What’s On This Easter in London and Surrey 2023
What’s On This Easter in London and Surrey 2023
14 eggciting Easter activities for families in SW London and Surrey
Top image: RHS (c) Trevor Ray Hart
1 Painshill: Egg-straordinary Dragon Trail: Saturday 1 April – 16 April
Find all the dragons and their eggs at Painshill this Easter holiday with a family statue trail. Magical beasts have come to the landscape to lay their eggs; can you make your way through the park and find them all?
2 London Transport Museum: 1 April – 16 April
As well as all the fun you can have climbing aboard the trains, trams and buses, you can discover more about significant events that shaped London’s transport from historic occasions such as VE Day and the 2012 Olympics plus you can take part in a workshop to build a time travelling vehicle.
3 Easter Egg Hunt at Morden Hall Park: 5 April – 10 April
Set in the stunning grounds of Morden Hall Park, this popular Easter trail returns for another year. Pick up a map and go on a quest to win a chocolate egg prize.
4 RHS Garden Wisley: 1 April – 17 April
Search for giant eggs hidden around the glorious garden at Wisley to win a chocolate reward. There are also family-friendly crafts and seed planting sessions to get involved with.
5 Hampton Court Family Fun Fair: 5 April – 10 April
George Irvin’s Hampton Court Palace Easter Funfair has been going for over 150 years. There will be children’s rides, traditional games and stalls, a carousel as centre-piece, and even a Ferris Wheel.
6 Easter Egg Hunt, Ranger’s Office, Wimbledon Common, 7 April
Collect all the letters and solve the secret words to claim your prize. There is also a free Easter-themed coloring competition in the Information Centre, with prizes for all age categories: up to 8 years, 9 to 16 years, and a new “Grown-up” category.
7 Hampton Court Palace: 1 April – 16 April
Seek out the Lindt gold bunnies around the grounds and find out the stories of fascinating people who visited, lived and worked at Hampton Court Palace. The prize is a Lindt gold bunny treat.
8 Brooklands Museum, Ready to Race: 1 – 16 April
The Easter holidays bring a host of activities including a downhill racers workshop, costumed characters and pedal planes and cars for under 5s.
9 Battersea Power Station, ongoing
Take the spectacular chimney lift to the top of the iconic building, enjoy some shopping and dining at family-friendly options such as Where the Pancakes Are and take a stroll down the river.
10 Kingston Museum’s Easter Egg Trail: 23 March – 8 April, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (excluding Good Friday)
Join Kingston Museum on a scavenger hunt to find the seven eggheads of Kingston in a special Easter Egg Trail.
11 Chelsea Physic Garden’s Easter Trail, 7, 9, 10 April
The trail takes you around the 4-acre garden where you and your family can discover more about the incredible world of plants. You will receive a chocolate treat or prize at the end of the trail.
12 Bocketts Farm Easter Eggstravaganza: 1 April – 16 April
As well as completing the Easter stamp trail around the farm, children can see the new born lambs as lambing season gets into full swing! Plus there are ‘Meet the Shepherd’ sessions as well as the usual tractor rides and pig racing. www.bockettsfarm.co.uk/
13 Kew Gardens: 1 April – 16 April
The much-loved gardens will be full of spring colour and there will be a trail Inspired by Superworm, the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. There will also be sensory trails of the gardens plus workshops.
14 The ‘Not So’ Grimm Twins – Lyric Hammersmith 11 – 15 Apr
The Lyric Hammersmith presents a family adventure where fairytales come true. Meet Jake and Will Grimm, world-famous twins, as they tumble from their magical wagon full of stories collected from all over the world. Get ready for your favourite tales respun by the storytelling duo, accompanied by their little sister, Lottie.
15 Easter Pantomime: Rapunzel – Dorking Halls, 1 April
Get ready for a fun-filled Easter pantomime by the same team who brought you The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and Beauty and the Beast. The show features a star-studded cast, impressive music, energetic dance routines, jokes, slapstick, and plenty of audience participation.
16 Horniman Spring Fair: Saturday 8 April
Seasonal fun and games are on offer for all at this Easter Spring Fair in South East London. Activities on offer include a craft workshop, bubble performances, Spring trail, Face- painting and Urban mini-golf.
Not to mention the Butterfly house and a selection of food stalls.
17 Fortnum & Mason Spegg- tacular
If you find yourself wondering around the shops of Piccadilly and fancy a browse at some of the highest end Easter eggs, then Fortnum and Mason is the place to go. Some of the most ornate and opulent eggs are on show, and even if they are a bit out of your egg- budget, it’s worth passing for some window shopping.
18 Passion in the Square: Good Friday 7 April 2023 12pm and 3.15pm
After a two year break, Wintershall will once again perform Passion of Jesus Christ in Trafalgar Square, which is an outdoor theatrical performance on the crucifixion of Jesus to celebrate the Holy Week in London.
19 London Easter 10k: Monday 10 April 10.30am
The London Easter 10k is situated in Regent’s Park and the course takes you past the zoo and other famous sights. It is very much a family event and as well as the main 10k race, there is an Adults Fun Run, which is about 2 miles and starts at the same time as the 10k. There is also an opportunity for kids to get involved with a Children’s Race at 10am. All participants will get Easter goodies and an Easter themed medal on the finish line
20 Messiah on Good Friday – Royal Albert Hall, 7 April
Join the Royal Choral Society in its 150th anniversary season for one of London’s best Easter traditions – Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday. The choir performed Handel’s Messiah in its first season in 1872, and the first Good Friday performance at the Royal Albert Hall was in 1876, quickly becoming an Easter tradition.
21 Spring Family Raceday – Ascot Racecourse, 2 April
Join in the celebration of the British countryside at the Spring Family Raceday on April 2nd, as the Ascot Racecourse concludes its 2022/23 Jumps Season. With a diverse range of activities on and off the track, including a Veterans Chase and a valuable juvenile hurdle, racegoers can also witness some amazing wildlife attractions such as ferret racing, sheepdog demonstrations, and pony rides. Children under 18 can enjoy free entry and a host of free activities, from Easter-themed arts and crafts to bubble biking, while parents can savour the thrill of a seven-race Jumps card.