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10 free & cheap things to do with the kids in Bristol (& beyond) this May half-term holiday


Kids lying on the grass and smiling
Kids still love a bit of outdoor fun

It's nearly May half-term in Bristol and I've found 10 things for you to do with the family that will save you money because they are either completely free or cheap. Even better, after a year of restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, these family- friendly activities in Bristol and beyond are IRL (in real life!).


1. Funderworld returns to Bristol and you can get £1 off each ticket if you use this discount voucher. It's always fun for all the family at Funderworld and even better when you can avoid getting into debt just for a day out by buying an unlimited wristband to make sure you get your money's worth.


2. Let’s Make Art is back in real life at the Arnolfini and I’m a tad jealous that Little Miss Diva is now too old to enjoy this type of thing. If you’ve got younger ones, check it out – it’s on until May 30th and it’s completely free.


3.If you're stuck for something a bit different then check out the Family Weekend at Somerset & Dorset railway this May bank holiday weekend where you can enjoy a ride on a steam train, treasure hunt or afternoon treat.


4. Bristol museums – are now open again! Please check and book online before making a special trip as things aren’t 100% back to normal yet. Why not check out the M Shed which reopens on May 28th - booking is absolutely essential.


5. Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park. £10

Our favourite adventure park is hosting Fire Pit Nights where you can toast marsh mellows and enjoy music on May 28 and 29 and dates in June too.


What can I do with older children?


The big wheel at sunset
The big wheel at sunset

6. If, like me, your kids are not so little anymore then why not take them to the Bristol Kilo sale at the Paintworks this Sunday (May 30). Little Miss Diva loves stuff like this and you can make an afternoon of it with lunch and a drink after.


7. On Sat May 29 there's a May and June Arts Market & Open Studios at Estate of the Arts in Ashton Vale. It starts at midday, is completely free and there will be live acts performing too.


8. M32 Flea Market is also an option for tomorrow (Sat May 29) and if you've never been before it's literally under the M32, just by the skatepark. From 11am ‘til 4pm you can while away a few hours checking out arts, music and vintage at this great local market before treating yourself to lunch.


9. On Sat June 5 they can Paint like Van Gogh where you can join them (this one is online) or grab a couple of hours peace. It starts at 3pm and costs £5 per tablet and is suitable for everyone.


10. If the weather’s nice then pack a picnic and head to a different part of Bristol or beyond. Need inspiration? Check out my post on 10 of the best Bristol picnic spots or places for a family walk here.