Family films, events and activities

Explore your creative side with Watershed

We have a range of films, events and activities for families, friends and children, including holiday activities, the Family Arts Festival, cinébabies and birthday parties.

Upcoming Screenings & Events

Lizzie  15   Cinébabies

Mon 17 Dec 11:00
Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart star in this gripping feminist interpretation of the 1892 Lizzie Borden murders.

Paddington  PG  

Fri 21 - Sun 30 Dec
Perennial children’s favourite and Peru’s furriest export Paddington Bear made his big screen debut in this amazing blend of live action and CGI, a great big bear hug of a film that's perfect for the whole family.

Paddington 2  PG  

Paddington 2
Fri 21 - Sun 30 Dec
Join us for this Christmas family treat as everyone’s favourite big hearted, marmalade loving, Peruvian bear returns with this triumphant sequel (a "full on charm offensive of a movie") to the 2014 smash hit.

A Star is Born  15   Cinébabies

A Star is Born
Mon 31 Dec 11:00
In this new take on the tragic love story, Bradley Cooper stars as seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling singer Ally (Lady Gaga).

Early Slapstick Animation  PG   Slapstick 2019

Early Mickey
Sat 19 Jan 09:30
In this event, Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman, will present some unusual gems from the early, magical days of animation – featuring a cast of cats, rabbits, and of course one very famous mouse.

Young Slapstick: Meet Charlie!  U   Slapstick 2019

Chaplin's The Kid: The Inside Story
Sat 19 Jan 11:30
Families and kids are invited to join film historian and Chaplin biographer David Robinson as he introduces the man with a funny walk, Charlie Chaplin, in this fun afternoon of chat and films, specially designed for under 12s. Delight as you discover why, a century on, Chaplin is still funny to audiences both old and young alike.

Activities for families

Holiday Activities

Join us for films that are suitable for the whole family during the school holidays. Where possible, our workshops and events are suitable for both adults and children, so each member of your group can get involved, get creative and enjoy making something together.

Family Arts Festival

Bristol's one and only festival created especially for families and children! Join us during October half-term as we team up with other Bristol arts organisations to bring you an exciting programme of events. Part of the national Family Arts Festival.

Young people taking part in activity for families at Watershed supports ArtsMark Award criteria.

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And there’s more...


A weekly film screening for parents/carers and children under 12 months on Mondays at 11:00. Find out more about Cinébabies.

Birthday Parties

Hire a cinema for a private screening or computer gaming. Find out more about our Children's Birthday Party packages.