Don’t be put off by the gloomy weather forecast for the run up to Easter weekend. There are plenty of things to keep you entertained, rain or shine.
If the spring sunshine does make an appearance there are plenty of outdoorsy activities to tempt you out of the house.
For a slice of country life we recommend heading out to River Lee Country Park, where a two day Easter Country Fair will be kicking off on Sunday. From traditional Easter activites like feeding lambs and arts and crafts to more quirky events such as ferret racing, birds of prey displays and fighting Knights, there's something to entertain everyone. If you’re a dog lover there’s also a dog show on Monday that anyone can enter.
London Wetlands Centre is relying on non-wet weather for their Easter Duck hunt that will be running all this week and until 12 April. There are prizes for those who spot the most yellow ducklings in the nature reserve and for those so inclined you can paint your own duckling or egg to take home.
Kew Gardens is running another Easter hunt, this time for tokens hidden around the grounds which, when given to the elusive Easter bunny (which must also be hunted out) will be exchanged for a giant chocolate egg.
Our very own Gabriel's Wharf is also holding an egg hunt. Come in and say hi as you rummage around our neighbours in search of some tasty chocolate eggs
For all your chocolatey needs you should head to Duke of York Square in Chelsea, where the popular fine food market will be transformed into a chocaholics paradise. From popular brands to artisanal chocolatiers there will be something to suit all tastes and budgets.
Weather permitting; Hampton Court Palace is where you should assemble for your evening’s entertainment. In celebration of its 500 year anniversary the majestic palace will be throwing a three night long party. There will be live period music, pop-up bars and food to explore, culminating in a stunning light display with fireworks and all to see in it’s next half-millennia with style.
For a different kind of entertainment (also a rain-proof one!), the Moscow State Circus is in town, stationed at Shepherd’s Bush Green. Get your fill of acrobatics, awe inspiring juggling acts and clowning around in true Russian style any time between the 3rd and 19th of April.
Shopaholics will be pleased to know that So Vintage is back at Old Spitalfields Market, with everything from home ware, vintage clothes, accessories and prints on offer. There’s even an Easter egg hunt to get you in the festive mood.
Even London Dungeons are getting into the Easter spirit with a special Death by Chocolate installation, featuring a Victorian sweetshop with a sinister shopkeeper with a penchant for poisonings. Go if you dare...
If you’re just looking to unwind with a pint this Easter it’s worth checking out the Craft 100 Beer Festival in Clapham, offering 80 cask ales and 20 kegs from a wide range of specialty breweries. With The Liberty Cheesesteak Company providing the grub you could easily spend the whole day here sipping form your very own commemorative beer glass.
And last but by no means least, we’ve got to inform all you bike lovers about a special track event at Lee Valley Velodrome on Good Friday. Both newcomers and big names in elite and professional cycling will be battling it out in an extravaganza of races throughout the day that is sure to be a blast.