Spring is in the air and the Easter holidays are almost upon us. It’s time to start planning days out for all the family.
From immersive adventures in Covent Garden and Easter-themed afternoon tea at The Shard, to arts and crafts in the Norfolk countryside, these are some of the best ways to celebrate the season with little ones.
Peter Rabbit Easter Adventure, Covent Garden
This Easter join Beatrix, Peter and friends on a quest around the streets and stalls of old Covent Garden to help save Jemima Puddle-Duck. Through a magical mix of live performance and puppetry, the world of Beatrix Potter will come alive during this 50-minute theatrical, immersive adventure where children will accompany the well-known gang to search for secret notes, maps, and other clues. This all-new show has been created especially for Covent Garden and is a fantastic way to introduce young children to this loved area of London.
Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt, Hampton Court
Every child loves an Easter egg hunt; a search that takes you through the historic grounds of Hampton Court Palace elevates it. Little ones can run free in the 60 acres of Henry VIII’s gardens on the search for hidden Lindt gold bunny statues. Hidden with each one they will find fascinating facts about important palace characters and uncover more about the history of their famous surroundings. Once they have completed the trail all children will receive a delicious Lindt gold bunny to take home.
Biscuiteers Easter Decorating Class, Notting Hill
If you’d like an alternative to chocolate this Easter, head to the Biscuteers café in Notting Hill or Belgravia. Both are hosting school holiday workshops; these hour-long classes include a selection of Easter-themed biscuits for your child to ice and decorate with an array of icing, colours and sprinkles. You can enjoy a cuppa while they get creative with one of the in-store expert icers on hand to give a tutorial (icing biscuits is not as easy as it looks). Children can take home their delicious creations, too.
Easter Wildlife Drawing Class, Fortnum and Mason
Give your little ones the chance to enhance their drawing skills while having lots of fun in the process. This Easter at Fortnum and Mason, children are invited to meet some real life bunnies and guinea pigs, before being given a canvas to create images of their new furry friends. The event takes place in FIELD by Fortnum’s, the store’s newest restaurant tucked away on the ground floor mezzanine. Afterwards pop into Parlour Restaurant for an Easter ice cream sundae.
Holkham Estate, Norfolk
Head to the Holkham Estate in the stunning Norfolk countryside for a fun-packed schedule of events and activities. Join the Spinning Wheel Theatre for an adaptation of Margery Williams’ classic children’s story, The Velveteen Rabbit; meet the team from SchooDoodle Arts and Crafts who will help little ones create their own toy; plus, the estate has teamed up with Gnaw to create a chocolate hunt through the six-acre Walled Garden. Make a day of it trying out the adventure play area, tractor rides and nature to really explore the beautiful grounds. Grown-ups will love the Easter Food, Drink and Gift market taking place on 8th and 9th April – it has over 50 local and regional artisan producers showcasing their very best produce, gifts and crafts.
Easter Afternoon Tea, Shangri-La at the Shard
For an Easter treat that adults will love just as much as children, visit the Shangri-La at The Shard. During the Easter weekend their Skyline Afternoon Tea will feature a spring-themed selection of treats; the signature miniature Shard building replaced by a hand-crafted Easter egg with a white chocolate and passion fruit filling. Enjoy stunning views over London, pointing out famous landmarks to your little ones while enjoying a classic dining experience with an Easter twist.
Easter Feaster Weekend at Birch Cheshunt
Birch Cheshunt are gearing up for their Easter Feaster weekend with a packed programme for all ages. The focus is very much on family fun; kids activities including egg hunts, pottery classes and ‘create and play’ sessions – there is even an Easter Pooch Parade so the furriest members of the family can get involved too. Adults will love the yoga, comedy nights and DJ sets. Just 30 minutes north of London, Birch Cheshunt is a private members club and hotel, so book in for the weekend to access all that the 55 acre estate has to offer. If you just want to check it out for the day then take advantage of the day passes that can be booked on Saturday 7th and Monday 10th April.