If you’re after some egg-citing entertainment during the Easter holidays, Bristol has an egg-cellent range of activities, events and attractions. Hatch your holiday plans with these cracking things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019... 

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Egg hunts and trails: 

Egg-citing Easter Trail at Wapping Wharf (8-26 April, egg-scluding Easter Sunday)

Collect activity sheets from The Bristol Cheesemonger (or Better Food on Mondays), and hunt for brightly-coloured eggs in the windows of Wapping Wharf's eclectic mix of independent businesses. Crack the code to spell out an Easter-themed sentence and a reward awaits for your hard work! 

Cracking things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - Wapping Wharf, credit Jon Craig

Big Bear Sculpture Trail at Wild Place (6-28 April)

Not an egg hunt as such, rather seeking out giant bears! There are 20 six foot tall, bold and beautiful hand-painted bear sculptures hidden around Wild Place Project this Easter. Use your discovery map to complete four mini trails.

The Calmer Llama Trail in Bristol Shopping Quarter (6-22 April)

Beady eyes can take on Bristol Shopping Quarter’s Easter trail, when 52 Calmer Llamas decorated by local schools and youth groups will be hiding in the shops. Set off in search of the llamas, dotted around Broadmead, The Arcade, The Galleries, and Cabot Circus using trail maps (available from The New Room, Specsavers on Merchant Street, Barber Browns on Bond Street and Cabot Circus the information desk). 

Eggs-tra activities will run at The New Room throughout the Easter holidays, including a ‘Calmer Llama celebration week’ when all the llamas will be displayed in The New Room for one week.  

The Gibbs Family Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at Tyntesfield (6-22 April) 

Discover more about the family of William Gibbs, who lived at Tyntesfield during the 1800s, and have a go at Victorian activities (such as speaking Spanish, cup and ball, and quoits). Plus, there's a tasty treat waiting for you at the end! 

The Giants Easter Hunt at The Clifton Observatory (8-22 April)

Explore the Camera Obscura and the Giants Cave searching for clues that will lead you to an Easter surprise.

Easter Eggstravaganza and Dragons at Berkeley Castle (19-22 April) 

Berkeley Castle is egg-specting some ‘roarsome’ guests this Easter with a dragon eggstravaganza! Look out for dragon babies, dragon puppetry, mystical dragon handlers, dragon face painting and take part in a Chinese dragon procession. And don’t miss the Easter hunt to find the eggs and bunnies hidden around the Castle grounds (plus a reward for finding them!) 

Cracking things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - Berkeley Castle

Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm (6-27 April) 

There are over 50 eggs (plus three bonus golden eggs!) hidden around the zoo in this animal-themed Giant Easter Egg Hunt. Successful trail hunters get a free chocolate egg and booklet from the Meaningful Chocolate Company. There’ll also be Easter arts and crafts for a small donation towards chosen charity, World Land Trust. 

Enchanted Easter at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park  (5-23 April) 

Easter is taking an enchanted turn at Avon Valley! Follow the clues to uncover the Golden Egg and win a large chocolate one as well as a return visit to the park. There’s also egg decorating, plus lots of magical unicorn and fairytale-themed activities including a Dragon’s Lair Mini Maze, Unicorn and Princess Meet and Greets plus lots more! 

Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt at Cheddar Gorge & Caves (6-22 April) 

Cheddar’s Easter Bunny has hidden glow-in-the-dark eggs in Gough's Cave and left behind a mystery code for chocolate-hunting families to unravel, in eggs-change for a yummy treat! Easter crafts will also be taking place in the Museum of Prehistory. 

Cracking things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - Cheddar Gorge

Easter Trail at Somerset Rural Life Museum (6-26 April)  

On the site of the former Abbey Farm in Glastonbury, visitors to the Somerset Rural Life Museum can find out more about the county’s heritage including its landscape, food and farming, working life and rural crafts since the 1800s. Head there this Easter to search the museum and find hidden clues in this Easter trail. They’ll also be holding a hands-on family fun day (18 April) where you can have a go at creating Easter Baskets and themed hanging decorations. 

Celebrity Dusty Duck Trail at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (30 March-6 May)

A very unusual flock of ducks is waddling into WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre this Easter. 14 giant Dusty Ducks designed by celebrities - including Steve Backshall, Joanna Lumley, Chris Packham and Kate Humble - will form a trail around the wetlands as part of their farewell tour before they go to auction. Slimbridge will also be running Aardman Model Making workshops on 17 April (Dusty Duck is an Aardman creation).

