When the sun makes an appearance in London in the spring and the temperatures begin to rise, there is no better time to sample the capital’s delights. All the city's parks are awash with every variety of spring blooms, so it’s an absolute joy to stroll amongst the azaleas in the Isabella Plantation at Richmond Park.
Another unmissable venue during springtime in London is the exceptional Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where you can partake in daily, springtime, blossom-spotting walks. With a royal palace, treetop walkway, and vast greenhouses hosting a huge variety of rare and unusual plants from across the world, this is a day not to be missed.
April also sees this year’s opening of the Chelsea Physic Garden), one of the world’s oldest apothecary gardens, where you’ll not only see an important, yet stunning medicinal plant collection, but also how the garden has adapted to changing times. Different growing environments have been established, such as the Pond Rockery, Fortune’s Tank Pond and an evolving collection of Glasshouses.
London heralds some spectacular events this spring for families. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re into chocolate, (as most of us are at Easter), or someone that enjoys a more outdoor experience. Finding something to do during the children’s spring breaks is easy, with a plethora of Easter and spring- themed activities available, throughout the capital, many of which having family-friendly events.
Take Battersea Park Children's Zoo for example, which runs Easter events for families, such as an Easter egg hunt with a difference! Spot brightly coloured eggs, hidden amongst the animal enclosures, as you take a look around the zoo.
Or venture out to Lauderdale House, in Highgate, for the ‘Great Egg Roll’ event, or to take part in egg decorating or a treasure hunt?
A must for those with small children, is the London Wetland Centre, which is certainly worth visiting in spring. At this stunning nature reserve, you’ll find ducklings, chicks in abundance, buds and bugs to explore, along with the Easter GIANT duck trail to discover. Until 17th April, cunningly disguised ducks will be hiding amongst the real ones, with chocolate prizes for those finding them all! You’ll wander around the lakes, ponds and gardens and also discover 14 new, 6ft tall celebrity Dusty Ducks, arriving in Spring to form the ‘Dusty Duck Trail’, made to celebrate the WWT’s 70th anniversary. (1st April to 21st May).
For culture lovers, many of the National Trust properties run spring family events, enabling you to savour lovely London properties whilst still keeping the children happy! Red House is one such option. Its family wombat trail, open from April, will find Top, the wombat, and friends, who are hiding at Red House. Its Easter egg hunt (14th April), boasts an ‘antipodean adventure’ to discover what has escaped into the gardens. So hop along to help to find all the animals and claim your chocolate prize. Most hunts cost £3.50 per child
For a free event you could witness a huge sporting event, the London Marathon, (23rd April). Savour the party atmosphere whilst cheering on runners from all over the world. Taking in all of London’s top sites, this great charity event is not to be missed.
A variety of St George’s Day celebrations start with the Mayor of London’s Feast of St George at Trafalgar Square, taking place on April 25th. Expect cookery demonstrations, food stalls, live music and dancing performances to entertain you.
2017 alfresco fun begins at Shakespeare’s open-air, Globe Theatre this spring, where a spectacular production of 'Romeo and Juliet' takes place from 22nd April – 9th July. This classic tale of lovers from warring families marks the beginning of a year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 ‘Summer of Love.’
English royalty forms a particular attraction to many foreign visitors, where the pageantry and pomp form the mainstay of British culture. Although the Queen’s official birthday is in June, her actual birthday is 21st April. So go along to Hyde Park and the Tower of London, where to mark the occasion, you can listen out for gun salutes.
Continuing the royal theme, why not join the masses of spectators watching the traditional procession, making its way along The Mall and Whitehall, leading the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament in May? This important, century old, ceremony marks the start of the new parliamentary year, and the speech is broadcast live on TV, so spot the horse-led coach, escorted by the Household Cavalry and savour the nostalgia.
For something a little different, why not try IWA Canalway Cavalcade? This is London's best waterways festival. Organised by volunteers, and with the advantage of free admittance, this unique waterway boat gathering has been taking place at Little Venice since 1983. From 29th April to 1st May, (First May bank holiday weekend), come and take part in the colourful festivities. There’ll be a boaters’ gathering, pageant of boats, trade shows and stalls, live music, kids’ activities, competitions, Morris Dancers, a real ale bar, and a wide variety of snacks and food.
For another free event, head over to St Paul's Church on the West Piazza for the Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival (May 10th), marking the 40th anniversary of this event. This is the spot where Samuel Pepys spotted the first Punch and Judy show in May 1662. Punch and Judy puppeteers will congregate to perform throughout the day. So go along to enjoy the shows and celebrate the art of puppetry on Mr Punch's 353rd birthday. Also expect maypole dancing and a variety of workshops.
With the UK schools breaking up for a week’s half-term holiday at the end of May, these are just a few of the family-friendly attractions on offer. Many of London’s more famous attractions, such as the Science and Natural History Museums often put on special activities for children, so keep your eyes peeled for these events, and enjoy the spring sunshine!
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