If you’re after some egg-citing family-friendly entertainment during the Easter holidays, Bristol has an egg-ceptional range of activities, events and attractions. Hatch your holiday plans with this lot...

Dyrham park easter

Image - Dyrham Park

Go on an egg (or duck, or fairy, or flamingo) trail…

No Easter holiday would be complete without a chocolate egg hunt and in Bristol you’re spoilt for choice. Bristol Zoo Gardens, Wild PlaceBristol CathedralBlaise CastleTyntesfield, Dyrham ParkAmerican Museum in Britain, Bowood House and Gardens, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Wookey Hole and Wapping Wharf are just some of the places putting on Easter trails.

For something a bit different, set off on an Easter flamingo trail round Bristol Shopping Quarter, find giant glow-in-the-dark eggs underground at Cheddar Gorge & Caves (24 Mar-8 April) or waddle over to WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre for Dusty’s Giant Easter Duck Hunt.

Cheddar Gorge glow in the dark eggs

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

Celebrate the life and legacy of Brunel

Be one of the first visitors to new museum Being Brunel (opening 23 March), located alongside one of his greatest achievements, the SS Great Britain. Being Brunel will provide visitors with an immersive experience revealing more about the life and engineering achievements of remarkable Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Kids will love climbing on board a rocking 1830s railway carriage to try and complete a drawing challenge. You can also ‘step inside Brunel’s mind’ with wrap-around sights, sounds and smells from extraordinary moments in his life, plus loads more! Or discover life as a Victorian sailor and climb the rigging with ‘Go Aloft!’ aboard Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

Being Brunel

Image - Mr Brunel at new museum, Being Brunel

Spy eggs and animals

Bristol Zoo Gardens will be eggs-ploding with with animal fun this Easter. Get cherubic faces painted at the Activity Centre, go on an Egg Discovery Trail and guess the animal eye as you travel around the zoo, learning about how the animal sees the world. There’s also eggcelent arts and crafts to take part in.

Have an Enchanted Easter

Embark on a magical journey helping the Easter bunny find his golden eggs with a little help from the fairies of Wild Place! Seek out hidden fairy homes while learning about the folklore of trees and hang wishes in a magic tree.

Unravel the mysteries of time

Discover a whole host of new activities and events at We The Curious, all designed around the theme of ‘The Passage of Time’ - asking questions about the changes we go through in life. Launching the weekend that the clocks go forward (24 March), it will feature ‘Notes on Blindness’ in The Box, Spring Stargazing in the Planetarium, Time Lab in Live Lab, and Memorials to Change in the Studio space.

Dig up the past

Heritage-lovers can have a blast at M Shed - take a train ride on Britain’s only dockside steam railway (24-25 March), explore the harbour aboard the world’s oldest steam tug or experience a working dockside crane (7-8 April). Over at Aerospace Bristol, step aboard Concorde Alpha Foxtrot - the last Concorde to be built and fly or head to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for fun with rocks! The museum is hosting a family geology day on 25 March, with story time, dinosaur dressing up, crafts and lots more.

Steam train m shed

Image - Steam train at M Shed, credit Carlos Blanco

Go dragon hunting

Berkeley Castle is expecting some very ‘roarsome’ guests this Easter with a dragon extravaganza! Look out for dragon babies, dragon puppetry, mystical dragon handlers and take part in a Chinese dragon procession (30 Mar-2 April). Wannabe knights and warriors can also learn 15th century sword fighting skills on 8 April.

dragon babies

Image - look out for mystical dragon handlers at Berkeley Castle

Get to know your greens  

Get to know the Brassica family in the Greenhouse at We The Curious  (24 Mar – 8 July). Explore their differences and discover how humans have changed the food that we eat over time.

Alternatively, kids can try their hands at baking cakes, bread, biscuits, quiches, pizza and puddings at The Saturday Baking Club at Cooking it! (24 March).

Greenhouse

Image - Greenhouse at We The Curious, credit Paul Blakemore

Go quackers for animals

At Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm you can decorate eggs for a Meerkat egg hunt, take part in Giant Egg Rolling and pet real bunnies (24 Mar - 14 April) - squeak! Or come face to face with some scarier animatronic creatures in Longleat’s new ‘Predators feature (24 Mar -3 Sept). Brave an encounter with a great white shark, a super-sized Venus flytrap and a sabre-toothed cat amongst other fearsome beasts.

Uncover Bristol’s chocolate-making heritage

Did you know the first ever Easter egg was created here? Head over to see M Shed’s permanent exhibit on local chocolatiers Fry’s to discover more. Be sure to stop off at Guilbert’s in the Old City, which has been hand-making chocolates in the city since 1910.  

Watch tales with hoppy endings

Tiny thespians are set to have a hoot at the theatre this Easter. CBeebies presenter Andy Day presents his brand new rock and roll band for kids in 'Andy and the Odd Socks' at Colston Hall. There’s silliness at The Wardrobe Theatre with Kid Carpet and The Noisy Animals (25 Mar-1 April), The Time Seekers (3-8 April) and Lego Beach (5-7 April). Over at Tobacco Factory Theatres, kids can marvel at The Amazing Bubble Man (8 April). See our What’s On page for more over Easter and beyond.

Take to the water 

Dive into Bristol Aquarium’s shark-themed programme of events (23 Mar - 15 April) with ‘jawsome’ activities every day - touch real sharks’ teeth and embark on a shark egg trail! Above water, take a fascinating boat tour of the city’s docks and beyond or catch Captain Barnacle’s Pirate Panto aboard The Matthew (4 and 6 April).

The Matthew

Image - The Matthew

See beautiful spring blooms

Get those walking boots at the ready for a walk at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum – now blossoming with bright rhododendrons and camellias and carpeted with beautiful wildflowers. There’s lots of family activities to get stuck into too, including a new Highway Rat Trail, Birt’s ‘I spy’ adventure and fun family arts and crafts activities (3-6 and 10-13 April).

Meanwhile, University of Bristol Botanic Garden are holding an Easter Sculpture Festival (30 March-2 April). Highlights include Dragon's egg planters, ghost flowers, stained glass masterpieces, stone flautists and graceful cranes.

Westonbirt

Image - Westonbirt Arboretum

Have fun at the fair

Funderworld, the UK's largest mobile theme park, takes over Durdham Downs (17 Mar-18 April). As well as the classic ghost trains, dodgems, and waltzers, there will be new and exhilarating rides to test your nerves!

Reload, Relive, Replay

Whether you’re a casual or professional gamer, a developer or just a fan, The Bristol Hippodrome will be transforming into a gaming hub for the very first time and promises to have something to appeal to all ages (30-31 March).

Get crafty at the Cathedral

Join Bristol Cathedral for their Kids Holiday Bonanza and a fun afternoon of Easter storytelling, music, games and craft (4 April).

Bristol Cathedral

Introduce little ears to the orchestra

Don’t miss the BrunelSinfonia family concert at the Victoria Rooms (24 Mar) - a fantastic introduction to the orchestra for children of all ages. Or join marvellous musicians for a whistle-stop tour of the woodwind section at MiniBeats – St George’s Wonderful woodwinds (25 Mar).

Have an egg-sponential day out

Puxton Park is hosting two weeks of Easter fun with Easter scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, face painting, magic shows, lambing and lots more!

Puxton park

Image - Puxton Park

  • For even more Easter ideas, check out our special Easter Events page.

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