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Spring into the Easter Holidays!

This month marks the Royal Albert Hall's 150th birthday, one of the nation's most treasured concert halls here in London's leading arts and science district. To join in the celebrations, plan your visit for the imminent reopening of South Kensington.

We're looking forward to welcoming you back soon with some fantastic exhibitions. From the V&A's Bags, Epic Iran and Alice in Wonderland, to Fantastic Beasts at the Natural History Museum. Sneakers Unboxed at the Design Museum, and so much more.

In the meantime, there are plenty of fun things for you to get involved with both outside with the Royal Parks and the Natural History Museum or online with the Royal College of Music and the V&A.

 
 
 
 
 
The Royal Albert Hall's 150th Birthday
 
Royal Albert Hall
 
The Royal Albert Hall can't wait to throw open their doors and welcome everyone back to toast their 150th birthday! Spanning two years of celebrations, they'll have major commissions from British artists, headline performances from musical legends, and events showcasing the next generation of talent from around the globe.
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Top ten things to do this Easter in the Royal Parks
 
The Royal Parks
6 - 16 April 2021
 
The Royal Parks is a great place to see spring in action, and to celebrate, they've got ten top tips on how you can make the most of this season. From free Easter activities and bug trails to exploring the imaginative playgrounds. There is a lot to look forward to.
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Van Gogh Alive
 
The Royal Parks
June 4 - September 26, 2021
 
This summer, the stunning Kensington Gardens will host Van Gogh Alive, ‘the world’s most visited immersive, multi-sensory experience’ that exhibits the life and work of the seminal Dutch artist. The first event to be hosted in this prestigious location since 2016, visitors will be treated to a truly world-class cultural experience in the heart of one of London’s most loved Royal Parks
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Easter fun for all the family

This Easter we've cherry-picked some fun-filled activities for all the family. If you're local to the Royal Parks, they've got ten top things to do from nature trails to marathons, and if you feel like simply staying in, the Natural History Museum will bring nature to you with a fantastic selection of online activities from cress caterpillars to dinosaur footprint cookies. And not forgetting the youngest members of the family, the Institut français has some wonderful animations.

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Friday Forum: Creating Wonderlands
 
V&A
Friday, 30 April 2021 Online 10am-5pm
 
Lewis Carroll’s Alice is an icon. Across fashion, film, theatre, music and photography, 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland', 'Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There' have provided endless inspirations and catalysts for creativity. Hear speakers from across the creative industries as they reveal how they have reimagined, radicalised and revitalised Alice and her world.
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Tune in to Nature Live online
 
Natural History Museum
Online
 
Hang out with the Nature Live Online team every Tuesday at 3pm for interactive talks featuring topical discussions with their scientists and cutting-edge research. From meteorites to mammoths, evolution to the climate crisis, Nature Live Online is a great way to explore the natural world. All events are free to watch online on the Museum's website, YouTube channel or Facebook page.
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Trail
 
Natural History Museum
Deadline for competition trail 14 April 2021
 
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year online gallery is a photographic archive of the natural world. Search for clues across oceans, cities and forests and be in with the chance of winning some amazing prizes. Find every clue to reach the end of the trail and you will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win a one year family membership to the Natural History Museum and much more.
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Sparks Explorers Course
 
Royal College of Music
13-15 April 2021 Online 10am
 
This Easter, the Royal College of Music is thrilled to invite you to join them on Zoom to make sensational music! They'll be presenting discoveries from the RCM Museum with dramatic workshops and creative arts and crafts. All will culminate in a spectacular show! For ages 8 to 11.
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My Robot Mission AR
 
Science Museum
Free downloadable app
 
Create your own robot and help it overcome future world problems with the Science Museum’s new augmented reality app. Created in partnership with 42 Kids, this exciting new skills-building app combines a series of fun challenges and the latest AR technology to help you think like a scientist. Recommended for ages 10–12. Download for free.
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Draw the Sun
 
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Wednesday 28 April 2021 Online 5:30pm
 
Come, draw and explore our closest star, the sun. The Science Museum has astonishing images created by scientists investigating the Sun. Curator Katy Barrett has picked out some of her favourites to inspire you with solar flares, Sun spots, eruptions and eclipses. This workshop is aimed at children aged 7-11 and their families.
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Naomi Blake FRBS
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors
 
The Royal Society of Sculptors is delighted to be showcasing the work of Naomi Blake FRBS with an outdoor exhibition on the sculpture terrace - free for all to enjoy. The exhibition celebrates Blake as part of the Society’s ‘Pioneering Women’ project. Blake’s sculptures symbolise hope and optimism in the face of adversity.
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The girl who ran across Africa
 
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
Wednesday 14 April 2021 Online 7pm-8pm
 
Emma Timmis is the first person to run across Africa from Henties Bay, Namibia to Pemba, Mozambique. Hear of the physical challenges Emma overcame to achieve this, as well as of her other adventures, including holding a Guinness World Record for riding an elliptical bike across Australia, hiking the Australian Alpine Walking Track solo and unsupported, and cycling from England to the Dolomites, Italy.
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Taraxos: A Wish is a Form of Travel
 
Serpentine Galleries
Until 31 August 2021 Online
 
This is the second instalment in Sophia Al-Maria’s ongoing project with the Serpentine, Taraxos, which uses the dandelion as a vehicle with which to explore cycles of history, hierarchies of kinship and what the word ‘nature’ even means via the routes of conversation, correspondence, deep listening and the principles of meditation imagery.
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Les Misérables
 
Institut français
9-15 April 2021 Online 7pm; 9pm
 
Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, director Ladj Ly’s Oscar-nominated Les misérables is a hugely topical provocative insight into the tensions between neighbourhood residents and police.
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Discover More
 
Discover South Kensington
 
From great exhibitions to debates with experts, and fun activities to try at home, there’s so much more to discover here.
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Discover South Kensington is an initiative of the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, a partnership of the cultural and educational organisations in and around Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

Our partners include:
 
The Design Museum
Goethe-Institut
Imperial College London
Institut franҫais
The Ismaili Centre
Kensington Palace
Natural History Museum
Royal Albert Hall
South Kensington Estates
Royal College of Art
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal College of Music
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Parks
Serpentine Galleries
The Science Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Royal Society of Sculptors
Japan House
Westminster City Council
 
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