Easter Holidays 2020

There’s plenty to do along the River Thames during the Easter Holidays, from Easter egg hunts at the Old Royal Naval College to a celebration of British Baroque at the Tate Britain.

What's on during the Easter Holidays?

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1. Stop Colonel Blood from Stealing the Crown Jewel

Viscount Cruises Tower of London
Tower of London
Tower Green, The Tower of London

Top: Tower of London | Bottom: Tower Green

Tower of London
Tower Green, The Tower of London

Top: Tower of London | Bottom: Tower Green

About the Tower of London

The Tower of London takes its name from the White Tower which was constructed in around 1078 by William the Conqueror. Over the last 900 years the Tower of London has served a number of uses including a fortress, armoury, royal palace, royal mint, treasury, menagerie, prison & more recently the home to the crown jewels. The Tower is guarded by the Yeoman Warders who were formed by King Henry VII in 1485.

What's On This Easter

The Crown Jewels have been used at the coronations of the Kings & Queens of England since the accession of Charles II in 1661 however the oldest items in the regalia date from as early as 1150. As a working collection the Crown Jewels have fascinated the public since they were first displayed in 1669 however in 1671 Colonel Thomas Blood attempted to steal the jewels from the Tower.

Thomas Blood was an Irishman who had fought for Charles I during the English Civil War but after realising the Parliamentarian forces were likely to win the war Blood changed sides. After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 Blood & his family fled to Ireland. Blood returned to England in 1670 & after a second failed attempt to assassinate Lord Ormonde he decided to steal the crown jewels.

Blood visited the Tower of London in 1771 disguised as a Parson & he befriended the Keeper of the Jewels, Talbot Edwards. After a number of visits to the Edwards family Blood attempted to steal the jewels on the 9th May 1671. Edwards was bound & stabbed by Blood who with his conspirators attempted to steal the crown & orb but were caught while trying to flee the Tower.

Walking Distance  6 Min / 0.5 Miles from St. Katharine Pier

Colonel Blood & The Crown Jewels | 4th April 2020 – 21st June 2020

Robbery At The Tower | 4th April 2020 – 19th April 2020

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2. Hunt for Eggs at the Old Royal Naval College

Viscount Cruises Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College, Royal Borough of Greenwich

Old Royal Naval College

About Old Royal Naval College

The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece, built in the 17th Century as the Royal Hospital for Seamen on the site of the Tudor Palace of Placentia. The Old Royal Naval College boasts beautiful surroundings & some of the most magnificent interiors in London. The Painted Hall in King William Court is home to the largest painted ceiling in Europe, a Baroque masterpiece by Sir James Thornhill depicting over 30 years of English aristocracy & British Naval Power. The Chapel of St Peter & St Paul in Queen Mary Court has a beautiful interior designed by James ‘Athenian’ Stewart. Visitors to the Old Royal Naval College can enjoy tours of the Painted Hall & the grounds & visit the cafe & gift shop located in King William Court.

What's On This Easter

This Easter the Old Royal Naval College will be arranging an Easter Egg Trail through their iconic grounds between the 10th – 13th April. In addition to the Easter Egg Trail the artist Nick Ellwood is hosting an exhibition of hand drawings telling the story of characters from the Old Royal Naval College’s 500 year past.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance will also be performing Haydn’s The Creation on the 8th April.

Walking Distance  2 Min / 0.1 Miles from Greenwich Pier

Easter Egg Trail | 10th April 2020 – 13th April 2020

Nick Ellwood Exhibition | 4th April 2020 – 31st May 2020

 Hadyn’s The Creation by Trinity Laban | 8th April 2020

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3. Hunt for Eggs at the Old Royal Naval College

Viscount Cruises Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich | Viscount Cruises

Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich | Viscount Cruises

Cutty Sark

About Cutty Sark

Visit the last remaining tea clipper, Cutty Sark. Originally built at Dumbarton, Scotland in 1869 she spent her working life transporting cargo including tea from China and wool from Australia. She has now been fully restored and is an award winning visitor attraction.

What's On This Easter

Cutty Sark have a wide range of family activities lined up for Easter 2020. Sea SIGNS will involve craft activities, storytelling & the opportunity to meet characters from Cutty Sark’s historic past.

Fly The Flag is a family workshop teaching the use of Signal Flags on ships.

Fantastic Flowers celebrates Cutty Sark’s visits to Wales with daffodil making workships.

