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BAM Guide: Summer 2019

Summer in Bristol is set to be all kinds of fun, with festivals, paint jams, theatre, art workshops, gruesome exhibitions and much more on offer. Let’s get stuck in…

Family at Fluffy
Sun 28 July
11:00 – 15:00
FREE (donations welcome)
Inspired by the Fluffy Library installation, this drop-in workshop is led by artist Megan Clark-Bagnall who will help you design your own characters, invent your own stories and create your own set. Fun for all ages but perfect for 5–11 year olds and their families.

HERE Fest 2019
Sun 28 July
10:00 – 16:00
Family fun day featuring circus skills workshops, face painting, Kung Fu taster sessions and more.

Sun Printing Workshop
6 & 13 Aug
10:00 – 12:00
Tickets £10
After an introduction to the plants in the garden you will make your very own sun prints with artist Sophie Sherwood. Suitable for children up to 12 years.

Holiday sessions
Various dates
Various times
Tickets £10
Explore the museums collections in these hands on sessions. Marvellous Masks, Arty Animals, Dinosaur Detectives and Egypt Explorers… there’s something for everyone!

Holiday Story Time
23, 30 July & 13, 20, 27 Aug
Free storytelling session at the Old Vic every Tuesday in the school holidays (except 6 Aug). The kids can enjoy magical adventures and then draw some stories of their own after, while you enjoy coffee and cake in the cafe. Ages 4-8.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
26 – 28 July
Various times
Tickets £12.50
An adventure for ages 3+ based on the Michael Rosen’s and Helen Oxenbury’s much-loved book. Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and surprises and adventures along the way.

Robin Hood
1 – 3 Aug
Various times
Tickets from £13
A fresh take on the class tale for ages 7+.

Horrible Histories
24 – 27 July
Various times
Tickets £13.00
Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, this is guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips! Two shows to chose from: Terrible Tudors and Awful Egyptians. Ages 5+.

Collaborative Painting Family Workshops
8 & 15 Aug
12:30, 13:00 & 15:30
£25 for a family or group of 4
A chance for families to create a collaborative artwork together that they can take home as a keepsake of the summer holidays! Led by artist Luke Palmer, these workshops will give you an insight into the collaborative painting process and are open to all abilities. Ages 4+.

Bristol Play Day 2019
Wed 7 Aug
12:00 – 15:30
Join Children’s Scrapstore and others for a day of creativity and fun at this annual event. Scrapstore will also be running their Under 5s Messy Play sessions throughout the summer.

Creative Makers
24, 30 July & 27 Aug
Various times
Tickets from £25
Create a mod roc sculpture, make your own cardboard alien or robot, or design your own wand in these creative sessions aimed at children aged 6 or 7+ (depending on session).

Bristol Harbour Festival
19 – 21 July
Various times
Kick off the summer holidays with a bang and enjoy music, circus, puppetry, workshops, theatre, bubbles and so much more!

Bear Go To Town Trail
22 July – 31 Aug
All day
To celebrate the Bear Wood exhibition at Wild Place Project, there will be a trail of bears to find around Cabot Circus, Broadmead and The Galleries.

Real Human Bodies Exhibition
19 – 21 July
Various times
Tickets from £12
Get a unique insight into the human body with these plasticised real bodies. Learn more about muscles, brain and nervous system, sexual organs, heart and blood circulation, kidneys and urine, digestive system, sensory organs, respiratory tract and lungs. There will also be exhibits on the effects of cancer, AIDS, alcohol and nicotine. Probably not for the faint hearted!

Fabularium Fairy Tale Festival
29 Aug – 1 Sept
Various times
Tickets from £4
A travelling festival of performance storytelling for grown-ups and for families, featuring fabulous shows by the UK’s finest storytellers. All housed in a twinkling tent with wooden games to play with to your heart’s content.

Hoo-Ha! 2019
6 – 8 Aug
Various times
FREE with ticketed events starting at £13.00
This annual fun fest returns with workshops and music. Get crafty with Let’s Make Art, adventure inside the Explorer Dome, enjoy family yoga with Yogadoo, go wild at the Ready Sheddy Disgo, plus lots more fun to be announced soon.

Children’s Lantern Workshop
Sat 24 Aug
14:00 & 15:00
Tickets from £7
Children aged 5+ can make their own lantern from fabric or paper with interior designer Hannah Redden.

Summer Holiday Programme 2019
Various dates
Various times
Tickets from £2.50
There’s something to suit everyone at Creative Workspace this summer. Amazing value day workshops (9:30-16:30 for £12!) for children aged 6-11, week long theatre courses for 8-11 year olds, a Festival Family Fun Day and shorter craft sessions. Take a look to find out more.

