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BAM Easter Guide 2018

Snow or sunshine, Easter holidays are nearly here and there’s lots of keep children, teenagers and grown ups up to their eyeballs in creative fun. Not an awful lot on offer from the big museums but we’re lucky to have wonderful independents treating us to great events. So go and get stuck in!

Today at Apple sessions
25 Mar – 8 Apr
Various times
The free creative workshops at Apple are ongoing, with lots happening over Easter. Head to Cabot, Cribbs or Bath with your nippers and experiment together by making music and movies, coding, story telling and drawing. Older children (13+) can also attend the adult workshops which cover illustration, photography and more.

Shipping Containers & Shoeboxes
Sat 7 Apr
13:00 – 16:00
Be inspired by compact shipping container housing and create your very own home from a shoebox!

Keep It Foolish Easter Trail
Sun 1 Apr
Various times
Tickets £10 (trail only £3.50)
Join Let’s Make Art and make an Absurd Bird Bonnet or Foolish Flower Crown before setting off on an easter trail around the rose garden collecting clues and prizes. What better way to spend Easter Sunday!

The Lion King
Mon 2 Apr
14:00 – 16:00
Given recent weather, who knows whether you’ll need thermal underwear or sunglasses for this outdoor screening but at least you can sing-a-long to your heart’s content.

Easter Sculpture Festival
30 Mar – 2 Apr
Various times
Tickets £6.50 (under 18s free)
This annual event returns with more artists than ever working in a range of mediums including ceramics, bronze, steel, wire work and more. There will be live demonstrations of willow weaving and chainsaw sculpting as well as opportunities to meet the artists themselves.

Holiday Hub Art Club
Wed 4 Apr
10:00 – 12:00 (drop in)
Tickets £3.50
Design and print your own tote bag. Let’s Make Art will show you how to make your own printing blocks as well as effective ways to print onto fabric. Places are limited so book early.

Stitch with Bristol Embroiderers’ Guild
Sat 24 Mar
10:15 – 15:45
FREE (Donations welcome)
Make any shape badge you like and decorate it with buttons, beads and ribbon to take home with you.

Holiday Stay & Play
26, 27, 28 Mar & 6 Apr
Various times
Tickets £5 (additional siblings £4)
More junk fun in St Werburghs this Easter. Activities include Easter Trees, Marbles & Mazes, Time Machines, Robots and Shadow Puppets. There’s also a willow workshop for ages 8+.

Andy & the Odd Socks
Wed 4 Apr
13:30 & 17:00
Tickets from £12.90
A show full of stories and songs about aliens, dinosaurs and rapping robots! 45 minute show with a 20 minute meet and greet for all the über Andy fans afterwards.

Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert
Thu 5 Apr
Tickets from £27.50
Treat older kids to a night out and enjoy Indi’s adventures, all accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Bound to be a magical evening!

Kid’s Easter Workshops
27, 28 Mar & 4, 5 Apr
11:00 – 13:00
Tickets £10
These workshops will get your kids creating their own festival headress, crown, badge or rosette while you get to enjoy 2 hours mooching on Gloucester Road. Sounds like a dream! Ages 6+.

Illustration & Animation Day
Tue 27 Mar
11:00 – 15:00
Tickets £2
Learn how to illustrate characters with artist Lulu Butcher and then master some animation skills with Dan Templeton. Aimed at ages 5+ though younger siblings are welcome.

Adventure Bureau Family Theatre
Fri 30 Mar
11:00 – 15:00
Tickets £2
Interactive fun from this improvisational theatre show. Followed up with a free creative workshop.

Plus there are lots of other workshops and events to check out at the Creative Workspace over Easter.

Clothes Painting Workshop
Sat 31 Mar
11:00 – 15:00
Tickets £16
Join independent Bristol designer We Are Hairy People for an afternoon of clothes painting in the round house. Watch demonstrations and get 1:1 guidance. A lovely relaxed workshop that would be great for older teenagers or as a treat for yourself!

Make & Play: Junk Drum Workshop
Mon 26 Mar
10:00 – 12:00
Tickets £12
Make your own drum out of a bike wheel and then learn some rhythms! For ages 5-10.

