Things To Do in Bristol When It’s Raining

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Bristol boasts plenty of fun days out for showery days

Ah, September. Summer is over, the skies have clouded over and school’s back in session. This is England, so the chances are that it’s going to rain solidly till May 2020. Luckily, Bristol is awash with activities to while away some wet afternoons, so you won’t end up stuck indoors each weekend for the next 6-months.


1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Much more than just a cinema, this venue is an exciting cultural hub for Bristol and beyond. It’s a social enterprise, registered charity and education centre, so you’ll no doubt find plenty of shower free activities to keep you busy. They have three cinemas screening both international renowned and relatively unknown art house films - all a far cry from the blockbusters showing at your local Vue. They also host a film festival (24 - 29 September 2019) and have heaps of events and talks in their Pervasive Media Studio. Topping it off nicely, you’ll also find a trendy café and bar!

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We the Curious

1 Millennium Square, Anchor Road, BS1 5DB

We, obviously, absolutely love We the Curious. This accessible museum and education centre offer families (and adults) the chance to enjoy some hands-on learning. Get involved with some crazy science experiments, ask the curious questions and (hopefully) leave with a wealth of knowledge under your belt. There’s loads to do here at We the Curious (including a planetarium), so a trip with the family is the ideal way to let the kids blow off some steam on a grey, rainy day.

Glenside Hospital Museum

Glenside Campus, The Chapel, Blackberry Hill, Bristol, BS16 1DD

Situated in a Grade II listed pub on the grounds of Bristol’s old psychiatric hospital, the Glenside Hospital Museum is a fascinating day out for history lovers. Previously called ‘The Bristol Lunatic Asylum’, the museum exhibition provides an interesting overview of treatment and care of people with mental illnesses from 1850 to the mid 1990s. Learn about residents and employees at the hospital throughout it’s time as a psychiatric hospital and it’s stint as a WWI war hospital.

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AirHop Trampoline Park

Patchway Trading Estate, Unit 5, Britannia Road, Bristol, BS34 5TA

Bristol is home to Europe’s biggest trampoline park, an impressively huge indoor playground with heaps of bounding fun. Bounce to your hearts content in the trampoline zones or head to the Dodgeball courts, Wipeout Zone, Battle Beams or the Slam Dunk Lanes! Everything’s inside so you won’t be rained off on this family day out, and hyperactive little ones can seriously blow off some steam on a Saturday afternoon. Expect a quiet house and a good night’s sleep after a busy day at AirHop!


The Lanes

22 Nelson Street, Bristol, BS1 2LE

Bowling is the perfect activity for kids and adults alike on a rainy afternoon, and The Lanes is a boutique bowling spot with diner and bar that makes it excellent for parties young and old. Grab some pizza and enjoy a round or two on the lanes, or perhaps head down in an evening and book out a karaoke room for up to 25 of your friends!