Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Outdoor events for the week ahead

blossomshero.jpg
londonheroo.jpg
parkhero2.jpg

The sun is shining and is set to stay that way, so take advantage of some of the best outdoor venues and events across the capital and beyond this week.

MONDAY

Escape the office and head straight for Queen Mary's Gardens for a dose of mood-boosting flower power in London's largest rose garden.

Queen Mary's Gardens, Regent's Park, Chester Road, NW1 4NR; open dawn to dusk; free

TUESDAY

Get back to nature with a trip to Surrey Docks Farm, a working city farm in the heart of London that offers visitors the chance to bond with animals, as well as an insight into farming and food production.

Surrey Docks Farm, Rotherhithe Street, SE16 5ET; open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm; free

WEDNESDAY

A museum dedicated to gardens - brilliant. As well as horticultural history and a 17th-century style knot garden in the churchyard, there's an exhibition exploring the link between fashion and garden design, along with a stunning hanging flower installation by artist Rebecca Louise Law.

Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Rd, SE1 7LB; opens Sunday - Friday 10.30am - 5.00pm and Saturday 10.30am - 4.00pm; tickets £7.50

THURSDAY

Soak up the sun and the architecture of Southwark in a guided walk showing the ways land use has changed around the area over the past 200 years, including spectacular country estates, one of London’s first garden estates and the best preserved Georgian streets.

From Country Estates to Council Estates - a guided walk by Cooltan Arts; starts at Grove Vale Library, 25-27 Grove Vale, SE22 8EQ at midday and finishes at Denmark Hill train station at 3.00pm; free

GOOD FRIDAY

Combine tea and scones with a sail along the picturesque River Lee on Good Friday. Lee Valley's Cream Tea Cruise takes place from 3pm to 5pm, and booking is essential.

Cream Tea Cruise, Broxbourne Riverside Moorings, Mill Lane, Broxbourne, EN10; 3pm-5pm; £12.50 per person

EASTER SATURDAY

A street food party is a fine way to end a balmy spring day and Urban Food Fest is one of the best around. Held on Saturdays evenings from April until June, it serves some of the fanciest and most diverse street food from around the world, including vegan and vegetarian options. It's held in a not very picturesque car park, but with gourmet offerings and free entry and entertainment, we're not complaining

Urban Food Fest, 5pm - midnight every Saturday until 21 June; free entry

Berwick Street Record Store Day

Join the crowds in the heart of Soho to celebrate Record Day, with special performances from the likes of Adam Ant and Edwyn Collins.

Berwick Street Record Store Day, Berwick Street W1F 8RP; 12 - 7pm; free

EASTER SUNDAY

No, you're not too old for an Easter egg hunt - especially not a Willy Wonka-themed one in the beautiful Kew Gardens. The venue is celebrating 50 years of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and from 9.30am to 1pm on Easter Sunday, adults and children alike will be searching the gardens for tokens they can swap for eggs.

Kew Gardens Easter Egg Hunt, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB, 9.30am to 1pm, free with ticket to gardens - £14.50

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY

If you're going to spend the Easter bank holiday in a beer garden, you may as well make it one with award-winning ales. The celebrated Fox Inn in Hanwell is hosting its annual Easter Beer Festival this weekend and as well as a variety of real ales, it offers a beer garden overlooking the Hanwell flight of locks.

Easter Beer Festival, The Fox Inn, Green Lane, Hanwell, W7 2PJ, Easter Beer Festival, 18 - 21 April

Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: Rex Features, Surrey Docks Farm, Urban Food Fest

Related

rexfeatures-3427066a.jpg

The 10 best runs in the UK you can still sign up for

hero-2.jpg

Hidden reading space around London: the best, most peaceful spots for you and your book

hero2.jpg

The best places to eat chocolate in the UK this Easter

Comments

More

Are you ready for the ultimate gin and gingerbread masterclass?

Lessons take place in a luxury spa, if that helps to seal the deal…

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Feb 2017

This is officially the best place to live in the UK

And, surprise surprise, it isn’t London…

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Feb 2017

This Is Us star asks viewers to reach out to lost loved ones

“Tomorrow is not promised”

by Kayleigh Dray
22 Feb 2017

Inside the bar where men aren't allowed to approach women

"If a gentleman is lucky enough to be approached by a lady, he speaks to her as if he would speak to his mother”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
22 Feb 2017

Everything you need to know about growing your own vegetables

(Even if you don't have loads of space)

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Feb 2017

Calling all vino fans: are you ready for red wine ice cream?

Ice cream and red wine, together at last…

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Feb 2017

Letters penned 100 years apart show unchanging attitude to abortion

"I'm in the family way again, and I'm nearly crazy..."

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Feb 2017

Woman opens up about having her grandmother as her bridesmaid

“She’s my best friend”

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Feb 2017

Artist captures how mental illness feels with sketches of houses

“It belongs to our lives and we must not stigmatise it”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
21 Feb 2017

Pair cheese and wine like a pro with this incredible interactive map

Winchester Aged Gouda with a glass of Amarone della Valpolicella, anyone?

by Moya Crockett
21 Feb 2017