A new community art festival is coming to Bristol this Easter

It will take place across Broadmead, The Horsefair, Sparks Bristol and John Wesley’s New Room
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Woodland of Wonder, a new community art festival, will be coming to Bristol's Shopping Quarter from April 3 to 6 and 10 to 13.

The event is produced by Broadmead BID (Business Improvement District) in partnership with The Methodist Church, John Wesley’s New Room, and Sparks Bristol and celebrates the natural world.

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The event has been planned with sustainability, creativity, and the importance of trees at its heart, with schools and local groups encouraged to make trees for the exhibitions using recycled and sustainable materials, and all activities will be free.

There will be nature photography walks starting at 11am and 1pm on April 3 and 11 and a Junk Bugs workshop between 11am and 3pm on April 4 at John Wesley’s New Room, where guests will have the opportunity to make colourful insects from recycled materials alongside other fun crafts.

Take part in seed bomb and plasticine nature model making at Sparks Bristol between 11am and 1pm and 2pm and 4 pm on April 5 and 12, and look out for the Treemendous stilt walkers roaming around Broadmead and The Horsefair on April 6 and 13.

On April 11, take part in the "Your Wonderland Woodland" at John Wesley’s New Room where visitors will have the chance to make trees, flowers, and animals from recycled materials between 11am and 3pm. 

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There will also be an exhibition of artwork at John Wesley’s New Room and Sparks throughout the eight-day festival.

All activities are drop-in except the photography walks, which need to be pre-booked here.

Other Easter events at Broadmead shopping district:

  • John Wesley's New Room will be holding a Good Friday service on March 29 between 1pm and 1.30pm. All are welcome to join their Good Friday Communion service with hymns and prayers.
  • OTTOPIA is coming to Sparks every Wednesday to Sunday from March 27 to April 21. The black-and-white striped adventure offers visitors a chance to step into a realm that blurs the lines between reality and imagination. The venue will be packed with stripes, sidequests, and interactive games, all curated to ensure an unforgettable experience for families and visitors of all ages. Tickets cost £8.15 (with booking fees) for ages 13 and over, £5.50 for ages 5 to 12 and free for under 5s and can be booked here.
  • Sparks will be running free Easter activities from March 29. There will be an Easter egg hunt with a chance to win a chocolate prize between March 29 and April 14, and art workshops including Easter pictures and decorating a sustainable Easter Bonnet.
  • During the Easter holidays, kids can dine for free up until noon at Coal Kitchen when you dine with them.

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