Summer in Bristol Shopping Quarter

There’s loads going on in Bristol Shopping Quarter this summer, scroll down for information about events taking place in Broadmead, The Galleries and Cabot Circus.

Bears go to town

In celebration of the new Bear Wood exhibit that will open at Bristol Zoo’s Wild Place Project this July, we are teaming up with them for Bears Go To Town, a FREE family trail around Bristol Shopping Quarter, that’s Broadmead, The Arcade, The Galleries, and Cabot Circus, featuring more than 20 beautifully decorated 2D bears, each a metre tall.

The Bears Go To Town trail will run from Monday 22 July until Saturday 31 August – further details and downloadable trail map to follow soon!


Wildlife Craft Workshops and Bring a Bear Story Time at the New Room

Wildlife Craft Workshops


Aimed at: 5-11s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

Dates: 25 July;  1, 8 & 15  August

Time: 11am and 1pm (each workshop lasts 1 hour)

Location: New Room Museum (on floor 2)

Price: £4 per child (adults free)

Book into a Wildlife Craft Workshop for an hour of creative wildlife-themed activities! (includes entry to the New Room museum). Click HERE to book via Eventbrite.

Bring a Bear Story Time


Aimed at: 0-5s (all children must be accompanied by an adult)

Dates: 30 July; 6 & 20 August

Time: 11am and 2pm (each session lasts approx. 30 minutes)

Location: The Horsefair Room at the New Room

Price: £3 per child (adults free)

Take your teddy or another cherished soft toy along to the New Room’s story time sessions featuring bears and other animals. Click HERE to book via Eventbrite.

#BearsGoToTown activity day at Cabot Circus

Join Bristol Zoo’s outreach team in Cabot Circus on Wednesday 14 August for a day of free fun including decorating a ‘bare bear’, a touch table, and learning activities. They will be there from 10:30AM until 4PM and it’s free – just drop in.

Mojito Beach Bar

You’ll get a taste of the riviera lifestyle right in the centre of Bristol Shopping Quarter this summer, thanks to the Mojito Beach Bar, complete with a sandy beach, which will be open on The Podium in Broadmead until September.


They are serving delicious cocktails, authentic Hawaiian beers and the best live music,  creating an amazing atmosphere for you to have a great time with friends and family.

And they haven’t forgotten about the beach bar’s youngest visitors. As well as a great selection of soft drinks, there’s also table tennis, a variety of large outdoor games and a wide range of beach equipment to make use of. With so much to do, the little ones will be kept busy and will be sure to enjoy this unique beach experience just as much as Mum and Dad.

Click HERE to find out more.

Brizzle Kidz workshops at The Galleries

If the kids are pulling your hair out and you’re longing for back to school before the holidays have barely begun, the team at The Galleries have got your back! Join them for a whole host of FREE crafty activities with the Brizzle Kidz this summer!


Every Thursday they’ll host a different craft workshop where the little ones can let their imaginations run riot as they knock out their own creative masterpiece to take home completely FREE.

Details HERE.

Pirate fun at The Galleries


Bristol shoppers are invited to take their little buccaneers to join Captain Hook and Smee for some swashbuckling entertainment in The Galleries from 11AM – 4PM on Friday 26 & Saturday 27 July. They’ll be sailing in on the Jolly Roger to host two pirate shows each day and lots more sea-worthy shenanigans…

Find out more HERE.

Roar at Cabot Circus


Go along to Cabot Circus for free dino family fun on Friday 26 July and Friday 23 August.

Meet a life-sized velociraptor as she interacts with your little ones. You’ll also get the chance to meet some of her friends, and learn more about the dinosaur species.

The event will be happening from 10am – 4pm on the Ground Floor outside House of Fraser.

Click HERE for further information.

Summer activities at Waterstones

Have fun with Kids Waterstones Bristol in The Galleries this summer where they have a host of FREE activities running daily throughout the school holidays.


From 22 July until 21 August you can take part in a treasure hunt to find all the bees hiding in the kids’ section of the shop and win a special prize. You can take part in origami workshops to make paper flowers and bees to take home. You can decorate your own bookmark. And you can enjoy pirate activities including puzzles and colouring.

The activities will be running all day, every day, and there’s no need to book, simply turn up, choose what you’d like to do, and one of their lovely booksellers will set you up.

For further information follow Kids Waterstones Bristol on Instagram.

Summer of Play at The Entertainer

The Entertainer have teamed up with Fundamentally Children to bring you a fun summer of balanced play with a programme of events taking place in all their stores, including those in Cabot Circus and The Galleries, every Wednesday from 10am – 4pm. Click HERE to find out more.

summer of play

If you’d like to find out what’s happening in Bristol Shopping Quarter throughout the year please visit our news & events page.