Bristol Schools and Colleges have additional days when they will not be open to pupils. These are training days and occasional days which are determined by the Governing Bodies each establishment. They are subject to change and addition as circumstances dictate.
For example, it may be agreed with the Local Authority that a school needs to be closed due to emergency building works. If you have any queries, please contact the establishment direct.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that these half term holiday dates are accurate, there are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes.
Bristol School Half Term Holiday Dates.
Family Activities in Bristol
Bristol is one of those cities that has it all. You can enjoy all the benefits of busy city life with fantastic shopping centres and stores, restaurants and entertainment one day and the next you can be out in the country enjoying the scenery far from the hustle and bustle of urban life. This is a great city for all the family and there are plenty of attractions and activities to keep kids of all ages happy. Let’s look at some highlights.
For animal lovers….
Bristol Zoo covers 12 acres and is home to over 400 species from all over the world. Nobody can fail to fall in love with the zoo’s current most famous residents, the gorillas, who delighted everyone by having a baby recently. Once you have met all the animals and birds, you can let the kids burn off some energy in the water play area, try out the aerial ropes course and go down a zipwire if you’re feeling brave.
The city’s Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is also worth a visit as it lets you get up close with various animals. Try and also make time to see the Big Cat Talk and watch the lions being fed. The city also has an Aquarium on the Harbourside with marine and freshwater creatures from local waters to the Tropics. Make sure to walk across the wooden footbridge to see the stingrays and tropical sharks. It really is interesting to see them from above.
For museum lovers….
The first museum port of call for many families visiting the area is the At-Bristol Science Centre. This is one of those places where children learn while having fun. Expect lots of hands-on activities and interactive messing about in this non-traditional museum. The Bristol Museum and Art Gallery has a dedicated play and learn space for the under 7s and is home to the Bristol dinosaur. The M Shed covers the history of Bristol. This is a relatively new museum built in a 1950s transit shed on the harbour. If you go out on the harbour side of the building, you can see some working exhibits including cranes, steam boats and trains.
For transport lovers….
The Avon Valley Railway is located at Bitton, near Bristol. You can take steam train rides from here which could tick every box in a Thomas fan’s holiday wishlist! Brunel’s flagship, the SS Great Britain, has been restored and is docked at Bristol as a museum ship. Walking round the vessel now gives you an accurate and very curious picture of what it would have been like to work and live on the ship in Victorian times.
You should also make time to check out the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The bridge is set across the Avon Gorge – this is probably the best place to go to get some spectacular views of the city and the local landscape.
Please note that some schools have decided to adopt slightly different half term and holiday dates to those shown here and it is therefore advisable to contact the individual school to confirm their dates.
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