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Things to do in Bristol

Amazing, fun things to do in Bristol, days out in and around Bristol to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Bristol.

Things to do in Bristol – The M Shed Museum

The M shed museum in Bristol has something for everyone. From aircraft to antiquities, balloons to buses, crayoning to a cafe, dressing up to displays of dinosaur finds and loads more!

Family Day Out

We spent just an hour in there recently after checking the Bristol Harbourside Treasure Trail and the Redcliffe and Temple Quay Treasure Trail. It was packed with families enjoying the exhibits and pressing buttons to light up interactive displays.

I watched a little girl using a giant Etch A Sketch and another working out where she lived on an enormous map of Bristol laid out on the floor.

We also had a coffee and a toasted sandwich in the cafe and browsed in the shop. You could easily spend a lot longer than we did. A perfect place for a wet afternoon with children.

Things to do in Bristol - The M Shed Museum - Balloons
Things to do in Bristol - The M Shed Museum - Banksy

Bristol’s Claims to Fame

Upstairs, there is even more to capture the imagination. There is an original Banksy stencil of the grim reaper. The display takes pride of place on the first floor.

Also upstairs, there was masses of stuff to look at. One display I really liked was of props for a school play in 2009. There are loads of stories about real ordinary people that are fascinating. I loved it.

From street art to fine art, there were adorable collections of all sorts of things. My favourite was the model ships. I would defy anyone not to be enchanted.

Special Exhibitions

There is also a beautiful and sensitive exhibition about Bristol’s involvement with the slave trade. As of the time of writing (February 2018), there is currently the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the M Shed as well.

There is a suggested donation of £5, but no entrance fee. Parking is very close by and at the weekends is £4.50 for the whole day. The cafe was good and the toilets were clean.

What more could you ask for to entertain the whole family for a morning or afternoon. Apart from a Treasure Trail of course!

Things to do in Bristol - The M Shed Museum - Model Boats

Actually, Bristol's M Shed is perfect to do before or after one of the Treasure Trails that starts at the M Shed. The Bristol Harbourside one will take around an hour and a half. It is just right for younger families. The Redcliffe and Temple Quay Trail will take nearly 3 hours and is better for older families or couples.

12th February 2018

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Concorde – Something for Everyone – Things to do in Bristol

The newly-opened museum and home of the last Concorde ever to fly is called Aerospace Bristol. We went there recently and thoroughly enjoyed it.  If you are looking for things to do in Bristol, I can highly recommend it. It is a great afternoon out with family and friends.

Concorde - the aeroplane

Getting up close and personal with Concorde was a wonderful and memorable experience. We arrived, paid for our ‘boarding passes’ and were free then to wander around. We looked at the outside of the aeroplane before climbing the steps to board it. There were films being projected onto the outside of the fuselage. We sat and listened to voices of passengers describing their experiences of flying in it.

We learnt that Concorde was first thought about in the 50's, designed in the 60’s and most were built in the 70's. Although the maiden flight was 9th April 1969. The 'plane here at Aerospace Bristol was the last one ever flown into Bristol where it was built. The friend with us said she remembered standing on the downs. Everyone was  really emotional when the pilot dipped his wings to the crowds. That was on 26th November 2003.

Once inside, we were amazed at how tiny the cabin was. Although there seemed to be plenty of leg room! Being inside conjured up the glamor and excitement of international travel. 

Concorde - Something for Everyone - Things to do in Bristol - the aeroplane
Concorde - Something for Everyone - Things to do in Bristol - the exhibition

Concorde - the exhibition

The curators have done a great job with the exhibition about Concorde with displays of everything to do with the aeroplane. One little boy was particularly excited and kept calling “Daddy, come and look at this!”

In one corner of the gallery there is a mock up of being inside the cockpit of Concorde whilst in flight. The noise of the engines and the view from the flight deck make it incredibly atmospheric. Being in the museum I felt like I was now part of Concorde’s history.

Concorde certainly captures the imagination. In its day there was even Concorde wallpaper for little boys and girls' bedrooms!

And there's more

Having spent ages in the Concorde hanger, we had a quick cup of tea and a flapjack before heading into the other museum. This is full of all kinds of equipment, machinery and transportation with connections to Aerospace Bristol.

We got chatting to an engineer who had worked on nuclear missiles and warheads who was fascinating. It did mean though we only saw a small part of the exhibition.

It didn’t matter however, as the boarding pass / entry ticket is valid for 12 months. We plan to go back multiple times this year!

Concorde - Something for Everyone - Things to do in Bristol - and there's more...

If you are looking for something different to do and your children or you like aeroplanes, this is the place for a fascinating few hours. You could easily combine it with the Bristol Clifton Treasure Trail too, the start of which is only 20 minutes away by car.

15th January 2018

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