Six super Southwark Easter events
On the hunt for things to do with the children in Southwark this Easter time? Check out our cracking guide to making the most of the holidays in and around Elephant and Castle – and they don’t all involve chocolate!
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Saturday 6 April-Saturday 13 April
The much-loved tale of the cat with the loudest miaows and a best friend with a guitar is guaranteed to distract the little ones from all the chocolate for a while. Brought to the South Bank by Freckle Productions, it is part of the centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival. The Southbank Centre is a 20-minute walk from Elephant and Castle, so you could burn off some Easter calories or – if you’re planning on taking it easy this holiday – take the four-minute tube journey to Waterloo station and from there it is a short walk.
For more information and to book, visit www.southbanklondon.com/southbankcentre-tabby-mctat.
Sea Life London Aquarium
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB
You won’t find the Easter bunny here but, as home to one of Europe’s largest collections of global marine life, you can ‘walk over’ sharks, see penguins dipping and diving in the icy water and come face-to-face with seals. Located on London’s South Bank within the County Hall building, it offers a great family day out.
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.visitsealife.com.
The Chocolate Museum
187 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8BA
Thursday, 11, Friday, 12, Tuesday 16 and Friday 19 April – 11am – 12.30pm
Just in case you don’t get as many Easter eggs as you’re hoping for, why not book a space at this family-friendly chocolate egg workshop and make your own delicious treat? You can get to Brixton in under 20 minutes from Elephant and Castle by tube, and there you’ll find the independent chocolate museum, established in 2013 by French artisan chocolatier Isabelle Alaya. Children aged seven and under must be accompanied by an adult to take part in the workshop where you will use egg, animal and lollipop-shaped moulds to create your own chocolatey treats.
For more information and to book, visit www.thechocolatemuseum.co.uk.
8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL
When it comes to food, Easter isn’t all about the chocolate – no, seriously. In just under 20 minutes, you can walk to the inviting Borough Market where London food lovers will find plenty of delicious seasonal produce to whet the appetite. Stock up on some freshly baked hot cross buns – after chocolate eggs they have to be the Easter food of choice, don’t they? Borough Market will be open on Good Friday, 10am-6pm, Easter Saturday, 8am-5pm, but closed on Easter Sunday and Monday.
165A Borough High Street, London SE11 1HR
Run by The Art Academy London, these four and five-day art courses will keep budding artists busy over the Easter holiday. Aimed at students aged between 12 and 17-years-old, Young Artists offers high-level art tuition across a range of specialisms. In September 2017, The Art Academy was granted use of the former Newington Library on Walworth Road in the heart of Elephant and Castle. As well as offering additional studio space to the academy’s students, there is also a public gallery area, which is well worth a visit this Easter.
The two courses run from Monday 8 April to Friday 12 April and Monday 15 April to Thursday 18 April. For more information and to book, visit www.artacademy.org.uk.
To check out other events in and around Elephant and Castle, check out our Events page.