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 & Events

Early Man  PG   Prehistoric Family Adventures

Early Man
Today at 13:00 (AD)
To celebrate the brilliant Aardman: Animating Early Man exhibition by our friends at M Shed, join us for some family screenings of this hilarious prehistoric adventure of mammoth proportions

King Kong  PG   Prehistoric Family Adventures

King Kong
Fri 23 - Sun 25 Aug
A beast of stop-motion filmmaking that’s still demanding our attention, join us for the original, the one, the only, King Kong. Full of iconic moments and one of the greatest endings in cinema history, this monstrous outpouring of creative energy remains indispensable family entertainment.

Hail Satan?  15   Cinébabies

Hail Satan?
Mon 26 Aug 11:00
Acclaimed director Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon) returns with her take on the extraordinary rise of one of the most colourful and controversial religious movements in American history - the Satanic Temple.

The Land Before Time  U   Prehistoric Family Adventures

The Land Before Time
Mon 26 - Thu 29 Aug
One of the most popular animated films of all time and one of the most powerful meditations on childhood bereavement in any family film, Don Bluth’s 1988 animated classic remains as moving and unmissable as ever.

Taking Things Apart (and making something new!) Studio Family Workshops

Taking Things Apart (and making something new!)
Fri 30 Aug 10:00, 13:00
Join Studio residents Mufti Games for a free family workshop where we will take apart gadgets and everyday household items and use the components to make 2D pictures and 3D sculptures, creating strange creatures and weird machines that you can take home.

Jurassic Park  PG   Prehistoric Family Adventures

Jurassic Park
Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sept
Quite simply one of the greatest blockbusters of all time, witness Steven Spielberg's eye-popping, mind-bending, action-packed thrill ride on the big screen as humans come up against prehistoric predators in the ultimate battle for survival.

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


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.