Saturday 9 June 2018

Fantastic Family Days Out in Bristol

With the Summer Holidays looming on the horizon I've started looking at new places for us to explore and one place that keeps being recommended to me is Bristol. Just a 2 hour drive from us in Dorset, we have visited a couple of times before - including a day out at the Festival of Nature back in 2015.

There seems to be festivals on every weekend and so much to see and do for families - I definitely think Bristol will be on our itinerary this Summer! Groupon is a site I always check out before going anywhere and I was pleased to see that they have lots of exciting things to do in Bristol - .  The Summer holidays can get a bit expensive with children so Groupon is a great way of saving money on days out - it's also a fab place to get inspiration for new places to visit!

With this in mind, here are just a selection of some of the fantastic places you can visit in Bristol - with a little help from some fellow bloggers!

WE ARE THE CURIOUS (Formerly @Bristol)

This fantastic science centre is located in the heart of Millenium Square and is a must for anyone visiting Bristol. A state of the art visitors attraction, it features over 300 exhibits including an exclusive Aardman exhibition where you can become an animator.

It even has it's own planetarium which is housed in the amazing giant mirror ball. In her review, Lucy from Momma Mack talks about the space explorers show her family saw at the planetarium when they visited on a wet and soggy bank holiday Monday!

Bristol Aquarium

Chantele at Two Hearts One Roof visited the Aquarium with her family and it sounds like a brilliant place to visit with small children. I love the sound of the talks throughout the day - it's always interesting to learn about the creatures you are seeing on display!

Photo credit - Chantele Cross-Jones

Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the 5th oldest zoo in the world , and home to over 50 types of mammals and a brand new Goodfellows tree kangaroos enclosure. Sara- Jayne from Keeping Up With the Jones Family visited on a particularly wet day and it sounds like they had a brilliant day despite the weather!

Photo credit - Sara-Jayne Jones
I love the sound of Twilight World where night and day are reversed and you can meet animals such as the very cute Slow Loris and the fascinating blind naked mole rat.

Brunel's SS Great Britain

I didn't know too much about this attraction before writing this post but turns out it's one of the top places to visit in Bristol! Once the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 - 1854, she now resides in Bristol Harbour and is a museum.

Photo - Kate Hackworth
Kate from Veggie Desserts has a great review from when she visited with her family. I was interested to hear how child friendly it would be but it sounds like her children had a brilliant day - really useful to hear that it's accessible for buggies too!

 M Shed

Days out don't always have to be expensive - there are lots of free events and attractions that won't cost you a penny!

Situated on the historic Harbourside, M Shed is a free musuem which tells the story of the city and it's unique place in the world. There are three galleries to explore; Places, People and Life. There are also working exhibits which are some of the largest in the museum - or outside in some cases!

photo Credit - Bristol Museums
I wondered how suitable this museum would be for families but it looks like there are some great interactive exhibits that the children would love and I think it's great that there are exhibits outside to look at too.

Is Bristol on your bucket list? Or do you live in Bristol and have any hidden gems to share?!

*Disclaimer - This post is in collaboration with Groupon

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