Five great things to do in an around Richmond this Easter holiday, from Kew’s Ceramics Cafe to visits to Ham House and the gorgeous Kew Gardens
1 Ham House
Richmond’s Ham House, with its lovely riverside gardens, is an ideal springtime destination. In addition to ghost hunts and special occasion lunches, this Easter Ham House will have an Easter egg trail around the gardens, art activities, storytelling and much more.
Ham Street TW10 7RS; 020 8940 1950; nationaltrust.org.uk
2 Olympic Studios Café & Dining Room
Located in beautiful Barnes, this is both a warm neighbourhood restaurant and a cinema as well, truly a one-stop-shop. It serves delicious locally sourced, homemade food, and come the weekend is open until midnight when you can enjoy a cocktail and catch a movie.
117-123 Church Road SW13 9HL; 020 8912 5170; olympiccinema.co.uk
3 Ceramics Café
In the original Ceramics Café studio in Kew, you can paint your own creations for a colourful way to celebrate Easter. With enough room for about 30 painters, Ceramics Café allows you to pick a dish, paint it yourself, and then have it glazed and fired, letting you take home a unique plate or bowl. This is perfect for an out-of-the-box family day.
1A Mortlake Terrace TW9 3DT; 020 8332 6661; ceramicscafe.com
4 Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens, where children can go for free, is a rich and beautiful Easter destination. Tower above London in the tree-top walkway, visit the glasshouses, or simply walk among the bluebells and magnolias. There are thousands of things to see here, all right on your doorstep.
Kew TW9 3AB; 020 8332 5655; kew.org
5 Strawberry Hill House
A bona fide Twickenham gem, Strawberry Hill House is a beautiful destination, with lovely gardens to walk through during the Easter holiday. In addition, they will celebrate the holiday with an array of fun activities, including the ‘Easter Garden Trail: Naughty Gnomes’ riddle-solving adventure and the ‘Easter House Trail: Botanical Bunnies’.
268 Waldegrave Road TW1 4ST; 020 8744 1241; strawberryhillhouse.org.uk
6 London Wetland Centre
London Wetland Centre is a top family spot to view some spring wildfowl, as well as their natural habitat coming to life. Stroll among the lakes, ponds and gardens and stop by the café, which has kids play areas. As well as the birds, bugs and buds, check out the Giant Easter Duck Hunt.
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes SW13 9WT; wwt.org.uk