Family-Friendly Festive Fun in Bristol!
Hello lovelies, how are you doing? I’m actually starting to feel Christmassy! We just spent last weekend in Bristol, finding out what’s going on over the festive season. And there’s loads! Whether you have the kids or are lucky enough to have child-free time, there’s something on offer for everyone this Christmas. So today on the blog I’m sharing with you some of our photos and a short round-up of of the must-see and must-do things this December!
There are plenty of Christmas markets taking place across the city. Whenever we head to Bristol, we typically park behind M Shed in the Wapping Wharf car park. It’s only a fiver for the day on a weekend. Our first stop was the Harbourside Christmas Market. It’s on every weekend between now and Dec 16th. There are plenty of stalls selling gifts, food and drink – perfect for mooching and soaking up the Christmas atmosphere.
Bristol’s Shopping Quarter Christmas Market is a larger one, with over 50 stalls.
They run from Cabot Circus all along the main high street. The smells wafting over from the stalls really reminded me of living in Germany when I was a student. Christmas markets weren’t really a thing then in the UK – or at least a lot less so than they are today.
We had a little wander through the market and Mr d got to try a little Moonshine!
There are literally so many great places to visit this Christmas with the kids. We love We The Curious and have been a few times now. I actually accompanied B on his school trip there earlier this year. That was relaxing.
Our trip last weekend was indeed relaxing and B got to enjoy a number of the displays and science experiments on offer. You could spend the whole day here as there really is a lot to see and do.
This time we also went inside the planetarium – something we haven’t done before. Our adventure took us across earth and out into space. B loved this.
This year We The Curious have set up an ice rink right outside in Millennium Square. If you fancy a skate then what better opportunity. We didn’t do any skating because I’m nearly eight months pregnant and Mr D has his dodgy achilles. The last thing I need is him snapping it right before baby is due.
Other attractions in and around Bristol which I’d recommend exploring include the Victorian Christmas at the SS Great Britain. We went last year and it was brilliant. We really felt as if we’d stepped back in time among the Victorian characters, Brunel himself and a sprinkling of snow. It was magical.
Another place I love is Cheddar Gorge and Caves. We often go to Cheddar and you don’t need to go into the caves to enjoy a few hours here and a pub lunch. You can read about why I love Cheddar in this post here!
National Trust also has loads going on around the country at Christmas time. If you’re local to the Bristol area then be sure to visit Tyntesfield for their Very Victorian Christmas. This will be our first year as National Trust members and we’re looking forward to going along. Keep an eye out on our social channels, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, for photos over the coming weeks!
Free Things to do In Bristol this Christmas
If you’re not up for spending too much on attraction entry then here are a few free things that are worth exploring in the area this December.
The M Shed is a great place for kids with loads of things to see and do. Take a walk along the Harbourside too and admire all the locks along Pero’s Bridge. B could spend ages inspecting them all and attempting to unlock them.
Wander up Corn Street and have a browse in St Nicholas Market at the top. I used to love mooching around here when I was younger and child-free! You then have the traditional Christmas lights and Christmas market in the city centre and Cabot Circus.
It’s worth popping into the Galleries too if you’re with the littles. Turn your kids into mini Santa’s and admire the singing reindeer!
Bristol Cathedral is another place to soak up some Christmas atmosphere with a family carol service on 16 Dec.
Have you been to any Christmas markets yet? Have you got a visit to Santa’s Grotto planned? There’s so much to do and see these days that it can be hard to fit it all in really! We’re off to Dunster Castle to visit Santa in a few weeks. I’m hoping I can get up the hill what with the bump! Pregnancy second time around has been much harder! Anyway, before I start whinging about feeling big, stretched and acidy, I’ll sign off. Enjoy or the festivities and be sure to share with us your pics on social too! Tag me in any on Instagram!
Disclaimer: We received media passes from Visit Bristol which we used to visit We The Curious. All thoughts and opinions are our own and honest as always.