Cracking things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - WWT Slimbridge

Easter Trails at Bowood (6-22 April):  

Easter adventures at Bowood include an Easter Bunny Trail (6–12 April) when egg-hunters will be invited to seek out clues left around the estate by the Bowood Easter Bunny, in order to solve a word puzzle in exchange for a chocolate treat. There will also be a Big Easter Egg Trail from 13 – 22 April, with more code-cracking shenanigans needed to unlock the big Easter egg basket.  

 (6-22 April)

Can you solve the Easter family fun trail? Grab your basket and find the hidden egg clues to win an Easter prize.

Easter Chicks Trail at Sudeley Castle (6-28 April)

From this weekend until 28April, search the castle rooms to find the hidden Easter chicks. Between 13-22 April, a giant Easter egg trail will also lead visitors around the castle’s beautiful gardens. Or drop by for Easter weekend itself (Bank holiday Friday to Monday), for egg-citing Easter crafts available all day for younger visitors.

Easter fun at Bristol attractions

Easter: Fire & Iron Festival at SS Great Britain (12-22 April) 

Spark young imaginations with the sights, sounds and smells of a working forge in a living Victorian Dockyard. Watch blacksmiths Kingdom Forge demonstrating traditional Victorian metalworking and crafting methods - the same processes employed by Brunel to make the rivets and chains of the SS Great Britain. 

You'll also be able to get involved with activities such as coal shovelling and riveting, alongside characters from the Victorian age, in the bustling dockyard where this iconic steamship was built.

Cracking things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain

Celebrating 10 years of Bristol Aquarium(6-28 April)

Celebrate 10 fish-tastic years of Bristol Aquarium with games, interactive activities, talks and more. You'll discover the wonders of the deep, learn all about eggs-traordinary marine animal births and the strange lives of underwater creatures.

Easter eggsperts at Bristol Zoo Gardens (8-28 April)

How big do you think a flamingo egg is? Did you know a leafcutter ant queen lays about 150-200 million eggs in her lifetime!? Become an Easter eggspert this Easter holiday as you travel around the Zoo discovering your favourite egg-based facts. Zoo rangers will be armed with some amazing eggy biofacts for you to see and hold. Pop into the activity centre for free Easter crown craft and marvel at the vibrant spring flowers as you go.

Make a promise to the planet this Easter at We The Curious (6-27 April)

We The Curious are launching a new programme of activities this Easter all about the positive actions we can take to tackle the challenges facing our planet. During your visit there'll be the opportunity to investigate what’s in the air we breathe in and check out the data behind the headlines in Air Detectives, look at the role of protein in our diets and cook up some interesting alternatives in the Kitchen, zoom off into space and get a unique view of our impact on the climate in Spring Stargazing 3D, plus lots more.

Things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - We The Curious, credit Paul Blakemore

Easter at Aerospace Bristol 

This year marks 50 years since Concorde’s maiden flight from Toulouse on 2nd March 1969, with the first British flight taking place from Filton on 9 April 1969. Aerospace Bristol will be celebrating this incredible milestone with some special activities including Concorde Captain Colin Morris meeting visitors and signing autographs, plus there will be special talks and archive footage playing in the theatre. 

To celebrate Concorde50, Aerospace's conservation team and volunteers have been working on an exciting project to get Concorde's iconic 'droop nose' moving again for the first time in over 15 years. Visit Aerospace Bristol on 13 April for the first public showing and see the nose lowered and raised at 11am and 1pm.

On 16 April, hear a talk on Concorde pilot Captain Tim Orchard whose flying career took off (pun intended) 47 years ago. He has flown over 50 types of aircraft and jointly holds the Concorde World Record time for the journey from New York to London: 2hrs 52 minutes.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Alpha Foxtrot’s maiden flight on 20 April with a special tour detailing the history of Concorde. Tours are £5 per person on top of museum admission and are bookable on the day at admissions. 

Cracking things to do in bristol during easter 2019

Image - Aerospace Bristol

Dinosaur Detectives at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (10 April)

Budding palaeontologists can learn all about dinosaurs in this hands-on roar-some workshop. Meet the Bristol dinosaur, handle fossils, dress up and even make a fossil cast to take home. Suitable for children aged 6-8 years.

