Children: What To Do This Easter In London

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Easter Egg Hunt

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 (0171-416 5000) today to Mon, 10am-6pm, adults pounds 5.20, children free

This weekend is one where you won't be stuck for somewhere to take the kids as nearly every museum, historic home and attraction has special events organised. At the Imperial War Museum there's a special trail around the latest exhibition ("From the Bomb to the Beatles") which will feature children's TV characters from the Forties to the Sixties, including Bill and Ben, and Muffin the Mule. There are free chocolate mini eggs for everyone. Children no longer have to pay to get in to the museum, and it's free to everyone after 4.30pm.

Sport for Kings

Hampton Court Palace, Surrey (0181-781 9500) today to Mon, 9.30am-6pm, adults pounds 10, children pounds 6.60

You can watch and even join in the games of the Tudor court when this royal palace recreates life in the time of Henry VIII, with everything from fencing and real tennis to skittles and quoits (above).


Great Butser Egg Roll

Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Gravel Hill, Hordean, Hampshire (01705 595040) Mon, 11am, workshops pounds 1

This Hampshire park will be holding egg-decorating workshops in the morning, followed by a procession, with music, to the slopes of Butser Hill, where there will be egg-rolling competitions in the afternoon.

Easter Celebrations

Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, East Sussex (01323 833816) gardens 10am- 4pm, hunt and competition 1pm, adults pounds 3, children pounds 2

This 15th-century moated castle is putting on an Easter egg hunt and an Easter bonnet competition as well a host of other activities.

Swallows and Amazons Trail

Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset (01202 707744) tomorrow, 10am-3pm, adults pounds 2.50, children pounds 1.30

This 500-acre island in Poole Harbour organises an annual Easter egg trail. This year the theme is "Swallows and Amazons" and children are invited to dress up as pirates and smugglers. To get to the island you can catch a boat from Poole Quay or Sandbanks from 10am (adults pounds 4, children pounds 3).

Celebration of Easter

Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent (01622 765400) today to Mon, 10am-5pm, adults pounds 7.30, children pounds 4.50

The Easter celebrations here are on a horticultural theme (below). Children can make and plant paper flowers, and make giant insects and ladybirds, which they can stick on a giant mural. There will also be Punch and Judy shows. NS