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Seven spots for crafty Bristol kids

My girl has got so into her drawing, painting and craft in the past few weeks, and I’m absolutely loving the results. It’s something I enjoy too, so we’re having some really happy times at the moment. I thought I’d showcase some of the best crafty spots and places to doodle and draw.

The Royal West of England Academy (RWA)

The RWA, at the top of the Triangle, is beautiful, welcomes families, showcases traditional and contemporary art, and, Papadeli, the gorgeous cafe, is a great place to treat the kids to a hot chocolate. The RWA Scribble and Sketch sessions for kids are ace. Plus, as a weekend bonus, it’s open on a Sunday.

Let’s Make Art

This wonderful Bristol collective of superwomen on an arty mission provides classes, parties, events and after school activities of the arts and crafts variety. Their Facebook page will give you details of the schedules, but they also share other local events which might also be of interest.


Craftisan is part glorious cavern of craft supply and part delicious cafe. It’s a hugely welcome addition to the Wells Road and runs wonderful workshops for adults and families alike. What’s not to love?

As well as the coffee and cake being absolutely worth a visit for a meet up with friends with kids, the lovely Craftisan folks have a permanent table of fun set up for visiting children, who can sketch, paint, glue and sew away in the corner. It’s a great place to go just to get on with your own craft project, in peace and quiet, too. Check out Colourful Minds which runs lots of the workshops there, and Happymess which runs some more, and also a separate Friday fun session in Windmill Hill.

Spike Island

Another vibrant, original, good humoured Bristol arts space in a great location, Spike Island is one of my favourites. Each month they have the I Am Making Art event, which is on a Saturday afternoon (hooray for afternoon events, why can’t more venues have them?) and is for all the family.

The cafe at Spike Island is great, the arts spaces have some interesting and accessible shows in all mediums, and you’re a stone’s throw from Wapping Wharf.

Play Hooray

This is more for you to do at home, or out and about yourselves, but, you must check out Play Hooray. Play Hooray is more than enough inspiration for your arts, crafts and play. They provide play prompts, little squares of brilliance which give you ideas for creating or making with your kids.

We love ours, and there are lots of different themed prompt packs. They make absolutely awesome gifts, and ours is a lifesaver when I’m out of ideas.

The Arnolfini

The Arnolfini brings back some really happy memories for me, of meeting friends and seeing some great exhibitions. They have some really wonderful things for children, you should check out the We Are Family free events series.

What’s attracting me at the moment is the Bring Your Baby Tour series – guided walks round the latest exhibitions specially for parents with babies in slings. For three quid. Amazing.

Where do you go for your crafty kicks?

Children’s Scrapstore Bristol

Craftier than a spacecraft of crafty foxes, Scrapstore is utterly brilliant and I won’t have it said otherwise. Their events are amazing and their creativity with junk is endless. All Bristol kids should go there at least once.

Plus, I saw Andy off of CBeebies there singing his songs and he was incredible.

Where do you guys go for your crafty fixes?
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  1. Anna Anna

    Thanks for the ideas, I’ve just booked on to the I Make Art session at Spike for Saturday ?

  2. Kidcraft that happens 10-11.30am every Thursday at Zion, Bedminster Down. A range of open-ended craft options every week all connected loosely to a story which is then read to the children at the end of the session. The sessions also encourage creative and imaginative play by installing props, costumes or other elements in the room so once they are finished crafting the creativity doesn’t have to stop.

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