Early birds and bacon butties walk with Bristol Zoo Garden (14 April)

Join bird expert Michael Johnson for an early morning walk and learn how to identify birds on The Downs. After that it's back to the Zoo for a spot of breakfast - meat or veggie options available.

Storytelling sessions on Coopers' Balcony at 1766 Bar & Kitchen, Bristol Old Vic (9 & 16 April)

1766 Bar & Kitchen will be hosting free School Holiday storytelling sessions on Coopers’ Balcony. Experienced tale tellers will take children on magical journeys and riotous adventures, while parents and carers are able to relax and enjoy a coffee downstairs. After each story session, the children will be invited to draw and write their own stories, inspired by the morning’s adventure. The unticketed event is aimed at accompanied children aged 4-8 on a first come, first serve basis.

Chocolate Train at Avon Valley Railway (19-22 April) 

Did you know Bristol’s Fry's Chocolate was the first company in the world to manufacture chocolate bars, and one of the first to make chocolate Easter eggs? Avon Valley Railway will be celebrating the return of the old Fry’s chocolate factory steam locomotive from Keynsham over the Easter weekend, with free Fry’s chocolate for every child! 

Cracking things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - Avon Valley Railway

Easter holiday boat trips 

March Hare Madness with Bristol Ferry (10 & 17 April)

Take the kiddos on a wild, wacky, watery adventure this Easter! Join Bristol Ferries for 45 minutes of fun, cruising around Bristol Floating Harbour, to discover the unexpected story of Easter. Trips depart from Prince Street Bridge landing, leaving on the hour and include a free Easter gift!

Brunel's Bristol Boat Tour with Bristol Ferry (16 April)

Budding historians will love learning more about Brunel's famous landmarks with Bristol Ferry. The trip (2hrs 40mins) sets sail from Bristol Temple Meads, next to Brunel's first tunnel bridges that took the first trains from Bristol to London. After that you'll head past Brunel's SS Great Britain, towards the historic lock gates,to see Brunel's famous Clifton Suspension Bridge via the Avon Gorge, before returning to Bristol Floating Harbour.

Avon Gorge trip aboard The Matthew (13-14 April)

Take a break from stuffing your face with chocolate and mosey on down the Avon, under the Clifton Suspension Bridge and along the Avon Gorge to Pill and back. You'll also have the chance to lock out into the river through one of the deepest locks in the world. As these trips are tide-dependent, there are only a limited number on offer, so early booking is advised! Feel free to bring your own food and the bar will be open for alcoholic and soft drinks, teas and coffees.

Cracking things to do in Bristol this Easter

Image - Bristol Ferry Boat

Other Easter events and activities in Bristol

Easter Holidays cookery classes for children at Cooking It! (selected dates in April):  

Calling all young chocolatiers in Bristol! Cooking It! will be teaching children how to make and decorate their own Easter Egg using a variety of milk, white and dark chocolate on 9  April. Other Easter holiday cookery classes for 7-13 year olds include baking classes, Yankee Doodle (think handmade burgers, brownies, cowboys in blankets and burger buns) classes and a Mad Hatters Tea Party Workshop. 

Experience Easter at Bristol Cathedral (5-14 April) 

Navigate your way through the retelling of the story of Holy Week and Easter within the stunning walls of the cathedral.  

Cracking things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - Bristol Cathedral, credit Graham Parish

Easter Forest Fun at Arnos Vale (10 April) 

Take your little ones along to play in the woods, create Easter decorations using natural materials, and dig in the mud at Arnos Vale Cemetery in this Easter-themed Forest School. 

University of Bristol Botanic Garden Easter Sculpture Festival (19-22 April) 

Now an established event in the South West arts and gardening calendar, this year's Festival features more sculptors than ever before, working in a wide range of different materials. Expect sculptural delights inspired by from faraway shores - Greek gods, a skulking bronze fox skulking, swirling figures, stained glass creations and lots more. The Botanic Garden provides an enchanting setting with its own backdrop of bamboos, prehistoric tree ferns, giant leaves and exotic treasures in the glasshouses. 

Funderworld Theme Park at Durdhams Down (5-28 April)

One for the thrill-seekers out there - the UK's largest mobile theme park, with over 50 rides and attractions returns to The Downs in Bristol in time for Easter. As well as the classic ghost trains, dodgems, and waltzers, there will be new and thrilling rides to try.

