The 2019 Easter break is finally here and, for many of us, that means it’s only a matter of time until we’re fed up of hearing cries of “I’m bored!” from our kids. Fortunately, we’ve put together this round up of six exciting things to do in the Easter holidays in London, including ideas for fun in the sun, free days out, and a few educational activities for good measure.

Play in the Magic Garden at Hampton Court Palace

Looking for a way to tire out hyperactive kids this April? Why not let the kids run riot in a magical fantasy-themed garden, complete with a castle, battlements, jousting tents, and fountains to explore? The Magic Garden at Hampton Court is a dream come to true for imaginative kids with energy to burn. Just don’t wake up the huge Chinese dragon who’s snoozing in the sandpit! Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 for children, which also includes entry to Hampton Court’s famous maze.

Follow a treasure hunt of clues

If you’re looking for a new way to explore London’s hidden nooks and crannies, why not take the kids on our Foxtrail London trail? Your family will need to work together to follow the clues left behind by the fiendish fox across the city, visiting some of the capital’s most famous landmarks and parks along the way. Plus, as you’ll be out and about on your feet for a few hours, it’s a great way to get the kids out of the house and soaking up the sunshine (hopefully!).

Explore the city in bloom

Easter is towards the end of April this year, which means many of the city’s parks and green spaces are (finally) coming into full bloom. So, why not make the most of it by heading out to explore London’s parks? If you don’t fancy making your own sandwiches, you could even order a ready-made posh picnic hamper from The de Beauvoir Deli on Southgate Street before heading over to Victoria Park — kids will love the playground, complete with extra-long slides and a splash pool.

Changing of the Guard

During fine weather, the Changing of the Guard happens twice a day out in front of Buckingham Palace. Performed by the Royal Foot Guards in their iconic red uniforms and bearskin hats, this ceremony has going on for centuries, and is as much a part of the city as the palace itself. April is a great time to see the ceremony, as there’s likely to be fewer tourists about at this time of year than later in the summer.

The Changing of the Guard takes place every other day at 10.45am from April to September, and is completely free to watch, but you might want to arrive early to get a good spot. It. Any changes or updates are announced on the official Twitter account, so be sure it to check this out before planning your visit.

Dig for dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

Why not get the kids hunting for fossils instead of chocolate eggs this Easter? The Natural History Museum is running free fossil-digging workshops for kids aged 5–11 that will let young palaeontologists have a go at uncovering fossil specimens, teaching them all about how dinosaurs looked and lived in the process. The workshops last around 20 minutes and will take place from the 16–18th April — visit their website for more info.

We’re lucky to have some of the world’s best museums right here in London, any of which would make a fun (and educational!) day out. It’s the ideal activity for a rainy day, and best of all, many are free to visit. Take a look at our museum round-up to find one which is up your alley.

Walk through the sky at Kew Gardens

Those with a head for heights can get a real bird’s eye view this half term with Kew Garden’s Treetop Walkway. Towering 18 metres over the famous botanical gardens, this walkway will give budding natural scientists a chance to get up close and personal with ecosystem in the canopy of the surrounding trees. Entry is included with the price of a day ticket to the park. There are 118 steps to the top of the walkway, so leave it’s best to leave the buggy at home for this adventure!

Stuck for ways to keep the kids busy over the long break? There’s no need to panic — any of these fun things to do in the Easter holidays should keep even the most adventurous little ones busy for at least a few hours! We’re always sharing ideas for new things to do in London, so remember to check out the Foxtrail blog to find more days out that are fun for all the family.

With so much to see and do in London, there never seems to be enough time to cram in everything. Monuments, palaces, cathedrals, galleries, and attractions galore make choosing your itinerary tricky.

A new trend is to get some fresh air and exercise on a London attraction like Foxtrail, where you follow a secret walking route around the capital, progressing by solving clues and puzzles as you go. You’ll get to see plenty of what the city has to offer while enjoying some light-hearted competitiveness with family or friends.

