Easter Weekend Events In London 2020

Easter Weekend Events In London 2020
Go on an Adventure Quest at Kenwood House. Photo: Shutterstock

Here's a taster of some of the events in London over Easter weekend 2020. We'll publish our usual weekend round-up closer to the time, when plenty more events have been announced, so keep an eye out.

All weekend

ADVENTURE QUEST: Let the kids go hunting for dragon eggs in the grounds of English Heritage property Kenwood House. Crack the clues and follow the trail through the grounds — everyone who finds an egg gets a certificate, sticker and chocolate treat. Kenwood House, £1 per child, just turn up, 10-13 April. Eltham Palace in south London runs a similar activity throughout the Easter holidays.

LINDT GOLD BUNNY HUNT: Both Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace host Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunts. Pick up a trail map on arrival and follow the clues to find the bunny statues. Solve the challenges and piece together the clues to win your chocolate rabbit. Aimed at ages 3-12 and their families. Included in admission, book ahead, 4-19 April

Historic Royal Palaces hosts Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunts

DAY TRIPS: If you want to escape London for a day (or longer), we can help. We've put together a map of London day trip ideas. From quaint villages to seaside resorts, and castles to model villages, it's all in there.

BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND: We've compiled a guide of things to do in London over any bank holiday weekend, whatever the weather. From little-known cultural gems to exploring the great outdoors, we've got plenty of ideas and inspiration.

CHOCOLATE SHOPS: For last minute shopping, hit up London's best chocolate shops — and the vegan chocolate shops too.

FAMILY EVENTS: For more ideas of things to do with children, peruse our guide to things to do in the Easter holidays.

PUBS: If you want nothing more than to kick back, pint in hand, and watch the world go by, take a look at our guide to the best pubs in London. You can search by area or facilities, so have a play — you might just find your new favourite boozer.

Things to do in London on Good Friday, 10 April 2020

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The Passion of Jesus is performed in Trafalgar Square

THE PASSION OF JESUS: One of London's annual traditions is the Wintershall Players' free open-air performance of The Passion Of Jesus, taking place in Trafalgar Square every Good Friday. It tells the story of the last few days of Jesus's life and it's very popular — thousands of people usually turn up to watch so it's well worth getting there early to get a good view. We chatted with the guy who plays Jesus last year. Trafalgar Square, free, just turn up, 12pm/3.15pm

FAMILY EASTER FUN: Burgh House runs an afternoon of Easter activities for children aged 8 and under, and their families. Decorate your own basket and make your own cone bunny and Easter crown. Burgh House (Hampstead), £10, book ahead, 12pm-2pm

MESSIAH: The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday afternoon at the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1876, and the tradition isn't about to stop now. The choir is accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a quartet of soloists. Royal Albert Hall, £19.35-£48.38, book ahead, 2.30pm

ST MATTHEW PASSION: Barbican hosts a special Good Friday performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion, performed by Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices. Barbican, £15-£65, book ahead, 6pm

Things to do in London on Easter Saturday, 11 April

Make your own jewel-covered eggs at The Royal Mews

SHOREDITCH EGG HUNT: Shoreditch Town Hall throws open its doors for building-wide family fun with The Great Shoreditch Easter Egg Hunt. Take your own basket along to fill with eggs hidden around the building, with performances and activities to enjoy along the way. Shoreditch Town Hall, £4, book ahead, 10am-4pm

EASTER FAIR: Taking place over two days, Horniman Museum's Easter Fair brings stalls to the museum's gardens, along with an Easter trail, craft workshops, storytelling and more. Why not combine it with a trip to the current Permian Monsters exhibition? Horniman Museum (Forest Hill), free entry to fair, just turn up, 10.30am-4.30pm, 11-12 April

EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA: Head to The Royal Mews to take part in the sparkliest treasure trail you ever did see. There's a chocolate prize at the end of it,  and family arts and crafts, including a chance to make your own jewel-covered eggs. Well, you are at Buckingham Palace... The Royal Mews (Buckingham Palace), included in admission, book ahead, 11am-3pm

Things to do in London on Easter Sunday, 12 April

SUNDAY LUNCH: A special weekend deserves a special meal, right? So tuck into one of London's best Sunday roasts, with all the trimmings. Fluffy spuds, crispy Yorkshires and oodles of gravy is the way we like it. Vegans and vegetarians are catered for too — check out these options.

Easter afternoon tea at The Ritz? Don't mind if we do.

EASTER AFTERNOON TEA: This isn't just any afternoon tea — it's The Ritz's Easter afternoon tea. Don your glad rags and head to the fancy hotel to tuck into the world famous afternoon tea with an Easter twist. Everyone under the age of 16 gets a free egg to take home too. The Ritz (Piccadilly), £60/£50, book ahead, 11.30am-7.30pm

HARRY POTTER MARATHON: Are you enough of a hardcore Potter fan to watch the films in a marathon session lasting almost 24 hours? If so, book yourself in for this event at the Prince Charles Cinema, where all eight films are screened in order. It's becoming something of an Easter tradition. Prince Charles Cinema (Leicester Square), £32.50, book ahead, 8.30pm (until 5.25pm tomorrow)

Things to do in London on Easter Monday, 13 April

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Image: Blackheath Morris Men

EASTER CHAIR HEAVING: The bizarre annual event of Easter Chair Heaving by the Blackheath Morris Men is excellently explained by IanVisits, who witnessed the spectacle in 2009. The Morris men take to the streets of Greenwich, dancing, but also carrying a decorated chair with a young lady in it. Keep an eye here for details of this year's event.

Last Updated 11 March 2020