Have you planned child-entertaining activities for the Easter holidays yet? With restrictions starting to lift and places starting to open up after lockdown, these school holidays have the potential to be a bit more exciting! There are some cracking social distancing-friendly things to do in Bristol with kids this Easter – from egg hunts to animal encounters, arts and crafts to online murder mysteries, just take a look at this egg-cellent (sorry) lot…
Easter egg hunts and trails
Easter egg hunts at Tyntesfield (1-18 April)
If you’re a National Trust member, Easter is a great time to maximise your membership, especially as they’ve just confirmed that Easter egg hunts will take place this April! The family-friendly trail has fun activities for you to do along the way and a chocolate reward at the end. Non-members can still book tickets and it’s well worth the entrance fee to the gorgeous grounds.
Although the house is currently closed, you’ll find the cow barn cafe open and acres of gardens, a natural wood playground and open space for little ones to run free.
Easter Extravaganza at Old Down Country Park (12-18 April)
See the animals, go on an egg hunt and play in all outdoor areas of Old Down Country Park from 12 April. Get your cleverest clue-cracking whizzes to answer clues and complete the Easter trail to win an egg-citing Easter Egg! Tickets for the Easter Trail can be bought on the day, for an additional fee of £3.50. There’ll also be a takeaway menu of food and drinks available.
Help the Easter Bunny find letters hidden in Easter eggs around Bradley Stoke to spell out an Easter message and win a chocolate egg.
Calling all super sleuths! Solve a series of clues (sent to your phone) from Captain Bess while following beautiful maps and learning interesting facts and stories about Bristol city centre. The route is around 2.5 miles and can be done at your own pace, with as many breaks as little legs might need.
Spring gardens in Bristol
Entering this beautiful oasis is like stepping into a secret garden, behind whose door hides a mixture of tropical climes, Jurassic Park-style palms and English country garden vibes all at once. Seek out a dinosaur skeleton, sculptures, medicinal plants and an African Rondavel. The external areas of the Botanic Garden will reopen on Monday 12 April. You will need to book your ticket in advance, tickets will be available one week ahead of time.
Adults – £5, Children under 18 – Free
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm are hoping to open on 12 April and pre-booking your place is now available (refundable if anything changes restrictions-wise)! Bird of prey displays as well as animal keeper talks are planned to take place daily outside, but indoor areas will remain closed. Check out their Covid-19 FAQs here. The Farm shop is also open.
Avon Valley hope to see visitors for the Easter holidays! The ‘rule of 6’ applies to bookings and the ticket includes Mini Jeep Safari, Chair-O-Planes and Miniature Railway (all weather dependent).
The attraction is also currently offering VIP animal encounters for groups of six to get up close to their choice of animal for an interactive 45-minute experience! Walk, feed and meet owls, alpacas, rabbits and guinea pigs, foxes, pigs or goats) inside their pens and where possible, take them for a stroll around the park.
Windmill Hill City Farm are re-opening on Monday 29 March 2021. The café will continue to serve takeaway food and you’ll be able to join friends (keeping to the rule of 6) in the Big Top and picnic gardens.
Visit the farm shop for goodies to take home with you or place your order via click and collect and they’ll have it ready for you.
Easter arts and crafts
Laura from Colourful Minds will show you how to create beautiful, no-sew woven eggs with wool and yarn and turn them into cards, decorations or garlands for the Easter holidays. Buy one ticket, get one free! So you can invite a friend or family to join in online. Book tickets here.
Get creative with RWA Bristol
Go online and get crafty with workshops from England’s oldest art gallery! Choose from events such as Family Workshop – Easter Egg Painting (2-18 April), a make-your-own lockets Junior Drawing School for older children (6 April), and a free artist-led family ‘Exquisite Corpse’ workshop with Let’s Make Art (10 April), as well as a free live hedgehog drawing class (13 April).
Easter Holidays cookery classes for children at Cooking It! (6-9, 12-16 April)
Got some budding GBBO contestants in your household? Send them off to learn how to make exciting dishes – everything from cupcakes, to Easter treats, Mexican or Indian food at Cooking It! The classes are hands-on and kids will learn new skills as they create their own culinary masterpieces.
