Mar 23, 2016

The school holidays are approaching fast, children in Bristol finish on Thursday and return on Monday 11th April (academies, voluntary aided schools and those in neighbouring counties may vary), so we thought this would be a good time to check out what’s going on in the city for families this Easter.

Bristol Zoo Activities

Bristol Zoo

Bristol Zoo is promising lots of egg-tra activities if you hop to it from 25th March to 10th April. Children and their families can follow a trail around the Zoo to discover the animal residents that like to hop, jump and leap around. Find all the clues to win a special Easter prize. There will also be Easter crafts, face-painting, fun and games with an entertainer, daily animal encounters and much more. Book online and kids pay just £5.

Wild Place Project Enchanted Easter

Wild Place Project

Over at the Wild Place Project, Bristol Zoo’s sister attraction, located near Cribbs Causeway, visitors are promised an Enchanted Easter with activities and fun for families to enjoy including a fairy door trail in the enchanted woodland, the opportunity to help create a giant fairy mud collage, and magical storytelling. Book online to save 10% on normal admission charges.

Easter Sculpture Event

The University of Bristol Botanic Garden’s annual Easter sculpture event has become a firm favourite with visitors of all ages over the past few years. It runs from Good Friday through to Easter Monday, open from 10am until 5pm each day. Musical fountains, grand ceramic bird houses, and the head of a Trojan horse are among the artworks that will be on display; there will be ironwork and batik demonstrations; and the opportunity to have a go at throwing a pot on the potter’s wheel of ceramicist Tez Roberts.

The famous glasshouses (a great place to warm up if it’s a bit chilly) will become an aviary with 20 artists and designers having been invited to create birds from materials as diverse as recycled plastic, bike parts, wood, steel and clay. Admission is £4.50 but free to Friends of the Garden, university staff, students, and children under 16. Tours of the garden will run all day and refreshments will be available.

Bristol Harbourside Area

Tall Ship Kaskelot

Bristol’s harbourside is always a great place to go for a wander and this Easter there’s more than ever to discover, with the newly opened Underfall Yard visitor centre at one end, while at the other Tall Ship Kaskelot will be moored by the Lloyds Amphitheatre, its gangway open for anyone wishing to step aboard.

Arnolfini’s Light Studio becomes the Vertigo Sea Family Space from Tuesday 22nd March until Sunday 10th April, with visitors encouraged to explore the themes of the current exhibition, create their own artworks, and go on imaginary journeys across the sea, encountering wonderful whales and listening to tales of far-off places. Open from 11am until 6pm daily, admission is free although donations are welcomed.

On the other side of the Floating Harbour, admission is also free to M Shed, although there is a small fee for those wishing to have a look around the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which closes on Sunday 10th April.

Just a short walk away from M Shed you’ll find Brunel’s ss Great Britain, one of the city’s true icons and well worth a visit. There’s plenty to see and do, both on board and around the dry dock and it’s fair to say that you’ll discover the sights, sounds, and smells of life at sea as you explore. In fact, there’s so much to discover that they’ve made each ticket valid for 12 months, allowing you go visit again and again.

Tyntesfield Eggsplorer Fun!

Tynetsfield House

Not too far out of the city Tyntesfield is offering Eggsplorer fun this Easter, with a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, games and activities, while at Berkeley Castle there will be a visit from King Henry VIII as well as a pop-up museum from Portsmouth’s historic dockyard and some fantastic dragon puppets.

Online Shopping for Bristol Made Goodies

Of course you won’t want to venture out every day, so The Bristol Shop has plenty to help you keep the kids entertained at home, including a great selection of books, some of which come with seeds to plant in the garden!

We particularly like these chalkboards by Boodle; ideal for making lists, drawing pictures, or playing noughts & crosses! The collection features a penguin, badger, whale and blue tit, and they look equally good hanging in the kitchen, playroom, or nursery.

We can also help if you’re flying off to warmer climes for Easter, with a fantastic t-shirt collection including designs for men, women and children.

Whatever you decide to do this Easter we hope you have a fantastic time; we’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for good weather!

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