Our guide to what’s on in West London | April 2023 highlights what’s on in the community this Easter, from school Easter holiday camps and children’s activities to climbing courses and boot camps, alongside the annual Boat Race festivities.
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WHAT’S ON IN WEST LONDON | APRIL 2023
WHAT’S ON THIS EASTER IN HAMMERSMITH
There are many events and benefits of living in Hammersmith. We highlight what’s on in West London | April 2023 in W6, from places to watch and celebrate the boat race to quizzes and comedy nights in W6.
SUNDAY 26TH MARCH – THE BOAT RACE FESTIVAL @ THE CRABTREE, W6
Enjoy watching and celebrating the annual Boat Race at Crabtree Pub, Hammersmith.
The Crabtree will once again be holding their annual Boat Race Festival, where you will find an Aside Grill cooking delicious food on an outside fire, pop-up food stands, outside bars including a frozen margarita machine and live music throughout the day.
The Crabtree will be finishing on Rockeoke in the evening called ‘Be the lead singer of your live band’ where guests can sign up throughout the day & choose a song to rock out to in the evening!
A list of acts throughout the day is below:
|The Maida Vales||12:45 – 14:30|
|The Leaners||14:30 – 16:00|
|FAT BRASS||16:00 – 17:45|
|Jayson Norris||17:45 – 19:30|
|Truly Medley Deeply||19:30 – 21:15|
|Rockeoke Band||21:15 – Close|
THURSDAY 13TH APRIL – RIVER ROOM COMEDY NIGHT @ RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, 8 PM
Join Riverside Studios for stand-up comedy, previewing Luke Kempner and Bella Hull’s brand-new work.
Luke Kempner has quickly established himself as the hottest new impressionist for the millennial comedy generation, having appeared on channels 4’s The Last Leg and ITV2’s Stand-Up Sketch Show and Love Island Aftersun.
Bella Hulla is a London-based stand-up comedian who regularly plays sell-out crowds and has appeared on BBC’s Stand Up for Live Comedy and ITV’s The Stand Up Sketch Show.
SUNDAY 23RD APRIL – CLAY IN ART AND WINE @ LINDEN HOUSE, W6, 2 PM – 4 PM
A talk on clay from the point of view of a local ceramic artist and wine expert.
The same earth material that has been used to produce art for thousands of years, has also been used for vessels in winemaking. Clay continues to be essential from the vineyard to the winery, from growing grapes in clay soils to using clay amphora for fermentation and even fining prior to bottling.
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to different types of natural clays with demonstrations by local cermaic artist, Sylvie Joly, as she discusses their qualities and uses in pottery. Wine expert, Victoria Daskal will present a tutored tasting of six wines from around the world where the clay has played an important part in their production.
RAVENSWALL @ W6 0UQ
For adults RavensWall, a West London indoor bouldering centre, hold induction sessions, private coachings, and open social climbs for people to meet other like-minded climbers. These run throughout the week, all week, every week.
RavensWall runs weekend bouldering clubs for those aged 7-10 and 11+, on Saturdays and Sundays. They also run the popular NICAS programme (National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme) alongside local school half-terms. It’s always fully booked, but they do keep a waiting list open if parents want to get their kids involved.
RAVENSCOURT BOOTCAMP @ RAVENSCOURT PARK
A fun outdoor workout where dogs are always welcome.
Ravenscourt boot camp offers a variety of workouts for all ages and levels to help improve cardio, mental and physical health, and build strength, all in a social setting.
Monday: 7 am, 8 am, 9 am Bootcamp (circuits)
Tuesday: 7 am Bootcamp (weights)
Wednesday: 7 am, 8 am and 9 am Bootcamp (weights)
Thursday: 7 am (HIIT)
Friday: 7 am , 8 am and 9 am Bootcamp
Saturday: 9.30 am (circuits)
THURSDAY 27TH APRIL – FILM QUIZ AND SURPRISE SCREENING @ RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, 7 PM
Riverside Studios will have a quiz night in their screen one cinema as part of their Rally for Riverside fundraising drive.
Midway through the quiz, there will be an interval midway enabling you to take a break and grab some refreshments (the cinema bar will be open throughout the event).
Following the quiz, a surprise screening will take place.
First prize: Private hire in their 47-seat screening room of a film of the winners’ choice and their guests.
Runner-up prize: A complimentary meal voucher for each team member for use in our bar and kitchen.
Tickets cost: £10
More information found on the Riverside Studios website.
