The Great Bristol Elephant Adventure is back for this February half term!

9 Feb 2023
Pick up a map from one of the six participating venues

5 Cultural Venues, 1 week of activities. A Bristol Elephant Adventure is back this February Half Term, bringing pre-school children and their families another week of free cross-cultural activities.  

After a hugely successful launch week in October Half Term, where Bristol Old Vic joined forces with cultural venues across the City Centre, A Bristol Elephant Adventure is back this February, with the same five fabulous venues: Royal West of England Academy (RWA), St George’s Bristol, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Beacon and Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

"Our 3 year-old loved it!"
t's the best for kids. We had a fabulous day, please, please do more!"   
- Parent comments from Bristol Elephant Adventure, Oct Half Term.

There are a host of brilliant activities to take part in at each of the venues and don’t forget to collect a stamp at each stop on the tour.

This week of activities sits alongside the hugely successful Elephant Adventure Pushchair Tour which is available all year round for the tiniest intrepid explorers. Information can be found here: A Bristol Elephant Adventure: Pushchair Tour | Bristol Old Vic

Take part by picking up a map at any participating venue, or download below:

Brunel's SS Great Britain 

‘Eat your way to Australia’ with Brunel’s SS Great Britain this February half term.
As the lowest class voyagers aboard the SS Great Britain, steerage passengers didn’t have much to look forward to at mealtimes. When they boarded the ship to Australia in the 1850s, they didn’t just face a gruelling two month voyage, they were also about to endure one of the chewiest diets in history!
From 11-19 Feb, join a member of the SS Great Britain crew to find out whether you could stomach the rations of a Victorian voyager or whether you would rather go hungry.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain is suitable for families of all ages, with a children’s menu in the café, access throughout the site for pushchairs and spaces to breastfeed if required.
Eat Your Way to Australia is included with entry to Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

Find out more here: 

Bristol Old Vic

Join us on Monday 13th February between 11am–3pm as our Creative Creatures family day takes over the theatre. Discover the animals who are part of Bristol Old Vic’s past and present, through craft, workshops, tours and more.
All activities are free and fully pushchair accessible. Workshops can be booked in advance on our website. 

Find out more and book your place here:

Royal West of England Academy (RWA)  

Join RWA in the Family Activity Space and the Link space (lower ground floor at RWA)  - for lots of objects to handle and things to learn about photography, to coincide with the photography exhibitions upstairs in the gallery. You can drop in any time, no need to book. They are open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm.

RWA are also putting on special half term activities during the week:

Baby Tour

9th February
11:00 am – 12:30pm
For parents and babies under 12 months, RWA is putting on a free tour of the exhibition with baby toys and comfortable rugs to sit on in the gallery – meet other parents and enjoy looking at an art exhibition with your baby.

Happy Mondays Happy families
13 February 
10am – 12:30pm 
These free bookable holiday workshops are for SEN+D families with young children. 

M Shed

After exploring the exhibits in the free museum and art gallery, you must be tired? Why not head to M Shed's exquisite café, McCafé, and try out their delightful menu? Don’t forget to collect your stamp from the welcome desk on your way out if you are taking part in the pushchair tour. 

Bristol Beacon

To mark the 650th anniversary of Bristol and celebrate what makes our city special, Bristol Beacon are inviting children under 5 and their grown ups, to join trombonist Raph and percussionist Harriet on The Magical Musical Balloon Adventure Fri 17th Feb. Light the burners and climb aboard their hot air balloon as they zoom over Bristol’s roof tops. Packed with singing, wiggling and plenty of percussion to shake and rattle, these 45 minute workshops will delight little and big people alike.

10am-10.45am                Workshop 1
11am-11.45am                Workshop 2 

£5 for adults
£3 for children
Babes in arms, FREE
Find out more on Bristol Beacon’s website 

St Georges

Visit St Georges on Sun 19th Feb 10.30am – 3pm for a day of family fun! 
Two ‘MiniBeats’ relaxed performances in the main hall introduce young children to the incredible sounds and sights of the percussion family, whilst over in the Glass Studio, create woodland creatures out of everyday recycled materials, then stay for interactive story-time and see your new puppet friends become part of the story! 

MiniBeats shows: 10.30am & 12.30pm (45 mins; tickets £7)
Storytelling: 11.45am, 1.45pm & 2.45pm (15 mins; free admission)
Creative play: 11am – 3pm (drop-in sessions, free admission)
Venue is pushchair-accessible via the Charlotte Street entrance and lift.

Find out more about this event on St Georges Website:

The Elephant Adventure adds an outdoor element to Bristol Old Vic's jam-packed Half Term offer, which also includes Family Day on Mon 13 Feb, The Wardrobe Ensemble's charming adaptation of Judith Kerr's Mog the Forgetful Cat (Tue 14 - Sat 18 Feb) for ages 3+, or for older children, the Aakash Odedra Theatre Company's brand new dance show Little Murmur (Thu 16 - Sat 18 Feb) featuring groundbreaking projections, an extraordinary soundscape and a blizzard of confetti.