With lockdown easing and warmer weather upon us, this Easter break is going to be a good one.
Our second pandemic Easter bank holiday weekend is around the corner, and we’re bummed things aren’t looking a whole lot better than they did in 2020. But while we’re still spending most days indoors, the upcoming four-day Easter break will mark the first weekend with fewer restrictions after lockdown eases a bit on March 29. Finally, we can gather with one other household or five other people outside, engage in outdoor sport, and travel a bit further than our local area, perhaps to enjoy some of Bristol’s parks and gardens. What’s more, it looks like the weather gods are sending us lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures in the coming week, so Easter is looking quite promising, we think.
Whether you plan on taking advantage of the eased-up restrictions or prefer to celebrate in the safety of your home, here are 20 fun and pandemic-friendly things to do in Bristol over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Let’s be honest: Easter is one of those holidays that, for the most part, revolves around binging on chocolate eggs, cake, and overly sweet desserts. If you’re looking for a new treat to make this year, this Portuguese custard tart baking class will teach you how to make a traditional Pastel de Nata at home, just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend. Grab your tickets here.
If you’re searching for ways to entertain the kids during this lockdown Easter, here’s a brilliant virtual Easter hunt that will excite them with immersive games and sing-alongs. Get your ticket for Saturday, April 3, here.
3. Reward yourself with these unbelievable hot cross buns
The Bristol Loaf has done it again. These hot cross buns are the ultimate Easter treat which offer the best of both worlds with sweet and savoury fillings. The buns are filled with 924 blue cheese and blood orange marmalade as part of the Bedminster bakery’s Easter menu. Head south of the river for these bakery wonders before they sell out.
4. Indulge in a good ol’ Sunday roast on Easter weekend
We all know Sunday roasts don’t require special occasions, but Easter Sunday seems like a particularly good day for a big, hearty feast. Luckily, The Ox has just the trick. The restaurant knows you might not make it home this year to enjoy mum’s Easter dinner, so they’re bringing a roast that’s almost as good as hers. Choose from roast beef, pork or butternut and cashew nut roast, and of course come with all the trimmings pre-order yours for the weekend here.
Think you have what it takes to compete against other teams in this Fat Big Quiz of Easter? Gather your best mates and grab your tickets here for an eggciting night of trivia.
This two-hour quiz covers everything from history to music, geography, film, and general knowledge. We don’t want to get rusty for when our regular pub quiz nights return, so spend your Saturday evening competing against other households in 10 virtual rounds of The Fat Big Quiz of Everything. Get your ticket for April 3 here.
7. Send your faraway loved one a personalised Thorntons Easter egg
Sadly, Thorntons will be closing all of its 61 stores in the UK permanently, meaning we can no longer go window shopping for Easter treats, even after the pandemic ends. Luckily, you can still order sweets from their online shop, and these pretty personalised eggs are the perfect gift to send to a loved one you can’t celebrate Easter with this year.
8. Crack open a savoury egg this Easter
Easter isn’t necessarily all about chocolate (or is it?) as you can enjoy these cracking savoury eggs from Pigsty. Their Scotch eggs are an alternative to the usual chocolate egg and feature golden soft boiled centres, Great Taste Award Winning sausage meat wrapped round them, as well as crispy panko breadcrumbs. These Scotch eggs from Pigsty make for a great day picnicking in the park and it’s no yolk that these are the gooiest Scotch eggs you’ll find.Order yours for pick-up or delivery now.
9. Treat yourself to these absolutely adorable Easter treats
You can’t deny that Easter weekend calls for indulgence and on Bristol Pantry you’ll discover some wonderful Easter treats from local businesses. You’ll find Mini Egg-topped meringues as well as Easter-themed biscuits, cookies, hot cross buns and chocolates. We don’t care how old you are, you just have to admit that the sight of these makes you a little giddy. We’re not ashamed to say that our inner child is desperate to get its hands on one (or all) of these adorable treats. They are available to order here.
Kick off the long weekend with a groovy disco bingo virtual dance party on Friday, April 2. After all that dancing, you won’t have to think twice about eating that second piece of Easter cake. Get your ticket here.
If a bit of suspense is more your thing, this thrilling online experience is the perfect activity for you and your housemates. Together, you have an hour to interrogate a suspect in a blackmail case and prove your skills as detectives. Get your ticket for any of the Easter weekend evenings here.
Serial killers are too boring for you? We hear ya. Enter the “Twilight Zoom” and save us all from the alien invaders trying to take over Planet Earth. Invite your household to join you in this immersive, one-hour game. Get your ticket here.
13. Welcome spring with a seasonal brew
Supporting small businesses has been more important than ever since lockdown began, so why not order a few beers from your local brewers? You can order a box of beers from Good Chem Brew, known as the Positivity Pack, which features twelve cans of two spring-inspired varieties. The pack includes six of the Good Chem Brew’s session IPA, Pure Optimism, a beer full of juicy flavours that definitely says spring is here. Plus, it includes six of their brand new dark Belgian-style Witbier, Amplify Hope, which has caramel and biscuit malt flavours enhanced with cassia bark, chamomile flowers and coriander to spice up your life.Order your spring-inspired beers here.
14. Spoil someone special with these indulgent Easter cake jars
Another perfect Easter treat you can enjoy during a picnic in your local park whilst catching up with friends or family (just don’t forget your spoon). These pretty Easter cakes jars from Ahh Toots will make other park-goers envy you from six feet of social distance away. The seasonal special features sponge cake, layers of gooey goodness in the form of frosting, curd and Creme Eggs, plus a chocolate drizzle, shaved chocolate and Mini Eggs on top. These indulgent treats are available to order from Ahh Toots online shop or in store.
15. Get some fresh sea air with a trip to the beach
The government has given the green light for people living in England to head to the beach as the ‘stay at home’ rule is now lifted. So if you fancy a bit of freedom from those usual four walls, head to the local coastline to breathe in some fresh sea air and watch the waves come into shore. Bristol has a number of nearby beaches to choose from including Severn Beach, Clevedon Beach, Portishead, Brean Beach and Weston-Super-Mare.