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