10 things to do this Easter in Bristol
With the Easter holidays looming large on the horizon, Bristol’s array of attractions are offering any number of ways to keep both kids and adults occupied.
From Banksy street art to a brand new Bob The Builder-themed exhibition there is plenty for people of all ages and tastes to enjoy.
Whether you want theatre shows or shopping, family-fun or fine-dining you will find it in the city.
Anna Slade from Destination Bristol said: #8220;Bristol is bracing itself for an exciting line-up of events over the Easter break, making the city an ideal choice for family day visits over the school holidays.
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, and other highlights include a new Chocolate exhibition at M Shed. This golden ticket family exhibition explores the history, magic and science of one of the nation’s favourite products and is expected to appeal to all age groups.
“The new Pharaoh King of Egypt exhibition will also be open at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery , featuring highlights from the British Museum’s superb collection of ancient Egyptian objects.”
For more information on these attractions and our pick of the other top things to do in Bristol this Easter check out our list below:
1. Experiment with science...
Where: At-Bristol , Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5DB, 0845 345 1235.
Great for: Inquisitive kids.
Easter events: Build It! with Bob the Builder - a new permanent exhibition opening on March 23. Top Tricks live science demonstrations.
Open: Daily - 10am-6pm weekends and school holidays
Price: Adults £12.90, children (3-15) £8.25, concessions £10.80, family £36.50.
Named as one of The Guardian's top 20 family-friendly museums, At Bristol science centre is the perfect place for inquisitive kids this Easter.
From getting star-struck in the Planetarium, to taking part in exciting experiments in the lab, there are activities for children (and adults) of all ages to enjoy.
On March 23 the attraction is opening a brand new permanent exhibition aimed at under 8s. Build It! with Bob the Builder is an interactive construction site with giant building blocks and scaffolding to climb. They can also create their own grand design, solving logistical problems along the way.
2. Take in legendary musical Starlight Express...
Where: The Hippodrome , St Augustines Parade, Bristol, BS1 4UZ, 0844 871 3012.
Great for: Futuristic theatrical family fun.
When: March 26-April 6 (excluding Sundays).
Combining rock music and roller-skates the hit musical promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime.
With its dazzling sets, hit songs and eye-catching set pieces, the futuristic tale about love and hope in the face of adversity is a guaranteed good night out for the whole family.
Featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s songs and Arlene Phillip’s sensational roller choreography it has become one of the UK’s longest-running and best-loved musicals.
Performances run from March 26-April 6 with a mix of matinee and evening performances.
3. Uncover some animal magic...
Where: Bristol Zoo, Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA, 0117 974 7399.
Great for: Animal lovers of all ages.
Open: Daily - 9am-5pm up to March 26 and 9am-5.30pm afterwards.
Price: Adults £15.50, children (2-14) £9.50, concessions £13.50 (prices include Gift Aid).
With more than 400 species of animals and nine undercover areas Bristol Zoo is a magical day out come rain or shine.
From Asiatic lion cubs to cute meerkats and creepy crawlies the award-winning attraction offers a chance to get a close-up view of a wide range of wonderful creatures.
For an unforgettable animal experience make sure you check out the daily programme of talks and feedings. They will give you an unrivalled insight into the lives of many of the zoo’s most popular residents including gorillas, penguins, seals, monkeys and butterflies.
Spread over an accessible 12 acre site the zoo offers an enjoyable, hassle-free day out for people of all ages including children in pushchairs.
4. Try your hand at one of Bristol’s most unusual sporting crazes...
Where: Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf, 74 Glass House, Level 1, Cabot Circus, Bristol, BS1 3BX, 0117 9297771.
Great for: Sporty kids and competitive parents.
Open: Daily – 10am-11pm.
Price (per round): Adults £7.25, children (5-16) £5.50, under 5s £3.50, concessions £6.50, family £21.
For a sporting adventure that will challenge children and adults alike visit Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf.
With its live volcano cave, temple ruins and a secret swamp, the indoor course has been likened to playing golf on an Indiana Jones film set.
Perfect for a rainy family day out or an evening with friends it offers a fun-filled and unique experience.
And if golf isn’t your thing you can always check out the climbing wall or licensed cafe.
Free activities/fun on a budget...
5. Get your teeth into an exhibition all about chocolate...
Where: M shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RN, 0117 352 6600.
Great for: Curious chocoholics.
Open: Chocolate! Exhibition: February 2-May 6, 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-6pm weekends and bank holidays. Closed on Mondays except during the school holidays.
