AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, the school holidays are here! Whether that’s a scream of excitement (kids) or fear (parents), we’ve found some great events and activities to keep little lambs of all ages entertained this Easter...  

Image - Find glow-in-the-dark eggs underground at Cheddar Gorge & Caves 

Go on an egg (or duck, or elephant) trail…

No Easter holiday would be complete without a chocolate egg hunt and in Bristol you’re spoilt for choice. Bristol Cathedral, Arnos Vale, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Blaise Castle, Tyntesfield and No. 4 Clifton Village are just some of the places putting on Easter egg trails – check out our special Easter Events page for details.

For something a bit different, embark on an Easter elephant trail round Bristol Shopping Quarter, find giant glow-in-the-dark eggs underground at Cheddar Gorge & Caves (8-23 April) or waddle over to WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre for Dusty’s Giant Easter Duck Hunt.

Meet the royals

Berkeley Castle’s expecting some very grand guests this Easter: Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn, no less. Also look out for medieval falconry displays, sword fighting shows and a Chinese dragon procession (from 9 April).

Image - Zara's Chocolate's cactus creations for the Taste Chocolate Festival

Get sticky fingers

For starters, head to the Taste Chocolate Festival (15-16 April) where you can watch incredible demos in the Chocolate Theatre, try yummy tastings from local chocolatiers and bag yourself a Divine chocolate egg if you complete the Old City Treasure Hunt.

If you’re still hungry to learn more about Bristol’s chocolate making heritage (did you know the first ever Easter egg was created here?), then head over to see M Shed’s permanent exhibit and also stop off at Guilbert’s, which has been hand-making chocolates in the city since 1910.  

Discover 3D printing  

At-Bristol Science Centre is opening its 3D Print Lab in time for the Easter holidays (8-23 April). See 3D objects printed, find out what the future holds for the incredible technology and even have a go with a 3D printing pen yourself!

Image - Meet a red panda cub at Bristol Zoo! 

Go goo-goo over baby animals

Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project have both had some adorable new arrivals in recent months, which you can read about here (red panda alert). Bristol Zoo will also be putting on an Eggstravaganza to remember, with egg trails and crafts, while at Wild Place you can have an Enchanted Easter, with their magical fairy door trail and wishing tree. And at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm you can pet real bunnies (1-22 April) - squeak!

Dig up the past

New exhibition ‘Skeletons: Our Buried Bones’ opens at M Shed on 8 April – amateur archaeologists can search for hidden clues to uncover the history of the ancient findings. And there’s still time to see the stash of dazzling Saxon gold on display at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery's ‘Warrior Treasures’ exhibition (until 23 April).

Act up

Tiny thespians are set to have a hoot at the theatre this spring. At The Wardrobe Theatre there’s enchanting Dartmoor yarn, 'The Pixie’s Scarf' (10-16 April) and other-worldly 'Tales in the Attic – By Day' (18-23 April). Over at Tobacco Factory Theatres kids can take an acting or stand-up comedy workshop, or on 23 April, sit back and enjoy The Amazing Bubble Man. See our What’s On page for more over Easter and beyond.

Image - Learn about octopuses and other deep-water creatures at Bristol Aquarium's submarine-themed Easter 

Take to the water 

Dive into Bristol Aquarium’s submarine-themed programme of events (8-23 April) including talks, feeds and plenty of hands-on activities. Above water, take a fascinating boat tour of the city’s docks and beyond or catch Captain Barnacle’s Pirate Panto aboard The Matthew (13 & 21 April and 1 June).

Celebrate Brunel’s birthday

Step aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain (9 April) for a selfie with the great engineer himself – you can even make him a 211th birthday card. Plus there’ll be an Easter Animal Trail and storytelling. Alternatively take a scenic stroll across another of his creations, the magnificent Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Image - Spring blooms at Westonbirt. Credit - Rob Cousins 

See beautiful spring blooms

Get those walking boots at the ready for a walk at Westonbirt arboretum – now blossoming with pretty pink and white flowers. There’s lots of family activities to get stuck into too, including a Woodland Wildlife Trail where you’ll learn about all the creatures that live amid the trees.

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Much more than a fascinating building, being a fine example of a hall church, it is a centre of Bristol's history, civic life and culture.

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Unique mansion that houses some stunning period costumes and everyday Victorian objects, including model trains, dolls and toys

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National Trust Victorian Gothic house, gardens, woodland, 3 play areas, 2 cafes, and shop...Phew! And all on Bristol's doorstep. Open every day.

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Home to hundreds of shops, from high street favourites to independent boutiques, plus great restaurants, cinemas and bars.

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Guilbert’s - the only remaining chocolate maker in the city of Bristol. 100 years of hand-crafting chocolates, luxury gift collections and a selection of your own choice available in store.

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Twelve human skeletons from Bristol and London, each with a unique story to tell.

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Children will have the opportunity to create spring theme crafts including flower sewing cards and blossom printing, and solve riddles on the family trail for a sweet reward.