Special Effects Make Up Workshop
Tue 3 Apr
14:00 – 16:00
Tickets £15
Learn how to create realistic wounds that will terrify your friends. Expect lots of fake blood! For ages 11-15.

There are lots more events taking place at The Flamingo Centre over Easter including painting, needle felting, clay work, bath bomb making and more.

Make A Scene with the Amazing Scene Machine
Sat 7 Apr
12:00 – 16:00
Tickets £5
Create your own plasticine models and add them to an animated event led by Aardman model maker Jim Parkyn in this drop in session at the beautiful Forge.

Sophie Filomena’s Fimo Workshop
Thu 29 Mar
12:00 – 15:00
Have a go at making your own bright and bold fimo jewellery with this Bristol based artist. Suitable for ages 7+.

Fridge Magnet Workshop
Tue 3 Apr
12:00 – 13:00
Make a set of six tiled magnets with the Let’s Make Art gang and if you fancy it, stick around for some pot painting after. Suitable for ages 5+ but younger children can join in if supervised.

Sawdust & Sequins Opening Weekend
24 – 25 Mar
Various times
To celebrate the launch of this exhibition celebrating 250 years of British circus, Circomedia will be will be putting on an extravaganza with clowning, acrobatics, aerial displays, have-a-go workshops and creative activities for all ages.

Circus Costume Making
Tue 27 Mar
Various times
Tickets £7.50
Create your own paper sack costume with Let’s Make Art. Be a clown, lion, elephant, strongman… it’s up to you! Then parade your creations through the museum. So excited for this! Ages 3+ in the morning and ages 6+ in the afternoon.

Junior Drawing School
Thu 5 Apr
10:30 – 13:00
Tickets £20.00
Join Bristol-based artist Sophie Rae for a printmaking session inspired by the circus! For children aged 9-13.

The Amazing Bubble Man
Sun 8 Apr
12:00, 14:00 & 16:00
Tickets £8 (under 3s go free)
I mean, what child doesn’t love bubbles? Expect bubbles full of smoke, giant bubbles, bubble juggling and, well, bubbles.

Egg-citing Easter Trail
24 Mar – 8 Apr
11:00 – 18:00 (excluding Easter Sunday)
Collect an activity sheet from The Bristol Cheesemonger (or Better Food on Mondays) and hunt for brightly decorated cut-out eggs in the windows of the shops and restaurants around Wapping Wharf. There’s be a little reward for everyone that manages to crack the code!

Noisy Holiday
25 Mar – 1 Apr
Various times
Tickets £8 (under 3s go free)
Pretty sure this is the best Kid Carpet show of all time but don’t take my word for it, go see for yourselves and have all the fun.

The Time Seekers
3 – 8 Apr
Various times
Tickets £8 (under 3s go free)
Some more excellent interactive family theatre on offer from the Bristol based Wardrobe Ensemble. Journey through time and help Alph, Betty and Gammo complete their mission.

And here are some out of town adventures…

Easter Floral Wreath Workshop
25 & 31 Mar
Various times
Tickets £35
Make a beautiful floral wreath out of spring blooms. A great one for older teens or you!

Easter Headbands Workshop
Thu 29 Mar
10:00 – 12:00
Tickets £5
Bunny ears or festive flowers, make whatever headband grabs your fancy. And dive into the Lego corner for more creative fun afterwards.

1980s Geometric
Tue 27 Mar
Various times
Included in admission price
Inspired by 1980s clothing, create some geometric designs using big and bright collage paper.

Family Saturday
Sat 7 Apr
10:00 – 12:00
Learn how to knit and weave and practise your traditional craft skills at this beautiful gallery and gardens. One of our favourite out of town spots.

Durslade Easter Escapade
30 & 31 Mar
11:00 – 16:00
Music, dance and games from the wonderful Flying Seagull Project as well as crafty activities and a chance to learn about bread making, candle making, cheese making and other types of making!

Picasso Portraits Workshop
Thu 29 Mar
15:00 – 17:00
Tickets £16.31
Get inspiration from Picasso’s vibrant colours, bold lines and cubist shapes and create your own artworks.

As always, let us know what you’re up to and share your photos with us! But most importantly, have a wonderful Easter everyone.

💥 BAM 💥

None of these events are affiliated with BAM. Please check details with venues before setting out!

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