Easter Lunch/afternoon tea: 

Easter Egg making followed by Afternoon Tea at Thornbury Castle (11 April):  

Design and create your own Easter egg to take home with you followed by a delicious afternoon tea at the luxurious Thornbury Castle on 11 April. Or dine like royalty and turn up for a scrummy three course Easter Sunday lunch in their award-winning restaurant on 21 April. Afterwards, there are exquisite Tudor Gardens to wander (particularly pretty with blooms at this time of year) and atmospheric interiors to admire.  

Cracking Things to in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - Thornbury Castle

Easter Afternoon Tea packages at No.4 Clifton Village (19-22 April) 

Catch up with friends over Afternoon Tea at No.4 Clifton Village. Sip daintily on tea or upgrade to Hendricks or Champagne to accompany a delectable spread in their Georgian dining rooms. If the weather is fine, there’s a secret garden for al fresco munching.  

Easter Sunday Lunch at Bowood Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort (21 April)  

Celebrate Easter with a traditional or à la carte Sunday Lunch at Bowood followed by an Easter egg hunt for the little ones. 

Easter theatre in Bristol

The Selfish Giant at The Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic Theatre (8-10 April)

Bristol’s two leading family theatre experts Soap Soup Theatre and Tessa Bide Productions present Oscar Wilde’s touching children’s story about Grinter the giant who has been shut out from the world. One day, children – tired of playing on hard roads and grey rooftops – find a chink in the giant’s wall and climb through, changing the course of the children’s and Grinter’s lives forever. With plenty of storytelling, puppetry, enchanting music and a sprinkling of magic.

Things to do Easter Bristol 2019

Image - The Selfish Giant

Kid Carpet's Noisy Holiday at Bristol Old Vic (17-20 April)

Bristol's favourite maker of rock’n’roll theatre shows Ed Patrick (aka Kid Carpet) returns with the fourth instalment of his Noisy Animals adventure – Noisy Holiday! Expect flying tents, diving bears, massive carrots and Ibiza anthems in this ridiculous and funny story of going on your holidays. Ideal for ages 3–8.

Rock of Ages at Bristol Hippodrome (16-20 April)

The smash hit musical about an LA love story is back in the UK featuring over 25 banging classic rock anthems. Sing and laugh along to epic tunes like We Built This City, The Final Countdown, and I Want To Know What Love Is played loud by a live band. Contains serious rock ‘n’ roll debauchery - don't say we didn't warn you!

The Jurassic Parks at The Wardrobe Theatre (2-13 April) 

The play unfolds in the unlikely setting of Lyme Regis Community Centre, where the Park Family – Terry, Jade and Noah – embark on a adventure into a misty past. This hilarious take on Spielberg’s classic is a theatrical celebration of cinematic nostalgia and a powerful reminder of the ones we love. This show was made for adults but is suitable for ages 8+.

Princess Ida at Redgrave Theatre (3-6 April)

Bristol Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society proudly presents Princess Ida, a hilarious twist on a traditional medieval fairy tale. Betrothed in infancy to a Prince, Ida renounces mankind and founds a women's university, where she wields axes, eats cold roast lamb, and teaches the theory of evolution with dubious accuracy. Encourage the whole family to dress up as a prince or princess at the matinee performance on 6 April and join the cast onstage!

Shh…Bang at Tobacco Factory Theatres (11-16 April)

A delicate dance-theatre performance from Peut-Être Theatre for children and grown-ups, playfully exploring sound and silence. Two characters set out on a journey through a world filled with Boings, Whooshes, Tick-Tocks and Cacophony! 

Cracking things to do in Bristol during Easter 2019

Image - Peut-Être Theatre

The Deep Sea Seekers at The Wardrobe Theatre (17-22 April)

Have you ever dreamt of swimming with dolphins? Arm wrestling an octopus? Exploring the ocean in a submarine? Then join Alph, Betty and Gammo for an enchanting, interactive journey across the seven seas where YOU take the steering wheel! This brand new mission follows on from the stellar success of The Star Seekers and The Time Seekers. The audience-driven childrens' show journeys through the oceans meeting incredible creatures, exploring unmapped shores and tackling unwelcome plastic with plenty of songs, and humour along the way. 

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