WHAT’S ON THIS EASTER IN CHISWICK
There is plenty to do for those visiting or living in Chiswick. We outline what’s on in West London | April 2023 in Chiswick this Easter, from Easter holiday camps and Easter quests guaranteed to entertain the children to comedy nights and markets.
SUNDAY 2ND APRIL – CHISWICK FLOWER MARKET @ CHISWICK HIGH ROAD, 9AM – 3.30 PM
Chiswick Flower Market is a community-led market held the first Sunday of every month in the heart of Chiswick, run by a team of residents.
The market has around 30 – 40 stalls selling a range of products, from house plants, bedding, pots, cut flowers and horticultural products.
All proceeds go back into the local community, which has already funded the replanting and maintenance of most of the flower beds along the High Road, lighting up the ginkgo tree and the area outside George IV, and getting the obtrusive container that contained the old Air Quality Monitoring Station removed.
For the Coronation weekend, they will have a free Victorian-style carousel for children, a children’s theatre, music and dance.
Future plans include improving the public realm at Old Market Place and continuing to provide a central focus on the High Road, thereby boosting the heart of Chiswick and making it greener and more attractive.
MONDAY 3RD APRIL – TUESDAY 18TH APRIL – BIZZIE BUDDIES EASTER CAMP @ CHISWICK HOUSE AND GARDENS, 8.45 AM – 3 PM
A multiport camp for girls and boys aged 3 – 14 years. Throughout the day the children will play a variety of sports, including football, tennis, dodgeball, archery, rugby and more.
Alongside sports games, the camps will have an Arts and Crafts Camp, letting the children’s creativity flow, with activities including painting, clay modelling, drawing and projects to complete.
MONDAY 3RD APRIL – TUESDAY 18TH APRIL – EASTER HOLIDAY CAMPS @ ROCKS LANE
Rocks Lane Easter Holiday Camps will take place from Monday 3rd April – Tuesday 18th April, and are now available to book at 020 8994 1313.
Rocks Lane will run mini multi-sports, football, netball, panel and tennis camps throughout the Easter holidays.
Please note camps will not take place on Good Friday the 7th or Monday the 10th.
TUESDAY 4TH APRIL – STORYTIME @ CHISWICK LIBRARY, 11 AM
Held every Tuesday at Chiswick Library is Storytime.
Storytimes are aimed at children under 5 to help build their language and listening skills and provide a fun introduction to books and reading.
Sessions are free and last 30 minutes. You do not need to book places, but it is first come, first served.
SATURDAY 8TH APRIL – EASTER QUEST @ CHISWICK HOUSE AND GARDENS, 11 AM – 4PM
Join Chiswick House and Gardens this Easter holiday for an adventure-filled Easter quest. Children will be able to explore the gardens and hunt for clues. Along their hunt, they will discover traditional games to play.
Find all the Easter eggs and receive a chocolate treat.
The quest starts at the Conservatory and finishes at the Marquee.
The adventure is for all the family. Tickets cost £2 per person and are first come, first served.
TUESDAY 18TH APRIL – COMEDY NIGHT IN SUPPORT OF CHISWICK RNLI @ GEORGE VI
The popular and annual Comedy Night returns on Tuesday 18th April at the George IV on Chiswick High Road.
A host of comedians will entertain us for the evening. There will also be a raffle during the evening with a draw for many fantastic prizes, including meals at local restaurants and gift vouchers for many local shops.
Drinks and bar food will be available throughout the evening.
WHAT’S ON THIS EASTER IN SHEPHERD’S BUSH
There are plenty of activities to take part in for those visiting or living in Shepherd’s Bush, from heritage tours and immersive experiences to theatre and music productions. We highlight what’s on in West London | April 2023 in Shepherd’s Bush below.
SATURDAY 1ST APRIL : A ROCKING SHEPHERD’S BUSH @ GOLDHAWK ROAD TUBE STATION
A one-hour tour of West London’s musical heritage, including where Bowie’s producer lived and worked, where Mick met Viv and where some Seattle ‘grangers’ hung out in W12.
Following the walk, you can enjoy refreshments at a local pub.
Sign up for the walking tour.
SATURDAY 8TH APRIL – BRUSH CALLIGRAPHY AND BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH @ THE OAK, W12, 11 AM
Venue: The Oak, 243 Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8EU
The ideal Saturday experience.
A one and a half hour brush pen calligraphy workshop followed by a delicious brunch, with bottomless Prosecco.
