Easter

Put a spring in your step with our guide to events over the Easter holiday

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Easter and the holiday period conjure up a wide range of special events across the region.

Experience a working Victorian shipyard at The Iron and Fire Festival at SS Great Britain’s Kingdom Forge (12 – 22 April).  Blacksmiths will demonstrate rivet and chain making, plus there’s an opportunity to try your hand at coal shovelling, iron riveting and rope work.

On 10 April at another of Brunel’s engineering triumphs, the Clifton Bridge Suspension Bridge, there’s a rare opportunity to see their collection of Victorian stereoscopic photographs

More Victorian ingenuity on display at Clevedon Pier.  Find out how the Pier stands up to massive tides of the Severn Estuary and discover your inner engineer in the bridge building challenge (6-22 April).

More ‘pier-ing’ into the past in nearby Weston super Mare, with a photographic exhibition at Tiffany’s Restaurant on the Grand Pier of Weston’s seaside heritage. Go back in time to World War Two at the nearby Helicopter Museum (6-7 April) where re-enactors with wartime vehicles create a living history encampment.

For more modern technology, head for Aerospace Bristol as they celebrate Concorde’s 50th anniversary.  Hear from a Concorde pilot about what is was like to experience flying at supersonic speed (9 and 16 April).

 At We The Curious in Bristol, there’s a focus on positive actions for a better world, with activities and games celebrating the synergy between art and science.

See the historic splendour of the Roman Baths in a different light with torchlit evening openings with live music, performances from Natural Theatre Company and a Prosecco bar! (19-22 April)

Thursday 18 April is UNESCO World Heritage Day and where better to spend it than Bath. There’s a free event at Green Park Station with talks, walks and plenty of hands on activities, including stone and letter carving.

Head outdoors to the wildlife haven that is Arnos Vale Cemetery for their Birds and Birdsong tour (14 April) while the University of Bristol Botanic Garden hosts an Easter Sculpture Festival (19-22 April).

For a more traditional Easter, discover the story of Holy Week with Bristol Cathedral’s interactive storytelling trail (5-14 April). St George’s Bristol strikes a spiritual note with its 'Towards Easter' programme of uplifting, dramatic and beautifully poignant music.

There’s a wide range of theatrical treats on offer.  The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol provides an unconventional take on Spielberg’s classic film ‘The Jurassic Parks’ (2-13 April).  Elsewhere in Bristol, there’s ‘Shh…Bang!’ at Tobacco Factory Theatres (11-16 April) exploring silence and sound and over at the Old Vic, an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Selfish Giant’ (8 – 10 April), plus Bristol’s own Kid Carpet in ‘Noisy Holiday’ (17–20 April).

At Bath’s Rondo Theatre on April 19, take ‘The Long Walk Back’, the story of the catastrophic fall from grace of cricket star Chris Lewis.  And in Clevedon, the Theatre Shop is open for the puppet performers of ‘Woodland Tales with Granddad’ (12 April), plus a world-premiere of H G Wells ‘The Time Machine’ from North Somerset’s very own Mumblecrust Theatre (19-20 April).

For the young (and the young at heart) there’s plenty of hands on activity.

There’s Spring Stitching (10 April) at Blaise Castle Museum, be a Dinosaur Detective at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (10 April), take a trip on the John King, a 1935 diesel tug in Bristol Harbour (6-7, 27-28 April) or a train ride on the Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed (13-14, 20-22 April).

At the Sculpture Lab at the Royal West of England Academy try your hand at making mobiles, balsa foam figures and cardboard sculpture with free workshops (15 & 18 April), while at Tyntesfield, find out more about the Gibbs family, who lived at Tyntesfield in the 1800s with Victorian pastimes and games.

And in Bath get Potty about Pots at the Roman Baths (15 April), follow a Coin Collectors Trail (15-18 April) or get Buttoned Up at the Fashion Museum (16 April). There’s a Big Top Bonanza at the Victoria Art Gallery with their Sharmanka Travelling Circus exhibition (17 April).

Draw like an architect at Museum of Bath Architecture, find unusual treasures at Beckford’s Tower, make a spinning version of the Pinwheel Galaxy at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy or a crazy self portrait at No. 1 Royal Crescent (all 6–21 April).

Meanwhile at the American Museum & Gardens, it’s Mardi Gras (6-22 April) with a range of family friendly activities to mark this unique American tradition.

Finally if it’s laughter that’s needed, then it can provided in bucket loads at the Bath Comedy Festival (29 March – 14 April).

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