been due to reopen on Saturday 1 August, will not be able to do so until at least Saturday 15 August. 

Bowling alleys, an inland surfing venue and the home of the last Concorde: find out which Bristol attractions are reopening.


Roll on the weekend: several of Bristol’s biggest attractions are opening again on Saturday 1 August, after closing in March due to COVID-19. But remember – things will be far from 'normal'.


Attractions may look and feel a bit different, as visitors will be encouraged to observe social distancing guidelines when out and about.


And, in the spirit of social distancing, most venues will ask visitors to book tickets in advance to keep venue capacities low.


So, if you’re ready for a weekend of (responsible) fun, here’s a list of attractions and family-friendly venues that are reopening.


Clip ‘n Climb


Clip ‘n Climb is located inside Bloc Climbing, which is the largest bouldering facility in the region.


The family-friendly climbing centre is now taking bookings ahead of its reopening on Saturday 1 August. Head here to book.

Clip n Climb Bristol

The Wave


The Wave is an inland surf centre located in BS35. It’s the UK’s first full-size inland facility!


All visitors must pre-book via The Wave’s website. Find out more with our handy article

The Wave, Bristol

Aerospace Bristol


Aerospace Bristol in Filton is home to Concorde Alpha Foxtrot: the last of the iconic supersonic passenger jets to be built - and the last to fly.


The museum, which is located off the M5 near Cribbs Causeway, also has a large outdoor play area for kids, a gift shop and cafe.


To visit, people must book tickets in advance via the website. Find out more here

Aerospace Bristol

Did you know?


The government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme launches next week. 


The scheme offers customers 50% off food and non-alcoholic drinks at participating restaurants every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday throughout August, up to the value of £10 per person.

More than 32,000 restaurants across the UK have signed up to take part, including some of Bristol's best-loved independents.

Find out everything you need to know here, with our helpful guide

Bowling alleys 


Bristol’s bowling alleys, including The Lanes, Tenpin and Hollywood Bowl will reopen on Saturday 1 August.


Bowlers must book in advance of their visit, and follow new safety guidelines at the alleys. Expect to wear your own shoes and play in teams of up to six people only. 


Find out more here

Bowling in Bristol

Everyman Cinema 


Everyman is a stylish cinema on Whiteladies Road. The venue is reopening on Friday, 31 July with limited venue capacity. 

To celebrate, the cinema is showing family favourites Trolls, Frozen and The Dark Knight. 

To book, visit the Everyman Cinema website.  

Everyman Cinema

The Royal West of England Academy Art Gallery (RWA)


The Royal West of England Academy Art Gallery (RWA) is a magnificent Grade II* listed building in Clifton.


The venue is reopening with three exhibitions exploring the work of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and her peers.


Visitors will be asked to wear a mask inside the galleries. Book a time slot on the RWA website.


Avon Valley Railway


Avon Valley Railway is a friendly, stream railway based at Bitton station, in BS30.


The railway will reopen its heritage diesel service on Saturdays and Sundays in August, plus the three days of the August bank holiday weekend.


Tickets must be booked in advance via the website

Avon Valley Railway
Absolutely Karting


Absolutely Karting is a go-karting venue located off the M32, in between Clay Hill and Whitehall.


It's home to some of the UK’s fastest indoor karts, which can reach speeds of up to 45mph along the venue’s bends, ramps and straights.


Pre-booking is essential. At the moment, get 15% off when you use the code GETBACKIN. 
Absolutely Karting



The Arnolfini art gallery is reopening on Friday 31 July with a major new exhibition. 


The exhibition is that of the acclaimed Moroccan-British photographer Hassan Hajjaj. 


Exhibition slots are bookable in advance via the website, free of charge. Visitors are encouraged to make a donation.  

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