Easter Holiday Fun in London

The Easter holidays are upon us. London abounds with fun activities for children, here’s our pick of the best:

Peter Rabbit Live at Theatre Royal Haymarket

Straight from the Lake District, Peter Rabbit Live hops the West End this April after a stint at the Old Laundry Theatre in Windermere. Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mr McGregor and the whole gang will be brought to life on stage with handmade puppets, songs from Sir Alan Ayckbourn and voice overs from Miriam Margolyes and Griff Ryhs Jones. 5 – 28 April, tickets from £15, Theatre Royal Haymarket SW1Y 4HT, peterrabbitlive.com

Underbelly Family Fest at the Southbank

Underbelly is launching its first ever Family Fest this Easter at the Southbank. Running every day of the Easter holidays there will be theatre, circus, music, comedy and variety performance for all ages. Highlights include eternal favourite The Gruffalo, as well as Julia Donaldson’s The Witch and The Warthog and a new stage adaption of The Wind in the Willows (6-7 April). There’s also AniMalcolm – a musical from award-winning Story Pocket Theatre written by comedian David Baddiel.  Plus Shakespearience – a whistlestop introduction to the Bard’s best-loved words (11-12 April) and Mostersaurus (15-22 April) that follows young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of incredible monsters, and much more besides. 5 – 22 April 2019, Underbelly Festival Southbank SE1 8XX, most tickets £10, underbellyfestival.com

William Curley Chocolate Workshops at the Gherkin

Take children into the City to see The Gherkin this Easter for a special chocolate masterclass with William Curley, master chocolatier. The morning session for families will introduce children to the process of making chocolate from bean to bar. The classes promise plenty of opportunity for tasting, and decorate your own Easter eggs too. 12 April 2019, 10-11am, ages 5+, £12.50 children £25 adults (all children must be accompanied by an adult) searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

Sketches for Madeline at the House of Illustration 


This tiny exhibition is nonetheless perfectly lovely – find Ludwig Bemelman’s sketches for the Madeline picture books beloved by children everywhere. The show includes rough drawings with rubbings out and dummy books that go to show that even great masterpieces take a process of hard work. Until 28 April, 10am-5.30pm, 2 Granary Square, Kings Cross, houseofillustration.org.uk

Easter Egg Hunts at Chelsea Physic Garden

Find out if the Easter bunny has hopped its way around Chelsea Physic Garden at these Easter Egg hunts for children on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. 19, 21, 22 April 2019, 11am, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 2PH, £7.50 chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk

Sculpture Workshop at the Royal Academy

Inspired by Phyllida Barlow RA’s ‘cul-de-sac’, discover how to create your own contemporary sculpture. Phyllida Barlow transforms everyday materials (timber, concrete, fabric) into bold sculptures that shift our perspective of space. Take inspiration from her forests of sculptures and make your own work to take home. Ages 7+, 10 and 12 April 2019, £10, Royal Academy, Clore Learning Centre, Burlington Gardens, royalacademy.org.uk

Easter Egg Workshops at the Museum of Chocolate

This tiny museum in Brixton run brilliant workshops throughout the year, although the call for Easter Eggs does make April the ideal time to visit. This workshop will show you how to create an egg, animal or lollipop, learn how to temper chocolate and how to decorate your own creation to take home. Under 7’s must have an adult with them, 7+ can be dropped off. 11, 12, 16 and 19 April 2019, 11am (arrive 10.45am), £14.50, The Chocolate Museum, 187 Ferndale Road, SW9 8BA thechocolatemuseum.co.uk

Family Festival: Love Your Landscape at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Spend a day at the Gallery exploring nature, inspired by the world of Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway. Build a flower field, craft a fabric patch, take your inks and paper outdoors for some wild life drawing, plant a seed bomb and join the hourly sensory walks through the gallery gardens. 14 April 2019, 10am-5pm, free, Dulwich Picture Gallery, SE21 7AD dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Pitzhanger Manor

Bring your teddy for tea, make recipes, decorate your plate and cup and share stories around the table. Dressing up encouraged. 16 April 2019, 10.30am-12pm, ages 2+, £3 per child, £2 siblings, The Rickyard, Walpole Park W5 5BS eventbrite.co.uk

Petting Farm at Canopy Market

The weekly independent Canopy Market in Kings Cross is hosting a series of events for families this Easter – including it’s own petting farm where you can meet baby chicks, ducklings, and rabbits from Vauxhall City Farm. There will also be an Easter egg hunt, face-painting as well as acrobats, dancers and freerunners from The Roundhouse putting on circus acts. 19-22 April 2019, Friday 12-8pm, Saturday-Monday 11am-6pm, Canopy Market, West Handyside Canopy, Kings Cross, free, kingscross.co.uk

— Daisy Allsup
27th March 2019

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