The Easter holidays are almost upon us. The days are a little brighter and a little longer. Here are the best ways to get out and about in London this month and enjoy the school break.
Marwell Zoo Supersized Brick Adventure
WHEN: April onwards
The supersized brick adventure at Marwell Zoo will feature up to 40 models of curious real-life creatures with an explosion of colour and size. The event will be on display from April and will at first feature 30 sculptures in various sizes at different locations across the park. More models will be arriving at the park throughout the summer. Over 2 million toy bricks have been used in creating the adventure, so it’s set to be breathtaking. It’s a little way off – but a date to add to your diary!
Find out more at Marwell Zoo
Miffy at Maggie & Rose
WHEN: 30th March onwards
Original family members’ club, Maggie & Rose and classic children’s character Miffy are teaming up this Easter to celebrate the 65th birthday of Dick Bruna’s famous bunny.
Celebrations across the Maggie & Rose Islington, Kensington and Chiswick clubs include a Miffy twist on art and cooking classes, Miffy-themed ‘big kid camps’ and a costume character visit. The newly opened Maggie & Rose Café in Islington will play host to an exclusive afternoon tea and display of limited-edition prints, available to the public.
Gruffalo Adventures, Kew Gardens
WHEN: 4th – 19th April
Gruffalo Adventures plots a journey through Kew Gardens’ Arboretum where visitors will encounter the Fox, Owl and Snake. With map in hand and face-painted whiskers, children will discover the animals’ hiding spots, and interactive activities at each stop will enable them to see the world from the perspective of each character. As they follow the tracks of the animals, children will learn about different habitats and the marks we leave behind as humans in a woodland ecosystem.
While searching for the elusive Gruffalo, young visitors will get the chance to play and explore in Kew Gardens’ striking Arboretum – home to 14,000 trees – and will become immersed in the world of author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler.
Brave explorers might even get the chance to meet the Gruffalo himself…
Find out more at Kew
Audley End Miniature Railway
WHEN: 4th – 19th April
Join in the fun at the Audley End Miniature Railway and visit the Easter Bunny at his spring home in the woods! Take a train through woodland to visit the Easter Bunny, and your little ones will receive a special treat and meet other furry friends.
Spot the fairies, elves, animals, nests and eggs throughout the walk, and enjoy the Easter trail which starts in the picnic area to win an exclusive Easter gift!
Finally, hop through to the Craft Area to create your very own Easter craft to take home with you afterwards!
Booking is required.
Find out more at Audley End Miniature Railway
Easter at the Old Royal Naval College
WHEN: 10th – 13th Arpil
There’s plenty of egg-cellent activities for families to enjoy this Easter in the beautiful riverside grounds and stunning buildings of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Families will have a cracking time exploring an adventurous Easter Egg trail from 10th – 13th April. Inspired by incredible surroundings and naval history, the trail will see children embark on a quest to solve nine clues and find letters spelling out a winning word for a prize Easter Egg.
Find out more at Old Royal Naval College
Easter Egg Workshop, The Chocolate Museum
WHEN: 8th April – 17th April
Have fun with your children this Easter and learn how to create Easter chocolates using egg, animal or lollipop moulds. Choose your favourite chocolate and learn how to temper it as well as painting and decorating your creations.
At the end of the workshop, each participant will have delicious and handmade Easter creations to take home!
Find out more at The Chocolate Museum
Polesden Lacey’s Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
WHEN: 6th – 22nd April
Get closer to nature with Polesden Lacey’s fun trail this Easter.
The animals of Polesden are spring cleaning- and they’ve set you a puzzle. Discover the wild and wacky ways they’ve reinvented their rubbish in this fun, family trail, sponsored by Cadbury’s – they’ll be treats in store!
Find out more at The Natural Trust
Hilton London Bankside ‘Hop-Up’ Petting Zoo
WHEN: Sunday 12th April
On Sunday 12th April, the design-led hotel Hilton London Bankside will be hosting a ‘Hop-Up’ petting zoo to raise money for Surrey Docks Farm.
Available from 1pm until 5pm in the hotel’s lobby, the petting zoo is free to attend and will feature two well-equipped dens containing five chicks and five bunnies. Guests will be able to meet and greet animals under the watchful eye of two trained handlers from welfare company Living Things. Visitors will have the opportunity to take pictures in the den, or on a haystack, set against the jungle- style backdrop.
Find out more at Hilton London Bankside
Coal Drops Yard Crazy Golf
WHEN: Until 29th March
Coal Drops Yard just got its very own crazy golf course!
It’s time to putt your skills to the test. Head to Club Golf at Coal Drops Yard, where you’ll work your way around nine holes, navigating stairs and obstacles all in pursuit of that elusive hole in one. Club Golf is designed by artists Baker & Borowski and is inspired by the King’s Cross rave culture of the 80’s and 90’s. The course is bookable in advance or you can just drop in and play. Open midday to 7:30pm, Mon-Sat and midday to 5:30pm on Sunday.
Find out more at I Love Club Golf
Easter Duck Quest, London Wetland Centre
WHEN: 4th – 19th April
Get outdoors this Easter at London Wetland Centre and have fun finding giant yellow ducks hidden amongst their real-life weird and wonderful duck cousins. Learn facts about the beautiful ducks in the World Wetlands while you hunt for the giant yellow ducks hidden among them. Find them all to win a yummy prize!
Find out more at London Wetland Centre
Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, Hampton Court Palace
WHEN: 4th – 19th April
Take your family back in time and join in the hunt around the home and gardens of Henry VIII. Pick up the Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt trail map when you arrive at the palace.
Follow the clues on the trail to find the golden bunny statues hidden around the palace and gardens, whilst discovering some of Hampton Court’s famous characters from the past. Solve the challenges to win your delicious Lindt Gold Bunny chocolate reward!
Find out more at Hampton Court Palace
London Harness Horse Parade
WHEN: Monday 13th April
The famous London Harness Horse Parade will again take place at the South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex on Easter Monday 13th April 2020.
This unusual Easter spectacle is a chance for the whole family to experience the sights and sounds of old England and see the history of transportation before their eyes. Over 100 horse-drawn vehicles and carriages from Shetlands to Shires will take part from all over Britain, together with a parade of the earliest motor cars, vintage tractors and historic motorcycles. There’s also a chance to take a ride back in time on the Fullers Brewery Dray pulled by two of their magnificent Shires.
Find out more at London Harness Horse Parade
WHEN: 4th April onward
This world-class family attraction boasts 25 stunning vintage rides, pop-up entertainment, art installations and eclectic street food, plus a year-round programme of live music and events from Amp on the Sea with Annie Mac to Madness at Hi-Tide festival.
Dreamland Margate is less than 90 minutes from central London and is a major part of the on-going transformation of Margate into one of the UK’s trendiest seaside towns. The season starts on 4 April, with Dreamland open at weekends and during the school holidays.
To find out more visit Dreamland
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