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Choco-tastic guide to what’s on in London this Easter 2015

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Ready to stuff your face with chocolate? © Sister72 on Flickr

Easter Holidays means 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. However, it’s not all for the kids, with a special section at the bottom with adults-only Easter fun.

For a guide to what else is on in London this month, click here.

Family fun

  • 27 March – 12 April : Clapham Common Easter Funfair

A host of funfair rides will be descending on Clapham Common, including Big Apple Coaster, Dodgems, Bungee Trampolines, Tea Cups, Waltzer, Inflatable Slide and Carousel, among many others. 12-9pm. Wristbands: £8.99 for riders over 1metre tall, £6.99 for those under 1metre, which includes free rides within three-hour slots. Clapham Common, Windmill Drive, SW4 9AR. Nearest station: Clapham Common, Clapham South or Clapham Junction. For more information, visit the Irving Leisure website.

  • 28 March – 5 April : Easter Egg Hunt @ Battersea Park Zoo

Find out what zoo animals will be holding Easter eggs? Visitors can purchase a £1 (including prize) quiz sheet upon entry and follow the trail. General admission: Adults £8.95, Children 2-15 yrs £6.95. Battersea Park, Chelsea Embankment, Battersea, SW11 4NJ. Nearest station: Battersea Park. For more information, visit the Battersea Park Zoo website.

  • 28 March – 10 April : Spring Holidays @ Museum Of Childhood

Various activities are taking place over the Easter holidays, including make your own paper houses and story workshops. Admission is free. Museum Of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PA. Nearest tube: Bethnal Green. For more information, visit the Museum Of Childhood website.

  • 28 March – 12 April : Shaun The Sheep @ Kew Gardens

Aardman’s famous woolly character Shaun The Sheep is the theme of this year’s Easter activities at Kew Gardens. As well as visits from real sheep, there will also be springtime trail, welly wanging, face-painting, chocolate workshops and an Easter Egg hunt on 5 April. Tickets (general entrance): Adults £15, Children 16 and under free. Activities vary in cost from free to £5. Kew Gardens, Brentford Gate, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest tube: Kew Gardens. For more information and tickets, visit the Kew Gardens website.

  • 28 March – 12 April : Death By Chocolate @ London Dungeon
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Celebrate Easter with the kids at The London Dungeons
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If you dare, risk ‘death by chocolate’ with the deadly Miss Edmonds at her toxic sweet shop. Every guest on the first tour of the Easter holiday period will receive a limited edition box of Miss Edmonds Violent Screams. Tickets: Adults £20.50 (online), Children £16.50 (online), more on the door. London Dungeon, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB. Nearest tube/train: Waterloo or Westminster. For more information and tickets, visit the London Dungeon website. For Metro Girl’s review of London Dungeon, click here.

  • 28 March – 12 April : Easter @ WWT London Wetland Centre

The London Wetland Centre are hosting several activities over Easter including a giant Easter duck hunt and decorate a duckling. Some activities include a £1 donation. General admission tickets: Adult £11.48, 4-16 years £6.30, family tickets £32. London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, SW13 9WT. Nearest train station: Barnes or Barnes Bridge. For more information, visit the London Wetland Centre website.

  • 28 March – 25 May : Shaun In The City Art Trail

Fifty 5ft tall sculptures of Shaun The Sheep will be cropping up around London for two months. High profile artists, designers and celebrities have customised the giant sculptures, which will be scattered across the capital, in locations such as Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, Carnaby Street, St Paul’s Cathedral, Chinatown, The View from The Shard and The Tower of London. For more information, visit the Shaun In The City website. For Metro Girl’s blog post on Shaun In The City, click here.

  • 3 April : The Passion of Jesus

The Wintershall Players put on a production of The Passion Of Jesus on Good Friday in Trafalgar Square. There will be two performances at 12pm and 3.15pm. Free. Nearest tube: Charing Cross, Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus. For more information, visit the Greater London Authority website.

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Baileys Feaster Egg Hunt: Time for adults to have some Easter fun!

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Experience the elegance of the Rococo movement and the meaning of true chocolate indulgence at the Baileys Feaster Egg Hunt
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Since we’ve already said goodbye to our teen years and become hard-working adults, it often feels like the Easter Holidays are only for kids now. Like most people my age, the amount of chocolate eggs I receive has heavily dwindled since I reached legal drinking age. However, I’m sure most would agree – women especially – we love chocolate just as much as we ever did so why are the children getting all the cocoa-natured fun?

Well, Irish cream liqueur giants Baileys have decided it was high time that adults got to have some of the sweet treat action at Easter. The company have teamed up with the Chiappa Sisters and Harvey Nichols to create a special one-off adults-only Easter Egg hunt in the Knightsbridge store.

On Saturday 19 April, chocolate-loving foodies will have the chance to experience an immersive theatrical adventure and take part in an Easter egg hunt. The audience will be transported back to the 18th century Rococo movement, where they will get to interact with royalty, subjects and courtiers as they hunt for a Baileys Chocolat Luxe Easter Egg. Once the egg is found, there will be a bespoke six-course Easter feast created by the Chiappa Sisters served on the Fifth Floor Terrace.

Tickets are priced £25 and included the theatre experience, six-course feast and Baileys Easter Egg. Tickets must be booked in advance for one of the nine slots between midday and 9pm on Saturday 19 April 2014. Over 18s only.

Egg-cellent guide to what’s on in London over the Easter holidays 2014

© Sister72 on Flickr

© Sister72 on Flickr

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.

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Search for the bunnies on the London Eye

  • 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. Read the rest of this entry