Make a Moon Workshop
Wed 24 July
10:30 – 11:30
FREE (limited places so booking via the library is advised)
Let your imagination run free and create your own lunar landscape!

Upfest Mini Paint Jam
Sun 28 July
11:00 – 19:00
Upfest is taking a well-deserved break this year but there’s plenty to get exciting about with their Summer Edition walls going up around Bedminster and this day of live painting and Posca fun.

How To Be A Roman
Tue 6 Aug
10:30 – 13:00
Tickets £10
Taste Roman food, dress up in Roman clothes, play Roman games, make crafts and handle real artefacts in this hand-on workshop. Ages 7 – 10.

Sea Shanty Fish & Chips
Fri 19 July
Tickets from £15
Celebrate the last day of term with a trip around the Harbourside with sea shanties and fish and chips thrown in!

Mythical Storytelling
Wed 24 July
Tickets from £5
Storytelling, sea shanties and sword crafting as you sail the open seas (well, the closed harbour, but you get the picture!)

Captain Barnacle Pirate Panto
31 July & 2, 6 Aug
Various times
Tickets from £5
Sail around the harbour and enjoy this pirate pantomime show features lots of pirate props, puppets, comedy, and lashings of audience participation.

Cosmic Soul Collective
20 – 21 July
Various times
Art exhibition, paint jams, workshops, art fair and DJs all weekend. Everyone welcome.

Flower Crown & Garland Workshop
Mon 22 July
10:00 – 11:30
Tickets £5
Make your own crowns and garlands using leaves and flowers found around the garden.

Space Steps: The Moon and Beyond
Until 29 Sept
11:00 – 17:00 (Thurs-Sun only)
Tickets from £3.00
This exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing is bound to fascinate the kids. With lots of related events including a talk on Soviet Space Dog Memorabilia by Martin Parr!

Summer Family Flame Workshop
Wed 24 July
10:00 & 14:00
FREE with exhibition entry
2 hour drop in workshops where families can make their own bonfires and flames with chalks and add to a giant collaborative fire.

Fumifugium: Pollution Fighting Family Workshop
Wed 7 Aug
10:30 & 14:00
Can we improve air quality with a giant hoover or sticky tape clothes? Family workshops inspired by the first book written on the problems of air pollution in 1661!

I Am Making Art: Holding A Memory
Sat 27 July
14:00 – 17:00 (drop-in)
£3 donation suggested 
Explore photography as a medium through which we can create and share narratives with artist Amak Mahmoodian. This workshop aims to develop ways of expression, including thinking, writing, composing and taking photographs.

Summer Spectacular
20 July – 1 Sept
10:00 – 15:00 (open until 18:00)
Standard entry prices (includes free reentry for one year)
Hourly performances of exhilarating stunts, aerial displays, acrobatics and juggling from The Invisible Circus team. There’s also a Sea Hear Storytelling session on Tue 6 Aug.

Sat 3 Aug
11:00 – 20:00
FREE (donations can be made to the crowdfunder via the website)
Dr Meaker and local favourites RSVP will be heading up the music at this free festival. There’s always a brilliant children’s area so it’s a good one for families.

Sat 3 Aug
12:00 – 21:00
Tickets £15
A family fun day with music, food, dancing, art workshops, face painting, bouncy castle and much more.

TYNTEfest 2019
7 – 8 Aug
10:30 & 13:30
Tickets £9 (adults free)
A day for 2-5 year olds and their families to celebrate National Playday at Tyntesfield, this year inspired by the tales of Beatrix Potter.

Sat 20 July
12:00 & 15:00
Tickets £8 (under 3s go free)
A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, using storytelling, puppetry, music, history and science.

AfterMirth: Daytime Comedy Club for Parents
26 July & 16 Aug
12:30 – 14:00
Tickets £8 (£10 on the door)
A brilliant event for new parents to get their comedy kicks with their babies in tow. Expect adult humour and language! Find out more in our interview with founder, Angie Belcher.

Bird Show
Sun 4 Aug
11:00 & 14:00
Tickets £8 (under 3s go free)
A story about two birds, migration, environment, friendship and imagination, told using music, puppetry, dance and lo-fi acrobatics. Ages 4+.

Kid Carpet & the Noisy Animals
28 – 31 Aug
11:00 & 14:00
Tickets £8 (£10 on the door)
Local legends take to the stage for a raucous adventure as they make friends, play games, contemplate the world and finally rock out at a grand dance contest!

Sinbad the Sailor
Sun 1 Sept
10:45 & 14:30
Tickets £8 (£10 on the door)
A magical storytelling, theatre and dance show for ages 5-10 preceded by a drama and dance playshop. Come dressed in your finest Arabian Nights inspired clothes!

Hope you all have the best summer. See you on the other side!
💥 BAM 💥

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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