With the Easter holidays right around the corner (running from 3-17 April across most of London), The Resident picks out some of the top family events, from Easter egg hunts in west London to woodland trails in Greenwich and a code-cracking mathematical adventure in Shoreditch…
1 Camellia Show, Chiswick
Spring is in the air as Chiswick House & Garden Trust once again hosts the Camellia Show until 2 April. Enjoy the beautiful arrangement of flowers with spring colours this Easter holiday, and guests can also receive a guided historic tour. This is the perfect appetiser before our special look at the places in the area where you can truly embrace the great outdoors on page 18.
Chiswick House, Conservatory Yard W4 2QN; chgt.org.uk
2 Watersport Classes, Chiswick
For a sport-filled activity over the Easter holiday, Team Keane sculling school is hosting learn to row or learn to race classes. From ages 10-18 years, it is a great way to get your kids to stay active over the holiday. As this area is renowned for its water sports, it’s a great way to see if your offspring have talent when it comes to making
81 Harrington Road W4 3TU; teamkeane.com
3 Chiswick Food Market, Chiswick
Help out a cause by simply walking along the river, enjoying the weather and tucking into some of the finest food from local producers. Visit the Chiswick Food Market with refreshments provided by the local Bowles Club and proceeds going to the Dukes Meadows Trust to help maintain the Chiswick favourite. Staged every Sunday, look out for a special Easter egg hunt over the spring holiday period.
Pavilion, Market Drive, Chiswick W4 2RX; dukesmeadowstrust.org
4 Easter Egg Hunt, Ealing Broadway
Have your children hop along and enjoy the Easter egg hunt on Saturday 15 April from 11am to 6pm at Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre. Children will pick up a leaflet and follow clues and bunny paw prints for the missing eggs around the centre and inside shops.
Ealing Broadway W5 5JY; ealingbroadwayshopping.co.uk
5 Kidzania, Shepherd’s Bush
Kidzania’s Easter extravaganza is jam packed with fun holiday activities. Children from ages 4-14 are invited to make chocolate bunnies, deliver Easter eggs, have their faces painted or do arts and crafts. Also available during Easter Break is their Google Expeditions pop-up which is a virtual reality tool designed to let them explore the world.
Westfield Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush W12 7GA; kidzania.co.uk
6 A Sunday Roast at Park Terrace, Kensington
The Sunday roast, while a year-round staple, should be an even grander occasion on Easter weekend, but if you don’t feel like basting, stuffing and carving, why not head down to the Park Terrace at the Royal Garden Hotel, for one of their fantastic lunches? The award-winning restaurant offers stunning views of Kensington Gardens and there’s little they do better than a traditional feast, with some novel twists. They will be offering a springtime classic, saddle of lamb with the option to have it carved at the table, alongside a host of sustainable, locally sourced roasted vegetables, which you’ll be able to bookend with starters like sweetcorn soup with truffle popcorn and fun desserts like cinnamon churros with a Toblerone dip will be sure to keep the kids happy.
2-24 Kensington High Street W8 4PT; 020 7937 8000; royalgardenhotel.co.uk
7 Technology Will Save Us Workshops at The Design Museum
The Design Museum is hosting free interactive drop-in sessions to complement their Technology Will Save Us exhibition. The family-friendly Technology Will Save Us workshops will allow the little ones and not so little ones to play around with all sorts of weird and wacky things – we don’t know what an Electro Dough kit is, but it sounds cool. You can even invent and code a wearable app, less tricky than it sounds we’re sure! Running from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 April, 1pm-4pm. Suitable for ages 4 and above. Free.
224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG; 020 3862 5900; designmuseum.org
8 Easter Egg Hunt at Roof Kensington Gardens
If you’re after something that’s more relaxing than mind-bending, maybe you’ll be heading to the sanctuary of the Roof Gardens. On Easter Monday, they are putting on an Easter egg hunt for kids, followed by a crafts and face painting session, during which adults can enjoy tasty Easter-themed canapés and a glass of fizz, safe in the knowledge that their charges are being taken care of and having a great time. Adults £15, kids £10 (proceeds from each ticket will be donated to Starlight Children’s Foundation). Time slots: 10am and 2pm.
