Easter holiday activities, historic tours, food and drink classes, magic shows, theatre productions and exhibitions, there are so many things happening in the city in April it’s been tough to narrow it down! Here’s our pick of some of the best things to do in Bristol in April:

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April events in Bristol

Things to do in Bristol in April

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Fish and chip cruise on The Matthew (1 April)

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Matthew as she sails around Bristol's historic Harbour, before stopping for fresh fish and chips delivered to you on deck outside The Pumphouse.

Blood and Butchery in Bedminster (2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 April)

Delve deep into Bedminster’s grisly history and discover how its pubs play a key role in these gruesome stories; including tales of body snatchers, concrete coffins, hangings judges and the most notorious heist in living memory. 

Planetarium Nights at We The Curious (various dates)

Wander into the giant silver ball for your very own night-time tour of the known universe in the UK's only 3D Planetarium (4 April). And don’t miss the audio-visual extravaganza, inspired by the music of Pink Floyd, featuring the entire 1973, 'Dark Side of the Moon' album in glorious 5.1 surround sound, with abstract projections on the full dome (5 & 19 April).

Things to do in Bristol April 2019

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Ultra Japan at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (4 April)

Discover Japan's cool contemporary culture and classical traditions with an immersive evening of J-Pop, activities, demonstrations, dressing up and pop-up bar.

Brandon Hill Beer Festival at The Three Tuns (4-7 April)

Brandon Hill Beer Festival is back! Over 20 casks, 10 kegs, 10 ciders and huge bottle selection spread over two bars within the The Tuns. Expect Beer Flights, live music and much jollity.

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

Funderworld returns to The Downs, bringing with it plenty of rides for families and thrill seekers.

Drag Queen Bingo at Noche Negra (11 April)

After the success of their Anti-Valentine's Day party, Pata Negra are teaming up with Drag Queen Bingo Bristol collective for a night of outrageous fun and games - and you're invited! 

TYNTEtots: The Owl and the Pussycat at Tyntesfield (24-25 April)

Storytelling, crafts and games for 2-5 year olds and their families inspired by the classic story of The Owl and the Pussycat.

City Nature Challenge with the Festival of Nature (26-29 April)

Bristol and Bath need your help as the two cities unite to compete with over 160 city regions on 7 continents to show the world how amazing the South West is for people and nature.

Food and drink classes

Things to do in Bristol in April

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Chocolate and truffle making class at Thornbury Castle Hotel (11 April)

Learn how to make your own delicious chocolates and truffles before tucking into an afternoon tea in a castle! Best of all, you get to take your hand-crafted choccies away. Don’t have a sweet tooth? There are also cocktail making classes, wine tasting and a history tour to try.

Zombie Nightmare at The Galleries (13-14 April)

Ever wondered what it'd be like to be trapped in a shopping centre? How about a shopping centre on lockdown because it’s full of ravenous zombies? Well, wonder no more...Wicked Experiences' Zombie Nightmare will navigate your team around The Galleries trying to find the cure to save the world. With escape room style clues, immersive moments of deep suspense, get ready to run for your life...

Cake Bush at Bristol Spirit (13 April)

Cake Bush is be the perfect way to spend an afternoon - listening to the dulcet tones of Kate Bush while munching an array of delicious cakes and cocktails.

Chance & Counters presents Prohibition at The Milk Thistle (17 April)

Join Chance & Counters for Prohibition - an evening of mischief, mayhem and moonshine - at one of Bristol's finest speakeasy bars: the legendary The Milk Thistle.

Tours in Bristol

Things to do in Bristol in April

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Birds and Birdsong tour at Arnos Vale Cemetery (14 April)

The cemetery is a haven for bird-life and this walk promises a unique aural experience hearing the gorgeous songs of resident and migrant bird species, with tips on their identification led by ecologist Mary Wood.

Historic Garden Tour at Goldney House (14 April-15 September)

The University of Bristol is inviting people to explore its celebrated grounds at Goldney House, through a series of guided tours which begins on 14 April and runs until 15 September.

Clifton Rocks Railway Open Day (14 April)

Be escorted round the top station and hear the story of why it was built and how this Victorian funicular Railway was converted for use during the War.

