Check out our round up of egg-cellent Easter fun from Bristol businesses, here to help keep your family entertained during the holidays under the current lockdown restrictions.

There are things to do come rain or shine, at home and out and about – from socially distanced treasure hunts to a virtual murder mystery.  

Draw your favourite zoo animal and win a trip to see it

Which animals at Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project have your kids missed seeing? 

There's a great chance for under-15s to draw that animal and enter a competition to win free tickets to go and see it with their family, once the sites reopen from 12 April.

Take a photo or scan the drawing and share it on social media using the hashtags #BristolZooAnimalArt or #WildPlaceAnimalArt by 11 April. Check terms and conditions on the Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project websites. 

Two giraffes at Wild Place Project

Image - Giraffes at Wild Place Project, credit Andre Pattenden 

Pull up at the Parking Lot Social at Bristol Airport

The Parking Lot Social’s Easter Breakout event is taking place on the 14 and 15 April. Expect a drive-in entertainment extravaganza with an Easter panto, performances from stars of RuPauls Drag Race UK, a comedy night and movies.

The Parking Lot Social at Bristol Airport

Image - The Parking Lot Social

Play detective with Sherlock in Homes 2: Murder on Ice

Can you solve the mystery of famous explorer Albert Ross’s icy death? Put your detective skills to the test in this online interactive murder mystery, where you'll have to interrogate suspects and team up to unmask the murderer. It's recommended for those aged 12 and over. 

Check out more theatre experiences to enjoy from your sofa on the Bristol Old Vic At Home programme.

Decorate a butterfly for The New Room's Emerging Hope display

Using the butterfly as a symbol of hope, The New Room invites you to decorate print-at-home butterflies for their Emerging Hope project. You'll be able to see your finished designs on display in their city centre courtyard when the site re-opens this summer. 

Butterfly and Easter egg decorations hanging on a tree

Image - The New Room

Join the Easter Bunny's egg hunt with Redgrave Theatre

Suitable for kids aged 2 to 10, the Easter Bunny is hosting his amazing egg hunt game via live stream, so you can join in at home. Little ones will be given riddles and clues to find the clue points, which you’ll receive instructions for setting up in advance.

The live stream lasts one hour and is taking place at 1.30-2.30pm on 27 March and 3-4pm on 3 April.

Chomp on choccy hoppers from The Coconut Tree 

Between 2 and 4 April, you'll be able to order limited edition Creme Egg choccy hoppers to takeaway from Sri Lankan street food restaurant The Coconut Tree.

The hopper is a bowl-shaped pancake made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. This one pairs a chocolate-flavoured hopper with a filling of melted chocolate, crushed mini-eggs and a smashed Creme Egg.

Chocolate Creme Egg hoppers in taekaway boxes from The Coconut Tree

Image - The Coconut Tree

Try out Treasure Hunt Bristol

Explore Bristol in a new way with Treasure Hunt Bristol. Follow beautiful maps, solve clues and learn things you never knew about the city, all using your phone.

This is a great socially distanced alternative to your usual walks and the route is pushchair friendly, in case you’ve got some tiny members in your bubble.

Four people wearing face masks taking part in Treasure Hunt Bristol

Image - Treasure Hunt Bristol 

Go on a Big Spring Adventure at Bowood House & Gardens

There are two weeks of Easter fun planned in the gardens at Bowood House. Join them for the BIG Easter Egg Hunt from 1 to 11 April, cracking codes and unlocking an Easter basket. 

Between 12 and 18 April, follow the Easter Bunny Trail, working out what word they've hidden to win a chocolate treat. 

Meet an elephant family at Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Sudeley Castle is welcoming guests to its gardens for the first time this year, inviting you to discover a trail of over 30 enormous life-sized elephant sculptures against the backdrop of one of the country's most beautiful castles.

The trail is part of environmental art campaign CoExistence, which highlights the loss of biodiversity caused as humans encroach on wild spaces across the globe.

Life-sized elephant sculptures at Sudeley Castle

Image - Sudeley Castle

Buy beautiful Easter gifts from Bristol Blue Glass

While you can't shop with them in person, you can still pick up beautiful pieces of glassware from Bristol Blue Glass online. They have vases perfect for filling with spring flowers as well as all kinds of jewellery, ornaments and glasses that make great Easter gifts in place of the usual chocolates. 

Get crafty with the Royal West of England Academy

Kids can learn to make their own lockets using materials from around the house, shed or recycling box in this online Junior Drawing School workshop on 6 April. And the whole family can join a free live hedgehog drawing workshop, featuring a real-life hedgehog which you’ll meet over Zoom!  

Sign the kids up for holiday cookery classes with Cooking It!   

Holiday classes are back for Easter at this cookery school on Chandos Road. Kids will learn useful skills and exciting dishes, with classes ranging from cupcake chaos and Easter treats to Japanese food.

Person wearing a 'Cooking It' apron cracking an egg into a jug

Image - Cooking It!

Pick up Easter eggs from Papadeli

This Clifton deli has a lovely selection of premium Easter eggs, including ones by Chocolarder that are ethically produced and creatively packaged without plastic.

They’re also raffling a giant Easter egg in aid of The National Portage Association, a home-visiting educational service for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Attend the first virtual Lyra: Bristol Poetry Festival  

Lyra Festival is back for 2021 with a fully digital programme running between 15 to 18 April. Themed around Reconnection, expect events, readings, workshops, panel discussions, a poetry slam and more, featuring poets such as Dizraeli, Beth Calverley and Bristol's City Poet Caleb Parkin. 

Simon Armitage speaking at poetry festival, text saying 'Lyra Festival April 2021'

Image - Lyra Festival 

Take on the Easter trail at Stockwood Open Space Nature Reserve

There are 15 fluffy friends hidden on the Easter trail at Stockwood Open Space Nature Reserve between 7 March and 12 April, with the chance to win a prize if you find them all. 

Experience an Easter Eggstravaganza at Old Down Country Park

There's another Easter trail happening over at Old Down Country Park, where all outdoor areas of the park will be open to play in and to see the animals.

Tick off our top spring walks

Eager to find new places for a wander around Bristol? Get inspiration from our rundown of 20 wonderful spring walks, which includes scenic routes, top bluebell spotting locations, stately gardens and more.

Two people looking at spring blossom at Westonbirt Arboretum

Image - Westonbirt Arboretum, credit Johnny Hathaway

Experience #BristolFromHome

We’ve got even more fun things to do in our Bristol from Home hub: games, bingo and quizzesvirtual tours of Bristol attractionscolouring-in sheets, lists of film and TV made in Bristolways to beat lockdown boredom at home and a whole cookbook of recipes from the city’s best restaurants and cafes to recreate at home.  

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