99 Kensington High Street W8 5SA; virginlimitededition.com
9 The Arch Easter package, Marylebone
The Arch Hotel has all you Easter cravings covered. With their family and Easter packages they offer a variety of delicious holiday meals. Their Easter afternoon tea has all of the classics along with Lemon curd cupcakes and Chocolate Orange Tea Cake. And they’ve created a special dinner menu featuring roast lamb, pea and mint risotto and chicken terrine.
50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch W1H 7FD; thearchlondon.com
10 Lancaster London Roast, Hyde Park
What better way to celebrate spring and family than with a classic Sunday Roast. The Hotel’s Island Grill will be serving their delicious roast as part of their special Easter set menu. To keep the kids happy during meal time, they ever offer an egg decorating activity.
Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY; lancasterlondon.com
South West London
11 Ham House Egg Trail, Richmond
Ham House and Garden will be hosting an Easter egg trail from 14-16 April. There will be storytelling, arts and crafts and a chance to win a Cadbury chocolate egg. Enjoy the family time and garden atmosphere at Ham House and Garden, where your little ones can embrace a little history alongside what they are really in attendance for (that coveted Easter egg).
Ham Street TW10 7RS; nationaltrust.org.uk
12 Battersea Park Zoo, Battersea
The Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is hosting multiple events for little ones over the holidays including an Easter egg hunt from 1-17 April, and two ‘Egg-stravaganzas’ on 4 and 6 April featuring collage making and puppeteering. On Good Friday, there’s a special Easter bunny day, during which they can craft their own set of bunny ears. It’s set to be extremely good fun (no pun intended).
Battersea Park SW11 4NJ; batterseaparkzoo.co.uk
13 London Wetland Centre, Richmond
Spring is a wonderful time of year as the weather changes, young animals appear, and beautiful flowers blossom. Speaking of animals appearing, visitors to the London Wetland Centre will encounter a trail of giant ducks – and if you’re able to find them all there is a chance to win some chocolate prizes.
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk SW13 9WT; wwt.org.uk
14 Fulham Palace, Fulham
There’s plenty to do and lots to explore this month at Fulham Palace. On 16 April kids can enjoy seed planting and create their own plastic bottle greenhouse, and from 20–21 April families can set out on a search for hidden clues to be in with a chance of winning a chocolate egg. For nature lovers, there’s a creepy-crawlie hunt in the garden on 23 April.
Bishop’s Avenue, Fulham SW6 6EA; fulhampalace.org
15 Tooting Leisure Centre Trampoline, Wandsworth
Easter bunnies can hop around for joy at the Tooting Leisure Centre, where a trampolining course is on offer from 14-16 April for children between 4 and 12 years old. It’s a great way for them to burn off the extra sugar from all those Easter eggs, and then you can relax with a picnic on Tooting Common afterwards. The very brave might even consider a dip in the lido – fingers crossed for a heatwave.
Tooting Leisure Centre, Tooting SW17 0NE; placesforpeopleleisure.org
16 Wimbledon Common Egg Hunt, Wimbledon
Head out to SW19 from 14–17 April and make the most of the spring weather as you follow a trail of wooden eggs tucked away on Wimbledon Common. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors, embrace one of Easter’s greatest traditions, and to feel very smug indeed about south London’s expansive green spaces. You can also book to join a number of bird, bat, and butterfly walks coming up soon. Happy hunting!
Windmill Road, Wimbledon SW19 5NR; wpcc.org.uk
17 Brixton Windmill, Brixton
The Easter holidays are a time for fun with all the family – and what could be a more scenic spot in which to make your memories and relax with a picnic than the historic Brixton Windmill? On 16 and 17 April, children and adults alike can hunt for Easter eggs and search for a few other surprises in the gardens, as well as enjoy arts and crafts classes.
Brixton Windmill, Blenheim Gardens London SW2 5EU; brixtonwindmill.org
South east London
18 Sewing Class at Home & Kids, Blackheath
This Easter, children are invited to take part in sewing classes at the Home & Kids shop in Blackheath. It’s an egg-cellent (no pun intended) way to have fun and learn new skills, with a wide range of projects including colourful owls, pom-pom crowns and donut shaped backpack charms on offer. No sewing experience is necessary and all materials are provided.
