Egg-cellent guide to what’s on in London over the Easter holidays 2014
Easter Holidays means many different things to people – chocolate, bunnies, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and two bank holidays. However, to many parents and guardians it also means – eek, how do we keep the children entertained for two weeks?
My monthly ‘what’s on guides’ include many activities on in London during April, however for those looking for more family and Easter-centric ideas of what’s on during the holidays, I’ve put together listings of things to keep you occupied.
For an adults-only Easter activity, read Baileys Feaster Egg Hunt: Time for adults to have some Easter fun!
- 5 – 21 April : Charlie’s Chocolate Adventure @ Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens is hosting Charlie And The Chocolate Factory-inspired events for their Easter Festival, including create your own chocolate bar, sing along in the inventing room, go nuts in the nut room and not forgetting the Easter egg hunt on 20 April. Must buy general entrance tickets: Adults £14.50, Children 16 and under (accompanied by an adult) Free. Activities vary in cost from free to £5. Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest tube: Kew Gardens. For more information and tickets, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 5 – 21 April : Bunnies On The Run @ London Eye
Help Edwin find his missing bunnies and receive a chocolate reward. The experience includes an activity pack, a guided host to assist the mission and a 30 minute ride on the London Eye. Tickets: £24.21pp. Every Saturday and Sunday on the dates mentioned above, Good Friday and Easter Monday. Highly recommended that tickets are bought in advance. Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB. Nearest tube: Waterloo, Westminster or Embankment. For more information and booking, visit the London Eye website. For Metro Girl’s review of the London Eye, click here.
- 5 – 21 April : Easter @ WWT London Wetland Centre
The London Wetland Centre are hosting several activities over Easter including a self-guided spring trail, paint your own egg, pond dipping and see the ducklings. Some activities include a £1 donation. General admission tickets: Adult £12.35, 4-16 years £6.90, family tickets £34.50 for 2 adults, 2 children. Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, SW13 9WT. Nearest train station: Barnes or Barnes Bridge. For more information, visit the London Wetland Centre website.
- 7 – 19 April : Easter Adventures @ Kenwood House
The historic Kenwood House is hosting several events for families over the holidays including the chance for a stately portrait and meet Lord Iveagh. Free admission. Opening times: Noon-4pm. Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR. Nearest tube: Archway or Hampstead Heath (overground). For more information, visit the English Heritage website.
- 17 – 20 April : Disney On Ice
Your favourite Disney characters take to the ice for the Worlds Of Fantasy show. Tickets: £24.25-£47.30 per person. Wembley Arena, Engineers Way, HA9 0AA. Nearest tube: Wembley Park. For more information and tickets, visit the Disney On Ice website.
- 18 – 19 April : Family Weekend @ Sadler’s Wells
Two day festival featuring family activities before and after performances of Rapunzel or Deep In The Woods. Tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets £12-£15. Takes place at the Lilian Bayllis studio or main Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Avenue, EC1R. Nearest tube; Angel. For more information and booking, visit the Sadler’s Wells website.
- 18 – 21 April : Alternative Easter Egg Hunt @ Design Museum
The Design Museum have teamed up with Rococo chocolates to create a hunt, with riddles and clues throughout the building The trail will take visitors through the Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith exhibition. At the end, participants will be rewarded with Rococo chocolates. Highly recommended to book tickets in advance. Tickets: Adults £13.88, Under 16s: £7.15, Under 6s: Free. Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames, SE1 2YD. Nearest tube: London Bridge or Tower Hill. For tickets, visit the Design Museum website.
- 18 – 21 April : Easter Egg Hunt @ Cutty Sark
The historic tea clipper Cutty Sark will host Easter egg hunts over the long weekend. Activities are free with general entrance tickets. Adults £13.50, Children 15 and under: £7, Under 5s: Free. 10am-5pm. King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9HT. Nearest rail/DLR: Cutty Sark or Greenwich. For more information, visit the Cutty Sark website.
- 19 – 21 April : Easter @ V&A Museum Of Childhood
Lots of Easter themed activities at the Museum of Childhood, including an Easter trail, Easter games, storytelling, and arts and crafts session. All activities and admission are free. Open 1oam-5.45pm daily. Museum Of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA. Nearest tube: Bethnal Green. For more information, visit the Museum Of Childhood website.
- 19 April : Berwick Street Record Store Day
A free mini music festival on Berwick Street in the heart of Soho, featuring 7 artists performing on stage and various retailers hosting in-store activities, including sales of limited edition records. Free. Shops open from 8am, performances on main stage from 12-7pm. Berwick Street, Soho, W1F. Nearest tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Berwick Street website.
- 19 April : View Tube Easter Parade
Celebrate Easter with costumes, hats, music and songs. 11am-3pm. Free to all ages. Sparked Fun Palace exhibition at View Tube, The Greenway, Marshgate Lane, Stratford, E15 2PJ. Nearest tube: Stratford. For more information, visit the View Tube website.
- 19 – 20 April : Yard Life Festival
Music festival to raise money and awareness for MS research, featuring new musicians and DJs, including Bambi, Daniel Glover, John Hill, Katie Coleman, Courtly Love, Electric Child House and much more. Tickets: £20 Saturday, £25 Sunday or £35 for the whole weekend. Islington Metal Works, 7 Torrens Street, EC1V 1NQ. Nearest tube: Angel. For more information, visit the Yard Life Festival.
- 21 April : Feast Of St George
Celebrate the patron saint of England’s feast day with a day of fun and fare in Trafalgar Square. Includes free tastings, food, banqueting area, like cookery demonstrations, food workshops and live music and dance. 12-6pm. Free. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Greater London Authority website.
Also remember the British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, V&A Museum, Science Museum, and Natural History Museum are all free at any time.