Dashing Dragons is an artist-led dragon making workshop inspired by Cutty Sark’s journeys to China & Wales

Walking Distance  1 Min / 358 Feet from Greenwich Pier

Sea SIGNS | 6th April 2020

Fly The Flag | 7th April 2020

Fantastic Flowers | 4th April 2020 – 11th April 2020

 Dashing Dragons | 16th April 2020 – 18th April 2020

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Art & Exhibitions

4. Tudors To Windsors: British Royal Portraits & Faces of a Queen

Viscount Cruises The Queen's House
aThe Queens House, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Queen’s House

aThe Queens House, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Queen’s House

About The Queen's House
The Queens House was the first classical building in England, built by Inigo Jones for Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I. Now over 400 years old the house has been extensively refurbished and is home to an internationally renowned art collection.
What's On This Easter

Royal Portraits have been used for centuries to showcase the monarchy in all its grandeur & splendour. Tudor To Windsors: British Royal Portraits is a landmark exhibition curated by Royal Museums Greenwich which brings paintings from their own collection together with paintings from the National Portrait Gallery & private collections. The exhibition will explore how royal portraiture has changed & includes works from famous painters such as Sir Peter Lely & more modern artists such as royal photographer Cecil Beaton.

In addition to Tudors To Windsors, Faces of a Queen is another exhibition which brings together the three Armada Portraits of Elizabeth I for the first time in their 430 year history. Visitors can compare the similarities & differences between the three paintings from Royal Museums Greenwich, Woburn Abbey & the National Portrait Gallery. Like many Tudor paintings the armada portraits are full of hidden meaning & metaphor which when combined portray Elizabeth I as the iconic figurehead we see today.

5. British Baroque: Power and Illusion

Viscount Cruises Tate Britain
Old Royal Naval College, The Painted Hall The West Wall - George I, His Family and His Virtues
The Banqueting House, Whitehall Sir Peter Paul Rubens Ceiling at The Banqueting House

Examples of Baroque Art: Top: The West Wall, Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College | Bottom: The Apotheosis of James I, The Banqueting House

Old Royal Naval College, The Painted Hall The West Wall - George I, His Family and His Virtues
The Banqueting House, Whitehall Sir Peter Paul Rubens Ceiling at The Banqueting House

Examples of Baroque Art: Top: The West Wall, Painted Hall, Old Royal Naval College | Bottom: The Apotheosis of James I, The Banqueting House

About Tate Britain

In 1889 the sugar merchant Henry Tate offered the government his collection of 65 British paintings to be displayed to the public. Due to a lack of space for British art at the National Gallery Tate provided £80,000 to build the National Gallery of British Art. The new gallery was designed by the architect Sidney R. J. Smith & built on the site of the old Millbank penitentiary. The gallery opened in 1897 with 245 works of art in eight galleries & quickly became known as the Tate Gallery. The gallery officially became known as the Tate Gallery in 1932 & then the Tate Britain in 2000 after the opening of the Tate Modern inside the old Bankside power station. The Tate Britain displays over 700 artworks, is free to visit & also has the Djanogly Café, Rex Whistler Restaurant & a wide range of exhibitions & events take place throughout the year (some exhibitions charge an entry fee).

What's On This Easter

British Baroque: Power and Illusion is the first exhibition by Tate to explore Baroque art in Britain. Baroque was popular during the 17th century & notable examples in London include the ceiling of The Banqueting House, painted by Peter Paul Rubens for Charles I & the Painted Hall at the Royal Hospital For Seamen (now the Old Royal Naval College), painted by James Thornhill. The exhibition displays works by a number of leading artists including James Thornhill, Gofrey Kneller & Peter Lely.

Walking Distance  18 Min / 0.9 Miles from Westminster Pier

4th February 2020 – 19th April 2020

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6. George IV: Art & Spectacle

Viscount Cruises Buckingham Palace: The Queens Gallery

The Queens Gallery at Buckingham Palace displays regular exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection. Families can explore the exhibitions with family activity bags & visit the family activity room.

George IV: Art & Spectacle at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Coronation portrait of George IV, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1821

George IV: Art & Spectacle at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Coronation portrait of George IV, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1821

George IV had the shortest reign of the Georgian Kings, just 10 years (1820-1830). At the time of his accession in 1820 he had already ruled for 9 years during his fathers illness, a period known as the Regency. George is often remembered as an excessive drinker who spent vast sums of money & accumulated enormous debt during a time of great austerity. He is also remembered for his poor relationship with his with, Queen Caroline of Brunswick. Despite these faults George had excellent taste in the arts & allowed the change to a constitutional government.

During George’s time as Prince of Wales he amassed such vast collections of art including Dutch & Flemish masters, porcelain, intricate goldsmiths work, books, prints & weapons that he could barely fit all of the items in his London home at Carlton House. After George’s accession he set about transforming Buckingham Palace & Windsor Castle to house his prized collections & he also built the magnificent Brighton Pavilion. George IV: Art & Spectacle is a special exhibition curated by Royal Collection Trust which brings together items created by the finest artists & craftsmen to tell the story of one of our most magnificent kings.

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Include: 4th April 2020- 19th April 2020