We need your help to fill our courtyard with colour!

Decorate a butterfly at home to be a part of our Emerging Hope display. This project began for Easter 2021, and we’re still accepting more butterflies until Monday 10th May.

If you’re looking for our May half term activities you can find them here.

About the project

Each spring the New Room works with The Ark team to run an animal trail around Bristol Shopping Quarter – including Cabot Circus, Broadmead and The Galleries.

Due to current COVID restrictions we can’t do that this year – but we have an idea which will hopefully still brighten up the world this Easter and beyond.

The name of our holiday project this year is ‘Emerging Hope’ and we are using the image of a butterfly to represent new life and hope.

In the life cycle of a butterfly, a caterpillar has to hide away in a chrysalis until it re-emerges in its new and beautiful form. You can watch a video on the life cycle on Youtube to learn more.

In the Christian calendar, the Easter period is also about new life and new hope. Christians remember Jesus’s death on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday. You can find out more about this here: The Christian Story of Easter and here: BBC Bitesize Easter 

This last year has been a challenging one for so many and the way our lives have had to change. What does Emerging Hope mean for each of us as restrictions start to change?

How to take part

NOTE: If you’re looking for our May half term activities you can find them here.

The New Room is planning to re-open on May 17th. We want to share colour and hope with everyone who visits our courtyard in Broadmead.

This spring, we are inviting everyone (children, but also adults as well – in fact anyone!) to decorate a butterfly. These will be included in a display in our courtyard when we reopen on May 17th as a message of Emerging Hope.

Step One

– Decide which Butterfly template you would like to use, then visit our Butterfly Template page to download your favourite

Step Two

– print and decorate the butterflies and make them as colourful as possible using pens, pencils, crayons or paint. (you can use stickers and other craft materials as well, but the finished design needs to be flat – so no feathers or anything that would stick up)

Step Three

– write your name on your template eg ‘by David’.

Step Four

– send it to us!

  • Take a good close up photo of the butterfly on a camera or mobile phone and email it to us at education@newroombristol.org.uk
  • Put the decorated butterflies in an envelope and post them to us at The New Room, 36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE

All butterfly designs need to be with us by Monday May 10th.

All the designs that we receive will be laminated and displayed in our Broadmead Courtyard after May 17. Come and visit and see your design on display!


As shops begin to reopen in Broadmead, The Galleries and Cabot Circus, there is still an opportunity to see artwork created by local schools. The Ark Bus team has collected drawings by children and young people and are making giant heart collages (containing more butterflies!) which will be displayed in The Galleries through April and early May. Can you spot them all?

If you have any questions, ask us at education@newroombristol.org.uk

Happy Easter!

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