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Things to do this Easter: Bristol and North Somerset 2021

Things to do this Easter Bristol and Northcombe Somerset with kids 2021

What can we do and where can we safely go in North Somerset during the 2021 Easter holidays? Are there any Easter egg hunts in Bristol this year? Which Bristol attractions are closed and when will they open? Which parks serve takeaway coffee and have toilets open?

In this article, I answer these questions and more!

This post includes:-

  • Easter events and Easter egg trails around Bristol and North Somerset
  • Attractions in Bristol and North Somerset which are open this Easter
  • Opening dates: who’s opening soon, who’s partially open & who’s closed for Easter.
  • Open spaces, parks and beaches to explore outdoors during the Easter holidays.
  • Parks with cafes and toilets open.
  • Links to on-line resources and fun activities which the whole family can do at home.

Check out these feature boxes for attractions which are opening during the Easter holidays, as well as family Easter activities you can book or do right now!

If you find this information useful, I appreciate any shares on social media.

Also, check out Fab FREE Things to do in Bristol & North Somerset
free indoor attractions and outdoor destination inspiration in and around Bristol!

SCHOOL EASTER HOLIDAYS AND LOCKDOWN-EASING DATES

The dates below demonstrate how some outdoor attractions should be able to open part way through our Easter school holidays, here in Bristol and North Somerset.

29th March 2021
In England, groups of 6 from a maximum of 2 households are allowed to meet up outdoors, with limitations.

Friday 2nd April (Good Friday) to Sunday 18th April.
School Easter holidays in Bristol, Somerset and North Somerset

4th April – Easter Sunday

From April 12th
Lockdown restrictions could ease further, allowing for the opening of outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.

Please remember that while Practically Perfect Mums supports local destinations and offers inspiration and ideas of places to go and things to do, I am not aiming nor able to tell you whether any outing is safe, wise or even legal. You are responsible for checking and adhering to current Covid laws and guidance and using your own judgement about what may or may not be safe for your particular circumstances.

Check the easing roadmap for up to date information on Covid restrictions.

The Covid situation continues to evolve and the proposed lockdown easing is subject to change, as are venue opening dates and Covid guidance, so. as always, please check with the venue or organiser before you travel.

Wishing you a happy and safe Easter. Enjoy the guide!

WHAT’S ON FOR KIDS IN BRISTOL AND NORTH SOMERSET DURING THE EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAYS?

EASTER EGG TRAILS AROUND BRISTOL AND NORTH SOMERSET

PORTISHEAD EASTER TRAIL – PORTISHEAD, NORTH SOMERSET

Optional £1 donation to help vulnerable children in a small village in Kenya, Africa.

Look for paper Easter eggs hidden in shop and business windows in Portishead. Complete a special sentence from the words collected and you could win one of 25 prizes

TYNTESFIELD NATIONAL TRUST EASTER EGG TRAIL – WRAXALL, BRISTOL

Join an Easter Egg trail at Tyntesfield from 29 March.
You don’t need to book your Easter trail, but you need to book your Easter visit.
(Trail costs £3 in addition to admission charge, while stocks last).

PENNY BROHN GIANT EASTER EGG HUNT – PILL, BRISTOL

For the first time the Easter Bunny will be visiting Penny Brohn! Can you find all the eggs to win a chocolate prize?

Bring a picnic and make the most of our beautiful gardens! Easter hats very welcome.

The Easter Bunny is visiting Penny Brohn for an egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunt
12th April – £8 per child – accompanied adults free. Booking essential

THE BRIGHTWELL EASTER EGG HUNT – BRADLEY STOKE, BRISTOL

The Easter Bunny needs your help!

Family Easter Egg Hunt around Bradley Stoke – help the Easter bunny find 50 letters hidden on Easter eggs to spell out Easter words.

The Brightwell Neurological Centre Easter Egg Hunt
£5 per family – chocolate egg for every child who takes part.
Complete all 5 trails and you could win an Easter bunny soft toy!

BRISTOL STREET ART EASTER EGG HUNT – CENTRAL BRISTOL

Street artist, Jay D Artworks, has painted 29 lizard easter eggs around Bristol and challenges you to find them all!

Bristol Street Art Easter Egg Trail
Check out the video and map and search for the ‘hatching lizard easter eggs’ for an unusual and free Easter egg hunt in Bristol!

OLD DOWN COUNTRY PARK EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA – TOCKINGTON, SOUTH GLOS

Planning to open on 12th April with their Easter Extravaganza, featuring an Easter egg trail, special guests and food from their take away menu.

Old Down Country Park Easter Extravaganza
Now taking bookings and planning to open outdoor areas on 12th April.

Llamas at Old Down Country Park - Open Easter 2021

BOWOOD’S BIG SPRING ADVENTURE – CALNE, WILTSHIRE

Bowood Easter events include:-
the ‘Big Easter Egg Hunt‘ (1-11th April) and the ‘Easter Bunny Trail’ (12-18th April).
Both pre-bookable and included in your entrance fee or season ticket.

