From outer space at the Royal Observatory to the underbelly of the Cutty Sark, here are five ways for the whole family to come together and enjoy the Easter holidays in Greenwich…
Words: Trish Lesslie
1 Venture to Venus at the Royal Observatory
Find out about the unusual cloud-wrapped planet Venus at the Out of this World: Venture to Venus weekend at the Royal Observatory (pictured above). Discover amazing past, present and future missions to explore this deadly world in the interactive science quiz and make a paper globe of this mysterious planet to take home. Suitable for ages five and over. Admission £6, child or guardian. 10am-12.30pm, 28-30 March 2016.
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ; rmg.co.uk
2 The Imaginary Menagerie, Greenwich Theatre
Roll up, roll up for the most ‘magnifical’, ‘tremendible’ and ‘fantasticulous’ experience in town. The acclaimed creators of Alice’s Adventures Underground, Les Enfants Terribles bring their latest event to the Greenwich Theatre. The Imaginary Menagerie is their silliest, funniest and most entertaining family show yet. Count a Decapus’s legs, discover what a Whistling Pank eats and catch a glimpse of the fabled ‘Massive Paw’ in a puppet-packed, musical tour of exhibits. 25 March.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; 020 8858 7755; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
3 Little Mix at the O2
Tweeny-pop favourites Little Mix are performing two gigs at the O2 Arena on 27 March for the grand finale of their UK tour. The world’s biggest girl band of the moment, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson will be belting out favourites old and new, including Wings, Secret Love Song and their worldwide smash hit and UK number one single Black Magic. Grown ups won’t be able to help but sing along…
Peninsula Square, Greenwich SE10 0DX; theo2.co.uk
4 Easter Egg Hunt at the Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark’s chickens have been laying their eggs in some strange places this year. See whether you can find them at the Sammy Ofer Gallery below the majestic Cutty Sark between 25 and 28 March. If you join in the hunt, you’ll be in with a chance of winning a family ticket to this year’s Camp Bestival. Admission included with a ticket to the Cutty Sark (adults £13.50, kids £7).
King William Walk, Greenwich SE10 9HT; rmg.co.uk
5 Sea Food at the National Maritime Museum
We get a lot of food from the sea, so be inspired and create your own fantastic pretend fare at workshops at the Sammy Ofer Wing of the National Maritime Museum. There will be a market where visitors can pick their own ‘fresh produce’ (made from craft supplies) and assemble them into popular British meals from fish and chips to chicken tikka masala. There will also be a ‘menu map’ showing where all the food we eat comes from. It’s all part of the National Maritime Museum’s plan to bring the fun of the British seaside to Greenwich this Easter Holiday with sea, sandcastles, sunglasses and more.
Romney Road, Greenwich SE10 9NF; rmg.co.uk