Celebrations of the Spring season continue from March into April with plenty of events and activities for adults and kids. Enjoy Easter with arts and craft workshops, fairs, hunts, live music and even an open-air performance that retells the story of Jesus Christ. Drop by the galleries for inspiring exhibitions, relax in a Spring garden installation, and paint the city red and white. Whatever event or activity suits your fancy, you'll find something for FREE around London this month.
Conceptual documentary photographer and Deutsche Börse Photography Prize winner, Richard Mosse, created an immersive multi-channel video installation based on his "Incoming" works in the Curve of Barbican Centre. The venue is a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe.
Richard used a military-grade camera designed for battlefield awareness and long-range border surveillance to chart the refugee crisis across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. In so doing, he transformed the works into a humanist art form which told the story and tragic journeys of refugees. Richard lives and works in New York and Ireland and his latest work is on exhibit till 23 April.
This installation includes scenes which some viewers may find upsetting and parental guidance is advised. No unaccompanied children aged 14 and under are permitted. Visit the website for more information.
Time: Sat–Wed 11am–8pm / Thu–Fri 11am–9pm
6.45pm closing time - April 6, 9, 23 7.15pm closing time - April 1-2, 7-8, 11, 13, 20–22 14 April (bank holiday); 12noon–5.45pm
Venu: Barbican Centre
Address: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS, UK
Phone: 20 7638 4141
10, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 16 April – Horniman Family Easter Art Fun & Fair
Horniman Museum came up with a great idea of bringing families together this Easter by conducting free family art workshops and hosting an Easter fair. You and your kids can enjoy these sessions inspired by the Museum's new display featuring an extraordinary Ganesha sculpture from the British Museum.
10 & 11 April - April Shower Mobiles: celebrate the beginning of spring by making and decorating a weather mobile.
13 &14 April - Scrunchy Butterflies: transform vibrant coloured papers into beautiful butterflies.
These activities run from 11.00am to 2.45pm and are designed for families with children aged 3 years old and above.
15 & 16 April - Horniman Easter Fair: enjoy the Easter weekend at the Horniman with the whole family. You can visit the arts, craft and farmer's market, make your very own March Hare puppet inspired by the story of Alice and Wonderland, and join in the lindy hopping dance classes. The Fair runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Spring is a highly anticipated season for the sun is out and flowers are blooming. You can enjoy the beauty of Spring at Broadgate as this managed estate in the heart of London's Square Mile transforms itself into an urban oasis. There will be an installation of three gardens representing different places of the world and a variety of programs to engage everyone.
Visit and get a chance to pick your own fresh produce including herbs, vegetables and edible flowers; enjoy free yoga classes and head and shoulder massages; see a pattern of tulips inspired by the gardens of Netherlands; and listen to some of the newest music talent in London perform live on Wednesday evenings. Visit the website for more information about the program schedule
Time: Varies according to program
Address: Exchange Place, London, EC2M 2QT
Phone: 020 7606 3030
The Lock Tavern Festival is back again for the fourth year, with more awesome bands and DJ's lined up to help add some buzz to the Easter celebrations. Held at the Camden's best boozer, this year's Lock Tavern Festival will host four days and nights of live performances and street food. The event will start on Maundy Thursday and end on Easter Sunday. Below is the line-up of artists:
13 April - Secret headliner, Matteo Valicelli (The Soft Moon), Hot Freams, Special Guests
14 April - Babe, The Rhythm Method, Alaskalaska, Milk Disco, Monk, Floyd Afrika
15 April - Out Girl, Dead Pretties, Iguana Death Cult, Whenyoung, The Blinders, Hotel Lux, Reptunes
You and your family can experience an award-winning and epic production that brings the history of Jesus to life right here in London. Courtesy of Wintershall Estate, a plays focusing on the birth, life and death of Jesus will be staged open-air in Trafalgar Square. More than 100 actors and volunteers will be involved in this free performance. The first performance will be held at 12.00 pm and a second at 3.15pm. The performance will also be projected onto a huge white screen for everyone to see. Visit the website for more information.
Time: 12.00 pm and 3.15 pm
Venue: Trafalgar Square
Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK
Phone: 01483 892167
14, 21 & 28 April – Friday Lates at the National Gallery
Home of some of the most prominent paintings in the world, the National Gallery of London is providing free entry to the public on Friday nights from 6pm to 9pm. You and your family can visit and admire the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Some of the paintings include Sunflowers (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh, Self Portrait at the Age of 34 (1641) by Rembrandt, and The Entombment (about 1500-1) by Michelangelo, just to name a few. Visit the website for more details.
Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Venue: National Gallery
Address: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Phone: 020 7747 2885
If you are looking for Easter weekend activities to entertain the kids, then head over to Hay's Galleria. Fantasy High Street is back at it again, 3 years in a row with their Easter Egg Trail Hunt across Hay's Galleria. This art organization is best known for creating outdoor events that highlight public spaces in town centers.
So bring your children and enjoy a day of fun, adventure and egg hunting. Certain clues will lead you onto to finding the coveted chocolate eggs. You can also admire the beauty of some of the historical sites in London during the event. Visit the website to participate.
Time: 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue: Hays Galleria
Address: Hay's Lane, London, SE1 2HD, UK
England's National Day, most commonly known as St. George's Day, is just around the corner. So grab your family and friends and celebrate the much-awaited special event of the year. The Feast of St. George will take place in Trafalgar Square, commemorating the patron saint of England, who was believed to have slayed a dragon that frightened the countryside, especially the princess.
There are loads of fun activities lined up for everyone including themed games and food stalls serving up everything from scrumptious sweet treats to the most famous fish and chips. Some of the highlights include the folk legend Ralph McTell performing Streets of London live on the main stage, inspiring performances from the Military Wives Choir and a family adventure trail in Central London. Visit the website for more details.
Time: 12.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: Trafalgar Square
Address: Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom
Phone: 020 7983 4000