London: What’s on in April 2017
Are you all set to visit the capital this April for the Easter holidays? There's plenty going on this month, so you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do! We've put together our top picks of family friendly activities to enjoy in London this April including performances, workshops, festivals and events.
Feast of St George
Where: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DS
When: 22 April 2017
What better way to spend your holiday in London, then to join in the celebrations for England’s National Day – St George’s Day.
St George's Day recognises the patron saint of England, whom is made famous for apparently staying a dragon and saving a distressed maiden. You can find out more about the history of the day here.
Decorated in red and white, Trafalgar Square will host the wonderful annual day of feasting. There will be a range of free activities, games, performances, food stalls, celebrity cooking demonstrations, and more!
See here for more information about the Feast of St George.
The Passion of Jesus Re-enactment
Where: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DS
When: Good Friday, 14 April 2017
Every year on Good Friday, thousands of spectators gather to witness a remarkable open air recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. A fantastic cast of more than 100 actors and volunteers take part in the annual play, as well as horses, donkeys and doves! The free performance takes place for approximately 90-minutes and there are two performances throughout the day, one at 12pm and another at 3:15pm.
Where: Kew Gardens
When: 1 – 17 April 2017, 10:30am to 4pm daily
The Moomins are an adventure filled and nature loving family of creatures whom were created in the 1940’s by Finnish writer and artist Love Jansson.
This Easter, families can experience the wonderful world of the Moomins at Kew Gardens where there will be plenty of family-friendly activities and adventures. Participants can explore the depths of the beautiful Gardens on an interactive trail, take part in craft workshops, sample the Moomins’ treasured pancakes, or induldge on the free (yes, free!) Lindt chocolate treats that will be given away on Easter Sunday!
You can find out more about the Moonmin Adventures event here.
London’s Fire Brigade Pop-up Museum – Children’s Activities
Where: The Workshop, Lambeth High Street, SE1 7JS (behind the current Lambeth fire station).
When: 5 April and 13 April 2017
Families and children are invited to the Museum to take part in activities such as crafting their own mini animation videos, designing their own fire-marks and making a fire-engine greeting cards to take home as souvenirs to show friends and family from their London vacation. Ideal for children aged 3 and over and there's no need to book.
You can find out more information here.
The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
Where: The Boat Race is 4 miles long and stretches between Putney and Mortlake on the River Thames in South West London.
When: 2nd April 2017: The women's race gets under way first at 4.35pm, followed by the men's race an hour later at 5.35pm.
More than 250,000 people line the banks over London’s River Thames every year to watch the annual Oxford to Cambridge Boat Race in April. This will be the 163rd year that the contest will take place. The much loved boat race between Oxford and Cambridge event is one of the oldest sports in the world, and should definitely be witnessed if you’re in London for when it is on!
Find out more information about the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race here.
Cheese & Wine Festival
Where: East Village, Victoria Park
When: Saturday April 1 from 12-6pm, and Sunday April 2 from 11am-4pm.
This free non-ticketed event is right up our alley, and certainly worth giving Edam about! Just like peas and carrots, cheese and wine are a match made in heaven.
Cheese lovers can expect to find over 200 different types of cheeses from over 30 countries available for sampling, which can be perfectly paired with a wide selection of wines from from around the world including reds, whites, Processo, champagne and also a selection of ciders, beers and spirits. There will also be a range of breads, chutneys and oils there to soak up some of the vino. We Camembert the thought of missing this one, it’s going to be a Gouda time!
Read more about London's Cheese & Wine festival here.
However you choose to spend your time in the capital, we're sure you'll have a splendid time. If you'd like any further recommendations, please don't hesitate to ask as we're always happy to help.
Still looking for London accommodation during your visit this April? We're offering up to 15% off selected properties for stays commencing in April. Find out more about our Easter Promotion here.
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