Top 10 April events
From interior design fairs, to theatre productions to foodie festivals, here’s our pick of what’s on in April in south west London and Surrey
Spring into Spring at Battersea Power Station
Spring into Spring is a season of fitness classes, wellness talks, lectures and health inspiration to have you leaping into spring. Among the events held over the course of April at Battersea Power Station is a pop-up British Military Fitness session and a special wake-up from winter yoga class with the team at ONE LDN.
Until 30 April
Battersea Arts Centre will be showcasing the best in local talent with unrepresented communities, collectives, entrepreneurs, young artists and passionate activists there to occupy all corners of the centre. Expect a week of workshops, theatre, poetry, live music and more.
3-7 April; see website for full line-up
Bocketts Farm Easter eggstravaganza
Surrey’s Bocketts Farm will be hosting a special Easter-themed takeover with hundreds of spring baby lambs and meet the shepherd sessions that little ones will love. There is also the opportunity to pet baby chicks and bunnies, plus an Easter quiz trail with chocolate treats for winners.
6-23 April; 10.30am-5.30pm
The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair
In the middle of Battersea Park is Battersea Evolution, which this month will be hosting a special fair dedicated to all things interior. Lovers of design should pay a visit for inspiration, show-stopping period design pieces, with items and antiques from all corners of the globe.
9-14 April; 11am-6pm/7pm/8pm; £10 OTD
The Boat Race
The annual rowing contest that draws thousands to the banks of the Thames year in year out. Watch as the crews battle it out on the water for the ultimate accolade, and look out for Cambridge and Oxford fans on the side-lines cheering on their respective teams.
7 April; starts at Putney Bridge; women’s race 2.15pm, men’s race 3.15pm
Hampton Court Palace Easter fun fair
This April bank holiday, Hampton Court’s green will be taken over by a fun fair ideal for a day out with the family. As per every year, there are rides, attractions and food and drink stands aplenty. The event is free to enter and will stay open all the way through to the evening time.
19-23 April; 12pm-11pm; free
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake
The iconic and beautiful ballet takes to the stage, reimagined by Matthew Bourne with the help of Lez Brotherston and Paul Constable who will also be on hand with their award winning design techniques. The ballet is a thrilling and emotive version of the Tchaikovsky original.
16-20 April; 2.30pm & 7.30pm; from £12
Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature
This spring, Kew Gardens will be transforming with a magical fusion of art and nature. The world-famous glass artist Dale Chihuly will be bringing his intricate glass designs to the grounds with a spectacular exhibition of luminous artworks. Look out for the pieces in the ornate glasshouses and in the midst of Kew’s glades for an outdoor gallery like no other.
13 April-27 October; 10am-7pm; included with entry to gardens
The Picture of Dorian Gray
An onstage adaptation of the famed Oscar Wilde classic about a young Victorian man about town who becomes consumed by a world of vanity and desire. The book is a famously gritty reflection on the dark side of Victorian society and the play hopes to capture this edge and translate it to the stage.
22-27 April; 2.30pm & 7.30pm; from £13
Surrey Food Festival 2019
As we launch into spring, make your way to Old Deer Park for an extravagant foodie festival with local businesses showcasing a wide range of delicious food and drink there for you to sample. Enjoy demonstrations, tasters galore, and take the kids along to the kids zone with its own entertainment.
27-28 April; 10am-7pm; £4/U12s go free
Old Deer Park