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Things to do across the UK in April

Mar 30, 2015

by Jenny Gresham handmade and vintage goods

We all get the urge to ensure our diaries are chock-a-block once spring has sprung. Here’s a diverse selection of fun things across the land to keep us busy this April. If you’re a fan of chocolate, coffee, crafts and whodunnits, you should definitely read on…


This month, from 22nd-25th April, 150 bands will be playing on over fifteen stages at Wrexham’s music festival, Focus Wales. Three days include stand up comedy and interactive sessions with experts from the music bizz, including everyone’s fave Welsh radio presenter, Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.

Alternatively, if you’re in Cardiff this April, you could welcome in the spring by visiting the RHS Flower Show (pictured above) – little ones go free. After admiring the blooms, you can pop to the Potted Pig, a restaurant set up in the vaults of an old bank.


Bristol is bustling with activity this month, including a chocolate festival during Easter weekend, Taste Chocolate (pictured above), which is free to enter. Heaven for everyone with a sweet tooth; once you’ve overindulged on handmade chocs from artisan producers, you can learn some chocolate-making skills yourself and award your efforts with a glass of bubbly from the Prosecco bar.

There’s also a handmade bicycle show, Bespoked, from 17th – 19th April, promoting the international talents of independent makers and designers of the bicycle world.

If you’re still hungry after the chocolate, or if you’ve built up an appetite cycling on your new wheels, try Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s restaurant River Cottage Canteen and renowned restaurant The Glassboat, which has been going strong for 25 years. Top tip: Bristol restaurants get booked up quick, especially at the weekends, so book in advance to avoid a disappointed belly.


At the moment there’s an exhibition, MADE, showcasing a variety of craft and design (pictured above). It runs until 2nd May, so there’s plenty of time to get down there and see what it’s all about.

If you’re in need of dinner, we hear The Barking Dog is excellent, with it’s trendy decor and ever-evolving menu.


If you’re in Sheffield, why not try an alternative cinema? Showroom Workstation is showing Cinderella (a must-see) and a chance to see the Van Gogh exhibition on screen.

Strip the Willow in Sheffield hosts lots of great events, and this month there’s a mixture of craft evenings and creative writing courses.

Once you’ve had your fill of culture and craft, family-run french restaurant Cafe Ceres is an excellent place to refuel. I’ve been recommended the French onion tart and the savoury crepes.

Lyme Regis

HIX Townhouse

HIX Townhouse

On 4th April there’s a Unique Boutique market bursting with beautiful things made by independent makers in the South West. Show them some Etsy love!

There’ll also be a murder mystery this month, which sounds like lots of fun for a tenner. The theme is ‘Murder on the Nile’ inspired by Agatha Christie’s crime novel, and it’ll run from 15th – 18th April.

If you’re looking for some food try Hix Oyster & Fish House, and if you’re not local, you can crash at Hix Townhouse (pictured above), an elegant Georgian house with room decor inspired by activities you can do in the local area, such as sailing and fishing.


The London Coffee Festival 2015

The London Coffee Festival 2015

You can get your caffeine fix at the London Coffee Festival (pictured above), which boasts 250 artisan coffee stalls (plus coffee cocktails if you fancy something a little stronger), live music and interactive workshops. Drink it all in from 30th April to 3rd May at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane.

If you’re in the area there are lots of amazing vintage shops and great bars. You could visit the infamous 24 hour bagel shop, Beigel Bake, which has been a snack stop of choice since the 70s. Alternatively, get a curry at Tayyabs – the options are endless.

Also in London this month is the London Marathon. Totally worth going along (even if you don’t know anyone running) as the atmosphere is awesome and it feels really good to cheer people on. We always stand near embankment as it’s close to the finish line and everyone needs that final push to make it.

Top five restaurants this April

Mildreds – London
L’Enclume – Lake District
The Royal Oak – Midhurst, West Sussex
The Henry Tudor House – Shrewsbury
Inn at Whitewell– Lancashire

Top five alternative cinemas this April

Pillow Cinema – London
The Electric – Birmingham
Picture House– Edinburgh, Brighton and London
The Rex – Berkhamstead
The Corner House – Manchester

What are you doing this April? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @EtsyUK!

More info about Etsy events

Exhibit with Etsy at London Design Festival
Come to Etsy’s Wedding Fair this spring!
Manmade: Celebrating men who make


  • eyeshoot

    Sarah Franklin from EyeshootPhotography said 4 years ago

    I can vouch for The Inn at Whitewell - it's fabulous. Don't forget to take your walking shoes (and camera) and hop across the stepping stones over the river to walk off your lunch! The Cornerhouse in Manchester is shutting down very early April so check the website to make sure. It's opening up with a new name in a brand new location just around the corner though, so all is not lost. Here's the new venue - Home - - I'm very excited to see what it's like but will really miss the wonderful Cornerhouse. For those in South Manchester, I run a pop-up cinema at St Clement's Church in Chorlton on the third Thursday of every month and show 'art house' films. Read all about us on our Facebook Page

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 4 years ago

    Greta and inspiring places to see!

