Guides

BAM Christmas Guide 2017

Christmas has well and truly hit Bristol and in amongst all the merriment there are some wonderful family arts events taking place. From Christmas theatre to jingly sing-a-longs, here are our top picks for the holidays…

ARCHITECTURE CENTRE
Building Baubles
Until 22 Dec
During opening hours
FREE
Drop in and create your own paper house for the Christmas tree. Also a great opportunity to check out all the goodies on offer at HOME Shop, showcasing artworks and gifts by some of Bristol’s best artists.

ARNOLFINI
Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
Until 24 Dec
During opening hours
FREE
If you haven’t caught this fantastic exhibition yet, go now before it’s too late! A master at combining art with social commentary, this one will get you all talking. Perry tackles subjects such as Brexit and masculinity head on in an engaging and accessible manner. And the kids will adore the big, pink motorbike!

BRISTOL FERRY BOATS
Sail with Santa
16 – 24 Dec
Various times
Tickets £12.50
Join the elves for a fun filled boat trip round the harbour on the hunt for the big man himself! Once you’ve found him he’ll come onboard with mince pies and gifts for everyone. Lots of trips already sold out so don’t leave it too late to book.

BRISTOL OLD VIC
The Little Matchgirl & Other Happier Tales
Until 14 Jan
Various times
Tickets from £7.50
Hans Christian Andersen brought to life through music, puppetry, laughter and magic. Watch as the Little Matchgirl sparks new tales with each match she strikes. A wonderful experience for ages 8+ and their families.

BRISTOL ZOO
Sunday Cinema at The Zoo
17 Dec
Various times
Tickets £5 members, £10 children, £15 adults
The Zoo will be showing The Nightmare Before Christmas in their screening room in the run-up to Christmas. Film tickets also include day access to the zoo so it’s a full day out!

CHILDREN’S SCRAPSTORE
Super Saturday
Sat 16 Dec
10:30 – 14:00 (last entry 13:00)
FREE (donations welcome)
There’s always lots to stretch your imaginations at these brilliant sessions. And who doesn’t love a trip to the warehouse of dreams? There’s also Under 5s Make A Mess on 19 & 21 Dec (10:15-11:45) and Mini Makers on 19 Dec (13:45-14:45).

COLSTON HALL
Kid Carpet’s Snow Globe
Until 7 Jan
Various times
Tickets start at £8.60
Join the Bristol legend that is Kid Carpet on a snowy adventure. He never puts on a dull show and you grown ups will enjoy it just as much as the nippers. For ages 3 – 7 and their families.

Made in Bristol Gift Fair
Sat 16 Dec
10:00 – 16:00
FREE
Support local traders and head down to the final instalment of this festive fair, featuring some of the region’s best designer-makers. You can also head over the road for the Harbourside Christmas Market while you’re there.

Paddington & The Snowman
Sun 17 Dec
15:00 – 16:30
Tickets from £14.50
A magical, musical adventure for all the family. Listen to tales of Paddington Bear ready by CBeebies star Pui Fan Lee and accompanied by music from the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Then after the break watch classic tear jerker The Snowman and enjoy the live orchestral accompaniment.

CREATIVE WORKSPACE
Christmas Creativity Day
Mon 18 Dec
11:00 – 15:00
£2 per child, £1 per siblings
Create Christmas cards, tree decorations, a plate for the big man’s mince pies or something from your own imagination in this fun creative day led by Brave Bold Drama.

CUBE CINEMA
Children’s Double Bill: ((( ON PA ))) and Adventure Bureau
Sat 16 Dec
10:30
Tickets from £3 (under 2s go free)
This will be a morning to remember as Rachael Dadd and ICHI invite you to become the orchestra with them and take you on a musical journey complete with ball games and live drawing. Then Adventure Bureau will be up to some improvisational music making and story telling.

GREENBANK PUB, EASTON
Very Merry Poco Christmas Sing-a-long
Wed 20 Dec
14:00 & 16:00
£3 per child
Our very good friend Poco Drom will be getting you all in a right festive flap with a mix of Christmas classics and his very own ditties. You’ll all be wriggling, bouncing and merry in no time. Festive wear highly encouraged!

