Easter weekend falls on the first bank holiday of the year (Friday 25th to Monday 28th March). When you have kids in tow, Easter Sunday becomes one of those all-important dates on the calendar. While you may not be particularly enthusiastic about eating yourself into a frenzy, there are still plenty of things to do with the family that don’t revolve entirely around chocolate bunnies and eggs.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical – based on the Roald Dahl classic – has been gaining rave reviews since it first premièred two years ago. Since then it has undergone several cast changes. If you’re looking for some entertainment in the West End, watching a stage show of the world’s greatest chocolate maker seems quite fitting for this glutinous holiday.
The Passion of Jesus
Don’t forget, Easter isn’t really about chocolate eggs and a certain sneaky bunny, it’s about the death and resurrection of Christ. This year the Wintershall Players will be performing The Passion of Jesus, along with real horses, donkeys and doves. The open air re-enactment has a cast of over 100 people and is expected to draw huge crowds. If you can’t get a good spot, have no fear. The entire performance will be broadcast on projector screens.
The Small Films Marathon
Each day during the whole of Easter the Victoria and Albert Museum for Children will play back-to -back screenings of animated children’s classics – expect to see Noggin the Nog, Bagpuss, and Ivor the Engine. After the screening, feel free to take the accompanying exhibition to learn about each production and view the real storyboards and sets.
Land of Lions
The first day of Easter (Friday 25th March) marks the official grand opening of Land of Lions at the London Zoo. This project has been under construction for almost two years and will have installations that allow visitors to get up close and personal with these wonderful majestic creatures.
Cadbury’s World Factory Tour
While Cadbury’s World isn’t located in London, it’s easily accessible from London. On this tour you’ll get to learn all about the history of the Cadburys brand, watch the production line from beginning to end, and even try making your own chocolate. If you travel via train, you will also qualify for a 30% discount on admittance.
Harrods is one of London’s most famous department stores. While children probably won’t want to stroll around one million square feet of retail space, they will certainly want to sample some of the fine work of the in-house chocolatiers. Here you will find some of the best chocolate England has to offer… and with prices to match. Harrods isn’t cheap, but when you see and taste the quality, you’ll understand why.
If you’re looking to try something a little different this Easter, why not take a trip on The London Helicopter? Private trips can be arranged for entire families, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the beautiful city from a whole new perspective.