We know you may have become an Easter grinch, not wanting to spread the good news mid-pandemic. Have no fear, KidRated are here with a bunch of Easter attractions, events, walks and adventures to get the family outside and keep the kids occupied over the weekend, saving you parents from having to pick up chocolate wrappers all day. Have an Eggscellent weekend folks!
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With their distinctive red ‘Rocket’ boats, the Thames Rockets has yet to get a bad review by our K-Raters. This ‘Ultimate London Adventure’ is a popular London speed boat experience, perfect for birthdays, celebrations or simply quality family time.
Captain Kidd’s Canary Wharf Voyage is great for grandparents and first-timers abroad! Blast your way from the iconic London Eye pier for a 50 minutes that will stay with you forever. The attraction is now offering an exclusive preview bubble experience on Easter Weekend (2nd-4th April) for up to 12 people, with permanent services resuming from 12th April. Think you know the city? Think again!
Cost: We are offering a 20% discount via KidRated on all rides,
including the exclusive Easter Weekend preview
The sun is out so why not take a trip to Hampton Court Palace where, not only can your kids learn loads about history, but they can also have fun at the Magic Garden. Described as a place of discovery and exploration for kids aged 2-13, it seems like an opportunity you can’t miss for the little ones this Easter. Open from 31st March.
Cost: £8.00 per person (Members go free)
Learn how to make your own puppets with Little Angel’s Easter craft sessions delivered via zoom from 6 – 9 April from 10.30am – 11.45am. Children aged 6 – 10 can join the Little Angel team in a series of fun, creative workshops to get the Easter holidays off to a crafty start.
Make a flying paper raven puppet inspired by The Girl and the Raven, a soaring, swooping dragon puppet inspired by Silver in the Skyor a cardboard theatre with rod puppets ins pired by The King’s Soup. Sessions will be led by Little Angel Theatre’s Community Engagement Manager Laura Hunt, with support from Puppetry Interns.
Cost: £15 per child, per session
24 of the 60 nationwide English Heritage sites are opening their doors to the public to host Easter Adventure Quests for the kids. London zones include Chiswick House (3rd April) and Eltham Palace in Kenwood (2nd-5th April). The outdoor space allows these trails to be entirely covid-secure as children search for dragon eggs in exchange for chocolate treats.
Cost: £1.50 per child
Over the Easter bank holiday weekend, National Trust London premises are opening their doors for family egg hunts to excite the masses. Ham House & Gardens, Osterley Park & House and Morden Hall Park have all confirmed they will be unveiling a range of fun activities for families, with advice to stick to your local area. Book to avoid disappointment.
Cost: £1.50 per child
Enter the world of Beano this Easter Holiday at Kew Gardens. Perfect for small and big kids, you’ll meet the characters from the much-loved comic and join ‘the Banana bunch’ on a mission to protect bananas from evil Dr Gloom and rescue the superhero from capture. Let your kids discover the powers of plant life to help save the day, alongside jokes, tricks and exciting activities. Kew are running timed entry slots to ensure this trail around the grounds is covid-proof – Hurrah!
Cost: Free with Kew Gardens entry ticket, child £5.00, adults £15.00
This out-of-town trek is ideal for families with young children.The Tarka Trail offers a smooth route for you to enjoy this easy breezy ride around the Devon countryside. The total journey is 32 miles (52 km), a subsection of the coast-to-coast cycle route. Why not do something adventurous this Easter and get outdoors to explore new terrain?
Throughout the cycle, you’ll bypass a disused railway, refreshment shops, a historic pub called ‘The Brauton Inn‘, sand dunes and outstanding natural beauty. There is a huge long-stay car park called ‘Severn Brethren Bank’, costing only £1.50 for the day. If you can’t fit all the bikes, tricyles or trailers in the back, bicycles are available to hire for a full-day or half day and are very reasonably priced from Otter Cycle Hire in Braunton.
Regent’s canal offers “an oasis of calm in the capital”. Running through Regent’s Park, overlooking London Zoo and on to the bustling streets of Camden Loch and Little Venice, this walkway would be a lovely Easter spot to gander with family while bypassing craft stalls and the food markets which are partially open.