REDGRAVE THEATRE EASTER BUNNY HUNT! (Live stream)

Redgrave Theatre’s Easter bunny hunt live stream
£10 for the whole family.
Pre-booking and preparation of clues for the Easter egg hunt are essential.

FREE THINGS TO DO IN BRISTOL AND NORTH SOMERSET WITH KIDS THIS EASTER – OUTDOORS

I’ve indicated which cafés and toilets are listed as open over Easter in Bristol and North Somerset parks and I’ve added website links wherever possible. Please check with the destination for up to date information before you travel.

ABBOTS POOL, ABBOTS LEIGH

Abbots Pool on the outskirts of Bristol features a woodland with a large pond. Check out our Abbots Pool video for more info. Free car parking. No facilities.

ASHTON COURT ESTATE – LONG ASHTON

The 850 acres of woodland and grassland at Ashton Court should offer plenty of scope for social distancing.
Free entry but there is a small £1.20 per day parking fee for vehicles.

Ashton Court Courtyard Café and Golf café are both open for takeaway and we understand that toilets are open.

BLAISE CASTLE ESTATE – LAWRENCE WESTON

650 acres of parkland with extensive children’s play areas as well as a museum, castle and café.

Blaise Castle Café open for takeaway only and we understand that toilets are open.

OLDBURY COURT AND SNUFF MILLS – FILTON/STAPLETON

Parkland, woodland with River Frome running through it plus sports areas, children’s playpark, café facilities and toilets. Great for picnics, riverside walks and socially distanced fun.

We understand that toilets are open.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE, CLEVEDON AND PORTISHEAD BEACHES

We’re still not allowed to travel to sunnier shores, so how about staying local and visiting one of our North Somerset beaches? Being beside the sea is one of my favourite free things to do! Read about our visit to one of the beaches in Portishead.

Or you could go exploring along a section of the coastal path between Clevedon and Portishead. There are a number of beaches to stop at along the way.
(The ground is uneven, sloping and narrow and there are steep drops in places, so you’ll need to judge whether your group is capable of tackling this safely. Parts of the route aren’t suitable for pushchairs or anyone with limited mobility.)

Visit one of North Somerset’s beaches or explore the coastal path. No facilities.

For safety advice when visiting a beach or coastal path, check out the government’s Coastguard Safety information.

MEET OUTDOORS WITH FRIENDS OR FAMILY IN THE GARDEN! – WITH RESTRICTIONS*

I wasn’t sure whether to include this simple pleasure, but decided it deserves a spot as it’s been such a long time coming. I still can’t quite grasp that we’re allowed to enjoy a cuppa in the garden with a small number of family or friends!

* From 29/3/2021 a socially distanced group of 6 can meet in outdoor settings and private gardens (rule of six – maximum 6 people from maximum of 2 households).

“From 29 March …… the Government will enable people to meet up in limited numbers outdoors, where they are less likely to catch the virus or pass it on.

People will be able to meet outside in groups up to a maximum of 6 people (the Rule of 6) or with one other household, though people from different households will still need to socially distance from each other. This will apply in all outdoor settings, including private gardens. “

From gov.uk. Follow this link for full details:- https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021#roadmap

THINGS TO DO AROUND BRISTOL AND NORTH SOMERSET WITH KIDS EASTER 2021 – OUTDOORS £££

THE WAVE* – EASTER COMPTON, SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

The wave, inland surf destination, is open!

The Wave inland surf destination, Easter Compton, Bristol

The Wave is open from 29th March in time for the Easter holidays.
Pre-booking necessary*.
Takeaway food and drink is available from “The Clubhouse” (reduced menu).
From 12th April outdoor table service will be added and the surf shop will re-open.

PORTISHEAD OPEN AIR POOL AND CAFE – NORTH SOMERSET

Café opening on Good Friday.
Pool opening planned for early May with pre-bookable sessions in line with Covid restrictions.

Read our pre-Covid Portishead Outdoor Pool review.

Lido Café opening on Good Friday for takeaway hot and cold drinks, cakes, ice-cream, crisps and chocolate.

Portishead Open Air Pool - cafe open Good Friday, Easter 2021

VISIT ONE OF PORTISHEAD’S PUB GARDENS

Pubs and bars are beginning to open again making lunch in a pub garden an option again.

PUXTON PARK – BANWELL, WESTON-SUPER-MARE

Puxton Park is planning to re-open on 12th April. Tickets must be pre-booked.
(The play barn will remain closed in line with government guidance.)
Takeaway catering will be available.

NOAHS ARK ZOO FARM – WRAXALL, NORTH SOMERSET

Noah’s Ark planned opening 12th April.
For more info about visiting Noah’s Ark, check out our pre-covid article:
Ten good reasons to visit Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm now taking bookings and hoping to open outdoor areas during the Easter holidays, from 12th April.

