Looking for some inspiration this Easter?  Whether you like yours chocolate-coated, or prefer a more spiritual approach, we have rounded up the highlights and hotspots for you and the family to enjoy a cracking Easter!


Celebrate 500 Years of History – at Hampton Court Palace  Commemorating key events in Hampton Court’s history; experience the centuries through music, food and drink throughout the palace.  The fun kicks off at 6.30pm over the Easter weekend (Fri 3rd, Sat 4th, Sun 5th April) – culminating in a ‘Son et Lumiere’ spectacular (this is a ticketed event)

Go Baaa-rmy at Kew  Join Shaun the Sheep, Timmy the Lamb and the flock at Kew Gardens this Easter, for fun and frolics in the Madcap Meadow.  Everything from face-painting to hunting down eggs, or for more serious flower fanatics, enjoy the blossoming blooms in action on the Spring Spectacular walk


Grab your Golden Tickets and see Willy Wonka in musical action!  This timeless classic never fails to impress, and from May it’s line up with two new actors.  Catch a matinee show on Wednesdays or Saturdays.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane:  http://bit.ly/CharlieChocolateFactory_TheatreRoyal


Get Eggscited with the Animals at Battersea Zoo  From feathered friends to scaly reptiles, there’s plenty for little ones to explore at Battersea Park, with some specially themed activities over the Easter period: http://bit.ly/BatterseaParkZoo


Contemplation and Celebration at St Paul’s  Traditionally a Christian festival, St Paul’s Cathedral has a series of pastoral events to mark the occasion, running concurrently with its regular routine of services. http://bit.ly/ServicesatStPauls


Cultivate Your Inner Child  Walk on air (almost) at Tower Bridge Exhibitions latest attraction.  For children of 6 or 60, this is surely the best way to see London – from 42 meters above the River Thames! http://bit.ly/TowerBridgeGlassFloor


Let Them Go Wild in the Aisles with Cbeebies  Guaranteed to keep them entertained, Justin and his friends present Mr Tumble’s Circus – a sure fire hit with all children over 18 months: http://bit.ly/MrTumblesCircus


Get Crafty in Chelsea  The Doodle Bar is running a series of workshops from 1st – 10th April for youngsters to get creative with a variety of media.  Check the website for age specific daily activities: http://bit.ly/DoodleBarCrafts


Never mind flamingos, where’s the Easter Bunny?  The Roof Gardens in Kensington are doing something for the kids this Easter – and yes, I do mean the children.  Everyone’s favourite garden in the sky is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday from 11.45am (bar opens at 11am for non-alcoholic refreshments, countdown to midday when you can grab a ‘proper’ drink to take the edge off the excitement)

If all that action around town has taken its toll, then why not take a well-earned rest at one of these family-friendly eateries: