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

Singin' in the Rain  U   Half Term Musical Magic

Singin' in the Rain
Sat 26 - Tue 29 Oct
One of the most-loved and celebrated film musicals of all time, Singin’ in the Rain came at a time when Hollywood was making the difficult transition from silent film production to sound.

Chained for Life  15   Cinébabies

Chained for Life
Mon 28 Oct 11:00
Director Aaron Schimberg's multi-layered, darkly comic film-within-a-film examines the treatment of disability on screen and on set.

Top Hat   U   Half Term Musical Magic

Top Hat 
Wed 30 - Thu 31 Oct
More than 80 years since the American romantic comedy first screened, Top Hat remains one of the best of the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals.

Shake It Up! Instrument Workshop Half Term Musical Magic

Shake it up!
Fri 1 Nov 09:30
We've teamed up with Bristol based artists Alice and Karen from Let’s Make Art for a FREE and interactive, percussive workshop.

Tutti Frutti Hat Workshop Half Term Musical Magic

Tutti Fruitti Hat Workshop
Fri 1 Nov 10:15
Get fruity and transform yourself into Carmen Miranda in this FREE and fabulous hat-making workshop.

The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long  PG   Half Term Musical Magic

The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long
Fri 1 - Sun 3 Nov
One of the most successful musical films of all time, Hugh Jackman leads an all-star, all-singing and all-dancing cast in this original film.

Elf  PG  

Sat 14 - Sun 15 Dec
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.

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

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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.