Something had to give last week and unfortunately, it ended up being this blog post.
March has just been one of those crazily hectic months where everything seems to happen at once. Did I meet any of those deadlines I set myself in March? Erm…well….some. I may not have completed everything I was hoping to finish but at least I made a proper dent in my to-do list.
Thankfully, REST in the form of the Easter break is just at the end of the week and although I’m planning to do as little as possible (except stuff my face with chocolate), as always, there is lots going on in London for those who are up for more energetic activities other than unwrapping Easter egg packaging and reaching for the remote.
Easter Egg Hunts – In the Richmond area, there’s an Easter Egg hunt at Kew Gardens and one at Ham House. There’s also a trail at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Fenton House in Hampstead, Morden Hall Park, Selfridges, Kensington Roof Gardens, Gabriel’s Wharf on The Southbank and for something a little different, go aboard the Cutty Sark in Greenwich where children and adults alike will be tasked with a treasure hunt – finding eggs hidden in the ship. Find out more by clicking here.
Ships and Stars – If the Stargazing Live programme on TV and the recent eclipse have given you a new-found interest in astronomy then it’s worth staying in Greenwich to visit the Royal Observatory. Children between the ages of 7-11 can also book to stay in the Cutty Sark’s first ever sleepover this Easter, so once they’ve finished locating those hidden eggs, they can participate in games and storytelling, learn how to hoist flags and find out more about the stars and planets under the expert guidance of a Royal Observatory astronomer. Greenwich is obviously bidding to be the London borough to visit at Easter because Punchdrunk Theatre are taking over the National Maritime Museum for their immersive, interactive show, Against Captain’s Orders – A Journey into the Uncharted aimed at 6-12 year old’s. Want to step aboard HMS Adventure? Yes please! I mean….Aye aye, Capn’!
Chicks and Ducks and Geese Better Scurry – At the WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes some of their ducklings have gone walkabout and they need intrepid explorers to help find them. Aww…. But before you fear for the safety of those fluffy little chicks you’ll be relieved to know that this Easter Duck Hunt is a search for GIANT plastic yellow ducks. A little easier to find then…
Other Easter activities at the 105-acre nature reserve include games and duck painting. (Again. Not real ducks.Although you’ll probably see loads, as well as birds, spring flowers and other wildlife)
Theatre – what could be more theatrical than a cast of over a hundred in full costume, a donkey, horse and doves and an audience of twenty-thousand plus watching a re-enactment of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. In Trafalgar Square no less! The Wintershall Players return with their open-air production of The Passion of Jesus. Last year, over 20,000 people watched the story unfold and expect similar numbers for their two showings on Good Friday at 12 and 3.15pm. As an added bonus it’s free! The downside? Younger audience members might find the crucifixion scene (with realistic-looking blood and flesh wounds) upsetting.
Death By Chocolate – There will be lots of sweet treats across the capital through various artisan chocolatiers (Time Out have provided a handy list, click here). Although if ever a place deserves to be visited on name alone then I would nominate Choccywoccydooda in Soho. However, The London Dungeon has (as always) provided an antidote to the sickly-sweet, commercialised version of Easter, all cutesy hoppity bunnies and fluffy waddling ducklings. Instead, a Victorian Sweet Shop will tempt you in with colourful confectionary. But beware. The proprietor is none other than Miss Edmunds, a notorious poisoner!
I’m not sure that would be enough to put me off. Another creme egg anyone?