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Don't just sit around eating turkey sandwiches – banish the lull between Christmas and New Year and find fun Twixmas holiday activities in Bristol.

Swing by Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Take in the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas, explore the ship and museums, dine in the harbourside café and meet Mr Brunel at the SS Great Britain, which reopens from Boxing Day. While you're there, check out the outdoor photography exhibition in Brunel Square, which tells the story of how the iconic ship went from beached wreck to Bristol landmark. 

Mr Brunel posing by the SS Great Britain holding a bag of holly and mistletoe

Image - Brunel's SS Great Britain

Meet the latest arrival at Bristol Zoo Gardens

A baby western lowland gorilla has been born at Bristol Zoo Gardens, the second in less than 6 months! The animal houses at Bristol Zoo are closed while Bristol is in Tier 3, however the outdoor areas are open for you to explore, so you may still catch a glimpse of the babies on Gorilla Island!

Meet the animals on a winter wander at Wild Place Project

Get your wellies on and head to Wild Place Project, where you can find out which animals were native to Britain's ancient forests in Bear Wood, go giraffe and zebra spotting and even see some reindeer!

Bear Wood at Wild Place Project
Image - Bear Wood at Wild Place Project

Watch a show from your living room

If you're missing your annual festive theatre trip then settle in for the next best thing – brilliant shows streamed to your living room. Those from the Bristol Old Vic team include a smash-hit adaptation of A Christmas Carol, a powerful dramatisation of Handel's Messiah and two-man musical comedy Living Spit's Beauty and the Beast. Rent these individually or order a Bristol Old Vic At Home Season Pass for access to all of them plus a selection of other productions for just £12.99.

Meanwhile, Clifton's Redgrave Theatre has 'the pantomime you've been dreaming of streaming', with their exclusive screening of Sleeping Beauty

A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic press photo of cast

Image - Geraint Lewis, A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic

Peter Rabbit's Winter Adventure at Tyntesfield

Lend a hand to some of Beatrix Potter's much-loved characters on this trail for mini adventurers, made up of nature-themed challenges around the stunning Tyntesfield grounds. Bear in mind there's a limited stock of trail supplies and pre-booking is recommended.  

Tyntesfield - twixmas activities

Image - Tyntesfield

Visit a winter wonder wetland at WWT Slimbridge

Experience the restorative power of nature and the beauty of the coldest season at WWT Slimbridge, which is packed with winter wetland wildlife. Wrap up warm and remember your binoculars! 

Robin on an outstretched hand holding bird feed at WWT Slimbridge

Image - Nigel Snell / WWT

Go on a twinkly-lit adventure

'Tis the season for ooh-ing and ahh-ing at pretty lights. Search out a sparkling selection of those in and around Bristol with help from our Christmas light trails and walks blog post. In there you'll find details of Longleat's Land of Light and Sudeley Castle's Spectacle of Light as well as charity displays and the best lit corners of the city. 

Don't miss the Bristol ADVENTures illuminations. Famous festive phrases have been projected in different locations around the city, with most of them staying switched on until 28 December. Use the #BristolADVENTure hashtag on social to let us know which you spot. 

Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle Twixmas activities Bristol

Image - Spectacle of Light, Sudeley Castle

Shop the sales

Bag a bargain in the post-Christmas sales. You’re sure to pick up a steal in Bristol Shopping QuarterThe Mall at Cribbs CausewayPark StreetGloucester Road or Clifton Village

Eat more festive treats

You surely can’t have had your fill of festive food yet, so top up your quota of Yuletide goodies with a delivery of Cargo Cantina's specials: chorizo pigs in blankets, sprout and turnip tacos, and quince and mezcal mince pies. A few glasses of Brozen Bar's gluhwein cosmo should go nicely with those! 

And then walk them off

Getting outside and active is the best remedy for Christmas over-indulgence and fuzzy heads. Resist the urge to hibernate with one of these invigorating wintry walks around Bristol

Chill out with a spa treatment

Unwind after the stress of 2020 with a treatment at one of Bristol’s blissful spas

Harbour Hotel Twixmas activities bristol

Image - Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa

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