With the summer holidays over and a small fortune spent on days out, trips and back to school shopping, September is a month that often sees parents clutch their purses that little bit tighter. But don’t fear, there are lots of free things to do in Bristol this September. Here are just a few ideas that guarantee a fun family day out that won’t break the bank:
Forest Discovery Day
Clifton College is hosting a fun-filled Forest Discovery Day on 8 September 2018 with lots of fun outdoor activities for parents and toddlers. It takes place in Clifton College’s Watson Fields in Abbots Leigh just across the Suspension Bridge and offers parents the chance to meet forest leaders and early years teaching staff who’ll answer all your questions about nursery and pre-prep education while your kids enjoy den building sessions, messy play in the mud kitchen or toasting marshmallows over the open fire. The event is completely free and refreshments, parking and toilet facilities will be available. Just make sure to sign up over on the Clifton College website or call 0117 315 7160.
Scribble and Scratch Art Sessions
For those who like to get creative, Scribble and Scratch offer free art classes for families all over the city. Inspired by current exhibitions at the RWA, the sessions offer lots of fun and informal art and drawing activities that kids and grown-ups can enjoy together. Events are taking place Saturdays at Easton Community Centre, the Royal West of England Academy and the Redcliffe Children’s Centre, so make sure to check the location before you head out.
Bristol Music Exhibition
The M Shed is a fantastic place to visit for a free day out all year round. You can learn everything about the 2000-year-old history of Bristol and its people all year round through tons of interactive exhibits, but music fans have got the chance to find out more about Bristol’s music scene in a special exhibition called ‘Bristol Music: Seven decades of sound’.
Flick through hundreds of records while listening to Bristol’s best musicians and brushing up on the city’s music trivia. Who got permanently banned from Colston Hall? And when did the big music stars come to the city?
Autumn Fair at Windmill Hill City Farm
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know how much we love Windmill Hill City Farm. I’ve written about it on the blog before but it’s one of my favourite places and a great free day out for families. They always put on great events for kids, their Halloween event years ago is something Amy still talks about, so if you’re free on 28 September 2018, make sure to head south of the river for this year’s Autumn Fair.
There’ll be lots of great outdoor activities and family fun, as well as a fab line-up of bands and musicians, a BBQ, bar and a market selling local products. Find out more on the official website.
Hello! Knowle West at We The Curious
As part of their Hello! community weekends, We The Curious, formerly known as @Bristol, are welcoming visitors who live or have kids going to school in Knowle West to their next free and fun family weekend from 29 to 30 September 2018. Explore over 250 hands-on exhibits, gaze at the stars inside the planetarium or take part in one of the special activities and storytelling sessions at the weekend.
To qualify for free entry, visitors must bring and complete the Hello! Knowle West flyer which will be distributed through local community groups and schools.
What are your favourite free things to do for families in Bristol? If you can’t think of anything free, just let me know what you love doing on a family day out!