For families

Promotional photo of Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, screening Sat 17 Feb as part of Slapstick 2024.

Family films & activities

We offer a range of cinema screenings of new film releases and family classics. Plus fun opportunities to get creative with 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 at a Cinébabies screening.

Upcoming Family Screenings & Events

Chicken Run: Dawn Of The Nugget
Fri 8 - Sat 23 Dec

From our local very own animation studio Aardman comes the sequel to the highest-grossing stop-motion animated film of all time.

Neil Brand's Silent Comedy Triple Bill
Sun 17 Dec 14:00

The three greatest silent comedians come together for one awesome show presented by piano dynamo and much-loved broadcaster Neil Brand.

Family Snowbot Building Workshop
Wed 20 - Thu 21 Dec

Join us for a free family creative technology workshop during the school holidays to build a dancing snowperson robot - aka snowbot!


classified PG Festive Films
Relaxed Screening: Elf
Thu 21 - Sat 23 Dec

We have a treat for you that will put the jingle bells on your Christmas: it's cult classic Elf, on the big screen!

It's A Wonderful Life

classified U Festive Films
It's A Wonderful Life
Fri 22 - Sat 23 Dec

Frank Capra’s Dickensian classic is a timeless story of redemption and hope that is an absolute treasure.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
Sat 17 Feb 09:45

A fun-for-all-the-family screening of comedy horror masterpiece of one of the USA’s most popular Slapstick comedy double acts.

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, 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 We The Curious are located behind our building, on Millennium Square. The fountains in Millennium 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.

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Birthday Parties

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