Murder, Mayhem and Mystery Tour at Arnos Vale Cemetery (26 April)

Uncover some of the more unusual and outrageous stories 'buried' in Arnos Vale on a Murder, Mayhem and Mystery Tour. The expert guide will share stories of murder, rioting, adultery and more.

Easter holidays in Bristol

Things to do in Bristol in April

If you’re after some egg-citing entertainment for the kiddos during the Easter holidays, there are all sorts of egg-cellent things happening in Bristol, including easter egg trails, activities and attractions holding special events - check out our blog on cracking things to do this Easter

Music and magic

Things to do in Bristol in April

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Keuning at Thekla (1 April)

Dave Keuning is best known as the lead guitarist of The Killers. Currently on a hiatus from the band, Keuning is touring his debut solo album, Prismism, a collection of 14 tracks – with all the instruments, save some drum parts, played by Keuning himself.

The Zutons: Who Killed The Zutons? at the O2 Academy (1 April)

After a decade apart, legendary Liverpool band, The Zutons are reuniting for a series of special live dates to coincide with the 15th anniversary of their seminal album, Who Killed The Zutons.

Magic & Wine Night with Sieko at Averys Wine Merchants (5 April)

You are invited to an evening filled with magic and mystery and of course some delectable wines at Bristol wine institution, Averys.

The House Magicians Comedy & Magic Show at Smoke & Mirrors (5-6, 12-13, 19-20 April)

Laugh out loud and gasp in disbelief as you’re bamboozled with mind-blowing magic at this 1920s style theatre, home of the number one Comedy and Magic show in Bristol.

Exhibitions

Things to do in Bristol in April 2019

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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery  (until 6 May)

Twelve of the artist’s finest drawings are on display as part of #Leonardo500 – a national celebration of one of history’s greatest geniuses.

Gaudier-Brzeska: Disputing the Earth at RWA (16 March – 2 June)

A look at Gaudier’s versatility as an animal artist and the special significance the animal kingdom held for him.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed at M Shed (16 March - 16 June)

M Shed will be showcasing the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK and celebrating the astonishingly rich artistic heritage of tattooing as an art form.

Altered Ocean - Mandy Barker at Royal Photographic Society (4 April – 23 June)

A powerful exhibition that raises awareness about plastic pollution in the world's oceans, highlighting the effects on marine and ultimately, human life.

Paul Simon Richards Quasi-Monte Carlo at Spike Island (6 April -16 June)

The work combines computer generated imagery and spoken word monologue in an attempt to depict an image of a dream holiday to Monte Carlo.

Sriwhana Spong: IDA-IDA at Spike Island (6 April – 16 June)

Sriwhana Spong’s largest exhibition to date outside of her native New Zealand includes a series of sculptures based on the traditional Balinese gamelan and a new film, shot in and around the artist’s ancestral home in Bali, Indonesia.

Theatre in Bristol in April

Things to do in Bristol in April 2019

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The Bodyguard at Bristol Hippodrome (26 March – 6 April)

The smash-hit West End musical, returns to tour the UK featuring Alexandra Burke as superstar Rachel Marron.

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

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 in this smash hit musical.

  • To book tickets or find out what else is on at Bristol Hippodrome in April, click here.

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

The play follows the Park Family – Terry, Jade and Noah – as they embark on an 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. Suitable for ages 8+.

Stella & The Starshiners at the Wardrobe Theatre (6-10 April)

Open Attic Company, creators of the beautiful Much Ado About Puffin, present a magical new adventure for ages 3-8 and their families.

  • To book tickets or find out what else is on at The Wardrobe Theatre in April, click here.

Fun things to do in bristol april 2019

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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!

  • To book tickets or find out what else is on at Redgrave Theatre. click here.

What does stuff do? at Tobacco Factory Theatres (3-6 April)

One of the acts in 2018’s Best of BE FESTIVAL, juggler, water-bender, and part-time deep thinker Robin Boon Dale presents the full length edition of his award-winning show.

  • To book tickets or find out what else is on at Tobacco Factory Theatres in April, click here.

Acts of Resistance at Bristol Old Vic (7-8 April)

In the not so distant future, England finds itself in the middle of yet another political earthquake. But what would happen if people stopped keeping calm and carrying on? What if hope came from the most unexpected place…? 

  • To book tickets or find out what else is on at Bristol Old Vic in April, click here:

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