Easter Discovery Trail – the Calmer Llamas

The annual Easter Discovery Trail is returning for the school holidays – and this time it’s llamas taking over!

Between April 6th-22nd, 52 brightly coloured llamas, decorated by local schools and youth groups, will be hiding in the shops throughout Broadmead, Cabot Circus, the Arcade and the Galleries in Bristol Shopping Quarter. Pick up a trail map from us (The New Room/John Wesley’s Chapel), opposite Boots in Broadmead, then see how many you can find – they all have names!

When you have found as many as you can, bring your trail map back to the chapel, spot the final llamas and collect a small chocolate prize and other goodies.

This is a great free event, running throughout the Easter school holidays, organised by the Ark Bus team, the New Room and Bristol Shopping Quarter.

At the end of the trail, all 52 llamas will go on display in the New Room chapel from April 23rd-30th, so you can also see them all together in a herd!

The animals have been named the ‘Calmer Llamas’ to fit in with a theme of resilience and determination. The groups who decorated the llamas were asked to consider things in their lives which they have found difficult and how they have overcome them. They also remembered how it felt when they achieved something they first thought was impossible.

The story of Easter is also a story where hope triumphs over adversity, and at a time of great uncertainty and change we felt these themes would resonate with everyone taking part.

As well as the trail there are other, free, drop in events taking place which link with this theme:

Free Family Craft Activities – Tuesday 9th April and Tuesday 16th April – at the New Room visitor centre in Broadmead (cafe, baby change, toilets all available) – 11am-1pm


Matt’s Drop In Mindfulness Meditation sessions – chaplain and meditation teacher Matt Albury will be teaching meditation techniques in the New Room’s visitor centre on Wednesday 10th April from 2-4pm and Wednesday 17th April from 11am-1pm. These sessions are suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Matt is an accredited teacher with the British School of Meditation.

For more details please email info@newroombristol.org.uk, ring 0117 926 4740 or visit bristolshoppingquarter.co.uk/Easter

Why not share your llama trail photos with us – find us on Facebook @newroombristol, Twitter @NewRoomBristol and Instagram #newroombristol #calmerllamas

NB please note that the New Room is closed on Sundays. The chapel and visitor centre is open Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-4pm 


John Wesley's New Room

John Wesley’s New Room is a heritage site in the heart of Bristol. It houses a museum, library, café, events and hire space. It is home to the original 18th century chapel that started the Methodist movement.

It also houses an award-winning Café and a vast reference Library. John Wesley’s New Room hosts a range of art, music and family events and is also available to hire.

Explore the Museum of John & Charles Wesley’s life and work in Bristol.

John Wesley’s New Room is the oldest Methodist building in the world, located right in the heart of Bristol city centre. Founded in 1739 by John Wesley, the New Room became the cradle of the worldwide Methodist movement.

This is the place that completes the story of Bristol. This is the Room that changed the World.

It is a place where everyone is welcome to explore, step back, take time, reconnect and recharge.

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