5 things to do in and around Richmond this Easter
Richmond’s town centre, with its narrow cobbled streets and quaint boutique shops, is always a fabulous spot to visit over the Easter holidays, with plenty to do for all the family. Only a brisk 20-minute train journey from central London, Richmond feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. What’s more, the surrounding green spaces such as Richmond Park and Kew Gardens provide a welcome retreat enjoying nature at its very best.
Here’s what’s happening this Easter 2018 in Richmond and its surroundings, all within easy reach of a stay here at The Petersham.
Friday 30th March to Sunday 15th April
Adults £17.75* (including a voluntary donation)
Children (4–16) £4
Children under 4 free
Kew Gardens is a pleasure to visit all year round, but spring provides a real treat for visitors as bright daffodils peek up from the earth and vivid bluebells scatter the gardens.
This year, there will be a special appearance from Peter Rabbit and his friends with plenty of fun-filled activities for all the family hosted across the grounds. Follow an exciting Beatrix Potter themed trail around the gardens, or even learn all about the vegetables the wicked Mr Macgregor plants in his garden. For a tasty treat, feast on a variety of Easter-themed cakes and biscuits from one of the pop-up food stalls.
Saturday 31st March
£5.00 per duck
Take part in the local Barnes Duck Race ‘quack-off’ for the chance of winning an exciting prize! Customize your very own duck and watch him sail off down Beverly Brook with glee as you bid him good luck. Luck not usually on your side? Not to worry, as all entrants will receive a tasty Easter egg as thanks for taking part.
Monday 26th March – Sunday 15th April
Adult £21.20 (including a voluntary donation)
Child £10.60 (including a voluntary donation)
Children under 5 free
Where grander to hunt for gold Easter bunnies than in the former home and gardens of Henry VIII? Soak up the majestic scenery as you race to collect the miniature figurines before being gifted a delicious Lindt chocolate treat as a reward.
For even more chocolatey fun, partake in a royal chocolate tasting and concoct your very own Georgian-style chocolate drink to your tastes, or meet Princess Caroline in the Queen’s Guard Chamber to discover her favourite sweet treat and how it is made.
The largest of London’s parks, Richmond Park is often argued to be the most rural and wild of them all, with its overgrown grasslands and not to mention the 630 red and fallow deer roaming the grounds. The jewel of Richmond Park, however, has to be the 40-acre woodland garden that is the Isabella Plantation. Known for its colourful array of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias the Isabella Plantation peaks at its brightest, most beautiful bloom in late April – the perfect timing for a post-Easter stroll to walk off all that chocolate.
Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April
Overnight stay for two from £97.75
Easter lunch £39.50
Join us at The Petersham this Easter where we will be dishing up lots of delicious Easter offerings in our restaurant, including a scrumptious roast on Easter Sunday and Monday.
Planning to make a weekend of it? Take advantage of our extra special bedroom rates with our Easter offer – which will include a chocolate treat handmade by Head Chef and Chocolatier Jean-Didier Gouges.
We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, book your table online
or contact our restaurant on 020 8939 1084 to reserve your table.
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By Ellie Swain