SLIMBRIDGE WETLANDS CENTRE

Slimbridge is planning to open on 12th April.

DRIVE IN MOVIESASHTON GATE, BRISTOL

Wed 14th – Sun 18th April
Drive in movie tickets are available to buy now.

BRISTOL ZOO GARDENS – CLIFTON, BRISTOL

Hoping to open in April 2021.

WILD PLACE PROJECT – BRISTOL

Hoping to re-open in April 2021

FREE FAMILY DAYS OUT IN BRISTOL – INDOORS 

BLAISE CASTLE HOUSE MUSEUM

Closed for now

Closed until May 2021

In the meantime:
Join one of their online talks, tours or workshops

BRISTOL CATHEDRAL

Open for Easter services in the Bristol Cathedral building. Pre-booking required.

CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE VISITOR CENTRE

Visitor centre closed for now

Bridge remains open to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. 

THE GEORGIAN HOUSE MUSEUM

Closed until April

In the meantime:
You can view their GEORGIAN HOUSE VIRTUAL 360 TOUR.

M-SHED

Closed for now

In the meantime:
Check out their what’s on page for a programme of on-line sessions, talks and webinars

THE NEW ROOM BRISTOL: JOHN WESLEY’S CHAPEL

Closed for now.

In the meantime:
Check out The New Room 360 tour

THE RED LODGE MUSEUM

Closed until April 2021

In the meantime, check out RED LODGE 360 VIRTUAL TOUR

WESTON MUSEUM, WESTON-SUPER-MARE

Closed for now

In the meantime:
Check out their ‘fun for kids‘ section for online activities you can do at home, such as history adventures and treasure trails.

£££ THINGS TO DO IN BRISTOL AND NORTH SOMERSET EASTER 2021 – INDOORS

Main indoor attractions are closed for now, but some venues will partially open over the Easter holidays with shops, cafes and outdoor dining.

Also see below for links to online activity sessions and a real live exhibition!

CLIFTON SUSPENSION BRIDGE VAULTS TOUR – CLIFTON, BRISTOL

Tours closed for now.

In the meantime:
Check out their on-line resources which feature challenges, educational resources and the archives which they’re digitising, including artefacts like old toll tickets!

SS GREAT BRITAIN – HARBOURSIDE, BRISTOL

Attraction currently closed but kiosk open limited hours.
On re-opening, pre-booking will be required.

  • From Friday 2 April the kiosk will be open 7 days a week serving takeaway drinks, snacks and hot food to.
  • From Monday 12 April the Harbourside Kitchen will be open for outside table service

In the meantime:
– The SS Great Britain offers Easter crafts and other activities on their website
– Their Outdoor Photography Exhibition is open on the harbour.
– Harbourside Kiosk is open at limited times for takeaway hot drinks, cakes & snacks.

WE THE CURIOUS – HARBOURSIDE, BRISTOL

Hoping to reopen soon. Check their website for the latest information. They’re planning for tickets to go on sale a couple of weeks before they open.
Booking will be required.

In the meantime, you can book an on-line planetarium experience with their Life in the Universe – Daytime Special, especially for the Easter holidays.

AEROSPACE BRISTOL – PATCHWAY, BRISTOL

Closed and will re-open no earlier than May 17th 2021

In the meantime:
Check out the educational activities and fun resources on their website, such as “make your own rotocopter” or “exercise like an astronaut”.

BRISTOL AQUARIUM – HARBOURSIDE, BRISTOL

Monday 12th April, Bristol Aquarium is hoping to open their gift shop and cafe, offering takeout services and some outdoor seating during the Easter holidays.

Planning to re-open the aquarium 17th May 2021

In the meantime:
Special offer – discounted advance tickets are available to buy now.

FREE SPRING ACTIVITIES, EASTER ARTS AND CRAFTS FOR KIDS & SPRING CLEANING TIPS!

If you’re looking for ideas of things to do at home this Easter, check out these three super easy Easter craft ideas.

And watch this video for 8 free or cheap spring activities for kids

The house can soon start to feel like a disaster once the children are home for the Easter holidays so if you’re after some cleaning inspiration, take a look at these ten great ideas for spring cleaning kids’ dirt with Cif. I was amazed at just how many things cream cleaner is effective on!

And if you don’t have the energy for cooking after all the Easter activities, remember to check out our Portishead Takeaway Ultimate Guide which rounds up all the restaurants, cafes and pubs which are currently offering takeaway food for collection or delivery to Portishead.

Phew! So there we have it. I hope you find our 2021 Easter guide helpful. If so, please do share it and let me know of you have ideas of anywhere else I should add. Have a great Easter!

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Wondering which attractions are open during the Bristol Easter holidays? Are there any Easter egg hunts in North Somerset for Easter 2021? Which parks serve takeaway coffee and are the loos open?  We answer these questions & more in our mega guide to what's on for kids in Bristol and North Somerset Easter 2021.

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