Bristol is packed full of activities and events for children, and at half term it's even more so. In Bristol you'll find the world's oldest provincial zoo, an amazing interactive science centre and so much more. So why not book into a hotel right in the heart of this historic university city and see what fun you can have with the children this school holiday?
A huge favourite with children and adults alike, Bristol Zoo is a wonderful day out for all the family. If you take a look at the website in the lead up to the school holidays you'll often find discounts on child tickets, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled. There are over 400 species of animals here and 9 of the animal houses are under cover so it means you can enjoy the zoo come rain or shine, perfect for the rather changeable English weather.
There are lots of talks and opportunities to watch feeding times throughout the day - perhaps you'll be able to learn about the playful lion cubs Kamran and Ketan, watch the Meerkats being fed or even the Gorillas. Have fun at Explorer's Creek, which includes a water play area, a tropical birdhouse and a walk through a parrot feeding area which children will love as here you get to hand feed nectar to the beautiful and inquisitive Rainbow Lorikeets. Another great walkthrough is the Butterfly Forest where you'll get to see the pretty butterflies flying around - maybe one will even choose to land on you. With so much to explore here, including ZooRopia, a unique opportunity to see the zoo from the perspective of some of its tree dwelling inhabits, the little ones are bound to want to return again and again.
Harbour Trips Onboard The Matthew
The Matthew of Bristol is a stunning replica of the ship that discovered America in 1497. Moored by the M Shed on Princes Wharf, you can explore the ship or take a trip around the harbour and even out to sea. There are several trips available all year, even including a fish and chips lunch or dinner if you fancy having dinner on board, and there are lots of half term trips available on board The Matthew too. Wannabe pirates will love this ship - perhaps they could even dress up to go aboard for brilliant photo memories!
At-Bristol Science Centre
Another firm favourite with children of all ages, this state of the art interactive science centre will amaze and excite. Take a trip around the stars in the Planetarium, become an animator for the day, create your own tv show and make and cover yourself in a giant bubble. There's also working construction site where children can build their own buildings, discover the science of the human body and build their own flying object. It's a really engaging and hands on day out for all the family.
So what are you waiting for? Book here to choose Bristol for your next family friendly UK break.
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