What’s on in April 2017

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Oxford Cambridge Boat Race, London

This tough boating race has been going for 150 years. The race itself only lasts about 20 minutes but it’s a fun day out for spectators who line the river banks and enjoy the many pubs along the route.

Where: From Putney to Mortlake on the River Thames in London.
When: 2nd April
More info: theboatraces.org


Lee Valley Country Fair, Essex

A fun packed country show for Easter weekend, with entertainments for all the family.

Where: River Lee Country Park, Waltham Abbey, Essex
When: 5th – 6th April
More info: www.visitleevalley.org.uk


The Grand National, Liverpool

First run in 1839, the Grand National takes place every year. The horses and jockeys race over four miles and thirty hair-raising jumps.

Where: Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool
When: 8th April
More info: www.thecrabbiesgrandnational.co.uk

Easter Fair, Southampton

This annual fair features many exciting rides. Plus the traditional Bank Holiday Monday market.

Where: Southampton Common, Southampton
When: 13th – 23rd April
More info: www.discoversouthampton.co.uk


Outdoor theatre, “The Passion of Jesus”, London

Every year the Wintershall Players perform an open-air re-enactment of 'The Passion of Jesus' on Good Friday. The show includes donkeys, horses and a cast of over 100 from in and around London.

Where: Trafalgar Square, London
When: 14th April (Good Friday), 12pm
More info: www.wintershall-estate.com


Chepstow Walking Festival

Five days of walks for all abilities, plus all kinds of family-friendly events and a chance to see Chepstow and the Lower Wye Valley at its best.

Where: Chepstow, Monmouthshire
When: 19th – 23rd April
More info: www.walksinchepstow.co.uk


London Marathon

Whether you take part or join in as a spectator, the annual marathon is a London institution. Come and cheer as thousands of runners take to the streets.

Where: central London
When: 23rd April
More info: www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com


Festival of Food and Drink, Exeter

Billed as ‘the ultimate foodie event’, this festival is an annual event bringing together food and drink from around the South-West.

Where: Exeter Castle, Exeter, Devon
When: 29th April – 1st May
More info: www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk


Cadbury Egg Hunts with the National Trust

Every year the National Trust teams up with Cadbury for a family day out. Head along I the Easter holidays to run through muddy woodlands, around mystical lakes and along nature trails on a Cadbury Egg Hunt.

Where: various locations around the country
When: various dates, Easter holidays
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk