15 fun things for kids to do in and around Bishopston this February Half-Term

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If you are looking for inspiration of fun things for kids to do in February half-term in the local area, this list should help!

In no particular order, here are some fun places to go, plus some events planned especially for kids in Bishopston and surrounding areas during half-term.

But should you wish to venture outside of Bishopston at any point during half-term, please do check out the Bristol Mum Facebook page for more activities planned across Bristol.

Here’s the full list of half-term fun on offer in and around Bishopston!

Viking Storytelling at Horfield Library

  • Tuesday, 11.30am
  • FREE
  • Horfield Library, Filton Ave, BS7 0BD
  • More details

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A free storytime session for kids aged 4 – 8 with a Viking theme! This storytelling session will be held by renowned poet and storyteller, Oscar Kolkowski who draws his inspiration from traditional myths and folk stories.

Open Day at Golden Hill Community Garden

  • Wednesday, 10am – 4pm
  • FREE
  • Golden Hill Community Garden, just through gates at end of Monk Road (behind Bishop Road School and Horfield Prison)
  • More details

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On Wednesday every week the Golden Hill Community garden is open to the public and Wednesday of half-term is no exception.

There is lots for children of all ages to see, do and discover at the garden including pond dipping, bug hunting and digging in the digging bed and there is always at least one friendly volunteer there to greet you!

Holiday Club Sessions in St Andrew’s Park

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Every day of half-term The Outdoors Project will be on hand to entertain kids aged 5 – 12 with some brilliant holiday club sessions!

There are five high-energy, all-weather holiday club sessions running from Monday to Friday from 10am – 3pm, four of which will be held in St Andrew’s Park (Wednesday’s session will be at BLOC Climbing Centre in St Werburgh’s).

Sessions include a Signs of Spring Scavenger hunt, Natural Dye and Printing Workshop, Stone Age Tool Making, Nerfaggedon, Shelter Build Survival Challenge and more!

Polly Poet Kids’ Poetry Session: Redland Library

  • 2.30 – 4pm
  • FREE
  • Booking required – phone Redland Library 0117 903 8549
  • Redland Library, Whiteladies Road, BS8 2PY

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Polly Poet will be showing children how much fun they can have with poetry and children will be doing some poetry themselves in this free poetry workshop! Ideal for children aged 7 – 10 but siblings welcome too (children under 8 must be supervised).

Old Quarry Park, Henleaze

  • Open every day at all times
  • FREE
  • Henleaze Road, BS9
  • More details

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Old Quarry Park  is in Henleaze and can be reached by foot if you enjoy walking. It is a great play park and despite being just off the main Henleaze Road, it is quite quiet and tree-lined and great for kids of all ages.

Kids’ Half-Term Tennis Courses at Kings lawn Tennis Club

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This February half-term, Kings Lawn Tennis Club in Bishopston will be running tennis courses for kids aged 4-15 years old of all abilities.

Sessions will be all about fun, technique, exercise, tennis games, matches and friends! Children can also order hot lunches on the day.

The Princess and the Pea at Horfield Parish Church Hall

  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 7.30m, Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm
  • Horfield Parish Church Hall, Wellington Hill, BS7 8ST
  • Tickets £9 per adult and £4.50 per child
  • Book tickets by phoning 0117 9695716 or via https://www.horfieldtheatre.co.uk/

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Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess.

Now, this particular prince was quite finicky. He wasn’t willing to marry just any princess. He wanted to find a princess who was beautiful, kind, witty, charming, and, most importantly of all, sensitive.

Will he find his true princess? Join local drama group, the St Andrews Players and Horfield Company on a magical quest for the whole family in a performance of Princess and the Pea!

Play and pond dipping at Horfield Common

  • Open every day, all times
  • Horfield Common, BS7
  • More details

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As well as the brilliant play park and green space on offer at Horfield Common, last year a pond dipping platform was also installed. There are lots of bugs and beasties waiting to be caught – don’t forget to bring a fishing net!

Gloucester Road – Love Local Free Kids’ Craft Event: KudaCan Play Café

  • Tuesday, 10 – 1pm (drop-in)
  • Freee entry
  • KudaCan Play Café, 7 Dongola Avenue, Bishopston BS7 9HG
  • More details

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This Valentine’s Day come along to KudaCan to show your love for Bristol and celebrate its local money in this free kids’ craft event in the Café at KudaCan. Colouring materials will be supplied for children to make some bunting to display at the Bristol Pound party in the Gallimaufry in March.

The Bristol Pound team will be there to greet you and will be providing information on how to use Bristol money. You will also be able to open a Bristol Pound account there on the spot (you just need to 2 bits of info – photo ID and proof of address).

Winter Walk at Stoke Park Estate

  • Open every day, all times
  • FREE
  • Stoke Park Estate, Lockleaze BS7 (access Romney Ave, next to Adventure Playground)
  • More details

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Not too far from Bishopston is Stoke Park Estate, 270 acres of beautiful green space and woodland. There are a variety of walks to take, plus there is also a new sculpture trail of carved woodland creatures!

Henleaze Library

  • Open Mon, Tues & Thurs 11am – 5pm, Wed & Fri 1 – 7pm, Sat 10am – 5pm
  • Northumbria Drive, Henleaze, BS9 4HP
  • More details

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Henleaze Library is one of my own favourite places to visit in the local area. It is very child-friendly with little seats, colouring to do and it has a great range of children’s books!

St Andrews Park

  • Open every day, all times
  • Free
  • Effingham Road, BS6
  • More details

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St Andrew’s Park is a great place to take children of all ages, what with its fantastic play area, green and dog-free open space, not to mention the little cafe in the middle of the park with its wonderful cakes! And did you know that St Andrew’s Park also includes it own small nature reserve?

 

A stroll down Gloucester Road

Gloucester Road is always full of life and there is always something going on and there are lots of great learning experiences on offer for kids. Plus, it is guaranteed that during your stroll down Gloucester Road you will bump into at least one friend. A bus ride up or down Gloucester Road is also fun for kids!

Cairns Café

  • Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday (Friday to be confirmed), 10am – 2pm (drop-in)
  • Free
  • Cairns Café, Cairns Road, Westbury Park, BS6

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Cairns Café is a wonderful huge café held in the church hall of Cairns Road Baptist church. It is ideal for children aged 0-5 years and contains toys, climbing apparatus and a corner especially for crawlers. What’s more Cairns Café is absolutely free!

The cafe’s friendly volunteers will be offering very reasonably hot and cold drinks and fabulous cakes throughout half-term so it is well worth a visit.

Badocks Wood

  • Open every day at all times
  • Free
  • Badock’s Wood, Southmead
  • More details

Last but not least is Badocks Wood, a local nature reserve in Southmead, very near to Old Quarry Park (mentioned earlier in this post). Badocks Wood includes streams, meadow and woodland and a great place to enjoy some fresh air and nature.

There is an access point on Lakewood Road which is closer if you have come from the direction of Bishopston, but if you have a pushchair or pram, the Doncaster Road entrance is advised.

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I hope you found this list helpful – please head over to the Bishopston Mum Facebook page for more upcoming family events in the local area.

Have a great half-term!

 

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