Price: General entry free. Chocolate! exhibition; Adults £5, children £3, under 5s free, concessions £4, family £10.
For a fab day out that won’t break the bank visit the M shed.
Dedicated to telling the story of Bristol’s rich past it offers free entry to the majority of its fascinating galleries.
The one exhibition that you will have to pay to explore this Easter is the lip-smacking Chocolate! which unwraps the history, magic and science behind one of Bristol's - and the nation’s - favourite products.
Telling tales of those who made the confectionary in the city over the past 300 years, it offers over 500 objects including the last Fry's Chocolate bar, original recipes for Turkish delight and a multi sensory experience with working machinery that includes smells and items to touch.
6. Take in Bristol’s famous street art on a self-guided Banksy Walking Tour...
Where: Various locations Central Bristol, Stokes Croft and Easton.
Great for: Seeing amazing street art and stretching your legs at the same time.
Enjoy the start of spring in Bristol with a walking tour that takes in the work of one its most famous sons.
World-renowned yet still anonymous, one of the few things we do know about street artist Banksy is that the city where he grew up was one of his very earliest canvasses.
Many of his most famous works are dotted around central Bristol, Stokes Croft and Easton and a stroll past them makes for a fantastic free day out.
From the ‘Grim Reaper’ on the side of floating club Thekla to the ‘mild mild west’ on The Canteen at Stokes Croft there are many iconic works to take in.
Fans of the genre will also want to make time to visit the UK’s most ambitious permanent street art installation in the form of See No Evil which covers the facades of 10 multi-story buildings on Nelson Street.
7. Get excited about ancient Egypt...
Where: Bristol Museum and Art Gallery , Queens Road, West End, Bristol, BS8 1RL, 0117 922 3571.
Great for: Pharoah fans.
Open: Pharoah King of Egypt Exhibition open from March 16-July 21.
Price: General entry free. ‘Pharoah’ exhibition - adults £5, children £3, concessions £4.
Featuring highlights from the British Museum’s superb collection of ancient Egyptian objects, the exhibition is the largest UK loan of Egyptian artefacts they have ever undertaken.
The fascinating display explores the lives of the pharaohs, kings, high priests and army commanders through objects and artefacts spanning over 3,000 years of history. These include everything from sculpture and statues to jewellery, papyri and even a 2,500-year-old loaf of bread.
8. See the best of Bristol by boat...
Where: Bristol Packet Boat Trips , Ticket Office, Gas Ferry Road, Bristol, BS1 6UN, 0117 926 8157.
Great for: Unrivalled views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Easter events: City docks tours, afternoon river cruise to Beese’s Tea Gardens and Avon Gorge cruises.
When: City docks tours daily in the school holidays. Afternoon river cruise to Beese’s Tea Gardens - Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays and Fridays in the school holidays. Avon Gorge cruises – various dates and times from March 22. See website for times.
Price: Adults £5.50 to £15.50, children £3.50 to £11.50.
With its history and fortunes so intertwined with water, one of the best ways to see the city is by boat.
The Bristol Packet company offers three main trips during the Easter holidays from 45 minute tours of the docks to an afternoon cruise up the Avon to Beese’s Tea Gardens.
But for a true sense of Bristol’s waterways and an unrivalled view of one of its most iconic landmarks take the three and a half hour Avon Gorge trip.
Sailing through the Floating Harbour, and through the spectacular gorge, the boat sails under Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge and down to the Bristol Channel before returning. A full bar serving hot and cold drinks is available and passengers are welcome to bring their own picnic.
9. Get a bird’s eye view of Bristol...
Where: Bristol Balloons, 23 - 51 Winterstoke Road, Bristol, BS3 2NP, 0117 9471030.
Great for: An unrivalled and adrenalin fuelled sightseeing experience.
When: From March onwards – ring for more details.
Price: From £85.
For an unforgettable view of Bristol take to the skies in a hot air balloon.
The flying starts again in March, with a range of packages on offer.
Floating high above the city you will be able to pick out all of its best sites from a unique perspective.
10. Check out the city’s array of shops...
Great for: Shopoholics of all tastes, ages and budgets.
If a spot of retail therapy is your perfect way to unwind then you will be spoilt for choice in Bristol.
If you like browsing market stalls don’t miss out on a trip to St Nicholas Market or for upmarket boutiques visit Clifton.
And if it all gets a bit too much don’t worry Bristol’s thriving cafe and bar culture is on hand to sit you down, refresh you and set you back on your feet again.