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Bristol is choc-a-block with Easter Entertainment


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Bristol is bracing itself for an exciting line-up of events over the Easter break, the highlight of which will be the city’s first ever Chocolate Festival taking place on Bristol's Harbourside. Other highlights include the addition of a new 60-metre observation wheel, two world-class museum exhibitions and some egg-citing family fun at other local attractions.

Bristol Chocolate Festival

Events and activities taking place in Bristol over the Easter holidays include:

The Chocolate Festival

Bristol’s Harbourside will become a chocolate lover’s paradise over the Easter holidays, with a selection of stands selling and showcasing chocolate in all its forms at Bristol's first-ever Chocolate Festival. There will be family-friendly activities including an Easter Egg Trail as well as live acoustic music and special chocolate-themed offers from many Harbourside attractions. The free event has already become a local favourite in London, Oxford and Brighton, and its debut in Bristol is expected to be a popular feature over the Easter weekend.         

  • Location: Cascade Steps- St Augustines Parade, Bristol, BS1 4UZ
    Tel: 0906 711 2191 (Bristol Tourist Information Centre- calls cost 50p per minute plus network extras)
    Dates: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April 2012 (Open 10am-6pm daily)
    Cost: Free admission  

The Bristol Wheel

New to Bristol this spring is a 60-metre observation wheel right in the city centre. The giant wheel offers spectacular panoramic views of the city and beyond. The Bristol Wheel is the largest observation wheel to visit the South West and features 40 pods including one special VIP capsule. Each pod seats up to six people and is fully enclosed to offer a comfortable journey into the sky, making it a weather-proof activity for all the family.

  • Location: The Podium- Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3XD
    Tel: 0906 711 2191 (Bristol Tourist Information Centre- calls cost 50p per minute plus network extras)
    Dates: Through 8 May 2012 (Open from 10am until 8pm, Sunday to Thursday and from 10am to 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays).
    Cost: Adult £6; Concession £5; Children £4                           

Brunel's ss Great Britain and Victorian fun

Step back in time aboard Brunel's ss Great Britain this Easter and enjoy some sensational family fun. Enjoy Flash, bang wallop!  where you can smile for the Victorian camera, dress up in stovepipe hats, or try bonnets and bustles for Victorian-style pictures. Visitors can also enjoy Travellers’ Trails for children, inspired by a boy’s trunk and unofficial ship’s guide. The kids will also love to meet Mr Brunel, Britain's greatest engineer on select dates.

  • Location: Brunel's ss Great Britain- Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY
    Tel: 0117 926 0680
    Dates: 31 March through 15 April (Mr Brunel not appearing 4, 5, 11 & 15 March)
    Cost: Adult £12.50; Child (aged 4 and under) FREE; Child (17 and under) £6.25; Concession (aged 60 and over, unemployed, student - with ID) £9.95; Various family ticket prices available, see website. 

Golden Egg Hunt at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Take part in Bristol Zoo’s free golden egg hunt with 10 golden eggs hidden around the Zoo for visitors to find. Children who complete the trail will receive a tasty treat. Over the Easter weekend (6 through 9 April) visitors can also meet Bristol Zoo’s mascot, Larry the Lemur.

  • Location: Bristol Zoo Gardens- Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 3HA
    Tel: 0117 974 7300
    Dates: 31 March through 22 April 2012
    Cost: Golden egg hunt is free. Admission prices are: Adult £14.50; Child (aged 3 to 14) £8.75; Child (under 3) FREE; Concession (15-18 yrs, student, senior citizen, disabled adult) £12.50; 2 adults & 2 children £42. (Note: prices include gift aid. See website for non gift aid prices). 

Easter Challenge at Westonbirt Arboretum

Complete Westonbirt’s Easter Challenge and follow a trail of clues around the arboretum to discover 'sweet stories' about trees, explore the early signs of spring and solve the spring riddle for a sweet reward. Create a spring mask, magic wool flowers and make an Easter card for someone special.

  • Location: Westonbirt Arboretum- Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS
    Tel: 0166 688 0220
    Dates: 3 through 6 April 2012 (10:30am to 3:30pm)
    Cost: Adult £8; Concession £7; Children (aged 5 and older) £3.

Easter trail in Dr Jenner's House & Garden

Follow the Easter trail around the Dr. Jenner's House & Garden and win yourself a chocolate egg! The trail is included in standard admission price.

  • Location: Dr Jenner's House & Garden- Church Lane, Berkeley, Glos, GL13 9BN
    Tel: 0145 381 0631
    Dates: 8 and 9 April 2012 from 12:00pm until 5:30pm
    Cost: Adult £6.00; Concession £5.00; FREE admission to carers accompanying wheel chair users; Children £3.50; Children admitted FREE aged 0-5; Families £14.00.

Easter celebration at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

For a fun-filled family day out, follow the Easter Egg Trail at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm on Saturday 7 April to find a chocolate treat.  Visitors can also join the egg and spoon race and get creative by making fun Easter crafts.

  • Location: Noah's Ark Zoo Farm- Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1PG
    Tel: 0127 585 2606
    Dates: Saturday 7 April 2012
    Cost: Children (under 2) FREE; Children (aged 2-16) £9.50; Adult £12.50; Concession £11.50; Late entry (after 3:30pm) £5; Various family pricing available (see website). 

Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

Enjoy a free day out at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery over the Easter holidays. The museum is hosting a tour of ten of Leonardo da Vinci's finest drawings from the Royal Collection. The exhibition forms part of the celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2012. These drawings have been selected from the unparalleled holdings of the Royal Library to reflect the whole range of Leonardo's activities.

  • Location: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery- Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1RL
    Tel: 0117 922 3571
    Dates: Through 10 June 2012
    Cost: Free admission 

Norman Parkinson: An Eye for Fashion

There is still time to visit this popular photographic exhibition at M Shed. Showcasing vintage fashion photography by Norman Parkinson, one of Britian's most significant portrait and fashion photographers of the 20th century, the portfolio represents the British fashion designers who laid the foundations for today's fashion industry.

  • Location: M Shed- Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN
    Tel: 0117 352 6600
    Dates: Through 15 April 2012
    Cost: £5/£4 

The Wurzels at The Fleece

Capture the true West Country spirit in Bristol by watching The Wurzels live at The Fleece. Best known for its 1976 number one hit The Combine Harvester, this much-loved band has a history stretching nearly 40 years and has recently released a new single “One for the Bristol City”.

  • Location: The Fleece- St Thomas Street, Bristol, BS1 6JJ
    Tel: 08444 771 000
    Dates: Saturday 7 April 2012 at 7:30pm
    Cost: Tickets are £15 in advance 

Shop, dine, and be entertained

Bristol’s city centre shopping area is the place to be for friends, couples and families looking to indulge in retail therapy and spring shopping over the Easter break. With nearly 500 stores, two separate covered shopping centres, more than 50 cafes and restaurants, and easy access and parking, Bristol’s city centre offers the biggest and best choice of shopping in the South West. Cabot Circus, which boasts the region’s only Harvey Nichols and a fantastic range of al fresco dining options, also features a Showcase Cinema de Lux with 13 screens and 3,000 seats.

For more information, visitors can contact Bristol’s tourist information centre on 0906 711 2191 (calls charged at 50p per minute plus network extras) or email

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