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A Guide to Your Easter Long Weekend

12 April 2017 Belphoebe New

Stuff yourself silly with chocolate or make the most of a long weekend in London by having a Spring fling with culture. Whether you’re set to spend the weekend hunting down Easter eggs in some of London’s most iconic locations, making your own chocolate creations or enjoying some vividly imaginative theatre, we have you covered this Easter weekend.

Easter Egg hunts
 
Let’s face it, you’re never too old for a traditional Easter Egg hunt, and you’ll find delicious chocolate shells dotted across the capital over the weekend. There’ll be a station-wide Easter Egg hunt at St Pancras International (10-14 April), offering the chance to not only win chocolate but free food and other gifts too. The National Trust are also bringing a cascade of Easter eggs to some of London’s most beautiful buildings and stately homes between Good Friday and Easter Monday – including the atmospheric Fenton and Sutton Houses - perfect for a Sunday afternoon of sweet searching followed by a picnic in the grounds. If eggs aren’t enough for you, Hampton Court will be concealing mouthwatering and luxurious Lindt Gold bunnies in the grounds of this stunning regal palace (until 17 April).


 
Markets and Festivals
 
Over at the Horniman Museum, there’s a bumper Easter Fair to enjoy (15-16 April). Filled with market stalls selling the best organic produce and arts and crafts, there will also be plenty of events for the kids including face painting, March hare making and a bouncy castle. Speaking of markets, chocolate lovers will be absolutely spoilt at the Easter Chocolate Market at Duke of York’s Square (15 April). Indulge in some of the richest and sweetest creations from the world’s most esteemed chocolatiers, an indulgently delicious change from your usual Easter egg.  If you want to veer away from Easter and all of its chocolatey goodness entirely, the Springfest German Bier Festival is a good option (14 April). This oompah extravanganza will celebrate the best of the German beer scene with live music and plenty of relaxed spots to chill out with your pint.


 
Workshops
 
If you fancy getting crafty over a long weekend, get involved in the Easter celebrations at Selfridges (14-17 April). This isn’t just felt and highlighters, visitors will be able to create their own pom-pom tail, bunny ears and leave their artistic mark on the giant Selfridges egg. Over at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, kids will get in the mood for Easter by making their own bunny ears and meeting a real rabbit (14 April). Finally, the adults can get involved in the workshop fun too at the My Chocolate Easter workshop (14-15 April). Make your own egg or chick shaped candy creation then dip your creations in dark chocolate ganache, fun and bowls of melted chocolate. They’ll be too good to eat (although we’re sure that you’ll manage).



Theatre and performances
 
For a truly traditional experience, head down to Trafalgar Square for a performance of The Passion of Jesus, the story of the death and rebirth of Christ (14 April). Performed by actors in the square and broadcast on large screens, this promises to have a unique and devotional atmosphere (although some of the scenes may be traumatic for children). Burrow underground in the Vaults for a performance of Lewis Carroll’s sequel to the classic Alice in Wonderland – Alice’s Adventures Underground (begins 15 April). A playful experience for both adults and children, you’ll meet Wonderland’s eccentric inhabitants and experience tea at the un-birthday party. Finally, for very young children between 2-5 years, the puppet show Videk’s Shirt at The Little Angel Theatre is a retelling of a Slovenian folk story, following a young boy Videk who makes friends with animals in the countryside (17 April).


Photo credit: David Holt
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