Here is one for the bravehearts. Make sure you bring your wellies for this mucky adventure through a natural wonderland that is only an hour’s drive from London. Whatever the weather, The New Forest is a beautiful spot to roam, with guaranteed sights of wild ponies on route. The Emery Down Trail is a 5 mile loop with footpath access and bridleways surrounding Lyndlehurst, with only small sections of the walk on roads.
What kid doesn’t love climbing hills and skipping past streams? It’s a shame you mums and dads can’t visit the pubs on the way for a delicious Sunday lunch, but breathing in the countryside air may be the blissful escape each family needs this Easter before the world starts to move again.
This nine-acre nature reserve, located in South-East London, is something out of a fairytale. The wood is home to more than 200 species of trees and plants, as well as rare species of fungi, birds and mammals. Sydenham Hill Station falls within Travelcard Zone 3 and is accessible via London Overground or the Southern Railway, with a free car-park just off Girton Road nearby. Unfortunately, wheelchair access is prohibited within this rocky landscape.
Pssst… find out why Downtown Abbey’s Claire Calbraith loves Sydenham Hill
Sheen Gate takes you to the Broomhill side of Richmond Park, a beautiful entrance into a green space you can’t quite believe is in London. A perfect route for deer spotting (don’t let the kids get too close!), bird watching and an idyllic spot to watch the sunset. See if you can find the bench sat by the beautiful pond, just before you reach the tuck shop where you can treat the family to a much deserved hot-dog or sweet snack after stretching your legs.
Minimise the fuss this Easter, with easy access points all round the park. If you are feeling adventurous, you can always head to The Isabella Plantation, a hidden 40-acre woodland garden covered in exotic plants and fuschia pink flowers which is now open to the public.
Hampstead Heath is the place to go if you fancy a taste of the countryside in Zone 2. The perfect park for kids and dogs alike, or really anyone or anything that likes to squelch about in the mud.
Visit Parliament Hill Fields for its great views of Central London as you can see for miles on a clear day. The Parliament Hill area also includes an athletics track and a recently refurbished playground with an accessible swing. Kenwood House and Gardens can also be found on the Heath, as can Golders Hill Park which has a small zoo and a butterfly house in summer. Tell me when the Heath isn’t a good idea – I’m waiting…
The birthplace of TV is set within nearly 200 acres of parkland and provides yet another stunning, panoramic view of London. ‘Ally Pally‘ is a perfect playground for both kids, teens and adults. On Easter Sunday, you’ll find the farmers’ market selling local produce from over 30-stalls and hot cross buns.
The palace has plenty of stories to tell, not to mention the hidden gem – Ally Pally’s forgotten theatre! In 2018, after 80 years of oblivion, it reopened and now has plenty of gigs and shows on offer once things open again. They also have amazing things to do with kids and older teens on their premises to look forward, such as the garden centre, Go Ape!, a great skatepark and a Little Dinosaurs soft play centre. Look out for the Drive In Film Club opening up from 13th April too!
A delightful park, Greenwich Park is where the marathon starts. It is the oldest royal park in London and one of the biggest green spaces in South-East London so great for kids to run around, play games and walk dogs. Why not venture out of your comfort zone this Easter?
It’s a lovely place for a family ramble particularly for nature lovers, so it’s also a great idea to take along bird and bug books so you can identify what you’re finding, and binoculars so you can find even more!
They also offer a bandstand, a nicely equipped children’s adventure playground and entertainment such as puppet shows and workshops during summer school holidays. We’re counting down the days too…
Inspired by sheer boredom and having exhausted every film streaming service available, Joe & Seph’s have created an Easter Egg Hunt Kit designed for both adults and children to partake in and banish the lockdown fatigue. Suitable for indoor or outdoors, this activity pack can be played with up to 4 people to inject some fun into the Easter Weekend.
When it comes to non-chocolate Easter snacks, Hot Cross Buns are the elite tier offering. Rich, sticky and indulgent, these family favourites cannot be passed. The chefs at Joe & Sephs recently launched their Hot Cross Bun Spread, which was then featured on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch!
Their Chocolate Popcorn egg is sold out fast after budding popcorn connoisseurs went mad for it, but we’re egg-cited to say it’s back again for your kids and older teens to try.