11 free & cheap things to do in Bristol this week!
Welcome back to Broke in Bristol’s weekend blog – the blog that helps you socialise (with or without the kids) on a shoestring. Every week, we’ll be letting you know about all the free and cheap events going on, whether you’re young, free and single or looking for some family-friendly fun.
This Friday evening, I’ll be taking Little Miss Diva to the Tobacco Factory in Southville for some free seaside silliness. You can’t go wrong with a bit of Punch & Judy and a DJ playing an eclectic mix of tunes when it comes to entertaining kids! The fun starts at 5pm and is brought to you by Bristol street food collective BEATS.
Pride Day takes over the Bristol Ampitheatre and At-Bristol’s Millenium Square this Saturday 9 July and costs just £3 (suggested donation). As usual there’ll be music and arts aplenty and the extra space this year means that there will also be a new dedicated dance performance space showcasing everything from cabaret to circus skills.
Or you can pick up a weekend pass to the Cleve Family Music Festival for £27.50 for two adults and two children. This festival has more tribute acts than you can shake a stick at – from Queen to Take That, One Direction to UB40 – so there’s something to keep the whole family happy.
Weston-super-Mare is hosting its free Hazy Days Festival at Tropicana’s Dismaland this weekend (8 - 10 July). The line-up includes The Leylines, The Blue Horizon, Idle Hour, NUMB, Three Kings High, Foreign Affairs and Racey and The Lipinskis. Although it’s free, there’s a limit on numbers, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.
For those without children, I’d recommend checking out Motion’s Free Rave this Saturday 9 July for a range of music from Drum & Bass to Garage as well as House and Techno. It’s free entry before midnight, reserve a space for £1 plus booking fee online (ticket expires at 12am) or pay £5 after midnight.
For something a bit more cultured head on down to Millenium Square on Thursday 14 July for world-class opera performed for free on the big screen. Il Trovatore is being screened live from the Royal Opera House in London and is one of the great operas of the Romantic period, a story of passion and blood, love and vengeance, disaster and murder. The show starts at 7.15pm but you may want to arrive early so that you can chill out on one of the comfortable deck chairs provided, or take a picnic blanket.
Wimbledon is in full swing and if the sun continues to shine then why not head on down to Millennium Square? On Thursday 7 July you can watch the Ladies' Singles Semi-Finals and on Friday you can watch the 8th Men's Singles Semi-Finals. On Saturday 9 July the Ladies' Singles Final will be shown on the screen but seating space will be limited because of Pride Day. It all culminates with the Men's Singles Final & Mixed Doubles Final on Sunday 10 July. Check out the Facebook page for screening times.
If none of that tickles your fancy then you may like to know that the Story of Children’s Television is on at M Shed until 25 September and on Saturday 9 July you can head on down to The Trinity Centre for 90 mins plus of footy and art inspired activity. Consider ideas around the design and visuals used in the beautiful game and create some of your own. It’s free but booking is recommended.
That’s it for this week folks but please visit our What’s On page for a full list of free and cheap things to do in and around Bristol this week. Everything listed is either free or really cheap! Please let us know if you’re hosting a free or cheap local event and we’ll do our best to spread the word. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page, so that you can be the first to know about the best local events happening in and around Bristol!