Free family fun in and around Clifton this Easter

PUBLISHED: 17:02 30 March 2015 | UPDATED: 09:13 31 March 2015

Easter activities  © Jon Nicholls, Flickr

Easter activities © Jon Nicholls, Flickr

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The Easter Holidays in April can be an expensive two weeks, so take advantage of the free days out and explore the Clifton area. Here are our top five free children’s activities for fun-filled family adventure.

Clifton Rock Slide

If you haven’t tried the Clifton Rock Slide, you don’t know what you’re missing. Discover this slippery strip of rock near the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s been polished smooth by generations of daring bottoms and become a bit of a local legend in the process. Under 5s love the thrill and they’re happy to go up and down the slide for hours. It’s free so you won’t mind. A 10 minute walk from Clifton town centre.

Blaise Castle  © Adrian Scottow, FlickrBlaise Castle © Adrian Scottow, Flickr

Blaise Castle Estate

There are free outdoor activities and indoor experiences for everyone this Easter at beautiful Blaise Castle Estate. The castle sits in 650 acres of parkland with an incredible adventure playground, safe bike trails, a cricket pitch and exciting walks for all ages around the estate’s wild and wonderful limestone gorge. Children can explore Blaise Castle’s Victorian School Room, discover the historic toy collection and see how people played in the days before apps. Less than 10 minutes drive from Clifton Town Centre. www.bristolmuseums.org.uk

Leigh Woods  © Nick Serebi, FlickrLeigh Woods © Nick Serebi, Flickr

Leigh Woods

Visit Leigh Woods during the Easter Holidays, take a picnic and have a free adventure. Miles of marked walks are scattered with sculptures so you can make your own Easter Egg hunt. Mountain bike trails are good and challenging for older children. There’s a woodland play park. And Leigh Woods are wild fun but reassuringly safe for younger children too. Everything is beautifully looked after by the National Trust and there are plenty of places to picnic or just sit and enjoy the spring weather. Less than 10 minutes drive from Clifton Town Centre www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Cabot Tower Bird's Eye View © Charlie Marshall, FlickrCabot Tower Bird's Eye View © Charlie Marshall, Flickr

Cabot Tower

Paint your own Easter Eggs this year and head to Brandon Hill Park on Easter Sunday and have a free fun day out with your children and their friends. It’s the best place for egg rolling and if that’s not challenging enough there’s always the climb up Cabot Tower to keep you all busy. The tower is 105ft high and if you make it to the top, the panoramic view of Bristol and the Harbourside is worth every step. Back on the ground, under 5s love the Brandon Hill Park play area and there are plenty of adventurous nature trails for older children. A 20 minute walk from Clifton town centre.

Easter bunny  © Sequoia Hughes, FlickrEaster bunny © Sequoia Hughes, Flickr

St. Werburgh City Farm family activity day

St. Werburgh City Farm is a brilliant, free family day out any time of year. But if you visit on March 31st from 11am – 3pm it’s Free Family Activity Day on the farm. Everything from spin-painting and badge making to a great value ‘bike swap’ is on offer and as always the atmosphere is friendly, fun and just made for children. Less than 20 minutes’ drive from Clifton town centre. www.swcityfarm.co.uk


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