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After some egg-citing entertainment over Easter? Hatch your holiday plans with these cracking activities, events and other things to do in Bristol.

Egg hunts & trails | Attractions | Food and drink | Theatre

Easter egg hunts and trails

Easter Penguin Trail at Brunel’s SS Great Britain (4 April – 31 May)

Stanley the penguin and his friends have travelled all the way from the Falkland Islands to learn about the awe-inspiring return of Brunel’s SS Great Britain from their home country to Bristol 50 years ago. They’ve misplaced their precious eggs around the ship and need you to reunite them by following the Easter Penguin Trail. 

The trail is one of many activities planned to mark the 50th anniversary of the ship’s homecoming – look out for a photography exhibition along the harbour in April too.

Easter Penguin Trail at Brunel's SS Great Britain

Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain

Great British Egg Hunt at Bristol Aquarium (4 – 19 April)

Instead of a traditional egg hunt, Bristol Aquarium wants you to search for shark and ray eggs this Easter, finding out about the underwater world of spawning and peeking in the cute nursery tanks as you explore.

Zoo Babies Easter Trail at Bristol Zoo Gardens (3 – 20 April)

Follow this new trail around the zoo to discover the stories of hatchlings, joeys, bat pups and more new arrivals. Along the way there’s the chance to peer into incubators, spot blue tree monitor eggs, and watch a tiny pancake tortoise roaming around under a heat lamp, with keepers explaining how they take care of their youngest inhabitants too.

Spider monkeys - mum Ellie with baby Amaya at Bristol Zoo

Image - Spider monkeys at Bristol Zoo, credit Andre Pattenden

Terrific Transformations Sticker Trail at Wild Place Project (3 – 20 April)

There are more animal babies to be amazed by at the Wild Place Project, where they’re challenging you to uncover nature’s Terrific Transformations by matching the baby to the adult in species that look totally different to their parents. There are also plenty more animals to admire, beautiful woodlands to wander and lots of wild play areas. 

Enchanted Easter at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park (4 – 19 April)

Avon Valley Adventure Park’s golden egg hunt returns for 2020 – find the golden egg and you win a large Easter egg and a return visit to the park. When you’re not scouring the park for eggs, there will also be a magical array of unicorn and fairy tale-themed activities to be enchanted by.

Easter Duck Quest at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre (4 – 19 April)

Spot the yellow ducks that will be making themselves at home among the real-life wetland wildlife at Slimbridge, ticking them off your trail card to bag yourself a yummy prize. Keep your eyes peeled for the bright breeding feathers that the real-life male ducks show off at this time of year too.

Kids with yellow rubber duck on Easter quest at WWT Slimbridge

Image - WWT Slimbridge

Bowood's BIG Spring Adventure at Bowood House & Gardens (4 – 19 April)

Visit Bowood House and Gardens for the Hop ‘Til You Drop Easter Bunny Trail (4 – 10 April), seeking out clues left by the Easter Bunny around the grounds, or take part in the BIG Easter Egg Hunt (11 – 19 April) with brand new designs and codes to crack for 2020.    

Spring Walking Trail at Westonbirt (Ends 31 May)

Experience the new spring trail at the National Arboretum. Taking you through the beautiful woodland gardens, stops on the trail encourage you to use all five senses to better understand the natural world. An accompanying family activity trail is also available, ensuring the youngest visitors can join in the fun.  

Couple at Westonbirt during springtime

Image - Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, credit Johnny Hathaway

Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm (4 – 19 April)

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is planning their biggest ever Giant Easter Egg Hunt, with over 100 wooden eggs hidden around the zoo. Find them all to win a family ticket for four, plus take part in the Mini Easter Egg Hunt in Easter Corner along with some fun spring-themed games. 

Look out for a giant animal print egg in your local area on Wednesdays from 25 March to 15 April too, as they'll be hiding one somewhere in Bristol or Somerset with a family ticket inside. 

Easter at Bristol attractions

Rewind and Replay at Ashton Gate Stadium (14 & 15 April)

From retro gaming and arcade classics, to Fortnite, Minecraft and virtual reality, find everything you love about video gaming under one roof at this two-day event organised by Replay Events.

The Detective Project Kids Workshop at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust (14 April)

Detectives in the making are invited to put their sleuth skills to the test and work through an investigation put together by The Detective Project Children’s Workshop. Suitable for kids aged 7 to 12, they even get to keep their CSI suit at the end.

Try Archery at Blaise Castle Estate (7 – 16 April)

Moving Mountains will be introducing kids to Britain’s oldest sport through taster sessions in the historic setting of Blaise Castle. As well as 45 minutes of archery, a kid’s meal deal at the café is also included.

Easter Sculpture Festival at University of Bristol Botanic Garden (10 – 13 April)

Wander the botanic garden and discover impressive sculptures at this annual festival, backdropped by soaring bamboos, prehistoric tree ferns, giant leaves and exotic treasures in the glasshouses. Tours of the garden and weaving, pottery and woodworking demonstrations will also be taking place.

The Chocolate Train at the Avon Valley Railway (10 – 13 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

Boat trips

With The Matthew, Bristol Packet Boat Trips, Bristol Ferry Boats and Number Seven Boat Trips all offering springtime tours, Easter is a great time to see Bristol by boat. Here are some of the themed trips taking place during the holidays:

Cracking things to do in Bristol this Easter

Image - Bristol Ferry Boats

Food and drink

Easter 'Creme Egg Hopper' at The Coconut Tree

Throwing a curve ball into the ‘How do you eat yours?’ debate, The Coconut Tree in Clifton and on Gloucester Road have combined everyone’s favourite Easter treat with a Sri Lankan street-food staple to create the Creme Egg Hopper. Dig in from 19 to 22 April.

Easter Creme Egg Hopper from The Coconut Tree

Image - The Coconut Tree

Easter Sunday Lunch and Afternoon Tea at Bowood Hotel (12 April)

For some Easter feasting, pick from the three-course à la carte Sunday lunch or afternoon tea in Bowood’s Shelburne Restaurant, or go for a traditional three-course carvery in The Kerry Suite.

Easter classes at Cooking It! (6 – 9 April)

Cookery school Cooking It! will be showing keen kid chefs how to whip up some seasonal treats in their Make your own Easter eggs session and Easter baking classes.

Family-friendly theatre

Box of Tricks: A Family Cabaret at The Station (4 April)

Alternative circus company Lavrak present this family-friendly toy box-themed cabaret show full of flipping, bouncing and hula hooping.

Stella and the Starshiners at 1532 Bristol (9 April)

Join the Open Attic Company, celebrated for their brand of puppetry, live music and dazzling storytelling, for a tale about bravery. Stella must face a fear of heights and the world’s tallest ladder to reach for the stars.

Outdoor walks and green spaces 

There are a number of outstanding open, green spaces in Bristol to enjoy over Easter. Some are already holding events and trails listed above (Blaise Castle Estate, Westonbirt Arboretum, Arnos Vale Cemetery and University of Bristol Botanic Gardens), but don’t forget the many other green spaces and parks in and around Bristol including: Ashton Court, Leigh Woods, Troopers Hill, Brandon Park, Clifton Downs, Queen Square, Castle Park, Eastville Park, Snuff Mills, Victoria Park, Stoke Park, Badock's Wood, Chew Valley Lake, Mendip Hills, Cheddar Gorge and the Severn Beach.  

For even more egg-splosive Easter inspiration, check out our Easter events pages.

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