A Bristol Elephant Adventure: Pushchair Tour

1 Nov 2022
Pick up a map from one of the six participating venues

This October, Bristol Old Vic joined forces with cultural venues across Bristol City Centre, to provide a week of free activities for pre-school children and their families. But this was just the start of something much bigger!

We are delighted to introduce our new Pushchair Tour – available throughout the year, providing a cross-venue offer for our littlest culture explorers. 

Meet our actor Elephant and discover six special Bristol Places: 

  • Royal West of England Academy (RWA) 
  • St George’s Bristol
  • Bristol Old Vic 
  • Bristol Beacon 
  • Brunel’s SS Great Britain  
  • M Shed

Pick up a free trail booklet from any of the six participating venues and join Elephant in their search, along the streets of Bristol for their friend Mr Giraffe. Most locations on the route are 10-15 mins apart and routes have been chosen with pushchairs in mind meaning this trail is accessible for the whole family to get involved! 

Follow the map in any order and at any pace you like (just check opening hours at each of the locations first, if you would like to go inside). Don’t forget to collect a special stamp at the reception of each venue!

Collect all 6 stamps on the map for a full set to reunite Elephant with Mr Giraffe and earn your Heritage Explorer Certificate.

Take as long as you want to do this – a day, a week, or even a whole year! 

Here’s what a few of our partners have said about this exciting adventure:


“St George’s Bristol is excited to be part of this innovative project, engaging early years audiences and their families in the heritage of our venue and city. We are particularly inspired by the collaboration with our friends from across the cultural scene, whose partnership is helping us strengthen the whole artistic offer for Bristol’s youngest audiences.”

Catherine Freda, Head of Learning & Participation, St George’s

“We are excited to introduce more young families to our Free Family Activity Space at the RWA art gallery, and to be working collaboratively with other Bristol cultural venues to grow the offer for Early Years across the city.”

Helen Jacobs, Head of Learning & Engagement, RWA

“Bristol Beacon is absolutely thrilled to be joining with our cultural venue friends from across the city on this Pushchair Tour. Through this scheme, and hopefully more to come, we look to engage our littlest audiences and introduce them to our city and its creative offerings. Through this scheme, and the accompanying interactive activities, collectively we spread the message that there is something playful and inclusive for everyone in our buildings, whatever your age.”

Julia Roderick, Community Engagement Manager, Bristol Beacon

Enjoy your adventures!