Bristol Family Arts Festival

The Bristol Family Arts Festival is the only festival in the city dedicated to families. It is coordinated by Arnolfini in partnership with the Architecture Centre and other cultural organisations.

The Bristol Family Arts Festival is a city-wide celebration of creativity – the perfect opportunity for families of all ages to get creative together.

Over 5,000 family members took part in the 2016 festival, through 60 events across a range of disciplines including visual arts, theatre, dance, animation, heritage, design and music.

The Architecture Centre is an active partner in the Bristol Family Arts network. As well as running events at the Centre and with our neighbours Arnolfini, we have since 2015 taken a lead on community outreach events in neighbourhoods such as Easton, Lawrence Weston, Hartcliffe and Knowle West.

Continuing this commitment to diversity, in 2017 the Architecture Centre, Arnolfini and Watershed are developing an accessible and inclusive festival programme through a year-long events series with community libraries in East Bristol.

The Bristol Family Arts Festival is part of the Family Arts Festival, which takes place nationwide every October. Coordinated by the Family Arts Campaign, it is supported by Arts Council England, with the aim to develop the range and quality of arts events and activities available to families.

Keep up to date with upcoming festival events through the facebook page:

Bristol Family Arts Facebook page


The Bristol Festival is part of the national Family Arts Festival which has seen 2,090 arts organisations programming 13,000 family events and activities throughout the last four years and positively impacting 1.7 million family members across the UK (familyartsfestival.com).

The Bristol Family Arts Festival is coordinated by Arnolfini in partnership with the Architecture Centre, Arnolfini, Bristol Cathedral, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed, Blaise Castle House Museum, Bristol Old Vic, Brunel’s ss Great Britain, Children’s Scrapstore, Churches Conservation Trust, National Trust Tyntesfield, the Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Spike Island, St George’s Bristol, Tobacco Factory Theatres, and Watershed.