Easter in Richmond

Easter Sunday

Easter is approaching and this year it Easter Sunday falls on 8th April – which is almost exactly ‘in the middle’ of the dates it can fall.  According to reliable sources the earliest possible date is March 22nd, and the latest April 25th – and although it fell on March 23rd in 2008, the last time Easter Sunday was March 22nd was 1818, nearly 200 years ago.

Now the sun seems to be shining, there are so many more things you can do… because none of us really like to trudge around in the rain.  Although I’m obviously writing this before the big day, the long range forecast is positive, expecting 14 degrees and dry.  We’ll see.

Fun at the Fair

So let’s start with some fun activities over Easter, the Hampton Court Fun Fair.  An annual event which has been running for 150 years, even through two world wars, there are plenty of fun things to do for all the family – from the traditional Carousel and Big Wheel to Dodgems and arcade games.  Just don’t expect the odds to be on your side when you’re trying to win a giant teddy at one of the stalls.

And of course just across the road Hampton Court puts on its own ‘Easter Extravaganza’ where you can watch King Henry VIII come to the Palace for the very first time and watch the cooks prepare a genuine Royal feast in the Tudor kitchens in addition to the great gardens, galleries and armouries.

Easter at Kew

Perhaps more obviously themed to Easter (well, a little more) is Kew Gardens’ Maya Chocolate Adventure where you can discover the secrets of the Mayans whilst you try your hand at making your very own chocolate.  And the younger ones can take part in an Easter Egg hunt hosted by friendly Easter bunnies.   And if you’re really into Easter Egg hunts there are more at Marble Hill House on 4th and 5th April (plus a special Merry Pedaller Bike Ride meets Treasure Hunt on the 8th) and at Ham House on the 8th and 9th.

Yes, these really are chocolate

If, like me, you’ve made little progress in buying Easter Eggs for the family, there’s no doubt that there are a few places ahead of the pack.

Richmond’s William Curley is broadly considered to be one of the better chocolatiers in London, the Belgian chocolate gurus at Sandrine always have delicious Easter treats, and it’s worth checking out some of the delicacies at Carluccio’s in Richmond, we particularly like their Scatola Di Uova (see the pic, they look like real eggs).

And if you’re looking for a way to burn off all that chocolate, then get yourself over to the Bushy Park 10k on Easter Sunday.

For other local Richmond events, don’t forget to take a look at the Totally Richmond events calendar where you can discover even more.