6 things to do in and around Richmond this Easter
ith Easter Sunday falling on April 16th 2017, the celebrations and first bank holidays of the year are approaching rapidly. Traditionally a favourite London borough of the royals and the affluent, Richmond and its surroundings prove once again to offer a delightful variety of cultured and exciting Easter activities for all the family, most only a stone’s throw away from a stay at The Petersham.
1. Follow the Easter egg trail at the historic Ham House
The majestic Ham House was built back in 1610 and was leased to a courtier named William Murray as a generous gift from his childhood friend Charles I in 1626. This Easter, the historic building is playing host to a variety of themed activities for the kids, including a special Easter trail around the verdant gardens, storytelling and creative arts and crafts.
2. Take a picturesque Spring walk through the spectacular Royal Botanic Kew Gardens
Spring is argued to be one of the best times of the year to visit the world-famous Royal Botanic Kew Gardens, as flowers bloom and a host of colour seeps throughout the gardens. Be sure to check out the reopening of the gorgeously green Waterlily House, the confetti-like blossom of Cherry Walk and the sea of spring bluebells that surround the historic Queen Charlotte’s Cottage.
On Easter Sunday itself chocolate treats will even be handed out at the gate and from Saturday 1st April – Monday 17th April guests can experience the wonderful world of children’s book character favourites Moomins with a themed Easter festival. This will include an interactive trail through the gardens, children’s workshops and face-painting.
3. Devour sweet Easter delicacies at one of Richmond’s gourmet chocolate shops
Easter is the perfect excuse to satisfy that sweet tooth, and luckily Richmond is home to some of the finest chocolate shops in the area. Founded by self-confessed chocoholic, knight and financier to the Queen, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, the local R Chocolate shop sells a mouth-watering range of chocolate, cakes, biscuits and even decadent foodie experiences such as truffle making and patisserie classes.
4. Seek out the deer in Richmond Park, the largest of London’s Royal Parks
The expansive Richmond Park is famous as the home of red and fallow breeds of wild deer, with approximately 630 roaming the park freely. Visitors are able to watch and photograph these gentle creatures from a distance.
What’s more, the park is filled with an even larger abundance of wildlife and luscious planting. This includes the picture-perfect Isabella Plantation, a 40-acre woodland set that will be in its fullest, brightest bloom towards the end of April.
5. Pick out delectable goods at Richmond Foodies Market
Set in the elegant and atmospheric Heron square by the riverside, Richmond Foodies Market is on every Saturday between 11 am – 4 pm, making it the perfect pit stop for some delicious Easter eating. A haven for the gourmet gastronomes out there, the market offers a wide range of speciality, local and ethical produce that is bound to get your stomach rumbling.
For the shoppers out there, the hip Artisan Food & Craft Market will be held in the very same spot on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10.30 am – 5 pm. It showcases the best of local artists, crafters and ethical businesses and sells the likes of crafts, vintage pieces, clothing, homeware and of course, food.
6. Fill up with a mouth-watering Easter feast at The Petersham
What better way to celebrate Easter than with close friends and family and a delicious meal overlooking stunning spring views of the River Thames.
On Good Friday (14th April) and Saturday (15th April) we are offering lunch and dinner with our fixed price Easter menu and on Easter Sunday (16th April) and Easter Monday (17th April) we will be serving our very best Sunday lunch.
We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, book your table online
or contact our restaurant on 020 8939 1084 to reserve your table.
By Ellie Swain