Published on : Monday, February 17, 2014
Half term is approaching and families will be looking for ways to escape the house and enjoy their time off. Destination Bristol is reminding people that Bristol is fully open for business, with lots going on over the week-long holiday.
John Hirst, Chief Executive of Destination Bristol, says; “We are fortunate that Bristol remains fully open for business despite the dreadful weather conditions in the UK. We are welcoming visitors as usual.
“Half term is the first big opportunity of the year for families to get away, even to a local destination for a day trip. Bristol with its world-class, family-friendly attractions and special half term events is an ideal destination.”
Half term events in Bristol include;
Meet Mr. Brunel at Brunel’s ss Great Britain (Saturday, 15th to Saturday, 22nd February, exc. Wednesday, 19th February). Visitors can look for, meet and greet Mr. Brunel on and around the ship and the Great Western Dockyard, ask him for stories about his incredible life and work and pose for a photo with the original Iron Man. Three sessions of Crew Capers Storytelling are also taking place on board from 12.30pm on Wednesday 19 February, as part of Bristol Story fest 2014. A brand new addition to the Great Western Dockyard has also just arrived in the form of a Horse and Gig photo opportunity that you can climb on to complete a class Victorian scene (from Monday 17 February).
At-Bristol Science Centre in Millennium Square has transformed the Live Lab area into ‘Spring Alive’ celebrating nature’s party season by taking a science-y look at living things. Visitors can investigate plants, dissect daffodils, examine eggs and start their own mini garden with some simple seed activities. The Live Lab will also be playing host to a fascinating hatchery, with a clutch of eggs on display throughout the holiday period that could hatch at any time. The brand new Bubble Blast live science show will run several times a day during half term. Both Bubble Blast and Spring Alive are included free with general admission to At-Bristol.
5-a-day February at Bristol Zoo Gardens. Tickets for children aged between 2 and 14 years are just £5 each when they bring along a broccoli, lettuce, pear, apple or carrot. Once inside, children can explore the new gorilla house, see Asiatic lions and over 400 animals, listen to five different animal talks and follow the ‘5-a-day trail’.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at M Shed. Half term is the final chance to catch the stunning Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at M Shed, open until Sunday 23rd February. It’s also the first chance this year to hop on board The Fire boat Pyronaut, The Mayflower and the Electric and steam cranes. Trips will run on various days from 15th to 23rd February. On Tuesday, 18th February, Avon Wildlife Trust is running four ‘Build a Bird Box’ sessions with visitors, costing £8 per family (booking is essential).
Giants of the Amazon at Bristol Aquarium. Visitors come face to face with some real river monsters in this fascinating exploration of the Amazon’s amazing aquatic wildlife, from the infamous red bellied piranhas to their giant vegetarian cousins, the pacu.
Book Hive at Bristol Central Library is a giant living sculpture created by award-winning robotics artists Rusty Squid, and supported by Arts Council England, to celebrate 400 years of public libraries in the city of Bristol. Book Hive features animatronic books that respond to the movements of visitors to the library, opening and closing in breathtaking patterns. It is in residence at the library until Friday, 7th March.