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Friday, 8 April 2011

Easter: for the Family

We have selected a varied range of activites for families to participate in together. We recognise three weeks is a long time to keep the children occupied so hope this helps! We have added a little sections for mums we need our time too so enjoy crafty and vintage shopping places i have found in SW London.

The Chocolate Festival Southbank Centre
The choclate festival returns for it’s 6th gastronomic celebration
11am-8pm on Fri 8th & Sat 9th April
11am-6pm on Sun 10th April
Southbank Centre Square (Behind Royal Festival Hall)
Belvedere Road, London,
SE1 8XX,
Free Admission ( Some events are ticketed, paid for events early booking is required )

The Big Chocolate Tea Party

Have teamed up with The Chocolate Festival on the Southbank, London, as its official charity. They will be hosting a Big Chocolate Tea Party at the following London locations

The Big Chocolate Tea Party – Rainbow and Guilford Street House
Date: Wednesday 13 April and Thursday 14 April 2011
Time: 10am onwards
Location: Rainbow House, 139 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8UB and Guilford Street House, 10 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1DT

Join Tina and Sandra for their chocolate baking day. With help from the families staying at both houses, the house managers are cooking chocolate cakes and treats to sell. You can offer your support by coming along to the baking day on the Wednesday to help with the cooking or if that’s not your cup of tea then join us on the Thursday at either house to enjoy the fruits of their hard work!

The Big Chocolate Tea Party – Stevenson House
Date: Thursday 14 April 2011
Time: 1pm onwards
Location: Stevenson House, 82 Ashfield Street, London, E1 2BJ

A chocolate filled open day at Stevenson House with Joan and Liz. This is a real family day which will include a cake competition with a guest celebrity judge and a balloonist to entertain the children. Just pop along if you are in the area.


The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Lyric Square, King St, London, W6 0QL

Saturday Children’s Theatre and Messy play sessions
Currently the Lyric Hammersmith are offering a SPECIAL OFFER: Buy your child's show and Messy Play ticket together for just £9. Only available by calling Ticket Office on 0871 22 117 20.
Standard Tickets prices and Times: 11am & 1pm (unless stated in the insert)Tickets: Adults £8
Children £6 Family Ticket £25 (for four people, must include two children)

Sat 9th April FlyAway Katie: Katie is all alone and feeling grey. The birds in the picture on her wall look so colourful. Can you help Katie become as happy and bright as them? A puppet show about the power of the imagination. Meet the Puppets: After the show there will be 15 minutes for children to meet the characters from the show. Ages: 2 - 7 Running time: 30mins

Sat 16th April Suitcase Circus: Roll up, roll up for an interactive circus featuring the world's only acrobatic potato sack; a daredevil ski glove; and an incredible dancing straw. Ages 4-7 Running time:60mins

Saturday 23rd April 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2.30pm The Paper Washi Wish: During a game of hide and seek Rabbit goes missing. Can you help his friends find him? This unique theatrical experience features Japanese Paper Theatre and a hands-on papermaking workshop. Ages 3-7 Running time 50mins

Sat 30th April The Fabulous Flutterbys: As two very different caterpillars travel through their insect-sized world they encounter a host of fabulous creatures, including a blues-singing Slow Worm Joe and Harold and Maureen the meandering snails.Ages: 3-7 Running time 50mins

Unicorn Theatre
147 Tooley Street, Southwark, London, SE1 2HZ 0207645 0560
The Unicorn is the UK’s flagship theatre for young people

Oily Cart presents Drum 19th April-8th May 2011
Following their hugely popular productions, Something in the Air and Mole in the Hole, Oily Cart return to the Unicorn with Drum.
This highly interactive and multisensory production is for children under the age of 11 but comes in two specific versions; one for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities, the other for those on the autism spectrum.
Listen and watch the big bass drums as magical shadows dance across them, feel the rhythm and hear the beat on this wonderful new adventure.
‘…a remarkable and pioneering company whose work with children and those with complex disabilities has always been way ahead of the theatrical game.’
The Guardian

Arts, Crafts and Storytime

Under the Greenwood Tree,
 11 The Polygon, London SW4 0JG, T. 020 7627 4557

This Easter UTGT will be running activity mornings for children ages 4 to 6. Join them for fun games, story time and easter related activities on Wednesday 13th, Friday 15th, Monday 18th and Wednesday 20th of April from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Book early as places are limited!
Storytime sessions every Saturdays at 11.00 for storytime – all ages welcome.

Retail: Time out for mum

Crafty fox Crafty Fox Pop-Up Market
Brixton (London) on 16th April 2011, 11-6pm. Come & find us at the Dogstar for handmade goodies & vintage finds!
389 Coldharbour Lane, LONDON SW9 8LQ
020 7733 7515

Venn Street Market
This popular market is well know for plants, flowers, crafts and food production, this market reflects the seasonal nature of food and plants , there aim is to reduce milage and packaging to support the local economy. Sat 23rd and Sunday 24th Apr (last weekend of every month)
Venn Street, Clapham, London SW4

The Royal Wedding
A free street festival in South West London to celebrate the Wedding of the Year!

Where: Chez Manny Restaurant, Battersea High Street, SW11 3JS
When: Friday 29th April 2011 (bank holiday)
Time: From 10 am – late
Wedding starts: 11 am
Come and celebrate the Royal Wedding in typical ‘British’ style with a twist of French cuisine and chic culture, courtesy of Chez Manny Restaurant. Nestled in the quaint cobbled streets of Battersea, Chez Manny is a gem of a restaurant with a strong following and a big community spirit (

Royal Wedding street parties are part of London’s unchanged traditions and Battersea High Street is pulling out all the stops with its customary festival traditions, The High Street Festival. And with the promise of sunshine, Chez Manny will be throwing open its patio doors for the summer al-fresco dining experience, and based on the amount of fun and partying there will be in the street, it is wise to reserve your table or get there early to make sure you get a seat!

Battersea High Street presents
 Stage with live music from all over the World

Dance groups from Ireland, Columbia, New Zealand and Africa plus fire eaters, stilt walkers donkey rides, a clairvoyants’ tent and much more.
Large outdoor screen showing the wedding and Central London festivities

BBC London 94.9 FM is broadcasting the whole of their day show from the BBC double decker bus from Battersea High Street (6am to 12pm Gaby Roslin and Paul Ross, 12pm to 5pm Robert Elms, 5pm to 7pm Eddie Nestor)


  1. Ahhh darn it I missed the chocolate festival...I wuda been there in a hot minute! ;-)

  2. There's always next year IAmsassychic:-)