Only two weeks until Easter (is it just us or is this year flying by?) and London promises an array of fun activities for families. Here are just some of the excellent egg hunting events you can get involved in – now we just need some sunshine…
Which of the animals will have brightly coloured Easter eggs nestling in their enclosures over Easter weekend? Snap up a quiz sheet at the entry point to help you work out who they are, then hand in your completed sheet to collect a prize.
When: Friday 25 to Monday 28 March
Where: Battersea Park Children’s Zoo, Chelsea Embankment, Battersea, SW11 4NJ, 020 7924 5826
Tickets: £1.50 plus usual entrance fee (includes prize).
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Design Museum, Shad Thames
Take the self-guided Easter Egg hunt through the Cycle Revolution exhibition with an Easter surprise at the end. For ages 5 to 11 years.
When: Sunday 27 March, 10am- 5.45pm
Where: 28 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD, 020 7403 6933
Tickets: Usual entrance fee. Members and children go free.
Cutty Sark, Greenwich
Cutty Sark’s chickens have been laying their eggs in some strange places… How many eggs can you spot around the ship? Join in the hunt for a chance to win a family ticket to Camp Bestival. Price of hunt included in cost of ticket.
When: Friday 25 – Monday 28 March, 10am-5pm
Where: King William Walk, London SE10 9HT; 020 8858 4422
Tickets: Usual entrance fee. Under 5s go free.
This spectacular National Trust Venue on the banks of the River Thames offers an annual Easter Egg Hunt in the form a brilliant trail around the house with a Cadbury’s Egg as a prize. While you enjoy the house, children can also enjoy art and story-telling workshops.
When: Friday March 25 to Monday March 28, 10am to 5pm
Where: Ham House, Ham Street, Richmond, TW10 7RS; 020 8940 1950
Tickets: Tickets cost £3 per trail plus admission into the gardens.
Kensington Roof Gardens, Kensington
Home to many a debauched party in the 70s and 80s, the sensational Kensington Roof Top Gardens will be open for tea, coffee (or something stronger from 12pm) with eggs hidden by the Easter bunny for the kids to find while you kick back. There’ll also be a barbecue fired up, with garden games on hand to keep the energy levels up (as if all that chocolate wasn’t enough).
When: Monday March 28, from 10am.
Where: Kensington Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 5SA; 020 7937 7994
Tickets: Available from £3. Proceeds to Starlight charity.
Collect clues on the enticing Lindt Gold Bunny trail around the magnificent Kew Gardens then claim a delicious Lindt chocolate treat upon completion. On Easter Sunday, the first 4000 visitors will each receive a pair of Lindt Gold Bunny Ears.
When: Friday 25 – Sunday 28 March
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AB; 020 8332 5655
Tickets: Easter entry included with day admission to the gardens.
Go back in time with this Georgian-themed Easter egg trail at Osterley Park, where Cadbury eggs and other chocolate delights will be hidden. As well as the egg hunt, there are garden and estate tours and a special Georgian Bunny Trail around the house.
When: Friday 25 – Monday 28 March, 10am-4pm
Where: Osterley Park and House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, TW7 4RB; 020 8232 5050
Tickets: £3 plus cost of general admission.