Every parent has experienced the pre half-term panic: what do you plan when the kids are at home for a whole week?! If you’re currently feeling the panic creep in, don’t worry—we’ve put together our favourite spots in and around Bristol to keep the kids entertained and happy throughout the week.

Bristol Half Term Guide: Outdoor Activities

The Storyboard Walk

Running from the 18th February to 13th March 2022, this outdoor game, story and walk all in one is a fun and unique activity to get involved with in Bristol this half term. In conjunction with Victoria Park Primary School, the Storyboard Walk is a fun way of exploring talking about our emotions, in line with the National Wellbeing Curriculum. You can find out more and print off the map here.

Climb Cabot Tower 

You’ll find this beautiful Grade II listed tower at the top of Brandon Hill Park. Once you’ve climbed the steep spiral staircase, you’re rewarded with gorgeous panoramic views of the city. Or, if heights aren’t your thing, there’s a childrens’ playground at the bottom of the hill.

Wolfridge Alpaca Farm

Opening in February 2022, this brand-new farm in Alveston is home to a herd of 36 alpacas, a cafe and onsite shop. The farm also regularly runs alpaca experience days and craft workshops; you can find out more on their website.

Bristol Half Term Guide: Indoor Activities

Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe

At the heart of Windmill Hill City Farm, this eco-conscious cafe specialises in home-cooked, carefully sourced ingredients—lots coming from the farm itself! Their homemade kids’ dishes vary from veggie & bean stew with couscous to farm-reared lamb tagine with quinoa.

The Tali, Easton

This popular Indian restaurant serves mildly spiced ‘tiny thalis’ for under 8s. The menu also features great priced tiffins—perfect if you’re after a quick lunch.

Cairns Road Cafe, Bishopston

Tucked inside Cairns Road Baptist Church, this cafe with a free soft play area is sure to be a hit with little ones. The church’s family hub also runs activities throughout the week for kids and a support group for new mums.

Flying Saucers Pottery Cafe

With over 100 pottery items to paint to choose from, a trip to this pottery cafe is sure to keep art-loving kids entertained. You can proudly display your museum-worthy masterpieces a week after painting, to allow time for drying and firing.

Bubble Play Cafe

The upstairs of this cafe houses a large soft play for kids aged 6 months to 10 years and is priced at £4 for an hour long play session. The menu features a full English breakfast, paninis and fruit smoothies (great for hungry kids and grown ups alike).

We hope our Bristol half term ideas help to keep your little ones happily occupied this half term. Still stuck for half-term activity ideas? Check out this post with Bristol’s best hidden gems. 

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