Bugs on Film

Please note: this season finished in Sept 2017
Bugs on Film

Calling all mini-beasts! Get your summer holidays started with a crawl into our fun family season celebrating all things miniature, as we get down amongst the undergrowth to explore the world of some of life’s tiniest creations – bugs.

From animated favourites like A Bug’s Life and Bee Movie to 80s classic fantasy adventure Honey I Shrunk The Kids, our packed season of films and events has something for family members, both big and small.

Plus, throughout August at our free book den, families will be able to wing their way over to our relaxed reading space in the Café/Bar, where you’ll find comfy seats, books about bugs in fact and fiction, colouring in and some fantastic (and free!) bug-themed workshops on Friday mornings throughout the month.

So swat away the holiday blues, make a bee-line for Watershed and join us for this swarm of family fun!

  • Checkout out our August podcast in which Roseanna Dias, Watershed's Engagement Project Coordinator discusses all things family and shares some of her highlights of the season.

Previous screenings & events in this Season

Coming nearly a decade after A Bug's Life, this hilarious animated comedy proved there's still plenty of buzz around computer-generated creepy-crawlies.

Read More - Bee Movie

Come and have some fun, whilst creating a miniature, hand-made bee hotel to provide habitat for solitary bees in your garden or allotment in this free family workshop.

Read More - Bee Hotel Making Workshop

Join us as we celebrate Disney’s 1951 version of Alice and Wonderland - Disney's animated, musical retelling of Lewis Carroll's whimsical tale - that features a whole host of weird and wonderful characters, including a certain grumpy caterpillar.

Read More - Alice In Wonderland

Let’s put the rainbow in reading – join us for our first ever Drag Queen Storytime, a fun, inclusive couple of hours for families with fabulous local Drag Queens Donna La Mode and Miss Cherry.

Read More - Drag Queen Story Time – Bugs!

Bugs, beasties and high octane adventure combine in this delightfully charming animated tale of trust, teamwork and friendship.

Read More - Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants

Join experienced artist duo Alice and Karen from Let’s Make Art for this fun, hands-on workshop in which you’ll decorate vinyls for your windows at home starring bejewelled bugs of all shapes and sizes.

Read More - Insect Vinyl Making Workshop

Mexican ant egg meatballs anyone? Danish pastries topped with crispy Japanese ants? This documentary explores the case that a plate full of maggots or thumb-sized grubs might one day make our mouths water.

Read More - Bugs

What would it be like to be the size of insects? Find out in this 80s classic fantasy adventure about a scientist father who accidentally shrinks his and two other neighbourhood teens down to miniscule size!

Read More - Honey I Shrunk The Kids

We invite you to join Fred McVittie from Cornish Edible Insects for a free insect tasting workshop in our Café/Bar – you never know you ‘mite’ just be in for a tasty treat.

Read More - Insect Tasting Workshop

Pixar’s epic animation of miniature proportions is a vivid retelling of Aesop’s fable The Ant and The Grasshopper, which follows an enthusiastic inventor ant as he travels to the city in search of help in order to protect his colony.

Read More - A Bug’s Life

Join Pervasive Media resident Becca Rose and artist Emma Powell in the Café/Bar for a morning of drawing and story creation, exploring the tiny creatures that live underground with a mixture of crafty activities and super cool technology.

Read More - Bugs Unplugged: A Making Workshop in Physical and Digital Storytelling

For those of you wanting to take things at a bit more of a snail’s pace, throughout August why not wing your way over to our bug themed book den - a relaxed reading space in our Café/Bar.

Read More - Bug Themed Book Den

Come and meet the education team from Bristol Zoo (and some mini beast friends!) to celebrate the launch of our Bugs on Film season.

Read More - Mini beasts and Me - Bristol Zoo Bugs