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