Once you’ve finished, an ideal next stop would be to explore one of London’s excellent museums. There’s an incredible choice to suit the whole family, but here are some of the best that you won’t want to miss.


The British Museum

The first national museum to open to the public in 1759, the British Museum proudly displays the most important discoveries made by famous British explorers.

The incredible exhibits include the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures, all set out in sections like Ancient Egypt, Asia, Africa etc. It can get busy, but like so many of London’s museums, it’s free! The nearest Tube is Holborn on the Central Line.


The National Gallery

If art is your thing, you can’t miss this extraordinary collection of 2,300 paintings from as early as the 13th century.

Located centrally in Trafalgar Square, you’ll see masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or Constable’s The Hay Wain. To learn more as you go along, download one of the many audio tours. There’s plenty of seating, so you can sit down, listen and take as long as you like.


Science Museum

The kids will love this one. Countless exhibits, many interactive, show off the weird and wonderful creations of man. While some older discoveries are available, there’s also plenty of modern wonders, including a fantastic virtual reality space descent with astronaut Tim Peake.

It’s a truly educational experience, and everyone enjoys the Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, a truly experiential romp of exhibits, interactions and real scientific phenomena.

The nearest Tube is South Kensington (five minutes’ walk) on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines.


Natural History Museum

If you’re interested in living (and extinct) things, then how does a choice of 80 million natural specimens sound? That’s how many are in the collection of the Natural History Museum. It’s also close to South Kensington Tube so that you can couple this with a trip to the Science Museum.

With so much to see, the museum has split itself into five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology.


The Tower of London

Dating back to 1066 when it was built by William the Conqueror, the Tower is steeped in history. It’s here where Henry VIII had the habit of chopping the heads off his wives, and it was a popular spot for all sorts of public executions.

But perhaps the most common reason to visit now is to marvel at the Crown Jewels. One of the famous Beefeaters will offer a tour every 30 minutes.


Popular museums in London

We could offer details of so many more attractions. But others to consider during your trip to the capital include:

  • Tate Modern
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Charles Dickens Museum
  • Design Museum
  • London Transport Museum
  • London Dungeons
  • Old Operating Theatre
  • The Vault at Hard Rock Café
  • Pollock’s Toy Museum
  • The Crime Museum
  • Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • HMS Belfast

Looking for something unique and different, then look no further. Foxtrail is proud to announce the launch of its first adventure trail in London in July. This follows on from trails across Switzerland from Basel to Bern, Lugano to Lucerne, and Helsinki in Finland. We will be announcing more soon so watch this space.

Foxtrail is an immersive fun group activity which allows you to discover the hidden London whilst finding clues and activities along the way. This activity is really suited to Hens and Stag activities as it allows groups to have fun, get involved in an immersive experience and will ensure the whole group gels. (always a worry if not everyone knows each other that well).

Feeling like you would like a little bit of luxury –then add afternoon tea and a little (well maybe not that little), cocktail, champagne or a round of beers to your day at the 5 star Grange Hotel, situated in St. Pauls.

So why London?

Because it offers it all, from culture to nightlife, relaxation and fun. Here are a few more reasons why to book your all-important time in London.

  • Easy to get to for everyone.
  • There is something for everyone – culture vultures, club goes or those seeking something different.
  • London has the best pubs and clubs – too many to name and it will be difficult to choose.
  • Food – better to say what can’t you eat in London. I was going to say the World’s your oyster but then again you can have them too.
  • Now London is a city that inspires. Its multi-cultural and known for its diversity.

Have any questions – do contact us. We would love to help you celebrate your Hen and Stag do and make sure that its an event to remember.

Looking for a New and Unique Experience in London – Look No Further

So, after a year of planning we are proud to launch Foxtrail in London. Our Trail Architects have been busy planning your experience whilst the office team have been diligently contacting the various sights of London to seek collaboration and partnership. We are so happy that all our partners have been so proactive, and we are all ready to bring fun and inspiration to London.

