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From free trails like Bristol Light Festival, to various events at Bristol’s award-winning attractions and entertaining theatre shows, here is Visit Bristol’s round-up of family-friendly fun this February half term

Bristol Light Festival (pictured above photo Andre Pattenden /

3- 12 February, covering the first weekend of February half term.

Bristol’s award-winning winter festival returns 3-12 February with a stunning interactive and captivating light installation trail. The ten-day, free-to-visit event will showcase a collection of 11 artworks by local, national and internationally renowned light artists including the return of the much-loved ‘Swing Song’ installation (light-activated musical swings) and new artworks including ‘Scream the House Down:Bristol’ by Marcus Lyall, ‘Halo’ (pictured above) by illumaphonium and a brand new commission by Morag Myerscough called ‘Let Us Shine’.

Undersea Fantasy at Bristol Aquarium

Bristol Aquarium
Bristol Aquarium (

11 – 26 February

Meet a mermaid and hear her magical sea stories or walk the plank with the playful pirate Captain Cannonball at Bristol Aquarium. For any Minecraft fans, there are also five smiley-faced axolotls to see. Bristol Aquarium have started monthly Keep Calm sessions, specifically catering for people who benefit from quieter visits.

Hide and Peek at Wild Place Project

Wild Place Project
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11-26 February

A new hidden door trail launches at Wild Place Project this February half term taking visitors on an outdoor adventure to learn about some of the world’s most amazing animals.

Eat your way to Australia at Brunel’s SS Great Britain

SS Great Britain
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11-19  February

Experience what life was like for steerage passengers travelling to Australia on the SS Great Britain. The 1850s weekly ration has been recreated for 2023, based on historical evidence so visitors can discover what, where and how steerage passengers dined on board. Entrance tickets are valid for return visits all year, so you can visit again in the next holidays too.

Build and fly your own helicopter at Aerospace Bristol

Aerospace Bristol
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11-17 February

Visit Aerospace Bristol during February half term and build your own paper helicopter alongside the helicopter exhibits. Learn all about Bristol’s vast aviation history, hear from volunteers during Spotlight talks about helicopters, and experience a visit from the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity. Entrance tickets are also valid for return visits all year, so you come back as many times as you like.

Charcoal Creations at Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt Arboretum (Photo: Johnny Hathaway /

14-16 February

Children can create their very own charcoal drawing inspired by wonders of winter gathered from the arboretum in the Learning Centre. Activity is free with general admission.

Building Blocks at Tyntesfield

Tyntesfield (Photo Credit National Trust Images Mike Selby /

11-19 February

Planned by a trained facilitator of LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®, there will be six building block stations set up in the converted Sawmill that cover the architectural phases of Tyntesfield. Visitors can use building blocks to recreate the ornately designed Gothic Revival masterpiece, Tyntesfield house.

Slapstick Festival

14-19 February

This celebration of silent and classic screen comedy returns to Bristol this February with an impressive line-up of stars including Michael Palin, Rob Brydon, Lucy Porter, Stephen Merchant and Harry Hill. Events take place at Bristol Old Vic, the ex-IMAX cinema at Bristol Aquarium (including a special visit from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on 14 February), St George’s and Watershed.

The Big Hideout at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Slimbridge Wetlands
WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre (Photo: Clem Stevens /

11-26 February

This half term WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre have turned their bird hides into hideouts for visitors to discover the incredible wetland wildlife this winter. Hideout experts will be on hand to explain tips to help you explore.

GLOW in Grove Park

15-18 February

GLOW (Glorious Lights of Weston) Festival in Weston-super-Mare returns this February half term to light up the town with a dazzling array of illuminated works and performance. Expect stunning light displays, interactive activities and sensory experiences.

Marvellous Medicine workshops at John Wesley’s New Room

16-17 February

Learn about John Wesley’s interest in natural remedies and medicines, how herbs can be used for their healing properties and make their own mini herb garden to take away this half term at John Wesley’s New Room.

Airhop After Dark

Every evening 10-19 February, and every Friday and Saturday from 3 February

Airhop is turning up the music and switching on the disco lights for their new After Dark sessions for a cool club atmosphere in Bristol’s trampoline park. The After Dark sessions start every Friday and Saturday evenings from 3 February, and will run every evening through half term, 6-7:30pm.


Mog The Forgetful Cat at Bristol Old Vic

14-18 February

For some family-friendly theatre, join Mog and the Thomas family on a journey through one year in the life of a really remarkable cat, as she catches a burglar, gatecrashes a cat show, goes to the V.E.T. and gets to eat lots and lots of eggs.

My Fair Lady at Bristol Hippodrome

15-25 February

Following a triumphant run on the West End, the Lincoln Center Theater’s multi-award winning production of the iconic favourite, My Fair Lady comes to Bristol Hippodrome.

The Smartest Giant in Town at Redgrave Theatre

The Smartest Giant In Town

11-12 February

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book The Smartest Giant in Town has been adapted by the Little Angel theatre and Fierylight in a musical, puppet-filled adventure.

The Tap Dancing Mermaid at the Wardrobe Theatre

12-16 February

It’s time to hear the Moon’s story, one you will NEVER forget… This beautiful puppet show – aimed at ages 3-8 and their families – is a celebrated solo production by Tessa Bide.

Morgan & West: Unbelievable Science at Redgrave Theatre

15 February

Expect captivating chemistry, phenomenal physics, and bonkers biology, as well as trademark wit from this daring duo, Morgan & West in their family science extravaganza.