Villa Moura, 121 Lee Road, Blackheath SE3 9DS; thesewcialcircle.com
19 Bromley Court Hotel Egg Hunt
The Bromley Court Hotel is hosting a chocolate Easter egg hunt and a special Sunday lunch – so after searching for what the Easter bunny has left behind, you can enjoy a roast dinner and kick back with a glass of wine, satisfied in the knowledge that the kids have enjoyed all the traditions Easter has to offer.
Bromley Hill BRI 4JD; bromleycourthotel.co.uk
20 Woodland Trail, Greenwich
Cameras at the ready. Enjoy some fresh air and nature at Woodland Estate trail, where you can get the family together this Easter holiday to experience the greenery from the castle to the secret garden. The garden is open from 12.30pm-4.30pm.
Castle Wood, Shooters Hill, Greenwich SE18 3RT; visitgreenwich.org.uk
21 Horniman Fair, Forest Hill
The Horniman Museum and Gardens will be hosting an Easter-themed fair over the Bank Holiday from 10.30am to 4pm. Go on a family adventure as you follow the Easter egg trail and then take a journey down the rabbit hole for storytelling performance inspired by Alice in Wonderland. It’s a day out that’s sure to inspire imaginations both young and old.
Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ; horniman.ac.uk
22 Vauxhall City Farm, Vauxhall
What better way to enjoy spring than visiting newborn animals? Easter is the perfect opportunity for the kids to experience a taste of the countryside without venturing too far from home. Vauxhall Farm introduces little ones to different aspects of rural life, and is home to animals of all shapes and sizes, from horses to ferrets.
Vauxhall City Farm, 165 Tyers Street, SE11 5HS; vauxhallcityfarm.org
23 Up at the O2, Greenwich
Hop to the top this Easter with Up at the O2. Adventurous families can tackle the 90-minute urban mountaineering activity atop one of London’s most famous landmarks. Children aged as young as 9 years old can now climb, and furthermore, Up at The O2 is offering a number of complimentary climbs to Scouts (available on a first-come-first-served basis). This daring adventure comes at a discount for large groups, and as an added bonus you can work off all of those holiday sweets.
Peninsula Square, North Greenwich SE10 0DX; theo2.co.uk
North & EAST London
24 Jaz & Julz’s Chocolate House, Angel
For the best hot chocolate in town, pop into Jaz & Julz’s Chocolate House. From mulled chocolate orange with cardamom and clove to cinnamon, nutmeg and chilli flavours, they’ve got you covered. We’d recommend the lavender chocolate flavour! They also serve a fab chocolate brunch, FYI…
1 Chapel Market N1 9EZ; jazandjuls.co.uk
25 Islington Council’s Easter Programme
Islington Council has a whole list of fun events planned for the two weeks of Easter holiday. They are hosting sports games, swimming, an egg hunt and even a dance club for teenagers. All of these events are free or low cost so the whole family can participate without breaking the bank.
26 Wonderland Performing Classes, Islington
You can bring the wonderfully wacky world of wonderland to your child with the Alice in Wonderland Permorming Courses. They can participate in a three day series of singing, dancing and acting classes whilst sipping on tea with the mad hatter and playing croquet with flamingos. At the end there will be a mini musical for all friends and family to enjoy.
St James Church Hall, 11 Prebend Street, London, N1 8PF; perform.org.uk
27 Mad Science Camp, various locations
Mad Science Camp is a week full of activities that are both educational and fun running at various locations from Gospel Oak to Ealing and Wimbledon. Every day kids can get involved in an immersive project that showcases how cool and exciting learning can be. Daily focuses range from epic explosion to space adventure, exploring various parts of the scientific world.
28 We’re Stuck! at Shoreditch Town Hall
We’re Stuck, a robot-filled interactive theatre show for 8-11 year olds, returns to take children on a fun, code-cracking mathematical adventure. Running from 12-15 April, the show is inspired by the extraordinary abilities and limitations of our brain when it comes to maths. Young adventurers will go on a special tour deep into the heart of Volcano Industries where they meet cutting edge scientists struggling with some unusual and extremely tricky problems in their top-secret research laboratory. 10.30am and 1.30pm, Weds-Fri and 4pm Fri. Adults, £12; kids £10.
380 Old Street EC1V 9LT; 020 7739 6176; shoreditchtownhall.com