As the chill of winter fades away and the buds on the trees begin to blossom, April offers a host of exciting cultural outings and events to welcome the arrival of spring. From exploring the latest exhibitions at renowned museums and galleries to attending music festivals and outdoor theatre performances, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Blossoms and Blooms Tour at Kew Gardens (London: March 1 - April 30)
A favourite destination for anyone visiting London in the spring, Kew Gardens offers free “Blossoms and Blooms” walking tours of its Spring collection every year to welcome the new season. With over 50,000 living plants, this botanical garden is a true oasis of calm and beauty. Visitors can explore the 300 acres of lush greenery, marvel at the stunning glasshouses and wander through the treetop walkway, offering panoramic views of the gardens.
Easter Egg Trails with the National Trust (Locations all over the UK: April 1 -16)
Celebrate Easter with the National Trust's Easter Egg Hunts! Starting from April 1st, the whole family can take part in these fun-filled egg hunts at National Trust properties all across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From exploring the grounds at Polesden Lacey dressed as your favourite animal to exploring the wind chime forest at Rainham Hall, there's something for everyone. Before setting off on your adventure, you'll receive a trail sheet and pencil to help you on your journey, as well as Easter bunny ears to wear along the way. Plus, you can choose from a delicious chocolate egg or a vegan and Free From chocolate egg, made with responsibly sourced cocoa from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.
Africa Fashion at the V&A (London: Finishes April 16)
The Africa Fashion Exhibition is a must-see for anyone interested in fashion and culture. Showcasing the rich and diverse fashion traditions of Africa, this exhibition is a celebration of African culture and design. From traditional textiles and patterns to modern interpretations of African fashion, the Africa Fashion Exhibition offers a unique and inspiring glimpse into the world of African fashion today as well as its hopes and dreams for the future.
The Cheltenham Jazz festival (Cheltenham: April 26 - May 1)
Jazz-lovers get ready to swing to the rhythms of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, an event that celebrates all genres of jazz. With a line-up featuring some of the best contemporary jazz musicians from around the world, including both international icons as well as up-and-coming new artists, this week-long festival promises to be an unforgettable experience. The festival also offers a range of other activities, including talks, workshops, and exhibitions, making it the perfect destination for a cultural weekend in the charming town of Cheltenham.
Tartan Exhibition at V&A Dundee (Dundee: April 1 - January 2024)
Get ready to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of tartan. This unique exhibition celebrates the rich history of tartan and its impact on global culture. With over 300 objects from more than 80 lenders worldwide, Tartan showcases the diverse and enduring appeal of this iconic textile. Explore how tartan has been used to unite and divide communities, express rebellion, and inspire art and design throughout history. This exhibition features a stunning array of fashion, architecture, graphic design, product design, photography, and more from renowned designers and institutions such as Chanel, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, and the V&A. Don't miss this unique opportunity to discover the global influence of tartan at its finest!