So, what is Foxtrail? It’s a treasure hunt with a difference. It’s about being involved and having an interactive experience. It involves participants getting actively involved whilst having the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of London. You could say that its like doing a treasure hunt as a kid. So, put down your phones (unless of course you need to text us for help with clues) and immerse yourself in the experience that is Foxtrail.

London is the World’s most visited city according to Wikipedia and for me I know exactly why. London has so much to offer and it doesn’t matter if you live in the City, work in the City or are just visiting, London delivers a different experience each and every day. It has been said that “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” Samuel Johnson.
So, if you are looking for what to do in London a family, a couple, a group of friends or work colleagues – look no further. Let me introduce you to London’s newest attraction.

All you need are 3- 4 hours, and the desire to experience a different London. London offers culture, sights, hidden gems and Foxtrail offers you the opportunity to explore this amazing City.
We look forward to welcoming you.

All good stories start at the very beginning and so that’s where I will start.

I am a businessman and not from a tourist or travel background although both have fascinated me from an early age. My belief is that if you have a great product and deliver an exceptional service then the company will succeed and grow. At the heart of Foxtail are the values of integrity and exceptional customer service – everything we do is around delivering an inspirational experience whilst ensuring customers are having fun and making memories.

So why did I get involved in Foxtrail and set it all up in the UK? I Initially went to Switzerland with my son Jimmy – who has since joined me in this company as MD and participated in a number of the Swiss Foxtrails. This is where I have a little chuckle. It reminds me a little of Victor Kiam when he said in 1978 “When my wife bought me a Remington shaver, I was so impressed I bought the company”. I too was impressed with the Foxtrail company in Switzerland and the experience they were delivering to families, couples, groups and corporate participants. I knew I had to be involved.

Fundamentally, Foxtrail were initially involved in organising unique and innovative trails across Switzerland. This has since expanded into Helsinki, Dubai and beyond. I am convinced that the trails are just different and deliver something quite unique. The Swiss have been running trails for twenty years and are very experienced in how to make this work. (and we all know how good the Swiss are on delivering what they say they will do.) We have been working with the Swiss Trail Architect (now that’s an amazing job title), who is currently planning our first trail in London and boy does that architect have vision and imagination. Coupled with the need for planning permissions and permissions from the sights of London, we are confident that we have something very special.

So that is our story – from little acorns grow trees. We have plans for 3 trails in London and expansion across the whole of the UK. Do follow us on social media to keep in touch with our plans.

We are launching our first trail in London in July after a year of planning. I’ts so important to us to deliver an exceptional experience. We hope that you will join us on our journey.

Best Regards

Shaun Horwood.

“I’ve been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day”. Walter Besant, on his deathbed in 1901

For me like Walter Besant, London is a city of so many faces. You only have to look at the Instagram accounts of #Londonbeautifullife , #SecretLondon and #LondonGurus to name just a few.

Our treasure hunt is aimed at discovering the City and finding hidden gems along the way.

London is one of those cities that is unique and inspires different things in different people. Some say it’s the architecture. Certainly, London’s buildings are too diverse to be characterised by any particular architectural style. On our Foxtrail, you will be able to experience the uniqueness that is London. One forgotten area of London is its Natural History. London’s Natural History Society suggest that London is “one of the worlds greenest cities with more than 40 percent green space or open water”. Among the inhabitants of London are 10,000 red foxes, so that is 16 per. every square mile. Foxes can sneak anywhere – one has been found in the filing cabinet at the Houses of Parliament. You will need to keep your wits about you to follow our trail.

London also boasts 2000 species of flowering plants and the Thames supports 120 species of fish – do keep your eyes open.

Foxtrail is designed to offer a fun, unique and inspirational experience whilst discovering London

So, if you are looking for something different and a unique way to explore London – do join us. We look forward to welcoming you.