The Velveteen Rabbit , Unicorn Theatre, March 28 – April 26
See the stage version of this heartwarming 1922 children’s classic, which was nominated in a 2007 National Education Association poll as one of Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children. The story follows the experiences of a shy toy rabbit who wants nothing more than to be real. He lives on the nursery floor, waiting to be played with, and when the little boy finally picks him up his dreams start to come true, although further challenges lie ahead.
Egg hunt with Dickens Balmoral Gardens, Kent, Good Friday 10am – 3pm
The egg hunt in Balmoral Gardens has extra appeal this easter, with Dickens characters strolling around the grounds on Good Friday. Children can collect eggs and fluffy chicks as they explore the gardens.
Shakespeare in Stratford on Avon, March 28 to April 12
This Easter, the Stratford on Avon welcomes Shakespeare fans with a host of family-friendly activities. There’s stacks to do, from Tudor games and Shakespearian egg painting, to listening to verse, following sculpture trails and entering the family activity tent at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage.
4.Cinderella: The film and exhibition, Leicester Square, London March 21 – April 10
The recently released Cinderella film stars Kate Blanchet and Helena Bonham Carter, and was directed by Kenneth Branagh. See the film, then visit this official costume and prop exhibition, which features more than 400 pieces from the film set.
Cadbury Easter Egg Trails
Cadbury has teamed up with the National Trust and National Trust Scotland to bring chocolate egg hunts to woods and coastlines across the country. Trails all start at a Base Camp, and children are provided with Trail Journals and maps to help them stay on track.
Easter fun at Dover Castle, Good Friday to Easter Monday
Be part of this year’s Easter festival at Dover Castle, where you can meet Victorian toymakers and have a go at making your own. There’s also a World War II assault course and a ‘bomb’ to diffuse, medieval knight training and a Jester’s fire eating show.
Learn about Lemurs at London Zoo, from March 28th
See ‘in with the Lemurs’ – the newest exhibit at London Zoo – and get close to live lemurs while learning about the habitat loss and hunting which has lead to them becoming an endangered species.
The Doodle Bar, Battersea, April 1 – 10
This Easter, Battersea Bar and arts space is holding a series of children’s art and crafts workshops, which will include tie-dying, mask making, sketching, bag decorating and more.
Drusillas Park, East Sussex, open daily from 10am to 6pm
This famous children’s zoo, set in the stunning South Downs National Park, sees visits from a host of favourite characters this Easter. Peppa and George are visiting on April 8th, TV’s Ben and Holly are there on April 1, and Thomas the Tank’s Fat Controller adds to the entertainment on Good Friday, while Hello Kitty makes an appearance on Easter Monday. www.drusillas.co.uk
Platform 9 ¾ Warner Brothers Studio tour
Visit the set of platform 9 ¾ and step into the Harry Potter films at the latest extension to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. The set includes the original Hogwarts Express (a 78-year old steam train) and gives you the chance to climb aboard.