  • katietemple

    Kate Temple from katetempleuk said 4 years ago

    Great suggestions... Think I might try Mildreds.. Thank you!

  • gost

    Melanie Cassar from gost said 4 years ago

    Wow....sounds fun. Enjoy

  • helenrobert2

    helen robert from helenrobert2 said 4 years ago

    I just love have fun every one

  • vincenoir77

    Huzefa Ishaki from PinballTreats said 4 years ago

    Awesome blog. Will definitely be going to the coffee festival.

  • LittleWeeShop

    Jennifer from LittleWeeShop said 4 years ago

    I love that Etsy is always taking us along on a new journey. Now a Chocolate festival ~ that is a fantastic idea.

  • theowlinthearttree

    The Owl in the Art Tree from TheOwlintheArtTree said 4 years ago

    Who is not inspired by this? Chocolate HEAVEN and a bespoke bike sounds like some VERY SUPER days out to be had x

  • DreamlikeMarci

    Marcela Szeluga from DreamlikeMarci said 4 years ago

    you surprised me with Van Gogh's exhibition in Sheffield, I definitely have to go!

  • PaperDraper

    G from PaperDraper said 4 years ago

    I'd like to give a shout out for bootiful Norfolk! 1st & 2nd May is Turn The Page book fair, artist books.

  • paisleypat

    Patrick Moriarty from PaisleyPowerShop said 4 years ago

    so much chocolate. i'm not complaining. The Showroom Workstation in Sheffield looks a very interesting space. I used to love going to the alternative cinema double bills at The Roxy and The Scala in London in the 1990s. It's great that the alternative cinema scene is stronger than ever

  • akresstham

    lucky stone from luckystone20 said 4 years ago

    Wow... Awesome :))

  • VillageCraftEngland

    Sandra King from VillageCraftEngland said 4 years ago

    Wow a chocolate festival! my idea of heaven : )

  • britishcraftemporium

    Caroline Mouran from CrumbleAndCustard said 4 years ago

    I love going to watch the London Marathon....such a great atmosphere. I'll have to give The Royal Oak a go too, as I'm next door in East Sussex. Thanks for some fab ideas :0)

  • thenativestate

    The Native State Native State from TheNativeState said 4 years ago

    What a lovely country we live in! Thanks for the recommendations xx

  • ficklefate

    Timothy Hunt from ficklefate said 4 years ago

    Showroom in Sheffield is amazing, they have a bar too that serves really nice food. Just a short walk down the road is a gallery with a really good shop selling a selection of design products

  • katygemma

    Katy Gemma from KatyCakesBaking said 4 years ago

    A coffee festival sounds amazing! We need one of these in Norwich :)

  • priyaamrit

    The White Fire from TheWhiteFire said 4 years ago

    London coffee festival sounds good to me!!!!

  • mrsmaddenmakes

    Bev Madden from mrsmaddenmakes said 4 years ago

    L'Enclume is a dining experience...each course is like a theatre .... Fabulous.x

  • jalyson

    Jane Zing Vintage from ZingVintage said 4 years ago

    Well, now I want chocolate and bagels.

  • vineettandon

    VINEET TANDON from PANKHURIART said 4 years ago

    I love etsy, I love London Lovely places to visit,

  • chinainyourhand555

    Vintage Tea Emporium from VINTAGETEAEMPORIUM said 4 years ago

    Nothing to do in Scotland :( I'll have a tea party with chocolate then :)

  • redrubyrose

    Rowena Dugdale from redrubyrose said 4 years ago

    All looks fabulous, agree with Vintage Tea Emporium though, some Scottish activity would be great!


    G Vega from GVEGA said 4 years ago

    RHS Cardiff is set on the grounds of a castle…stunning!

  • ASymphonyOfFlavour

    Craig Mackay from asofgb said 4 years ago

    If anyone is thinking of trying The Rex in Berkhamsted, I can personally vouch for it as being a lovely cinema. I've been several times and thoroughly enjoyed the films, the layout and furniture as well as the service. I'm planning a date night for my other half at The Electric in Birmingham now, thanks to the recommendation above.

  • Pollyvickery1

    polly vickery from BratSuzie said 4 years ago

    Thanks Etsy - some great suggestions, we'll deco be heading down to Brick Lane for the coffee festival!

  • chrishaywood31

    Chris Haywood from Chrishaywoodart said 4 years ago

    They all look interesting but too far to travel mostly. Definitely going to the coffee festival though!

  • andreajames4

    Andrea James from ThePandaEmporium said 4 years ago

    Such fun!! I'll definitely be visiting Beigel Bake on my next shopping trip in the big smoke!

  • afterglowretro

    robin parfitt from afterglowretro said 4 years ago

    We have two Picture House cinemas in Brighton, The Duke of Yorks and Dukes at Komedia, go to both regularly, great venues, one is the oldest cinema in the U.K.

  • TangJamine

    Yushi Zhao from TDJasmine said 4 years ago

    It's amazing

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