Here’s a fun fact for you - did you know the first ever Easter egg was made in Bristol? JS Fry of Bristol, the company which merged with Cadbury Ltd in 1919, produced the first chocolate eggs in 1873. So you see, we really are eggs-perts when it comes to chocolate and Easter. And that is exactly why you should outwit the Easter bunny and take your family hunting at one of the city’s eggs-cellent Easter egg trails. Here’s our pick of the best chocolate hunts in Bristol:

Taste chocolate festival

Visit Bristol - 'James'photo credit Taste Chocolate Festival

Taste Chocolate festival and Great Easter egg hunt

Following a phenomenal first year, Taste Chocolate festival is returning to Bristol Harbourside on 26th and 27th March. Featuring artisan chocolatiers, specialist food producers, delicious street food and cooking demonstrations, beautifully crafted chocolates, cakes, patisserie, fudge, churros, wine, donuts, beer, liqueurs, hot chocolate, a food and drink court with some of the city’s finest street food, Prosecco bar, craft ale bar as well as a fascinating History of Chocolate exhibition, and of course, chocolate Easter eggs! It’s safe to say you can satisfy every chocolate craving you could possibly summon!

Choccie lovers should also look out for the Great Easter Egg Hunt ahead of the festival in the run up to Easter weekend. From Friday 11th March, the Taste Chocolate festival team will be hiding artisan creations in 15 iconic locations across the city every day until Good Friday (25th March). Track down one egg per day, using clues shared via social media, then once discovered, the winner is required to state a secret password, also revealed on social media, in order to claim the bespoke egg.  Each egg also includes a unique code entitling the winner and up to three guests entry to the festival. In a Willy Wonka-esque twist, hidden in one very special egg there will be a Golden Ticket that will entitle one winner to a chocolate hamper, in addition to the egg they find on the day as well as tickets to the festival.  To follow the Egg Hunt, clues and updates can be found on twitter @TasteChocUK, instagram @taste.chocolate and Facebook –TasteChocolateBristol

When? 26th-27th March (Easter egg hunt from 11th March)

Taste Chocolate festival

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Easter zebra trail at Bristol Shopping Quarter

Visitors to Bristol Shopping Quarter this Easter will spot some stripey guests - 38 zebras designed by children from 38 local primary schools who will be hiding in the shops! Trail maps will be available from Specsavers in Merchant Street and from the New Room/John Wesley's Chapel. Children who find all the zebras, and collect the names of each one, will be entitled to a chocolate gift.

When? 25th Mar – 3rd April

Zebras Wild Place Bristol

Visit Bristol - photo credit, Wild Place Project

A Cracking Egg Hunt at Bristol Cathedral

Seek out the Easter eggs hidden in Bristol Cathedral to discover a secret Easter message throughout the Easter holidays. Families are invited to take part in A Cracking Egg Hunt within the stunning walls of the cathedral. All sorts of prizes are up for grabs, including a Real Easter Egg. Download the Cracking Egg Hunt on the Cathedral website or pick one up on the door.

Bristol Cathedral will host another Crafty Cathedral on the 30th March – fun free Easter-themed art and crafts activities as well as tours of the Cathedral for families.

Browse the Easter services taking place at the cathedral.

When? 28th March – 10th April

Bristol Cathedral

Visit Bristol - Bristol Cathedral, photo credit Graham Parish

The Best Easter Egg Hunt Ever! Stomping Story at Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale is one of Britain’s best examples of a Victorian garden cemetery, set in a leafy 45-acres, its grounds are dotted with classical buildings, historic monuments and sweeping drives. Join the little rabbit on an Easter Egg hunt with his friends. Along the way, he helps other animals to get their eggs, but he doesn't find one for himself. Instead, he discovers other treasures. Join in with the creatures and discover the eggs on the wooded trail and find out what other treasures nature will provide.

When? 30th March

Arnos vale cemetary

Visit Bristol - photo credit Arnos Vale Cemetary

Victorian Explorers Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt @ Tyntesfield

Do you and your brood fancy yourselves as super sleuths when it comes to solving clues and sniffing out chocolate? If so, then head over to Victorian country house and estate, Tyntesfield – once home to the adventure-loving, exotic object-collecting Gibbs family. Cadbury Easter Egg-hunters may find themselves hunting through daffodils for clues, or questing through woodland in aid of a yummy chocolate treat at the end of the hunt. There’ll also be face-painting, family games and crafts to fill the weekend with Easter fun as well as additional hunt dates from 29th March to 10th April.

There are also Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts hunts taking place at fellow National Trust’s Leigh Woods and Dyrham Park, which are both a short hop from Bristol.

When? 25 Mar– 17th April

Dyrham Park Easter

Visit Bristol - photo credit Dyrham Park

Noah’s Easter Eggstravaganza at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Forget the Easter bunny, the animals of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm have hidden the Easter eggs around the zoo – Easter elephants, tigers and giraffes to name a few! Track them all down to win a chocolatey prize.  The Zoo Farm is home to a huge soft play centre for kids should the weather be unreliable and there’ll also be some Easter-themed arts and crafts activities for youngsters.

When? 25th, 26th, 28th March

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Visit Bristol - photo credit Noah's Ark Zoo Farm

Easter Dragon Family Fun at Berkeley Castle

None other than King Henry VIII and his Queen, Anne Boleyn will re-open Berkeley Castle to the first visitors of 2016 on Good Friday with a dragon-themed Easter on the cards for all visitors. Newly hatched dragon babies, Chinese Dragon Parades and Dragon Tales in the Great Hall.  Energetic folk can search the remarkable castle grounds for dragon babies - there’ll be an Easter treat waiting for you once you’ve found them all!  In addition, there’ll be Easter-themed arts and crafts and The Mary Rose Museum pops up from Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard on Good Friday & Easter Saturday - handle artefacts from the ship, play Tudor games and discover how and why the Mary Rose sank in 1545.

When? 25th Mar – 6th April

Berkeley Castle dragon babies

Easter at The Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Fleet Air Arm Museum offers an exciting experience for the family to discover the history of Naval aviation. Get up close to Europe’s largest collection of Naval aircraft, try the award-winning Aircraft Carrier Experience where you’ll fly by helicopter to the flight deck of HMS Ark Royal, plus step on board the first British Concorde and see the cockpit first hand. This Easter, families are invited to help Penelope – a WW1 messenger pigeon, find her eggs which are hidden around the museum - follow their secret messages to seek them out and claim your Easter treat. Once you’ve snaffled the prize, design and make a parachute that will successfully land your chocolate egg!

When? 23rd March – 10th April

Tyntesfield Easter

Visit Bristol - Tyntesfield, photo credit Jennie Woodcock

There’s also heaps of other activities going on in the city over the Easter Weekend and Easter holidays including crafts, magic schools and all sorts of egg-themed events– take a look here.

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National Trust - Tyntesfield
Historic House/Palace
National Trust - Tyntesfield

At its heart Tyntesfield is a Victorian country house and estate, which serves as a backdrop to the remarkable story of four generations of the Gibbs family. Their tale charts the accumulation of wealth from the guano trade, transformation of a Georgian house to a Victorian Gothic masterpiece and the collection of over 50,000 objects.

Dyrham Park
Historic House/Palace
National Trust's Dyrham Park

A stunning National Trust property, set in 265 acres of ancient deerpark, built between 1691 and 1702 for William Blathwayt.