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Easter Holiday Fun

Have a look at our shortlist of what to do this Easter.

Housed in what was once London’s biggest Ragged School, the popular and family-friendly Ragged School
ragged school Museum welcomes people of all ages to taste a slice of Victorian life. On the 4, 5, 11 & 12 April you can find out about the lives of Queen Victoria’s nine children in a series of fun family activities.  Get your writing slates ready as you can even sign up for Victorian-style lessons on Sunday 7 April!

Fancy becoming the next Sherlock Holmes? As part of their exhibition, Murder in the Library: The A-Z of Crime Fiction, the British Library will be holding “Who Done It?” workshops for all the family. Children will follow in the footsteps of famous detectives as they try to solve various mysteries in what promises to be a hands-on experience.
Workshops will take place on 2, 3 and 4 April at 11.00 and 15.00.

What is Easter without a good, old-fashioned Easter egg hunt? Climb aboard the newly-restored Cutty Sark for a not-so-traditional Easter egg hunt and see how may eggs you can spot. You can also learn about the ships that raced the Cutty Sark around the world and make your own racing puppets to re-tell Cutty Sark’s unique story.

Easter bunnyAnother eggscellent hunt (groan) takes place at Kew Gardens this Easter Sunday. Starting at the Palm House and finishing at Kew Palace, children are encouraged to collect tokens from the garden’s rainforest friends before being rewarded with a chocolaty prize from the Easter Bunny. Families and adults can also learn about the history of the chocolate on an educational trail around the gardens: discover the importance of cacao in Ancient Maya, learn how chocolate was served in seventeenth century England, and why chocolate became so popular in modern Britain.

This year, Easter Sunday sees Cambridge and Oxford battle it out on the Thames for the 159th University Boat Race. For a great and free day out, join the crowds and line the four-and-a-quarter mile course from Putney to Mortlake on Sunday March 31 to catch all the action.

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The Natural History Museum’s butterfly house returns to the garden from 29 March. Visitors can come face-to-
face with tropical butterflies, including the swallowtail, blue morpho and the moon moth, and take part in games, activities and challenges that teach more about the sensory world of the fluttering creatures.

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