Discover Bristol’s remarkable chocolate flavoured past this Easter

Discover Bristol’s remarkable chocolate flavoured past.

Uncover Bristol’s chocolate heritage this Easter with historical walks, competitions and some free family fun.

For 300 years, Bristol’s chocolate makers changed the world: inventing the world’s first ever chocolate bar, chocolate confectionary and Easter eggs.

Now you can discover this past with award-winning Harvest Heritage Arts and Media by booking an Easter walking tour revealing the eggs-trodinary stories hidden right in the heart of the city. Lucky ticket holders will take a talking, walking and tasting tour through Georgian alleyways, forgotten passages plus discover some modern chocolate treats. This specially designed walk from Harvest will share Bristol’s egg-ceptional chocolate history from bean to bar.

Harvest Easter walks will take place at 11am and 2pm on Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 April and costs £5 for adults and £3 for children. Places are limited but you can book your golden ticket today through the Bristol Ferry Boat Company ticket office Tel: 0117 927 3416.

To celebrate the invention of the chocolate egg by Bristol’s Fry’s chocolate factory MShed are running a special ‘Design your own Easter Egg’ competition. Children are encouraged to get creative and come up with a design that depicts Bristol in 2012. Prizes up for grabs include chocolate treats from Guilberts, Bristol’s oldest surviving chocolate makers. Pick up your blank egg template from MShed or visit their website to download it www.mshed.org Competition closes at 3pm on Sunday 8 April.

Bristol’s harbourside will also be alive with Easter activity with lots of free fun for all the family including an Easter Egg Trail. Trail maps can be collected from the Easter Bunny (by the Cascade Steps, St Augustine’s Reach) from 11am on 7 & 8 April. There will only be a limited number available so hop on down!

And don’t forget The Chocolate Festival and many other chocolate related goings-on being lead by Harbourside’s many cafes, restaurants and cultural organisations will also take place over the Easter weekend. You can look forward to alfresco films on the BIG Screen, chocolate workshops and treats aplenty. It’s going to be choc-tastic!

A full list of Easter activities can be found by visiting www.visitbristol.co.uk or visit Love Local Events Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LoveLocalEvents

Editor’s Notes:

1. Harvest Easter walk is presented by Harvest Heritage Arts and Media in collaboration with Love Local Events and Bristol City Council. Bristol based performer, playwright and historical researcher Bea Roberts will be leading the walk. The walk will last one hour and is suitable for all ages.

2. Easter egg competition – post or deliver your completed egg design to M Shed before 3pm on Sunday 8 April to: Easter Egg Competition, M Shed, Princes Wharf, Wapping Rd, Bristol BS1 4RN.

3. The Chocolate Festival takes place on 7 and 8 April from 10am – 6pm at Cascade steps, St. Augustine’s Reach. Further details visit: http://www.festivalchocolate.co.uk/festivals/bristol/

4. The Chocolate Festival and Bristol Harbourside Easter activities is a collaboration between The Chocolate Festival, Love Local Events, Bristol City Council and Destination Bristol

5. Follow Love Local Events on Facebook and Twitter @LoveLocalEvents

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