Easter in the Woods, Oodle Doodle Art (3 & 5 April)
Oodle Doodle Art are offering woodland craft, fun and games, marshmallow toasting, hot chocolates and Easter goodies in the woods at Old Down, Tockington (BS32 4PA) on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Things to do in Bristol with kids: Easter theatre
Sherlock in Homes, Murder at the Circus (25 March-1 May, 6pm & 8pm)
From Sharp Teeth Theatre and The Wardrobe Theatre comes this thrilling online murder mystery! Play detective over Zoom and delve into a murder mystery from your own home. Attempt to unmask the culprit with your fellow audience members, in this Victorian case of dastardly behaviour and deadly death at the Bearded Lady’s Circus of Wonders.
Fancy having an Easter boogie with the bunny everyone’s talking about at this time of year? The Easter bunny will be teaching kids the bunny hop and shuffle, bunny skills training and getting them involved with games and songs while hosting this fun egg hunt streamed LIVE in your home. Solve riddles and clues which your children will help solve to find pre-printed (or drawn) clues from PDF downloads in advance of the event, plus Easter bunny skills training, games and songs, as well as an amazing Easter themed egg hunt game around your home.
This one hour long event is recommended for 2 to 10 year olds. Little ones will need some adult support and in all cases pre-booking and preparation of clues around your home is essential.
Join Bristol Improv Theatre for a whole host of improv and storytelling games using performance skills. This workshop is for anyone looking to connect with others and spice up their games repertoire.
Car Park Party’s live stage performances are a COVID-secure, socially-distanced American-style drive-in experience! Shows take place at 2pm and 5pm at Bath and West Showground on 16 April and cost £52 per car.
Walliams’ popular book Billionaire Boy tells the story of twelve-year-old Joe Spud, the richest boy in the country! But things don’t go as planned for Joe and life becomes a rollercoaster as he tries to find what money can’t buy…
Get your tickets quick as the 2pm live stage performance has already sold out! Another one is set to take place at 5pm the same day at Bristol Airport. Watch from the comfort of your car – American drive-in stylee. From Car Park Party comes this historical tale about horrible Henry VIII, the Magna Carta, Guy’s gunpowder plot and Dick Turpin told in that gruesome way that kids love.
Things to do in Bristol with kids: Drive-in cinema
Take a break from scoffing chocolate (or don’t!) and pull up for an Easter extravaganza at Bristol Airport. Entertainment includes a Wizard of Oz panto, performances from stars of RuPauls Drag Race UK, a comedy night, Car-a-oke, silent disco and movies, including Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban complete with costume competition and wizard-themed quiz.
As the saying goes, when you can’t get to the cinema, take the cinema to your car…or something like that…Watch new releases on the big screen from the comfort of your car. Film screenings include Tom and Jerry, Bill and Ted Face the Music, Scoob!, Wonder Woman and Witches.
The cost is £35 per car, with packages available, book online here.
Attractions at Easter
Crack the secret code and hunt down Bowood’s BIG Easter eggs from 1-11 April. The following week (12-18 April), Bowood’s Easter Bunny and all his friends will be in the grounds leaving hidden clues for you to find. Work out the word that the Easter Bunny has hidden and you’ll be rewarded with a chocolate treat.
The Adventure Playground opens from the 12 April. When booking a day ticket online from the 12 April onwards you will need to select a Playground Session for your child at the same time (you do not need to purchase a ticket for an infant under 2 years of age), timings are either 11:15am – 1:15pm or 1:30pm – 3:30pm or 3:45pm – 5:45pm.
Elephant Family at Sudeley Castle and Gardens (12 April-31 May)
To mark its eagerly anticipated re-opening, Sudeley Castle & Gardens, will set the scene for a mighty migration of elephants grazing the grounds. Over 30 enormous, life-sized elephant sculptures will form a trail through the beautiful gardens against the backdrop of the magnificent castle – part of environmental art campaign, CoExistence, which highlights the loss of biodiversity caused as humans encroach on wild spaces across the globe.
Kids will also be able to enjoy the thrilling (and massive!) adventure playground. Pre-book tickets online.
Out and about in Bristol this Easter
Visit a different playground
Bored of your local playground, having visited it approximately 40,000 times during lockdown?! The ‘stay at home’ rule lifts on 29 March (although advice is to stay local) so why not take your kids to discover a new playground nearby. I’ve got a list of some of the best kids’ playgrounds Bristol has to offer here.
if you want/need to get out and about for a ramble with little ones, don’t let having to take a buggy hold you back! I’ve written up a whole load of my favourite pram friendly walks around Bristol, which you can read here.
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