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Whats on...this Easter

Our picks for the best things to entertain the kids this Easter

If you’re looking for things to do with the children this Easter then you’re in the right place.

Easter proper falls on these days this year:

  • 4-19 April - School holidays
  • 9 April - Maundy Thursday - religious celebrations
  • 10 April - Good Friday, and public holiday
  • 12 April - Easter Sunday
  • 13 April - Easter Monday, and public holiday

As usual, the Easter period gives us a four-day weekend to play with. Add in the school holidays – those little ones will need entertaining – plus (fingers crossed) glorious Spring weather, and you’ve got the makings of a perfect week. Here are a handful of activities to get you out and about on the South Western Railway network this Easter.

London Waterloo

Southbank Centre

Easter at the Southbank Centre (4-19 April)
If you want fun times and tons for the kids to do during the holidays then the Southbank Centre is the place to be. There’s plenty of great shows and lots of free family fun. The team behind Tabby McTat returns with Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales - based on the books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Then there’s sensory play in giant sandpits, illuminated by graphics to a soundtrack created by your own movement (the kids will get it). There’s even free child-based DJ sets, live music, and a dance takeover by HomeBros.

St Paul’s Cathedral

There’s plenty of events to enjoy over the Easter Weekend in London. With Easter being one of the biggest religious events in the UK, how about heading to church?

At St Paul’s, as you’d imagine, there’s a lot going on. The whole list is here and it includes three hours of readings and Prayers on Good Friday, where people are invited to come and go as they please from midday, and the Eucharist on Easter Sunday at 11.30, celebrated under the dome with people from around the world.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Family Trails and Games
The V&A runs family-based activities across the year including The Undiscovered Museum trail and family games you can follow with quizzes and hairstyling challenges to complete on your phone or tablet. The full family schedule is right here.

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Windsor and Eton

Windsor Racecourse

Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday (6 April)
‘Kids go free’ is a phrase we all love and it’s definitely applicable to Windsor’s first ever Easter Eggstravaganza Raceday. There are prizes in the Easter egg hunt, bouncy castles, a mini farm and face paints – all free. You can also enjoy the fun of a regular race day into the bargain.

Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth

Food & Craft Fayre (13 April)
Can’t say fairer than this: free entry, a food and craft fair and loads of activities for the children. Hardcore footie fans will want to book a stadium tour in advance, too.

Poole

Poole Museum

Leaping Lamb Easter Trail (4-19 April)
Make and Take Easter Craft (8 April)

On the Leaping Lamb Trail, you can take the children on a trip around the museum and spot all of the hidden lambs to win a chocolate prize. Meanwhile, on Wednesday (8 April) you and the kids can make your own suncatcher - a great free collage activity based around Light Up Poole's theme of "Spectrum".

Brownsea Island

Trails (6-22 April)
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt (4-9 April)

Brownsea Island is a wonderful place to take the children at any time of year and under pretty much any circumstances. It’s a glorious National Trust property filled with woodland wildlife and happy outdoor adventure. It’s also the birthplace of The Scouts, so there’s loads of wholesome activities laid on and it’s camper-friendly too.

Trails, campfires, den-building, climbing, wildlife rambles, it’s all going on, along with an Easter Egg hunt and Easter craft-making. Come to this island haven if you want the kids to forget all about their tablets for a while.

Portsmouth

Spinnaker Tower

Paw Patrol Meet and Greet (throughout Easter)
If you haven’t been to Spinnaker Tower yet this is a great opportunity to take advantage of one of the best attractions on the South coast. With a glass floor that reveals the staggering 100-metre drop below, you’ll soon see your kids are braver than you. There’s also the Sky Garden on the top deck that will be springing into a technicolour life round about now.

Over the Easter break the tower will be open every day and on both Saturdays (11 April, 18 April) Chase from the hit Nick Jr. show Paw Patrol will be turning up to entertain and meet their public – check the website for more details.

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