Easter fun in London

A stately home this Easter makes a great day out, and many have egg hunts to keep the whole family entertained
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Children on an Easter egg hunt
Join in one of the many Easter egg hunts
Children can hunt for Easter goodies around Kenwood's magnificent parkland or go on egg trails at Osterley Park and House, Eltham Palace, Ham House, and many more of our glorious stately homes over the Easter weekend.

23-24 March: Eltham Palace, Greenwich
Adults can explore the glamorous Art Deco mansion created by the Courtauld family, which long before was the boyhood home of Henry VIII. In the beautifully landscaped gardens, families can compete against each other in a range of traditional games. An Easter trail for children is on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 March (11am-5pm). Tickets for the mansion cost: adults, £8.20; concessions, £6.60; children, £4.10; and family tickets, £20.50. Eltham Palace, off Court Road, Greenwich, SE9 (020 8294 2548; www.english-heritage.org.uk/elthampalace).

21-24 March: Kenwood House, Hampstead
Remodelled by Robert Adam between 1764 and 1779, Kenwood House is set in leafy landscaped grounds beside Hampstead Heath. The sumptuous interiors show off fine paintings by Rembrandt, Turner, Reynolds, Gainsborough and Vemeer. Adults can enjoy spectacular views while children hunt for Easter goodies around Kenwood's magnificent parkland (21-24 March, 11am-4pm. Entry to the house and grounds is free; Easter trail costs £1 a child. Kenwood House, off Hampstead Lane, NW3 (020 8348 1286; www.english-heritage.org.uk).

21-24 March: Fenton House, Hampstead
This fine 17th century house, with its outstanding collection of porcelain, needlework pictures and early keyboard instruments, is holding Easter egg trails throughout Easter weekend (11am-5pm). Tickets for the house cost: adults, £5.40; children, £2.70; and family tickets, £13; Easter egg trail costs £2. Fenton House, Windmill Lane, NW3 (020 7435 3471; www.nationaltrust.org.uk).

23-24 March: Osterley Park and House, Isleworth
This beautiful 18th century house is set in extensive parkland, with a large lake. There are Easter egg hunts on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 March (noon- 4pm). Entry to the grounds is free and parking costs £3.50. Tickets for house and garden cost: adults, £8; children, £4; and family tickets, £20; Easter egg hunt costs £2.50. Tickets for the house only cost: adults, £3.50; and children, £1.75. Osterley Park and House, Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex (020 8232 5050; www.nationaltrust.org.uk).

Easter eggs
Find hidden Easter eggs
22-24 March: Ham House, Richmond
On the banks of the Thames stands this fine Stuart mansion with lavish 17th century interiors and beautifully restored grounds, including traditional lavender and kitchen gardens. Easter egg trails are from Saturday 22 to Monday 24 March (11am-3pm). Tickets for the house and garden cost: adults, £9, children, £5, and family tickets, £25.30; Easter egg trail costs £3. Tickets for the grounds only cost: adults, £3; and children, £2. Ham House and Garden, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond (020 8940 1950; www.nationaltrust.org.uk).

Sunday 23 March: Kew Gardens
There will be a massive Easter egg hunt on Sunday 23 March (10am-2pm). Kids can get tokens from the Easter chicks, and then collect their chocolate rewards from the Easter bunny. Meanwhile, over the whole holiday period, there will be real giant bunnies at Kew from the Giant Rabbit Rescue Centre. They weigh between 16lb and 18lb each, and are very friendly. Tickets cost from £6.50 to £9. Kew Gardens, Kew, Surrey (020 8332 5655; www.kew.org).

Follow these links for more Easter events:

Clifton Nurseries, Warwick Avenue, W9
Clifton Nurseries has an Easter egg hunt and plant potting for kids
* Clifton Nurseries, W9 (Wednesday 19 March): www.clifton.co.uk.
* Natural History Museum, SW7 (21-24 March): www.nhm.ac.uk.
* Handel House Museum, W1 (Sunday 23 March): www.handelhouse.org.
* Churchill Museum, SW1 (22 March-20 April): churchillmuseum.iwm.org.uk.
* London Wetland Centre, SW13 (21-24 March): www.wwt.org.uk.

For a full programme of Easter activities, look at www.viewlondon.co.uk.

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