Our first lockdown-free Easter bank holiday weekend after two years is just around the corner and we’re here to embrace the “new normal”. And there’s plenty to get up to aside from tucking into wonderful Easter eggs. From marvelling at post-impressionist art in an immersive experience to chomping on cheese across the city, you won’t be short of things to do over the Easter bank holiday weekend. 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 spring weather and leaving your home or prefer to celebrate in the comforting indoors, here are lots of fun things to do in Bristol over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
1. Get bowled over by Lane7’s latest Easter cocktail creation
Launching their inventive ‘Easter K’eggs’ especially for the occasion, ‘grown-ups’ can now enjoy Easter in a typically ‘grown-up’ way, with a cosmo in hand while enjoying a few games at Lane 7 with mates. Available from April 4th, the new kegs are filled with 24 classic Cosmopolitans – making them absolutely perfect for celebrating with mates over the Easter bank holiday. The cocktail is made with Grey Goose, cranberry juice, triple sec, and fresh lime juice and will be available to order at all Lane7 venues – including their Bristol one – until after Easter.
Why not enjoy a spot of culture this Easter? With the amazing Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience having now arrived in Bristol, the exhibition invites art-lovers and culture vultures to soak up the post-impressionist artist’s iconic paintings which have been unleashed from the four walls of their frame. Projected in a 360-degree digital show and brought to life using virtual reality and re-created in larger than life installations, you’ll feel like you have wandered through the canvas and into Van Gogh’s swirling masterpieces. Book your tickets here.
3. Reward yourself with these unbelievable hot cross buns
The Bristol Loaf has done it again. These sourdough hot cross buns are the ultimate Easter treat and can be enjoyed simply by spreading lashings of butter. The buns are spiced and filled with raisins, sultanas and citrus peel which they’ve candied in-house. Head south of the river to Bedminster 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, hidden under the Commercial Rooms on Corn Street, has just the trick- and it may even rival your mum’s roast. Choose from roast beef, slow roasted porchetta or butternut squash nut roast, and of course it comes with all the trimmings like roast potatoes, carrots, braised red cabbage, leeks and greens, Yorkshire pudding and cauliflower cheese.
Think you have what it takes to compete against other teams in this Fat Big Quiz of Easter? Inspired by The Big Fat Quiz of the Year, the game takes players through 10 rounds of gameplay with lots of interactive graphics, videos, special guests and more! Gather your best mates and grab your tickets here for an eggciting night of trivia.
6. 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.
7. Enjoy a selection of local brews, street food and music at craft beer event Hopyard
A new-for-2022 craft beer event, showcasing the very best of Bristol’s beer brewing talent, Hopyard is coming to Propyard on Feeder Road this April to satisfy the taste buds of the city’s beer enthusiasts. Taking place just ahead of Easter weekend (April 14 and 15) revellers can get ready to satisfy their pint-sized cravings with two days of top-notch sizzling street food, music from some of Bristol’s best DJs as well as the gold standard in beers – from a mouth-watering line-up of 12 local breweries including the likes of Wiper & True, Left Handed Giant, Bristol Beer Factory, Tapestry and a mystery wild card entry. It’s the place to get the Easter bank holiday off to a flying (and crafty) start!
Forget chocolate this Easter and instead gorge on cheese whilst discovering plenty of cheesy spots across Bristol. Join The Bristol Cheese Crawl for two hours of non-stop cheese on April 16: from swanky blue cheese and tasty halloumi fries, to cheesy jokes and interactive cheese-themed quizzes and competitions. They’ve Caerphilly conducted the best route, so you’re in very Gouda hands. Pick up your tickets here.
9. Welcome spring with these indulgent seasonal bakes
Another perfect Easter treat you can enjoy whilst catching up with friends or family. These pretty spring-themed cakes from East Village in Clifton will make passers-by envy you from afar. Their seasonal specials include lavender and pistachio cupcakes, raspberry and pistachio cupcakes as well as strawberry and basil iced tea and cinnamon roll smoothie, which are both great for the weather Bristol has been predicted for the Easter weekend.
Long weekends are for exploring and with this self-guided audio tour you can explore the oldest parts of Bristol and uncover the best places in the city to grab a beer and a bite to eat. Wander through various markets, relax in a park and pass through the last remaining city gate. You’ll see some fantastic street art, including two Banksy’s, the cathedral and the historic docks. Stop for a drink in the city’s oldest pub and uncover a few of Bristol’s traditional breweries, pubs and places to eat. Book your self-guided audio tour here.