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Things to do in London with kids, and days out with kids in Surrey which are free or nearly free!

St George's Day celebrations

The Feast of St George - 21st April 12 to 6pm

Organised by the Mayor of London, the Feast of St George is inspired by St George’s Day’s 13th century origins as a national day of feasting.

There’ll be an English farmers' market, with around 20 stalls selling mouth-watering treats like hog roast, homemade pies, cakes and freshly squeezed lemonade - all can be enjoyed in a splendid banqueting area seating 250 people between Trafalgar Square’s iconic fountains.  In Cooks' Corner, supported by Northbank, see live demonstrations from leading London chefs as they cook up English dishes from past and present.  The afternoon’s soundtrack comes courtesy of the Music Medley bandstand with talented young musicians and singers from GIGS, the Mayor’s busking competition.  There’ll be plenty of activities for the kids too with a marquee full of family activities and an outdoor games area where you can try a range of traditional garden games.

Help celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday!

Monday 21 April, 12 noon - 5pm (late admission 4.30pm)

As the first Sam Wanamaker Playhouse season draws to a close and to celebrate the Globe Theatre season opening, Shakespeare is having a birthday party and everyone's invited!  Our free family open day is packed with fun activities, performances and special offers. This is the perfect time to introduce children to the Globe and Shakespeare, or simply to visit us in party mode.

Alongside traditional birthday activities, you can visit the biggest exhibition dedicated to Shakespeare's London, for free!  Meanwhile you can see out the Bard's birthday as he would have wanted, with performances from School of Night. Who knows, you might even end up on stage too!

The bluebells are here!

The mild Winter and recent warm weather have brought the bluebells out earlier than I expected.   If you would like to plan a bluebell walk over the Easter holidays, the Woodland Trust website is the best place to look for walks near you.

My favourite locations in Surrey are Banstead Woods and Box Hill.   The Box Hill location also offer trails for children organised by the National Trust. 

Sunday 20th April there will be an Egg Rolling competition at Box Hill.    You need to bring your own hard boiled egg, pre-decorated if possible.    Meet at the Donkey Green from 10am to join in - there will be prizes for the longest roll and best decorated egg.

There will also be a Easter Egg hunt 18th, 20th and 21st April, 10am to 2pm.  Follow the clues on the trail to win your chocolate Egghead prize.  £2.50 per child.  Start on the Donkey Green

Easter Fair at the Children's Trust, Tadworth 19th April 2014

This year's Fair provides entertainment for all the family, with a range of attractions including an Easter Egg Hunt and a Spring Farm complete with lambs and chicks!   PEPPA PIG is joining the Easter Bunny to help all the Children on the Easter egg hunt!  Book early to avoid disappointment.  

What is happening at Spring Fair?

The Easter Extravaganza at The Children's Trust, Tadworth starts 12 noon, 19th April and finishes and 4pm.     There are lots of brilliant activities for children and families and any money raised goes to a really good cause.  Children's Easter Egg Hunt (£3.00 per child) Win an extra prize if you can find the Golden Egg!   Other activities include: 

PEPPA PIG is coming to meet all of the children,  Go Karts, Fairground Rides, Bouncy castle, Giant slide, Stalls selling a range of fabulous gifts, jewellery and books, Meet our Mascots, Spring Cafe serving Hot Cross buns, cakes and drinks, Hot Food and refreshments.

Easter Art and Craft Activities including:  Face painting, Balloon Modelling, Glitter tattoos, Nail Painting, Make Easter cards, Hook a duck, Plus MUCH more... Entry is FREE for children under 16! 

Tickets for adults are £3.00 and Easter Egg Hunt tickets are £3.00 per child. 

Discover Children's Story Centre

Discover is open every day over the Easter Holidays with classic Spring-time stories in the garden, Easter bonnet making and a string of clues to solve from the Easter bunny leading to hidden chocolate eggs (18 – 21 April).

Calling all Secret Agents to Discover Children’s Story Centre's spy themed interactive family exhibition 

The Secret Agents exhibition runs to 31 August 2014.   This exhbition is the start of the centre’s spring programme of snooping and sleuthing and top secret activities and a visit from Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child.  

Discover commissioned illustrator Peter Mac and hollywood screenwriter and author of the new Tarzan books Andy Briggs to create the exhibition. Children aged 6+ will be briefed on the mission at hand, to stop the evil Dr.Iscove from stealing the pocket money of everyone on the planet. Children will attend an exclusive Secret Agent training academy, to try and stop the villain in his tracks. They will master surveillance techniques, unlock codes, dodge laser beams, learn how to make themselves invisible and all the special skills to complete their mission. 

Sarah Dance, Discover’s Interim Chief Executive said, ‘This brilliant experience for children, it blends together excellence in art, design and storytelling to inspire children to make up incredible stories. It’s been a pleasure for us to work with such talented artists as Peter Mac and Andy Briggs.’ 

Opening times:  Tuesday – Friday 10am - 5pm,  Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm,  every day during the school holidays 

Per child/adult: £5,  Family of four: £18, Concessions/Newham Residents: £4.50, Under 2s FREE 

Pre-booking for Secret Agents is available. To book please call 020 8536 5555 Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm or go online


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