Eggcellent Easter-Themed London Activities for the Easter Holidays (2021)

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The sun is shining… yesterday was the hottest March day on record for 53 years! COVID restrictions are starting to loosen and it looks like the world is opening up a crack in time for some fun days out over the Easter holiday. Cue the picnics and melted chocolate bunnies!

We’ve all been a bit stifled this year but this Easter break brings a measure of optimism. I plan to make hay while the sun shines and wring every last drop of spring fun and adventure out of the two-week school break.

You have to plan ahead and get in early with lots of these things – especially as lots of venues have reduced capacity and timed entry – many sell out super fast! I started planning our Easter break a few weeks ago so we have tickets for the following …

Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza at Kew – join the Beano themed trail around Kew Gardens for plants, pranks and jokes. If you’re lucky, you may be able to combine it with a trip to the Children’s Garden (included with ticket price/ free for members) although the Children’s Garden seems to be permanently sold out at the moment!

Image from http://www.kew.org

Easter Egg Hunt hunt at National Trust properties (UK wide) – Join an Easter trail at a National Trust property, complete the nature trail then collect your chocolate reward! Booking essential and these trails get booked up quickly.

A National Trust visit is always a good day out! You can meet up with friends from a different household, take a picnic and let the kids enjoy some wholesome, outdoorsy fun.

Image from http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court Palace and The Magic Garden – The Lindt Gold Bunny hunt is back at Hampton Court – complete the trail around the grounds to find the bunnies then collect your Lindt Bunny as a reward (10g chocolate bunny). The hunt is included in the entry price/free for members so adds a lovely focus for little legs as you squeeze in a nice walk in the gardens.

The Magic Garden opens on 31st March so take a picnic, do the Lindt Bunny Hunt and visit the Magic Garden for a full day out over the Easter holiday. Capacity is reduced and you do have to queue – we always get there for 10am when the palace opens so that we can park and visit the Magic Garden first. Definitely avoid peak times in the sunshine as you’ll be queuing with hot, tired kids…and that’s no fun for anyone!!

Image from http://www.hrp.org.uk

Merlin attractions re-open on 12th April (woo-hoo!)…capacity is reduced and you have to book/pre-book but you may be lucky enough to squeeze in a trip to Chessington World of Adventures or Legoland

Image from http://www.chessington.com

I would highly recommend getting membership to these places as, not only is it hugely cost-effective, you are also helping to preserve history for future generations. We have membership to Kew (includes Wakehurst in Sussex), National Trust, English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces (Hampton Court, Tower of London, Kensington Palace) and Merlin Passes; a day out for us, then, is the price of the picnic and petrol… makes total sense if you’re going to be a repeat visitor.

A day out doesn’t need to be far from home… we will also be doing Easter/spring themed activities with family and friends…see my other blog for Easter Ideas to Keep the Littluns Happy!

Hoppy Easter, Folks! x

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