Free activities available in our libraries during the summer holidays.

Summer Reading Challenge 6 July to 14 September 2024

Open to all primary school aged children, it’s free and fun.

Read any books you like (yes we really mean any books) and collect stickers and rewards. Some of the stickers are even stinky!

Join at any South Gloucestershire library listed below during staffed hours from Saturday 6 July and pick up your free activity bag. You can also take part at our pop-up community libraries at Severn Beach and Hawkesbury Upton.

Other activities

Other free activities on offer at our libraries include:

Mystery Makers
Step into a world of mystery with these clued-up crafts and activities.

Story Crafters
Fun crafts inspired by some of your favourite stories.

Junk Box Builders
Get creative in this junk box challenge. What will you build?

Puppetry Workshop with Tiny and Tall Productions
Award-winning theatre company Tiny and Tall Productions (The Detective Dog, The Anarchist’s Mobile Library, The Selfish Giant) will be inspiring a generation of marvellous makers with their fun and inclusive puppet-making workshops.

The workshops will begin with all children making their own humanoid puppet out of simple materials. In the final half an hour, Tiny and Tall puppeteers will show their beautiful professionally made puppets allowing the children to have a go with them and learning basic puppetry skills to bring their own puppet alive. 

Children attending must be 6 years or older and accompanied by an adult.  Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from1 July.

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Bradley Stoke Library

Mystery Makers
Thursday 25 July, 2pm to 3pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Puppetry Workshop
Monday 29 July 10.30am to midday
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Story Crafters
Monday 12 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Tuesday 20 August 10.30am to midday
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Cadbury Heath Library

Marvellous Inventions
Friday 26 July 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Friday 2 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Puppetry Workshop
Friday 9 August 2pm to 3.30pm
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from1 July.

Mystery Makers
Friday 16 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Story Crafters
Friday 23 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Grand Finale Craft Activity
Friday 30 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Chipping Sodbury Community Library

Puppetry Workshop
Tuesday 30 July 2pm to 3.30pm
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from1 July.

Downend Library

Puppetry Workshop
Monday 29 July 2pm to 3.30pm
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Mystery Makers
Monday 5 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Story Crafters
Monday 12 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Monday 19 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Emersons Green Library

Puppetry Workshop
Thursday 1 August 2pm to 3.30pm
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Mystery Makers
Tuesday 13 August 2pm to 3pm
Saturday 17 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Story Crafters
Tuesday 20 August 2pm to 3pm
Saturday 24 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Tuesday 27 August 2pm to 3pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Grand Finale Craft Activity
Tuesday 3 September 2pm to 3pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Filton Library

Puppetry Workshop
Wednesday 31 July 10.30am to midday
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Mystery Makers
Thursday 8 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Story Crafters
Wednesday 14 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Monday 19 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Hanham Library

Marvellous Inventions
Thursday 25 July 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Puppetry Workshop
Thursday 1 August 10.30am to midday
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Junk Box Builders
Thursday 8 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Mystery Makers
Thursday 15 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Story Crafters
Thursday 22 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Grand Finale Craft Activity
Thursday 29 August 10.30am to 11:30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Kingswood Library

Marvellous Inventions
Wednesday 24 July 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Puppetry Workshop
Wednesday 31 July 2pm to 3.30pm
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Junk Box Builders
Wednesday 7 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Mystery Makers
Wednesday 14 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Story Crafters
Wednesday 21 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Grand Finale Craft Activity
Wednesday 28 August 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Patchway Library

Mystery Makers
Wednesday 31 July 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Puppetry Workshop
Tuesday 6 August 10.30am to midday
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Story Crafters
Tuesday 13 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Wednesday 28 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Scholars Chase Library

Story Crafters
Thursday 1 August 10.30am to midday
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Puppetry Workshop
Thursday 8 August 10.30am to midday
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Staple Hill Library

Puppetry Workshop
Tuesday 30 July 10.30am to midday
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Mystery Makers
Tuesday 13 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Story Crafters
Tuesday 20 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Tuesday 27 August 10.30am to 11.30am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Thornbury Library

Mystery Makers
Wednesday 31 July 10.30am to midday
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Puppetry Workshop
Friday 2 August 10.30am to midday
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Story Crafters
Wednesday 14 August 10.30am to midday
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Wednesday 21 August 10.30am to midday
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Winterbourne Library

Mystery Makers
Friday 2 August 10am to 11am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Puppetry Workshop
Friday 9 August 10.30am to midday
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Story Crafters
Friday 16 August 10am to 11am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Friday 23 August 10am to 11am
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Grand Finale Craft Day
Friday 30 August 10am to 4pm
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Yate Library

Lego Club Challenge: Marvellous Makers
Friday 26 July 10.30am to 11.30am
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Mystery Makers
Tuesday 30 July 10.30am to midday
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Puppetry Workshop
Tuesday 6 August 2pm to 3.30pm
Places are limited for this activity. Book your tickets on Eventbrite from 1 July.

Story Crafters
Tuesday 13 August 10.30am to midday
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

Junk Box Builders
Thursday 22 August 10.30am to midday
Free drop in most suitable for primary school aged children.

The Summer Reading Challenge is for primary school aged children. Some libraries also continue Lego™ Club and activities for babies and young children throughout the summer holidays. Check our web page for details.

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