Easter is on its way bringing with it more school holidays and…chocolate! Yes, this is possibly my favourite family holiday for guzzling more chocolate eggs and hot cross buns than are possibly good for me.
If you plan to be in London for the Easter holidays then you will be pleased to learn that there are lots of Easter treats in store. Fun things and special events taking place over the long weekend include Easter egg hunts, Easter trails, Easter weekend services and maybe even the chance to catch a glimpse of the Easter bunny himself!
As for Easter dates this year, Good Friday is on April 15 this year, Easter Sunday on April 17 and the Easter Monday bank holiday falls on April 18.
Here’s our round-up of the best things to enjoy during the Easter break in London for 2022, enjoy!
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Easter activities for 2022
The Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court Palace
This Easter, Hampton Court Palace invites children aged 4 – 12 years old to discover the stories of the fascinating people who visited, lived and worked at the palace AND be in the chance of winning some chocolate!
Follow the trail map to find the Lindt Gold Bunny statues hiding around the palace gardens. Match up the name of the palace character on the trail to the red ribbon on the bunny statue and tick if off your list to – fingers crossed – win a chocolate reward at the end (non chocolate prizes are also available).
Dates: April 2 – 18, 2022
Price: Included in admission price
Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Kensington Palace
Learn more about the people who lived in, visited and worked at Kensington Palace as you search for the Lindt Gold Bunny statues around the grounds. Find them all and you’ll receive a Lindt Gold Bunny of your own! The Easter hunt is designed for children aged 4 – 12 years old and their families.
Dates: April 2, 3, 6 – 10, 13 – 17. From 10am – 6pm
Price: Included in palace admission, pre-booking is recommended.
Easter events at the Arts Depot
The Arts Depot in North London have a whole host of Easter events taking place this year. Shows include a production of Julia Donaldson’s story The Smartest Giant in Town; a magic show by Tom Brace; the wonderful tale of Slug and Caterpillar called Slime; and a showing of Oi Frog & Friends! Check the website for details.
Dates: Check the website for individual dates
Price: Check the website for prices
Horniman Spring Fair
One of our top picks for Easter activities this year is taking place at the Horniman Museum. The Spring Fair scheduled is packed with live music and performances, crafty activities, a Spring Bonnet parade and more. This promise to be a fantastic way to spend the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Dates: April 16, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Price: Adults £5, children go free but must have a ticket to meet capacity requirements. Book online.
Easter family fun at the Southbank Centre
There are some fun activities planned for the whole family this Easter at the Southbank Centre including a performance of the much-loved story, Zoo and the Flying Doctors (April 8 – 10); Meal One (April 14 – 15), an immersive family show filled with fabulous projections; and a bicycle-powered family disco (April 16).
Dates: Various, check the website
Price: Check the website for prices and to book tickets.
Easter Adventure Quest at Eltham Palace and Gardens
Eltham Palace and Gardens are hosting and egg-cellent adventure quest this Easter break. Explore the grounds for clues and challenges, take part in traditional Easter games such as egg rolling, keep and eye out for Easter eggs and receive an Easter treat at the end!
Dates: April 2 – 24 (the quest takes place every day of the school holidays).
Price: £1.50 for the quest in addition to the normal ticket price £17.60/adult, £10.60/child). Book online and save
Easter Trail at the Chelsea Physic Garden
Discover more about the wonderful world of plants at the Chelsea Physic Garden on Good Friday with their self-led trail and get a chocolate treat at the end!
Dates: April 15, 17 and 18, 2022 from 11am to 4pm (last admission is 3pm)
Price: Trail costs £5 per person plus normal admission. Tickets must be booked in advance.
Family Easter Chocolate Workshop
Also being held at the Chelsea Physic Garden is an Easter-themed Chocolate workshop. Learn how cacao beans grow, how its made into chocolate and design your own sweet treats using a selection of herbs, flavourings and spices. Suitable for children aged 5 years and older.
April 12, 2022 11am – 1pm.
Price: £20 per person
Lost and Found at the London Transport Museum
Enter the weird and wonderful world of London Transport’s Lost Property Office at one of our favourite family attractions, the London Transport Museum.
This Easter, families can follow a trail around the museum’s galleries to discover fun facts about some of the 15 million (yes, million!) objects that have ended up in lost property. Among these are hats, bags and toys as well as a skeleton and even a grandfather clock!
On selected dates during the holidays, join children’s authors Emily Rand and Kate Wilkinson as they read from their books inspired by these lost mementos.
Dates: April 2 – 18, check the website for author days
Price: Included with Museum admission – kids go free
Dear Zoo at ZSL London Zoo
ZSL London Zoo are celebrating 40 years since the publication of Rod Campbell’s fantastic storybook Dear Zoo. Enjoy an interactive activity trail, take part in lively story-telling sessions and learn all about the animals that call London zoo home.
Dates: April 2 – 18, 2022
Price: Included in the zoo ticket; tickets must be booked in advance.
Easter egg adventure at Ham House
Nature trails are always fun, especially if there’s chocolate at the end of them! This Easter holiday National Trust property Ham House is hosting a trail where children can discover the pretty gardens and be rewarded with an Easter treat at the end.
Dates: April 2 – 16, 2022
Price: £3, booking not needed.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Kew Gardens
Follow an enchanting trail through Kew Gardens at Easter and learn about the connections between plant and insect life on Earth. Based on the bestselling book by Eric Carle, the Very Hungry Caterpillar trail is a fun and engaging way to explore the gardens with children.
Dates: April 2 – 18, 2022
Price: Included with entry to the Gardens
Easter Duck Trail at the London Wetland Centre
Forget the traditional Easter egg hunt this holiday and head to the London Wetland Centre for their Easter Duck Trail. The Centre are inviting all young detectives to follow their Easter trail, crack the clues and find the bright yellow ducks hiding around the wetlands. Pick up a trail card at admissions and see if you can “quack the case”.
Dates: Saturday 2 – Sunday 24 April, 2022
Price: Included in the Centre admission price.
Easter egg Adventure at Osterley Park and House
Follow the trail and find nature-inspired activities for the whole family this Easter at Osterley Park and House. The trail takes place between April 14 – 18 and promises some fun in the Great Outdoors AND chocolate at the end!
Dates: April 14 – 18 from 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm)
Price: £3 per child, booking not needed.
Easter egg hunts at Morden Hall Park
An egg-citing Easter trail awaits families at Morden Hall Park in South London. Follow the trail, enjoy nature-inspire activities and be rewarded with a chocolate egg at the end.
Dates: April 6 – 18, 2022
Price: £3 per child, booking not needed
The Passion of Jesus in Trafalgar Square
The annual performance of The Passion of Jesus is taking place again this year in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. The biblical story is brought to life by the Winterhsall Players and involves more than 100 actors and volunteers who come together to recreate the day Jesus is believed to have been arrested, tried and crucified. It’s a pretty realistic interpretation of events to parental guidance is advised.
There are two 90-minute live performances at 12pm and 3.15pm. These are projected on big screens so everyone can see.
Dates: Friday 15 April
Price: Free, no tickets required
Holy week and Easter services
Easter services are being held throughout the Easter week from April 10 – 17 at Westminster Abbey, Southwark Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral. These include an Easter weekend service. See the websites for details.