​Things to do in Bristol (for mostly free)?


Keeping yourself busy is always a good thing  and getting out and getting involved is key to making you feel good about your life.   Things like exercise, being outdoors and doing things with other people can all help improve your mental health.  Many Care Leavers say they have struggled with isolation and loneliness.

Below is a list of things that you can do in Bristol - many being free. 


Swimming at Everyone Active swimming pools (free for Care Leavers)


Arnolfini  www.arnolfini.org.uk



Bristol Museum & Art Gallery www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/bristol-museum-and-art-gallery


Bristol Zoo www.bristolzoo.org.uk


Red Lodge Museum - limited opening times see site www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/red-lodge-museum


St Mary Redcliffe Church www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

Clifton Suspension Bridge and Visitor Centre (Free tour of the bridge 3pm every Sat & Sun) www.cliftonbridge.org.uk/visit/visitor-centre 

Underfall Yard www.underfallyard.co.uk

St Werburghs City Farm - pop down to the farm and look at the animals at any time in daylight hours! www.swcityfarm.co.uk

Arnos Vale Cemetry and Visitor Centre arnosvale.org.uk



The Observatory and Cave £4 per Adult cliftonobservatory.com 

The Wills Building - Book a tour Sat £5 per adult  (best view of Bristol) visitbristol.co.uk/things-to-do/wills-memorial-building-tour-p1898843

M-Shed behind the scenes tours - pay what you think www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on/behind-the-scenes-tours

Various historic walks around Bristol by M-Shed historian - pay what you think www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/whats-on


Other opportunities:

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, learn new skills and get into the job market.  Check out www.do-it.org.uk for ideas or ask your PA for a referral to Step Together for some extra support.

CLUB is a fortnightly campaign group for care leavers where you can meet others, eat food and campaign about issues that affect your life.  Find us on Facebook. If you enjoy speaking out and getting involved Bristol City Council has a Care Leavers Ambassador whose role it is to ensure that your views are heard.  Contact your PA if you want to know more.  

Prince's Trust do lot of activities that you can get involved in that connects you to your community and helps you reach your aspirations   

Barnardo's befriending service: Do you need someone to talk to or help get to know the local area? Are you needing to get out more? Do you need a chance to practise your English? Support and encouragement to try new activities? Want to explore the city? You could get in touch with Barnardo's Befriending Service. For more information email Liz or call 0117 958 0320.