What’s on: Easter 2017

We love spring here at ELL. Flowers blooming, birds singing, lambs leaping…. Hang on, what’s that disturbing our peaceful cup of tea and nibble of Easter chocolate? It’s the kids stampeding home from school for the holidays. Don’t panic though! We’ve rounded up a selection of Easter activities in the ELL boroughs and across London to keep little (and big) kids entertained this break.

Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Lewisham and Croydon

It’s all roads lead to Wonderland this Easter at Sutton House. Image: John Tenniel

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail at Sutton House

When: April 14 – 17 12pm – 5pm daily
Where: Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard, 2 & 4 Homerton High St, London E9 6JQ
How much: Entry to Sutton House is £6 per adult and £3 per child, the Easter Trail is £3 per person.

Sutton House is going through the looking glass this Easter with a dizzying array of Alice in Wonderland themed events. Fantastical Wonderland creatures, from the White Rabbit to the Jabberwocky, are hiding in the 500-year-old rooms. Hunt them down to be in with a chance of winning a Cadbury bunny. For more information visit their website here.


The humble Bumble, or something more unusual? Image: Matt Cornock


Spring Bee ID Walk
When: April 23 1pm to 3pm
Where: Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, Southern Grove, London E3 4PX
How much: Standard tickets £12, Concessions £10

For something a little different this holiday, why not join local bee recorder Mark Patterson for a walk in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, London’s most urban woodland, to learn all about the spring bees who live there. You’ll learn to identify different species of bee, as well as how to submit your sightings to help contribute to the scientific understanding of bees in London. For booking and more information and booking visit their website here.


This gosling might not lay golden eggs but as he’s super cute we’ll let it go. Image: Kitty Terwolbeck

Hackney City Farm
10am–4.30 pm everyday except Monday
Where: 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
How much: Entry to the farm is free, activities are priced individually

Is there anything more springlike than a visit to the farm? Hackney City Farm has all the farmyard animals for little ones to make friends with but for added cuteness they also have two adorable new Anglo-Nubian goat kids, Hamlet and Romeo. A visit here is well worth your time any day of the week but on Sundays there’s also drop in children’s pottery classes from 11 – 1 and 2 – 4. For more information visit their website here.


Go through the looking glass at the Horseman Museum. Image: Andrew Moore

Horniman Museum Easter Fair
When: April 15 and 16 10.30am – 4.30pm.
Where: Horseman Museum, 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ
How much: Entry to the museum is free, the Easter Trail is £1 per entry

The Horniman Museum is also going Wonderland themed this spring with Easter Fair activities taking place across the Saturday and Sunday. Solve the clues to collect a prize in their Easter trail or meet the March Hare and the Hatter in story time performances. Activities are priced individually; for more information visit the Horniman website here.


A special guest at Discofest.

Discofest Easter Explosion
Brockley, April 8 and Beckenham April 15 1pm –  2.45pm or 3.15 – 5pm.
Where: St Andrews United Reformed Church, Brockley Rd, London SE4 2SA and 1-4 Southend Rd, Beckenham BR3 1SD
How much: Adults £5, Children £8, Under 1s Free

For those who like to boogie, Discofest’s Easter Explosion is the place to be this Easter holiday. Specifically for under 9’s, move, groove and shimmy the afternoon away at the best disco in town. For added Easter fun there’s an egg hunt, and rumour has it a certain Mr. E. Bunny will be paying a surprised visit. For more information visit the Brockley and Beckenham event pages.


Just like Bear Grylls. Image: Go Wild With Us CIC

Wild Easter Holiday Family Forest Activities 
 April 3 – 6 11am – 1pm
Where: Croydon, Various locations
How much: Children £8, accompanying adults and under 2s free. 11-16s sessions £10.

Go Wild With Us CIC work with the ethos that everyone would be a little happier if they spent a bit more time outside. To this end they run forestry schools and workshops, and are putting on a number of days out over the Easter holidays where you can try woodland crafts, hike, forage and generally get wild in the wild. They will be running two kinds of sessions for 2-10 year olds and 11-16s. Booking and more information is available through their website here.

Best of the Rest

The biggest show you’ll ever see (probably). Image: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

The Passion of Jesus

When: April 14 12pm and 3.15pm
Where: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
How much: Free

For the eighth year running the Wintershall Players will be taking over Trafalgar Square on Good Friday for an open-air re-enactment of the Easter story. Completely free of charge, there will be two 90-minute performances and big screens to maximise visibility. There is a realistic portrayal of crucifixion so parental guidance is advised. For more information check out the Wintershall Players website here.


Escaped from Moominvalley, visit the Moomins at Kew Gardens. Image: © Moomin Characters ™ via RBG Kew

Kew Gardens Moomin Adventures

When: April 1 – 17 10.30am – 4pm daily.
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AE
How much: Moomin Adventures included with entry to the gardens, Adults £16.50, Under 16s £3.50, Under 4s Free.

For the entire month of April Kew Gardens is transforming into London’s very own Moominvalley. Follow the Easter trail to help Hemulen find her missing plants and take part in some Moomin themed craft workshops including bark rubbing or making a plan pot. Visitors on Easter Sunday will even be given Lindt chocolate treats. For more information visit Kew’s website here.


We’ve found them! Cadbury Easter Hunt at Morden Hall Park

Cadbury Egg Hunt at Morden Hall Park

When: April 14 – 17 10am – 4pm
Where: Morden Hall Park,Morden Hall Road, London SM4 5JD
How much: £4 per entry

Easter frolics will be occurring for most of April at Morden Hall Park from duck racing to Easter baskets. The big egg hunt will run across the Easter weekend, where you can search the park for clues to find the Easter Bunny’s hidden stash of chocolate. For more information visit their website here.


We don’t mind what brand our bunny is as long as it’s chocolate. Image: Ann Lee

Bunny Hop and Seek for Easter at the Museum of Brands

When: April 1 – 16 Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6pm Sundays 11am – 5pm
Where: Museum of Brands,111-117 Lancaster Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1QT
How much: Free with museum entry, £9 for adults and £5 for children, under 7s are free.

In a special Easter twist it’s the bunnies you’re searching for in the Museum of Brands Easter hunt. From the Duracell bunny to the Nesquik rabbit seek out anything with long fluffy ears to win a chocolate prize. For more information visit their website here.


Well that’s not the Easter bunny… Image: Battersea Children’s Zoo

Easter Egg Trail at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo

When: April 1 – 17 10am – 5.30pm
Where: Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Chelsea Embankment, Battersea, London SW11 4NJ
How much: Zoo Entry is £8.95 for adults and £6.95 for children the Easter trail is £1.50

Even the animals are getting involved with the fun at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo this Easter. Search the zoo using your quiz sheet clues to find which animals have brightly coloured eggs decorating their enclosures. For more information visit their website here.


Sunshine, history and chocolate at Hampton Court Palace. Image: David Dixon

The Palace Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

When: April 1 – 17 10am – 6pm daily
Where: Hampton Court Palace, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
How much: Free with palace entry, £23 for adults and £11.50 for children

There’s so much to do at Hampton Court Palace this spring you may well need the entire Easter break. The big Easter hunt is a Lindt special, step back in time to scour Henry VIII’s home and gardens for gold Bunnies to win a special Lindt chocolate prize. When you’re done with your bunny hunt, meet Princess Caroline, decorate your own chocolate cup or explore the newly reopened Magic Garden. Activity times vary for more information visit the Hampton Court Palace website here.


Enjoy the holidays and Happy Easter!

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