What's on this month
Hello April! Spring is now in full swing. As we all finally enjoy some warmer weather, it’s time to get outside. Whether you’re cheering on the amazing marathoners (who travel free with c2c on the day) or are looking to entertain children over the Easter break we’ve got lots going on along our route to keep everyone entertained. Plus, it’s the first bank holiday weekend of the year so there’s lots to celebrate too!
Ocean Invaders, Sea Life London
Are you a Jellyfish-inado? Explore the wonderful wobbly world of the Jellyfish at the brand new Ocean Invaders exhibit at London’s Sea Life centre. Float into a world of gelatinous creatures such as the Moon jellyfish, Upside Down jellyfish (that lives on its back) and Japanese Sea Nettles, learning about one of the ocean’s most elusive and intriguing creatures.
Opens 1 April
School’s Out for Easter 3 April!
The Easter holidays begin. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas to keep the kids constantly entertained then look no further. We have lots of things happening over the Easter break to feed their attention spans while making treasured memories together.
Easter holidays 3 - 18 April
Poppies: Wave comes to Gunners Park, Shoeburyness
Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. This breath-taking sculpture is being exhibited across the UK, along with Weeping Window, by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary. The sculptures were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in 2014, where 888,246 poppies were displayed, one to honour every death in the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.
Poppies: Wave comes to Southend-on-Sea, on 12 April, the only place in the East of England to have the sculpture. It's completely free and the closest train station to Barge Pier is Shoeburyness Train Station via our Fenchurch Street line. Barge Pier is approximately a 20 minute walk from Shoeburyness train station. Find out full details at visitsouthend.co.uk/poppies
12 April - 25 June
64 bits exhibition, Stratford
Do you remember The Dancing Baby, the Hamster Dance, or 'Badger, Badger, Badger'? Take a trip down memory lane to the weird and wonderful early days of the world wide web. Our guides taking us us back to the future are 64 Bits, who have created an enthralling new interactive exhibition at Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
30 March - 21 April
Tall Ships Festival
Following the success of the Tall Ships Regatta 2014, the Royal Borough of Greenwich welcomes back a fleet of Tall Ships to the River Thames this Easter. Combine your visit to these beautiful ships with a visit to London's very own Tall Ship Cutty Sark, situated in the heart of Maritime Greenwich.
13 - 16 April
Dear Zoo at ZSL London Zoo
Between 1 – 17 April only ZSL London Zoo will be bringing everyone’s favourite children’s book to life. There's be interactive activities, lively storytelling sessions and you can meet the real life animals from the book. The Dear Zoo experience is included in your 2FOR1 London Zoo ticket (when you take the train) at no extra cost. Under 3s go free!
1- 17 April
Our pick of the month - Café Fiori, Westcliff
Turns out combining your coffee and florist business is a very good idea. Southend’s latest addition means you can sip your brew while surrounded by potted plants and bright blooms. Not only that, Cafe Fiori has gone a step further and displayed plants on the walls in re-used storage crate frames so the whole place feels like you’re sitting in an art gallery of greenery. It’s very relaxing, and the coffee is pretty darn good too.
Folk and Ale Festival Southend
Enjoy a weekend of fine folk music and even finer ale at Folk and Ale Festival on Southend Pier at the Royal Pavilion. There’ll be plenty of performers making merry music to sway along to, plus they’ll be raising money for the terrific Leigh Folk Festival later on in the year. Music encompasses everything from contemporary to traditional, shanty to Cajun, and everything in between.
22 - 23 April
Visit KidZania's chocolate factory
Hop on the train and experience the Cadbury Chocolate Factory at KidZania London in Westfield, Shepherds Bush London. Your little ones will get the chance to work in the chocolate factory. At KidZania London children can take part in more than 60 real-life adventures in an indoor city where the kids are in charge.
3 - 18 April
The American Dream: pop to the present, The British Museum
Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg - these are just some of the artists whose work features in this major new exhibition at the British library. From Pop art to the rise of minimalism and photorealism, the exhibition explores American printmaking and culture in the past five decades.
Now - 18 June