Here at Totally Thames, we believe that the river is a buzzing cultural hub. The long weekend is the best time to explore our beautiful river and all that it has to offer. Here are our top picks for events going on near or around the river over the Easter weekend.
1. Easter at Gabriel’s Wharf
Saturday 15 April
For some family friendly fun, why not join Gabriel’s Wharf as they host a range of exciting free events and activities. There will be a free crafting session for children to unleash their creativity by making their own one of a kind Easter card before heading off on an Easter egg trail through the wharf. For adults, there is a scavenger hunt where you could win a tasty prize or a £50 voucher for the shops in the wharf. You will also be surrounded by the great range of shops and restaurants that Gabriel’s Wharf has to offer, making it the ideal location for a full day of family fun.
2.Tall Ships Festival, Greenwich
Until Sunday 16 April
Greenwich is hosting the Tall Ships Festival to mark the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. The event is set to be a spectacle with a 40 strong fleet of Class A and B Tall ships setting sail from Greenwich to Quebec, Canada, Bermuda and Boston. You can see the ships before they set sale anchored at two sites: the Maritime Greenwich UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Royal Arsenal Riverside in Woolwich.
3. Moomin Adventures, Kew Gardens
Until Monday 17 April
Kew Gardens is hosting a series of family friendly Moomin themed events and activities this Easter. Join an interactive trail taking you into the depths of Kew Gardens, or take part in crafty workshops where you can sample pancakes or visit Hemulen’s Herbarium. They will also be giving away Chocolate eggs at the gates on Easter Sunday – so don’t miss out!
4. Explore the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace
Having reopened in April, The Magic Garden is an enchanting adventure for young children to enjoy. Dotted with mythical beasts and secret grottos this is a fun and interactive way to spend your day.
5. Thumbs up it’s Easter at Kingston Museum
Thursday 13 April, 1pm - 4pm
Based around their current exhibition celebrating the borough’s tattoo culture, Kingston Museum is holding a special Easter craft workshop. Families are welcomed to discover amazing patterns and body adornments.
6. Easter at the London Wetland Centre
Help WWT London Wetland Centre find their missing ducklings! They have disguised themselves as GIANT ducklings along their Easter Trail throughout the tranquil setting of the Wetlands, and you will win a chocolate prize if you find them all. You will also get to interact with the new Dusty Duck Characters, made with the help of Aardman Studios – including Joanna Lumley’s fabulous Patsy Duck and more.
7. Coca-cola London Eye: Hotel Chocolat tasting experience
What better way to celebrate Easter than 135 meters in the sky with experts from Hotel Chocolat guiding you through a tasting extravaganza on the iconic London Eye? You will also be treated to a glass of Prosecco, the perfect addition to a VIP experience.
8. Easter at Battersea Power Station
Friday 14 - Monday 17 April
Battersea Power Station is hosting an exciting range of Easter events for children and adults alike. Become a gin aficionado with Dodd’s Distillery as they share a taste of what is to come from them this coming year, or for children help build a Lego mosaic of Battersea Power Station itself. There are a host more free events and activities, including an Easter quiz with chocolate prizes, plenty for all the family to enjoy, complemented by food stalls and live music which will be taking place all weekend.
9. London Bridge City Easter Trail with Fantasy High Street
Saturday 15 April
Take a stroll around this area of London where you will be following clues, playing silly games and finding chocolate eggs on the way. There will be fun characters for you to meet to make learning about the history of London Bridge a fun, engaging and most importantly chocolate filled affair. The event starts at Hay’s Galleria and you'll need to book your place so that you don’t miss out!
10. London Museum of Water Grand Easter Steam Up
Friday 14 - Monday 17 April
The Spring Steam Up returns this year with a Great Easter Egg Hunt. Kids can make their own Easter masks and watch live chicks hatching before setting off on an Easter egg hunt around the museum. Take a trip on the Thomas Wicksteed Steam Train or marvel at their collection of Cornish and rotative water pumping engines.