Calm your mind, and recharge together with friends as you explore the relaxing art of brush pen calligraphy. Local calligraphy artist Laura Edralin will be guiding you through the essentials of spring-themed brush pen calligraphy.
Once your creative juices get flowing, you’ll choose from a delicious brunch menu and enjoy endless sparkles for a serious Saturday treat. From Eggs Benedict to The Oak’s famous pizzas, you’ll be learning creative penmanship over bottomless glasses of Prosecco.
Pens, worksheets and materials are included, and you’ll leave with your own calligraphed item.
UNTIL 8TH APRIL – SLEEPOVA @ BUSH THEATRE
Sleepova is a new Bush Theatre performance created by Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini and directed by Jade Lewis.
The show focuses on four teenage girls as they approach their 16th birthdays, where they joke, squabble, share their secrets and slowly divulge their deepest hidden fears, all in a sacred space of the bedroom.
The show is a celebration of the young Black woman, which takes place in a relaxed environment, where the audiences are encouraged to react throughout the show.
Tickets from £12.
THURSDAY 27TH APRIL – PROFESSOR GREEN @ O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE, 7 PM
Multi-platinum selling rapper Professor Green heads to O2 Shepherd’s Bush empire, celebrating 10 years since his career-defining second studio album, At Your Inconvenience, was released.
EASTER HOLIDAYS – KITE STUDIOS @ Kite Studios 2b, W12 9RY
Kite Studios is a creative oasis in West London for all ages, needs and abilities. From pottery to painting, pastels to printmaking, their wide array of weekly term-time classes have something for everyone.
With the Easter holidays just around the corner, Kite Studios will be running their ever-popular Art and Clay camps this Easter. Materials are always provided. Book now to secure a place for the young creative in your life.
SHERLOCK IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE LONDON: THE OFFICIAL LIVE GAME @ SHEPHERD’S BUSH GREEN, W12
Bring out the detective in you and visit the Sherlock-inspired immersive experience, where you solve a series of mysteries and puzzles, featuring content from Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew Scott, Martin Freeman and more in the show.
The escape room has been producer by the creators of the hit BBC TV series, Sherlock Holmes.
KIDZANIA @ WESTFIELD LONDON, W12
KidZania London is an indoor interactive city for children aged 4-14 years old, which enables children to work, play, earn and learn in several role-play activities, from a surgeon to an airline pilot, firefighter to a radio DJ.
Each slot in the city lasts up to four hours, with activities ranging from 5 to 20 minutes, so children can expect to complete between 4 – 6 activities during their visit.
At the end of each session, they will be rewarded for their hard work with KidZania’s currency, kidZos, teaching the children the value of spending and saving.
Children must be accompanied by an adult during the check-in process, however, those aged 8+ can be left whilst parents explore Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush.
WHAT’S ON IN WEST LONDON | APRIL 2023
We outline what’s on in West London | April 2023, from the Gemini Boat Race and football matches to Easter trails and tours in many parks in West London that are sure to entertain the children this Easter holiday.
SUNDAY 26TH MARCH – THE GEMINI BOAT RACE
One of the largest British sporting fixtures since 1829, the Boat Race is a long-standing boat race contested by the Cambridge University and Oxford University boat clubs.
The first Men’s Boat Race took place in 1829 at Henley-on-the-Thames. For the next 25 years, contests happened irregularly until 1836, when the course moved to London between Westminster and Putney and moved to the current location in 1845.
The first Women’s Boat Race was held in 1927 on the Isis in Oxford and was raced intermittently until the mid-The first Women’s Boat Race was held in 1927 on the Isis in Oxford and was raced intermittently until the mid-1960s. From 1977 – 2014 the races took place at Henley-on-Thame as part of The Henley Boat Races, but moved to the current location in 2015, with both men’s and women’s races taking place on the same day on the same course.
The boat race is one of the world’s oldest amateur sporting events and often has over 250,000 spectators spread across the course and millions more on TV.
2023 will see the 77th Women’s Boat Race and the 168th Men’s Boat Race.
4 pm – 77th Women’s Race
4.15 pm – 48th Women’s Reserve Race
4.30 pm – 58th Reserve Race
5 pm – 168th Men’s Race
The Boat Race is free to attend, and there are fantastic local viewpoints along the River to watch the race, with both Furnivall Gardens and Bishops Park holding fan parks to watch the action.
