For families

Still from Howl's Moving Castle, directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Still from Howl's Moving Castle, directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Family films & activities

We offer a range of holiday cinema screenings of new film releases and family classics, plus fun opportunities to get creative with related activities for families, friends and children. 

And if you are the parent/carer of an under one year old you can see the latest releases with your baby in tow at a Cinébabies screening.


Upcoming Screenings

Little Women

 Classified 
Little Women
Tue 21 - Wed 22 Jan
Film
Writer/director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) returns with a fresh interpretation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved 1868 novel, the Civil War era story of the March sisters, four young women each determined to live life on their own terms - and the result is extraordinary.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

 Classified PG  Cinébabies
The Personal History of David Copperfield
Mon 27 Jan 11:00
Film
Master satirist (and avid Dickens fan) Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In The Loop, The Death of Stalin) brings David Copperfield fizzing to life with this gloriously frenetic, hilarious adaptation.

Parasite

 Classified 15  PS   Cinébabies
Parasite 
Mon 10 Feb 11:00
Film
From the imagination of Bong Joon-Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer, The Host), this must-see blackly comic thriller finds a family of grifters worming their way into an upper-class family’s perfect world.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

 Classified 15  S   Cinébabies
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Mon 2 March 11:00
Film
Winner of Best Screenplay and the Queer Palm at Cannes (where it received rave reviews and was widely considered the best film of the festival), Céline Sciamma’s striking fourth feature is an exquisite tale of female desire, hidden love, art, and the gaze.

Visiting Watershed as a family

Family friendly facilities

  • Customer lift to our first floor cinemas, Café & Bar and events spaces
  • Baby changing facilities are available:
    • in the cinema side female toilets
    • in the cinema side inclusive toilet
    • in both the male and female toilets through the Café & Bar
  • Inflatable booster seats for children in the cinemas, please ask any member of staff
  • High chairs in our Café & Bar

Full visit and access details

Family friendly food & drink

  • Our Café & Bar includes a Children's Menu (meals cost £5.00 - £6.00) with delicious, freshly prepared food.
  • Free tap water is available and all drinks can be taken into the cinemas
  • You can buy popcorn, snacks, drinks and sweets at our Box Office

Cinébabies

Baby friendly cinema screenings every Mondays at 11:00 am for parents/carers and children under 12 months, with dedicated buggy parking.

Cinébabies enables parents/carers to see the latest releases in the safe knowledge that their babies can cry, play and babble without worrying other cinema-goers.

Find out more about Cinébabies

What else is there for families in the area?

Photo of the exterior of Watershed in Bristol's harbourside

We are located on Bristol's historic Harbourside – perfect for strolling around. 

Free places to visit in the area include Arnolfini, MShed, The Architecture Centre, Bristol Cathedral and Bristol Museum & Gallery. Parks nearby include Queen's Square, College Green and Brandon Hill, which has a play park.

We are just a five to ten minute walk from the Central Library, St Nicholas' Market and the shops in Broadmead. The Bristol Aquarium and At-Bristol are located behind our building, on Millenium Square. The fountains in Millenium Square are a popular picnic spot for families – especially in warm weather.

Have a look at the Visit Bristol website for more information or ask at Box Office for a paper map of the city centre area.

Photo of a child with a clay model made at a Watershed family workshop

What's On For Families newsletter

Sign up to our What's on for families email list for notifications every month or so of upcoming films, events and activities for families.

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And there's more...

Photo of a boy wearing 3d glasses

Birthday Parties

Hire a cinema for a private screening or computer gaming. Find out more about Birthday Party hire.