8 family activities to try out in Bristol during the Easter Holidays 2023

8 family activities to try out in Bristol during the Easter Holidays 2023

Posted on: 27 Mar 2023

The Easter Holidays are almost upon us, and there are plenty of family-friendly activities scheduled at some of Bristol’s top attractions. 


From Aardman-themed treasure hunts to Victorian food tasting at one of Bristol’s most recognisable historic sites, there's plenty for you and the family (whatever the ages) to get stuck into during the 2023 Easter break.


Here's our selection of some of Bristol's top picks to enjoy this Easter...


Shaun the Sheep Hide and Sheep Trail | Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm


Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm and Aardman have teamed up to present a baa-rilliant 2023 event. Visitors of all ages should prepare themselves for a farm-tastic Augmented Reality trail featuring Shaun the Sheep himself.


Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm (located just outside Bristol) is hosting this new trail between Saturday 1 April right up until September, making it the perfect destination for the Easter Holidays. All that is required for this fun-filled activity is a free app, and then you and your family are free to search for 11 Shaun the Sheep markers hidden around the zoo. Find out more here.



Good Family Friday | Propyard


Head down to Propyard on Good Friday for a tonne of family fun in the venue’s Courtyard. attendees of all ages will be able to enjoy fun activities such as a bouncy castle, face painting, a bubble fairy, arts and crafts, a Bollywood dance session and much more besides.


The day’s soundtrack will come from Bristol favourites Friendly Records as well as DJ Dad and DJ Emma with food provided by Pizzarova and the PY Kitchen. Running between 11 AM and 7 PM on Friday 7 April, tickets for this one are going quickly and sold out in advance last year. Find out more here.

First Class Fare | Brunel’s SS Great Britain


The SS Great Britain team are inviting history enthusiasts of all age to board the famous steamship to sample some traditional Victorian puddings inspired by the First Class Bill of Fare (menu) during the 1861 voyage to 1861.


So, indulge yourself with classic plum pudding before awakening your palate with fresh citrus jelly amongst the lavish surroundings of the First Class Dining Saloon. Children will also be able to take part in an Easter animal trail, complete with a chocolate treat at the end! Find out more here. https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/things-to-do/easter-holidays/


Grab your FREE ticket here.      

The Giants’ Easter Hunt | Clifton Observatory


Between Sunday 2 and Monday 17 April, Clifton Observatory will be hosting a special Easter Egg hunt. The Giants have lost their Easter eggs somewhere in the Observatory and they need the help of some young explorers to find them!


Answering questions along the way, children will be able to take part in a hunt that takes them all over the Observatory. Entry is just £2.50 per child, collect a worksheet from the reception to join the fun. Find out more here.

Prehistoric Sealife | Bristol Aquarium


The Easter break at Bristol Aquarium is set to transport visitors back in time with a programme of extra special events between Saturday 1 and Sunday 16 April. Learn all about prehistoric creatures that ruled the sea, become a Palaeontologist digging for fossils, and take part in their prehistoric trail! 


The Prehistoric trail spans 7 exhibits in the Aquarium so keep an eye out for dinosaurs as you roam the building. Visit the Bristol Aquarium website for more information.

Red Arrow Easter Holidays | Aerospace Bristol


Visit Aerospace Bristol this Easter holiday for an action-packed programme of events for all the family, featuring a brand new Red Arrows simulator, a special talk from former Red Arrows pilot Mike Bowden and (on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 April) a selection of pedal planes and two more simulators for young aviators to pilot.


There’s plenty more to enjoy besides, including an outdoor and seating area to soak up the sun with a coffee while the kids run around. Find out more here.

Fun Family Day Out by Bike | The Strawberry Line


Fancy a wholesome bike ride with stunning scenery, cute picnic pit stops and general family fun for all? On this cycling adventure, Strawberry Line Cycling Project hosts you with a map of the Strawberry Line and the route to Cheddar. This activity runs each day from now until Sunday 16 April.


Whether you fancy this traffic-free route from the Mendips to the sea, checking out the seaside sites of Clevedon, or just seeing where your legs take you - that's up to you! Bikes are available for all ages with child seats or trailers available for little ones and adaptive bikes for people with disabilities. Visit the website to find out more.

Funderworld | Durdham Downs


Funderworld Theme Park is returning to Durdham Downs from Friday 31 March to Monday 1 May – meaning it spans the Easter holidays and May Day Bank Holiday. Visitors can expect a spectacular lineup of more than 25 Rides and attractions with unlimited riding available!


This annual Bristol fixture is jam-packed with fun, unique thrill rides and roller coasters as well as a range of traditional Funfair favourites suitable for all ages. Ticket information can be found here.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.