Sunday 26th March – The Gemini Boat Race Fan Park @ Bishops Park, Fulham, 12 PM – 6.30 PM
Enjoy live BBC coverage of the Boat Race on big screens, alongside delicious street food, drinks and entertainment.
Sunday 26th March – The Gemini Boat Race Fan Park @ Furnivall Gardens, Hammersmith, 12 pm – 6.30 pm
Located in the middle section of the Boat race course is Furnivall Gardens, offering some fantastic views of the race. The fan park will have a big screen playing live coverage of the race, alongside street food vendors and bars. Entrance to the fan park is free.
TUESDAY 28TH MARCH – ENGLAND U21 V CROATIA U21 @ CRAVEN COTTAGE
England Under 21’s are playing Croatia Under 21’s at Craven Cottage.
Make your way to Craven Cottage via Hammersmith or Putney Bridge Underground station or Putney overground station. Alongside tube and train links, buses are available, or even a ferry to Putney Wharf.
SATURDAY 1ST APRIL – SUNDAY 16TH APRIL – SUPERWORM TRAIL @ KEW GARDENS
Inspired by the best-selling book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the magic of Superworm, arrives at Kew Gardens, inviting families to follow the interactive and educational outdoor trail through Kew Gardens.
Follow the brand-new trail as it weaves its way through the spectacular trees of the Arboretum and leaps over the waters of Kew Lake. Throughout the trail, you can stop to interact with hand-crafted installations to learn more about the wonders of the plant and animal kingdoms and how the two interact together to maintain good soil and balanced ecosystems.
As an added bonus, you can admire the colour of spring as bluebells, tulips, and magnolias come into bloom.
UNTIL 2ND APRIL – EAT AND DRINK FESTIVAL @ OLYMPIA LONDON
Head to Olympia London for the ‘Eat and drink indoor food festival‘ to learn new culinary skills, and discover new wines, beers and spirits. Celebrity chefs cook their favourite dishes, meet drinks experts who are on hand to give you advice on food pairings, and take home fantastic produce from several unique artisan producers.
MAY HOUSE PLAY CLUB @ BRENTFORD FOUNTAIN LEISURE CENTRE
Whether you’ve just had a baby recently or looking for a club to keep the little ones engaged, May House Play Club provides a safe and happy environment for children to make friends, develop social skills, gain confidence, independence and acquire new skills.
Their sessions are designed to meet the needs of both children and families, providing the space for adults to interact and play with their children.
Alongside, children taking part in age appropriate activities during their playtime, it offers parents a chance to socialise with other parents to share their experiences and learn from each other.
Saturday 25th March 09:15 – 10:45
Saturday 8th April 09:15 – 10:45
Wednesday 12th April 10:15 – 11:45
Sunday 16th April 09:15 – 10:45
Saturday 22nd April 09:15 – 10:45
SUNDAY 16TH APRIL – SENSORY TOURS @ KEW GARDENS, 2 PM – 3PM
This Kew Gardens sensory experience is designed for visitors with sight loss and their carers, allowing them to smell and touch elements in the gardens.
Places are limited so please register in advance.
WEDNESDAY 19TH APRIL – ST GEORGE’S BEST OF BRITISH SUPPER @ THE COLTON ARMS
The Colton Arms hold a monthly supper club on the last or penultimate Wednesday of every month.
In honour of St George’s Day, The Colton Arms is hosting a 6-course tasting menu, celebrating the very best of English grub. Each course will have different takes on English cuisines.
The Colton Arms backs onto The Queen’s Club and is a short journey to Chelsea Football Club. It is a short walk from Barons Court and West Kensington underground stations.
KEW THE RUN @ KEW GARDENS
The paths will be flat and once finished the course, will have exclusive access to the Gardens before they open to the general public at 11 am.
The entry includes two free adult tickets and two children’s tickets to Kew Gardens (before noon).
1st April 2023: Kew Gardens 10K
CRAVEN COTTAGE TOURS @ FULHAM FOOTBALL CLUB, 11 AM – 3 PM
Resting on the banks of the River Thames is Craven Cottage, the Oldest Professional clubs in London, with both the Johnny Haynes Stand and Cottage being Grade II listed buildings.
You can visit Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham Football Club, for a tour of the football grounds, taking you to all the key locations around the stadium, including the Jonny Haynes statue, home and away dressing rooms, the historic Cottage itself and much more.
Alongside the sights, you will hear about the club’s rich history from it starting as Fulham St Andrew’s, a church team, playing at various West London grounds before residing and first playing in Craven Cottage in 1896.
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