EASTON COMMUNITY CENTRE
Scribble & Sketch
Sat 16 Dec
10:30 – 12:30
FREE (donations welcome)
These wonderful sessions are put on by the RWA and local artist Abigail Reed. Always a great way to explore different techniques as a family in a relaxed setting.

KILN WORKSHOP
Let’s Make Art Workshops
18, 20 & 21 Dec
12:00 – 13:30
Tickets £12 (£8 per sibling)
Join the always inspiring Let’s Make Art for these Christmas workshops. Choose from Mini Pom Pom Wreaths, Mini Doll Trinket Necklace & Accessories or Hand Stitched Bag & Making Jewellery… or even better, just do all three!

M SHED
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017
Until 8 April
During opening hours
Tickets £6 (under 16s free)
This exhibition is always a great one for grabbing the kids’ attention as well as taking our city kids on an adventure to frozen wastelands and tropical paradises. A good one for those strange in-between Christmas and New Year days!

MILLENNIUM SQUARE
Big Screen: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Mon 18 Dec
14:00
FREE
Arguably the best Christmas movie for kids? Wrap up warm, pack a flask and huddle together to watch it on the big screen. Limited space due to the ice rink taking up space so get there early – or book skating at the same time!

SPIKE ISLAND
I Am Making Art: Shapes, Patterns & Prints
Sat 16 Dec
14:00 – 18:00
FREE but need to book
These lovely sessions are held in the Spike Island Café and open to people of all ages, with or without kids! This month artists Demi Insall and Olivia Jones will help you design, collage and stencil patterns for wrapping paper, cards and tags using basic print techniques.

THE ALMA TAVERN THEATRE
George & the Flight of the Imaginees
28 – 29 Dec
14:00 & 18:30
Tickets from £6.50
Join Brave Bold Drama for an adventure around the globe. George must use all his imagination to stop those trying to snuff out his creativity. Suitable for all but particularly good for ages 4+.

TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES
Beauty & the Beast
Until 14 Jan
Various times
Tickets from £12
Theatre company New International Encounter will take you on a funny and heartwarming adventure they retell this classic tale of Belle and her encounter with the cursed beast in the forest. For ages 5+. Check out our full review here.

The Ugly Duckling
10 Dec – 14 Jan
Various times
Tickets from £9
Travelling Light tell this well-known Hans Christian Andersen tale with storytelling, live music and lots of inventiveness. This show is suitable for ages 2+ and their families

WARDROBE THEATRE
The Snow Baby
16 – 30 Dec
Tickets £8 (under 3s go free)
Soap Soup Theatre present The Snow Baby, a magical children’s theatre show with beautiful puppetry, imaginative storytelling and music that will give you goosebumps – a gentle show exploring family, love and loss, with lots of music, confetti and funny bits for the whole family to enjoy!

And here are a few out of town options…

BARN CAFÉ, BATH
Young Creatives: Ojos De Dios
Tue 19 Dec
13:00 – 15:00
Tickets £10 per adult & child
Create colourful weavings in this workshop led by The Creative Collective Bath. A fun way to experiment with colour and texture. These guys are running several other workshops too.

DYRHAM PARK
Dyrham Wassail
Sun 31 Dec
11:00 – 12:30
Free with normal admission
Create a hullabaloo and scare away bad spirits in this traditional wassail. A beautiful place to spend the last day of 2017.

KOMEDIA BATH
Family Xmas Fest
Sat 16 Dec
10:00 – 15:00
Tickets £2 (under 1s and adults go free)
Join Kin and Little Things Magazine for a full on day of music, storytelling, yoga, Super Pirates play, drawing, massages, stalls and more. A lovely excuse to spend the day in Bath.

If you’re looking for last minute present ideas, take a look at the creative gift guides we put together with Let’s Make Art. We packed them full of ideas for all the art lovers in your life… big or small!

Thank you for all your support with BAM this year. It’s a joy to have you all on board. Wishing you all the most wonderfully creative Christmas!

💥 BAM 💥

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