It’s official, Spring has finally sprung and Easter is lurking just around the corner. Not only does this mean that it’s not long until we can all let ourselves loose on enough chocolate to feed a small country, but for most of us it also marks the first bank holiday weekend of the year. Hoorah!
With basket loads of fun things to do across the country, you’d be silly to put a four day weekend to waste. So to be certain you make the most of your time off work, we’ve hatched up some egg-cellent ideas to pass the time. Whether chocolates on the mind,
you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, a spot of relaxation or fun for the whole family, we’ve got the perfect weekend plans for you!
Hunt for Easter Eggs at Pop Brixton
Is there any chocolate more delicious than Easter eggs? Probably not. There’s just something so satisfying about breaking into that shell and indulging in far more chocolate than anyone ever should in a single day. But hey, it’s Easter right?
To get into the spirit of the occasion (and to satisfy your sweet tooth), this Easter Sunday, popular South London haunt Pop Brixton will be hosting their very own Easter Egg hunt, making for a fun-filled time for the kids and adults alike. During the day, there will be a host of entertainment and activities to get stuck in with, from magicians and street performers, to face painting and arts & crafts. After dark, Midnight Riot Records will take over with an afterparty for the adults!
Visit the Baby Animals at Spitalfields City Farm
Spitalfields City Farm brings the countryside to the city and nestled just a stones throw away from Brick Lane, it makes the perfect break from the hustle and bustle of markets and beer gardens, so why not pop by to say hi to the animals this weekend?
Homing around 70 animals, visitors can meet some of the city’s favourite farmyard critters, including a grumpy old parrot called Mr Kelly, a shy and retiring donkey named Derek and Twiglet the sheep, who has found fame in the ‘Awesome Animals’ edition of the ‘Top Trumps’ card game. Being Spring, there may even be some new additions around!
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with volunteering and children’s activities at the farm, in addition to exciting workshops that are held all year round.
Get Up Close and Personal with Dinosaurs at Jurassic Kingdom
Feeling brave? Transport yourself back in time and roam the earth alongside dinosaurs with a visit to Jurassic Kingdom at Osterley Park.
The fantastic animatronic exhibition brings over 30 true-to-life dinosaurs models and installations to Osterley for an adventure of Jurassic proportions. The exhilarating experience sees you getting up close and personal with a 16ft tall Diplodocus, spotting flying Pterosaurs soaring the skies and even having a close shave with a lurking Tyrannosaurus Rex! The high-tech models are skillfully created to roar and move, making them so life-like you’ll forget they’re not real!
Open 1st – 17th April, 10am- 6pm – Book advance tickets here
Search for Moomins at Kew Gardens
The Moomins are back for another adventure and this time you’re invited along with them!
Created by Finnish artist Tove Jansson in the 1940s, the carefree fairy tale creatures have become best known for their escapades around Moomin valley and beyond, so it only seems fit that they tick Kew Gardens off their bucket-list.
This Easter, you can experience the wonderful world of the Moomins at Kew Gardens, with a series of exciting family-friendly activities and events, including den building, crafts workshops and even a taste of the Moomins’ famous pancakes. You can follow the interactive Moomin trail to find plants that have mysteriously gone missing, while learning all about your favourite Spring flowers.
On Easter Sunday they’ll even be handing out Lindt chocolates at the gate, so you can get your chocolate fix too!
1 -17 April, 10.30am – 4pm daily (Festival admission is included in the Gardens’ entrance ticket: adults £15, children £3.50)
View the Tall Ship Regatta
Head to the riverfront in Greenwich to view some of the most spectacular tall ships, as a fleet of more than 30 ships takes to the river Thames for four days of festivities, in preparation for a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race to Canada.
There’s plenty to do in celebration of the occasion, including cruises aboard one of the ships, fireworks displays and the spectacular Parade of Sail from 5pm on the final day.
While you’re in the area, be sure to treat yourself to one of the best roast dinners in the city, courtesy of Cutty Sark which is located nearby.