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Easter elephants heading to Bristol Shopping Quarter

Tuesday, 14th March 2017

Categories: BSQ - News

We like to do things differently in Bristol Shopping Quarter so instead of bunnies or chicks Broadmead, Cabot Circus & The Galleries will play host to a herd of elephants this Easter.

Following last year's trail on the theme of uniqueness of zebras, the Broadmead BID team is teaming up with The New Room (John Wesley’s Chapel) and The Methodist Church’s Ark Bus once more this Easter to create another exciting event.

Bristol children of all ages from primary schools, a church youth group, four secondary schools, a preschool group and a Sunday morning children's group have been decorating elephants for the past few weeks and soon the cardboard figures will be hidden around Bristol Shopping Quarter ready for our youngest visitors and their families to hunt down over the Easter holidays.

The 40 elephants will be in situ from Saturday 8 until Sunday 23 April, with maps showing their locations available from Specsavers in Merchant Street; the New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel in Broadmead; Barber Brown on Bond Street; and Cabot Circus. The map can also be downloaded HERE.

Children who complete the trail and collect the names of each elephant will be able to visit the New Room to collect a chocolate gift (Monday to Saturday only). While there they will be invited to draw their favourite memorable moments, creating pictures that will be laminated and displayed on a Memory Wall at the Broadmead entrance to the chapel courtyard.

Click HERE to find out more about the Elephant Trail.

Additionally, there will be three special events taking place in the New Room – craft activities on Tuesday 11 April; a memorable moments session on Saturday 15 April; and the launch of new book Gospel's Story - The Adventures of John Wesley and his Horse with storytelling and other activities on Tuesday 18 April. A pop-up café will be open on each of these days, giving mum and dad the chance to sit down with a cuppa while their children get crafty!

The Galleries Shopping Centre will be getting in on the elephant theme, with several FREE, creative, fun activities. On Saturday 8 April children can craft their very own elephant nose blower and enjoy the opportunity to walk away with a balloon model elephant, while on Thursday 20 April there will be elephant face painting and another craft workshop where children can create their own Dasara elephant wall hanger.  

The Galleries will also be celebrating Easter with a FREE chocolate themed event - where families will find a ‘Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory’ inspired experience in the centre for children to enjoy. The event will run from 11am - 4pm on Thursday 13 April, Friday 14 April and Saturday 15 April. A Willy Wonka character will also be making an appearance every day, to entertain shoppers.

Children are invited to attend workshops, hosted by two candy striped helpers, who will teach them how to make scrumptious ‘Willy Wonka’ inspired sweets. They can also learn how to ‘professionally’ ice cookies in a design of their choice. 

All events at The Galleries are FREE of charge and run on a first come, first served basis, with children able to take their delicious treats and crafted items home to enjoy. 

Cabot Circus are joining in the Easter fun too, playing host to a giant colouring-in elephant throughout the holidays and transforming the Central Space outside House of Fraser into an exciting jungle world on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April when families can expect free jungle-themed activities such as mask decorating and games, led by their very own jungle ranger.

Finally, look out for the Heart FM angels on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 April. They’ll be giving out chocolate eggs and daffodils to say thank you to shoppers for visiting Bristol Shopping Quarter this Easter and offering people the chance to win £250 worth of shopping vouchers.

They say elephants never forget and we’re certainly hoping they’ll remind you to come down to Bristol Shopping Quarter this April to take part in our annual Easter trail as you explore the 500 shops, cafes and restaurants found within Broadmead, Cabot Circus and The Galleries.

Click HERE for core opening hours.

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