Egyptian tales for teenagers at Bristol's Museum
Egyptian tales for teenagers at Bristol's Museum
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Half term antics

What will your children do this half term?  Take the chance to enjoy the autumn sunshine on the Mendips and press your own apple juice at Frome’s Apple Festival.  There’s plenty going on in Bath, Bristol, or Wells too.

As part of family art week in Bristol, there is a drop-in session for families to experiment with products and materials from Artrageous, the art shop that is open to all.  Free at the Scrapstore, Bristol on Saturday 22.

Head back in time to Ancient Egypt. Enjoy a trip into the Egyptian myths and mysteries  through original fiction written and read by four local authors.  Located in the Bristol Museum’s atmospheric Assyria Gallery, the event is part of the Bristol Festival of Literature taking place throughout the city.  For children age 14+ on Saturday 22 October.

Also on at the Bristol Museum is a promenade dance piece designed to take you into a world of movement based on different museum objects.  The dance piece, The Imagination Museum is aimed at children and families and has been designed for museums and heritage sites as part of the Dancing in Museums project.

Join the Cider Box for a mischievous celebration of Somerset’s finest export- the cider apple.   A FREE event at the Silk Mill, Frome for all ages, with a mobile juice presser, cider talks and tastings, free cheese, live music and over 20 real ciders behind the bar. Plus lashings of mead, a drop of cider brandy, and a food truck to soak it all up. 

Why did the mushroom go to the Halloween party?  Because he was a fun guy.  Yes…moving swiftly on. There is a free Fungi Day for young nature-lovers, at Folly Farm Centre. Hosted by Justin Smith Foundation. This is a unique opportunity for young people to spend valuable time learning from fungi experts in stunning surroundings. No previous knowledge required, just an enthusiasm to learn about the fungi kingdom. Lunch and free gift included!  you must sign up first to participate – visit the website.

Can you build the highest tower, design a fantastical hat or make a working crane?  Be inspired on 25 October by the historic exhibits and iconic cranes, let your imagination run riot and discover the designer hiding inside you, free at the M:Shed.

Glorious Greeks at St George's
Glorious Greeks at St George’s

Another trip into ancient myth, this time Greek myth.  Come on an awesome adventure of myth and legend on Tuesday 25 October, through a modern take on an Ancient Greek classic. Outwit greedy monsters, escape the savage Cyclops, survive the sweet-singing siren sisters and overcome vengeful gods to save the day with the cleverest Greek hero of all time with fantastic local storyteller Michael Loader and Tom Veck at St George’s Bristol.

Are you a budding scientist? Come and experiment with No 1. Royal Crescent. Join Dr Andrews and Professor Rogers to find a cure and mix your own herbal remedies. Use a quill and coloured ink to take home your own fancy medicine label.  Drop in anytime to discover what unusual cures and hidden killers lurked in the Georgian home! For those age 7+, on Tuesday 25 October.


Dress up in costume to stamp books in the Bookbindery, make sweets at the Confectioners, and other activities at No 1 Royal Crescent. Play mats are available with activities for younger visitors.  Drop in anytime on Thursday 27 October to help bring history to life and take home the things you’ve made! Suitable for all ages.


Try your hand at printmaking
Try your hand at printmaking

Families are invited on 27 October to create multi-layered, mixed media prints in this exciting workshop with artist and printmaker Sophie Rae.  Budding artists will begin by adding vivid background colours with a roller, and will then use different materials (such as bubble wrap, pencils and paintbrushes) to add marks and patterns.  Suitable for children 7+ at the RWA Bristol.

Looking at the independent cinemas around us there’s Storks at Wells Film Centre and the Everyman on Whiteladies Road Bristol, and Trolls the Clevedon Curzon.

If this is all a little educational for you and your children over half term then find a party at our fun-filled Halloween Events and look at Live Mendips’ What’s on page for more inspiration!