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Guides

BAM Guide: May Half Term 2019

ASHTON COURT MANSION
Futur Ville Launch Event
Sat 1 Jun
11:00 – 17:30
FREE
An afternoon with ArtSpace LifeSpace to celebrate the start of a 5-month programme of events that will look at the relationship between artists and communities in an ever-changing city. Have your say in family friendly workshops and enjoy circus performances from Invisible Circus.

BLAISE MUSEUM
The Goram Makeover
29 & 30 May
11:00 – 15:00
FREE
Goram is one of the legendary giants that created Henleaze Gorge and these free family drop-ins will help restore the giant puppet in time for the Goram Fair in June. Local artists will be on hand to help as you cut his hair, reshape his ears and generally help repair and spruce him up for his big day!

BOWL OF PLENTY
Decorate Your Own Bowl
27 – 31 May
10:00 – 12:00 & 14:00 – 16:00
£3.50 per person
Decorate your own bowl of plenty to take home with you. Suitable for all ages (adults too!). Advance booking essential.

BRISTOL OLD VIC
Horrible Histories: Dreadful Dead
29 May – 1 Jun
Various times
Tickets from £8
Bringing you some grizzly and gruesome tales from the Ancient Greeks to the Victorians, this bilingual adventure (English & British Sign Language) is bound to delight the whole family. Ages 5+.

In The Willows
29 May – 1 Jun
Various times
Tickets from £10
Join Mole as her new friends Rattie, Toad, Badger and Otter teach her the ways of the Riverbank. After the success of Jungle Book, Metta Theatre retell this classic tale with ballads, beats and backflips!

CASS ART
From Fashion Ad To Protest: Doodle Art Workshop
Sat 25 May
14:00 – 17:00
Tickets £22
Explore techniques for doodling over fashion magazines in order to create a meaningful message. You’ll be taught by amazing artist Naomi Vona and this session would be great for older teens.

CHANDOS ATELIER
Make An Island Workshop
Wed 29 May
10:00 – 14:00
Tickets £45
Let your imagination run wild as you create your own magical island using mod rock, glue guns, paint and much more. There is also a Harry Potter inspired Wand Workshop on the Tuesday. Ages 7+.

CHILDREN’S SCRAPSTORE
Holiday Sessions
28 – 31 May
Various times
Tickets £5 (siblings £4)
Explore new worlds, make musical instruments, create costumes, time travel and much more in these brilliant scrap sessions. There is also Super Saturday at the start of half term, while June’s dad and child ‘Dadcraft’ session will take place on the last Saturday.

CREATIVE WORKSPACE
Create An Art Gallery
28 – 31 May
11:00 – 15:00
Tickets £2.50 (£3 on the door)
This is your chance to get your artwork in an exhibition! Each day will be themed (stars, fabric pictures, comics and paintings) and your work will be displayed at the opening party on the Friday with live music and walkabout theatre.

EASTON COMMUNITY CENTRE
Half Term Scribble & Sketch
Fri 31 May
10:30 – 12:30
FREE
Free and informal art sessions for kids and families funded by the RWA. Play with clay and create your own sculptures.

GREENBANK PUB
Poco Drom
Wed 29 May
14:30 & 16:00
£3 per child
Wonderfully bouncy animal songs for younger children with the excellent Poco Drom. You’ll be wriggling, hopping, growling and jumping in no time.

MILLIENNIUM SQUARE
Wall-E Outdoor Screening
Thu 30 May
10:30
FREE
Pack a picnic and settle in for a screening of this Pixar classic. Stick around for some chalk drawing and a screening of Our Planet afterwards.

Cricket World Cup Screening & Activities
Sat 1 Jun
10:00 – 21:30
FREE
As well as screenings of the World Cup matches, there will activities for all the family including your chance to paint a giant sculpture of a cricketer. This collaborative art work will be created over the course of 3 days and painting slots will be every 30 minutes from 10am-5pm (25th-27th May). Slots will be on a first come, first served basis.

ST MARK’S ROAD, EASTON
Grand Iftar
Thu 30 May
19:30 – 21:30
FREE
OK, so this one isn’t arty, but it is a really wonderful event that celebrates community and diversity in Bristol. With talks from a variety of speakers and a delicious spread of vegetarian food, everyone is welcome to come and help the Muslim community celebrate the end of Ramadan.

STORYSMITH BOOKS
Let’s Make Art Workshops
Thu 30 May
10:00 & 11:30
Tickets £5
Celebrate 100 years of Richard Scarry by making a Lowly Worm finger puppet and put on your own show in the puppet theatre (ages 4+). Older children aged 7+ can join the later session where they’ll be able to design and create their own book cover.

TOBACCO FACTORY
25 Years of the Tobacco Factory
25 & 26 May
12:00 – 23:00
FREE
A 2-day party to celebrate 25 years of the Tobacco Factory. Expect circus performances, kid’s activities, street food, afrobeat and swing bands, street art, singing and much more.

TOBACCO FACTORY THEATRES
Half Term Session: Roald Dahl
29 & 30 May
10:00 – 15:00
Tickets £30
Theatre workshop exploring the phizz-whizzing world of Roald Dahl, taking a look at his most popular stories and bringing some of your favourite characters to life. Ages 5-7 on 29 May and ages 8-11 on 30 May.

Card Ninja!
Sun 2 Jun
19:00
Tickets from £10
Riotous fun as comedian Javier Jarquin performs his extreme card-flicking stunts. Using his decks as weapons, he’ll dazzle you with extreme precision, impeccable timing and astonishing speed and distance.

WARDROBE THEATRE
Onwards & Upwards
28 May – 1 Jun
11:00 & 14:00
Tickets £8 (under 3s go free)
Join Luna as she leaves the safety of her underground world and goes on an adventure inspired by the lives of three famous female explorers. Family theatre using live music, puppetry and storytelling brought to you by INKBLOC.

WATERSHED
OKIDO Art & Science Workshop
Sun 26 May
10:00
Tickets £7
Regular sessions led by Let’s Make Art, where you’ll do some fun experiments, create something to take home and watch an episode of OKIDO. This month’s theme is Nature. Best for ages 3-7.

WIPER & TRUE
Makers Market
Sun 26 May
12:30 – 16:00
FREE
Grab a Sunday roast and check out work from local artists in sunny St Werburghs. Walk it off with a walk round the farm afterwards.

Bristol and beyond…

THE EDGE, BATH
Family Takeover
Sat 25 May
11:00 – 14:00
FREE
Join artist Victoria Willmott for some fun creative activities inspired by the current exhibition, Borderlines. Informal, friendly drop-in sessions where you can stay for 10 minutes or an hour, it’s up to you.

 

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As always, none of these events are affiliated with BAM. Please check details and availability with the venues before setting out. If there’s anything you think we’ve missed, please feel free to drop us a line.

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