Something for the weekend: Activities for Easter Weekend and Beyond

Margaret Hussey rounds up some exciting things to eat, see and do as we look forward to the long Easter weekend.

Easter parade

John Lewis & Partners

Why not shell out for the Bank Holiday weekend on these fabulous Easter goodies from John Lewis. The Easter egg wreath is £10, the Hotel Chocolat You Crack Me Up Extra-Thick Easter egg £30 and the Talking Tables Grass Table Runner just £5. For more visit johnlewis.com

Renaissance Raphael 

Raphael 
Saint Catherine of Alexandria about 1507 
© The National Gallery, London
Raphael 
Saint Catherine of Alexandria about 1507 
© The National Gallery, London

credit: Raphael Saint Catherine of Alexandria about 1507 © The National Gallery, London

Coming to the National Gallery on April 9, Raphael marks the 500th anniversary of the Italian painter’s death in 1520. Delayed two years because of Covid, it’s a chance to see up close his masterpieces from the Renaissance. As well as Raphael’s paintings, there are drawings and his designs for sculpture, tapestry and prints. It runs until July 31. For more visit nationalgallery.org.uk

Boxing clever

Tom Hixson

Push the gravy boat out on Easter Sunday with a limited edition butchers’ box from Tom Hixson of Smithfield and Heliot Steak House. The £125 box features a Black Label Argentine Fillet from heritage Angus and Hereford breeds, Irish Kettyle bone marrow butter and two free-range and grass-fed New Zealand Lamb Racks, reared on chicory and herb pastures. Order by midday on April 12 for an Easter delivery. For more visit tomhixson.co.uk/product/the-heliot-steak-house-easter-box-2495

Queen of arts

art: Dan Pearce

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, ME London Hotel is hosting Queen of Arts, an exhibition that celebrates Her Majesty’s 70 years through specially curated pieces. Collaborative art curators Gone Rogue have brought together four artists – Heath Kane, Hannah Nijsten, Dan Pearce and Kristjana S Williams – to pay their unique tribute to the longest serving monarch in British history. It runs from April 25 to June 30 in the hotel’s Marconi Lounge. For more visit melondonhotel.com 

Whisky in the bar

Filey Bay

For a post prandial after a Sunday feast, try these delicious Filey Bay whiskies, made by the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery in Hunmanby, North Yorkshire. Light and easy to sip, there’s the delicate Filey Bay Flagship, Filey Bay’s moscatel finish, which is sweet and fruity with flavours of orange, honey and cocoa and Filey Bay’s STR Finish, which is floral and fruity with flavours of red fruits, vanilla ice cream and toasted oak. Bottles from £55, spiritofyorkshire.com 

And so to bed

CloudSleeper™JetKids™ by Stokke

If you’ve got little guests staying over, try this CloudSleeper™JetKids™ by Stokke. The compact travel bed folds up neatly so you can take it wherever you go. It comes with an integrated pump and is ready in less than a minute. Plus it’s made with water-repellent fabric and the cover is machine washable. The CloudSleeper™ JetKids™ by Stokke is for children three years and over and costs £89. For more visit stokke.com

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