Spring is on the scene, Easter is nearly upon us and Bristol is bursting with fantastic things to do, from chocolate tasting to twilight zoo tours…

Image - Try Adam's Raw Chocolate at Taste Chocolate Festival 

Indulge your sweet tooth at Taste Chocolate Festival

What better way to spend the Easter weekend (15-16 April) in Bristol – where the world’s first Easter egg was made - than surrounded by all kinds of dreamy chocolates? Don’t miss the festival’s Chocolate Theatre, where you can watch some of the finest chocolatiers in the South West craft their delectable treats, or the Taste Chocolate Easter Treasure Hunt, which guides you round the Old City with tales of Bristol's rich chocolate-making past. 

Take a tour of Twilight World at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Follow one of Bristol Zoo’s expert rangers into the mysterious Twilight World to observe curious creatures from sand cats to slow lorises. Atmospheric natural habitats, including a dusky desert and a nocturnal forest, have been recreated with appropriate light, sound and smell. Until 7 April.

Image - Jerk pork belly dish at Calypso Kitchen 

Wrap your chops round a Caribbean wrap at Calypso Kitchen

Bristol’s well-known Biblos boys – picked by Banksy to cater at Dismaland – are back with a new venture at Wapping Wharf (opening last week of March). Their Middle Eastern and Caribbean menu is inspired by their roots as well as long-cherished family recipes. 

Check out the new revamped No. 1 Harbourside 

Fresh from a spring spruce-up, the Harbourside venue has a new seasonal menu (they've won awards for their locally-sourced flexitarian fare), including a new nutritious kids menu, launching 1 April. Also keep your eyes and ears peeled for art exhibitions and almost nightly gigs celebrating the best of Bristol's creative talent. 

Image - Explore the exhibits at At-Bristol Science Centre After Hours

Explore At-Bristol Science Centre After Hours

At-Bristol’s Science Centre's popular adults-only nights are back, starting 27 April. Get yourself a drink and explore the science centre’s hands-on exhibits plus some special super hero themed activities - and yes, there will be costumes! You can also check out the new Spring Stargazing show in their 3D planetarium and local artist Luke Jerram’s stunning Glass Microbiology sculptures. 

Marvel at an all-male ballet at Bristol Old Vic

The 10-strong BalletBoyz are bringing their latest show Life to Bristol's prestigious Old Vic from 1-2 April. The combination of their powerful dance performance and a moving musical score promise to leave audiences questioning the very nature of existence.

Wash your wellies at Bristol Aquarium

Wendy’s Welly Wash Weekend (1-2 April) at Bristol Aquarium is the perfect opportunity for the kiddies to pull on their fave rubber boots (will it be the Gruffalo pair or the snazzy rainbow-striped ones?) and learn all about the little beasties that can be spread with every tread.  

Image - Be entertained by The Ceili during the Captain's Dinner at Brunel's SS Great Britain 

Sit down to a Captain's Dinner at Brunel's SS Great Britain

First class passengers alight for an evening of fine dining and entertainment on board Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s magnificent ship. During this special evening on 28 April, you’ll learn about the SS Great Britain’s adventures in Ireland in 1847, hear Celtic music by Bristol band The Ceili, and enjoy a three-course Irish feast.

Wear your best swirly dress for Bristol Swing Festival

Learn some new jazz steps or have a go at circus skills during this colourful four-day festival (14-17 April). The jolly vintage jamboree culminates in a tea dance accompanied by aerial cabaret.

Dine on six courses by a top guest chef at The Pony & Trap

Josh Eggleton at The Pony & Trap is preparing to host eight of the UK’s top chefs, each for one night only, beginning with Michael Bremner on 25 April. Hurry up and book though – places will be devoured fast.

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Guest chef evenings at The Pony & Trap

The Pony & Trap is to welcome some of the UK's most talented chefs, teaming up with Josh Eggleton at a series of unique events to co-curate six-course tasting menus, each being offered for one night only.