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 Events & Screenings

Make Your Own Christmas Decoration Festive Family Workshop
Sat 14 Dec 10:00
Workshop
There'll be swans-a-swimming and lords-a-leaping in our Café & Bar this Christmas as we welcome children and their families to join Bristol-based independent arts organisation Let’s Make Art for the chance to make not one, but two beautiful festive-themed decorations!

Elf

 Classified PG 
Elf
Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec
Film
A treat to put the jingle bells on your Christmas: cult classic Elf, starring Will Ferrell as the man raised by Santa's elves returning to New York to find his biological father.

Relaxed Screening: Elf

 Classified PG 
Relaxed Screening: Elf
Sat 14 Dec 12:50
Film
Join us for a relaxed screening of Elf. These screenings are designed to benefit our customers with additional needs (such as people living with dementia, autism, or other neuro-diverse people and their personal assistants, friends and family) or anyone who wants to enjoy a film in a more relaxed environment.

Aquarela

 Classified PG  Cinébabies
Aquarela
Mon 16 Dec 11:00
Film
From epic waves to shattering ice lakes, filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky dives into the magnificent and terrifying beauty of water in this ravishing visual feast of a documentary.
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Fri 20 Dec - Thu 2 Jan
Film
This dizzyingly inventive sequel from Bristol’s very own Aardman Animations takes our favourite woolly hero and plunges him into a hilarious intergalactic adventure he will need to use all of his cheekiness and heart to work his way out of.

Calamity Jane (singalong)

 Classified  December Musical Brunches
Calamity Jane (singalong)
Sun 22 Dec 12:00
Film
Dust off your Stetson and polish those cowboy boots - Calamity Jane is back, this time with a dazzling digital restoration and a sing-a-long screening.

Joker

 Classified 15  Cinébabies
Joker
Mon 23 Dec 11:00
Film
Shocking in its originality and intensity, Todd Phillips' standalone origin story of the iconic arch-nemesis demands to be seen if only for Joaquin Pheonix’s unsettling and mesmerisingly physical portrayal of the villain we thought we knew – one of this year’s best performances.

Relaxed Screening: Little Women

 Classified PG 
Relaxed Screening: Little Women
Sun 29 Dec 11:00
Film
Join us for a relaxed screening of Little Women. These screenings are designed to benefit our customers with additional needs (such as people living with dementia, autism, or other neuro-diverse people and their personal assistants, friends and family) or anyone who wants to enjoy a film in a more relaxed environment.

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.

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.