Image from Alex Bartsch 'Covers' project - hand holding a reggae album up against where it was originally taken
Events, Guides

BAM Early May Bank Holiday Guide 2018

Image from Alex Bartsch’s ‘Covers’ project

So much Bristol Bank Holiday fun to be had it warranted it’s own guide! We’ve got you sorted no matter what your age, so let’s kick things off with a shout out for the weekly BAM Craft Club…

KILN WORKSHOP
BAM Craft Club
Fri 4 May
10:30 – 12:30
FREE
If you have a small baby and a creative itch to scratch, bring your project to the lovely Kiln Workshop and hang out with other parents who will hold your baby when you get to a tricky bit! If you don’t have a project on the go, come along anyway and do a bit of pottery painting (fee applies) or just join in with a cuppa and chat.

ASHTON COURT
Family Kite Making Workshop
Mon 7 May
10:30 & 12:00
Tickets £5 per child
Design and make your own kite and then channel your inner Mr Banks and go fly it on the front lawn. Perfect Bank Holiday family fun with the Let’s Make Art gang.

CHANDOS ATELIER
Toddler Tinkering
Mon 7 May
10:00 – 11:00
Tickets £6.50
Free flow art sessions where children are encouraged to explore colour and textures and you don’t have to deal with the cleaning up!

Co-LAB
Dixon Does Doodles Pin Puppet Workshop
Sat 5 May
11:00 – 13:00
Tickets £10
In this fun workshop you’ll make a collaborative giant pin puppet before designing and making your own to take home. And there’ll be plenty of biscuits too!

EASTON
M32 Flea Market
Sat 5 May
13:00 – 16:00
FREE
Head to the skatepark underneath the M32 for an eclectic mix of car boot, food, art and tat. Always worth a look!

GLOUCESTER ROAD CENTRAL
Mayfest
Sat 5 May
10:00 – 16:00
FREE
Community fair offering up family activities, live music, food and the procession of Jack in the Green.

CREATIVE WORKSPACE
Decorated Photo Portrait Workshop
Sat 5 May
11:00 – 15:00
Tickets £2
Have your photo taken and then decorate it in this creative workshop.

RWA
Scribble & Sketch
Sat 5 May
10:30 – 12:30
FREE
These sessions are a lovely chance to get creative as a family with some informal art and drawing activities. While you’re there make sure you take a look at the excellent Sawdust & Sequins exhibition which is a fantastic one for kids. Ours especially love the tales of circus injuries that accompany Peter Lavery’s photographs! There’s also a free exhibition of Alex Bartsch’s reggae album cover project that will definitely be worth a look (see main image).

SPIKE ISLAND
Open Studio
5 – 7 May
11:00 – 17:00 (Preview Friday 4 May 18:00 – 21:00)
FREE
One of the highlights of the Bristol arts calendar, it’s Spike Open Weekend! A chance to explore the artists’ studios, take part in events and family friendly activities and enjoy some lush food. Don’t miss it.

STUDIO UPSTAIRS
Open Weekend
5 – 7 May
11:00 – 16:00
FREE
Studio Upstairs supports adults with mental health issues through creative arts. They are just round the corner from Spike Island, so go and see what they get up to as they fling open their doors to the public.

VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Bestival: 15 Hours in Bristol
Sat 5 May
12:00 – Late
FREE – £4
To celebrate their 15th birthday, the Bestival crew are putting on a party at various spots around Bristol. Expect live music, DJs,  screen printing workshops and a drag brunch.

WARDROBE THEATRE
Nutty Noah
Sun 6 May
11:00 & 14:00
Tickets £8 (under 3s go free)
Family theatre with original music, juggling and amazing magic. Aimed at children aged 3-8 and their families.

And if you’re looking to get out of town…

FROME
Independent Market
Sun 6 May
10:00 – 15:00
FREE
Vintage stalls, independent makers, banging food, a mobile disco and crafty activities for kids. Our favourite market is back and it’s definitely worth the day trip.

HAUSER & WIRTH, BRUTON
Family Saturday
5 – 7 May
10:00 – 12:00
FREE
Inspired by the current exhibition, this workshop explores the power of the poster. Aimed at ages 5-12 but younger children are welcome.

Remember to check details with the venues before you set out and have an amazing bank holiday!

💥 BAM 💥 

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