April 12, 2019
From golden bunnies and secret trails to decadent Easter-inspired afternoon teas, it’s easy to keep the whole family entertained in London this month. Make the most of the Easter holidays with our guide to what’s going on in the capital.
Tucked away in Hampstead is the lovely 17th-century Fenton House and Garden whose annual Cadbury Egg Hunt leads you through a kitchen garden, an orchard, a sunken garden and along secret paths. The name’s a misnomer, as your mission is to find not eggs but wonderful creatures of all shapes and sizes, with a tasty Cadbury chocolate reward for every completed trail. From 19–22 April, with staggered entrance times.
On the banks of the Thames southwest of central London, the royal palace of Hampton Court hosts its annual Lindt Gold Bunny Easter Hunt from 6–22 April. Follow the Easter trail through the palace and gardens to find where the Lindt Gold Bunnies are hiding, and solve some tricky challenges to claim a delicious chocolate treat.
Book a table at the swanky Sanderson hotel in London’s West End, and enjoy an Easter weekend reinvention of its Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea. This outlandish take on the traditional British ritual has recently been refreshed, so expect an array of new Alice-themed treats – a mocha chessboard gateau, the Mad March Hare’s vanilla pocket watch macaroon – alongside your special Easter cake. From 30 March – 2 April.
Colourful, glitzy and exquisitely styled, Fortnum & Mason‘s Easter egg displays are always a pure joy. From speckled goose eggs and white chocolate chicks to six golden praline eggs in a classic cardboard egg box, there’s an amazing variety of chocolate confections you won’t see anywhere else. This year, children aged 5–12 can also partake in Easter bonnet-making and ceramic egg-painting workshops on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 April respectively.
Head to Kew Gardens from 6–22 April, and enjoy a host of Easter activities from creative workshops to storytelling. On storytime Sundays at the Davies Exploration House, the focus throughout April will be on cocoa and how it depends on the flora and fauna around it to thrive, while outside there’s a log trail created from fallen trees and a giant life-sized badger sett to explore, with hidden tunnels, nests and sleeping chambers. Also opening this weekend is the much anticipated Dale Chihuly exhibition, and we’ll be bringing you more news on that in a future post.
If you’re looking for kids’ activities during the school holidays, the Science Museum is a reliably excellent destination. Sure to be popular is the hands-on Power UP extravaganza; a fully interactive gaming event returning for its fourth consecutive year, complete with 160 consoles showcasing the best video games of the past 40 years. Single, half-day and evening (18+) session tickets are available, from now until 22 April.
Easter marks the return of the Family Weekend at Sadler’s Wells in Clerkenwell, one of the most prestigious dance venues in the world. This year sees a takeover by Spanish company Aracaladanza, whose mesmerising show Play uses the magic of puppetry, balloons and colourful costumes to transport audiences to a dreamlike world.
A mile-and-a-half down the road, the English National Ballet presents My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty at the Peacock Theatre near Aldwych from 16–27 April. Created especially for children, the ballet features second year students from the English National Ballet School.
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