Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this Easter

08:00 14 April 2014

Egg Rolling at the annual Easter Egg event at Lauderdale House. Picture: Polly Hancock

Egg Rolling at the annual Easter Egg event at Lauderdale House. Picture: Polly Hancock


Easter egg hunts, live comedy and an exploration of Belsize Park’s history are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

1. Easter Sunday - Easter Extravaganza

A number of events will be taking place on Sunday to celebrate Easter, with family-friendly activities for all ages.

Lauderdale House in Waterlow Park, Highgate, will once again be hosting The Great Egg Roll.

Egg decorating, a treasure hunt and - of course - the egg rolling competition are all scheduled, with the cafe open for hot drinks.

Tickets (£6.50 for children, parents free) will be on sale at the back of the House on the tea lawn from 10.30am (Runs from 11am to 1pm).

In the afternoon Keats House in Keats Grove, Hampstead, will be hosting their own Easter-themed day for those wanting to continue the fun.

Set in the garden and Grade I listed building, it will be packed full of Easter egg hunts and craft making.

No booking is required and the day is free.

Runs from 1pm to 4pm.

Kenwood House concludes its fortnight of Easter activities of portrait painting, craft making and tours of the grounds.

An Lord Iveagh impersonator - whose descendent donated Kenwood House and its art collection to the nation in 1927 - will also be there on Easter Sunday and Monday to reveal the secrets behind the paintings and why the House remains free to visit to this day.

Runs from 12noon until 4pm.

Visit for more information.

And finally, the great Primrose Hill Easter Egg-sperience is upon residents once again, all in support of independent shops, artists and the Library and Community Association. Promising Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep and some famous Primrose Hill residents, the week of activities will see Easter-themed activities, special “eggs-peditions” and prize draws. A dozen local artists will also be providing clues for the special Easter Hunt, with a chance to win a luxury Easter egg and many other prizes.

Runs from April 12-19. For more information email

2. Thursday - Belsize Film

Award-winning filmmaker David Percy returns with another film exploring Belsize Park.

In 2012 he premiered The Belsize Story, a film narrated by BBC Presenter Fiona Bruce that chronicles the transformation of the area “from a once-great estate with extensive grounds to a mish-mash of architectural developments”.

He has now completed Volume two - Greater Belsize - which covers the outer parts of the area, including Fitzjohn’s Avenue, the Lyndhurst Road-Thurlow Road area, Maresfield and Netherhall Gardens, Parkhill/Upper Park Roads and the Eton College Estate.

In this talk he presents a large number of restored archive images, many of them in colour, from the film.

Held at Burgh House in New End Square, Hampstead.

Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £1 on the door.

3. Thursday - Highgate Art

Your last chance to see this exhibition at Highgate Gallery in South Grove.

Three artists of different generations try to recreate “the magical, curious and moody” aspects of landscapes, objects and people through figurative painting.

John Rosser trained at the Watford School of Art and went on to paint and teach in London, later becoming a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He has exhibited widely, from the Chelsea Arts Society to the Royal Academy Summer Show.

Emma Moir’s work has been shown in Sandbanks, Chelsea, Wimbledon, Fulham and most recently at the Oxford International Art Fair 2014.

Emma Cousin trained at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing, Oxford, and following a sell-out degree show she has been represented internationally in the USA and widely throughout Europe.

Admission is free.

Visit for more information.

4. Friday - Comedy

A comedy night at the Sir Richard Steele pub in Haverstock Hill, Belsize Park, with award-winning comic Simon Happily.

A semi-finalist in the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Awards in 2000, Happily has since been a regular on TV and BBC Radio.

Easter-themed competitions also on offer during the evening.

Runs from 8pm to 11pm.

Visit for more information.

5. Tuesday - Comedy

An evening with comedian Mae Martin at the Camden Head pub, Camden High Street, Camden Town. Martin has been nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards and was the youngest ever nominee for the prestigious Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award. She is a regular on Canadian TV but is now based in the UK where she has been playing at festivals and clubs across the country, as well as recently appearing on BBC show Russell Howard’s Good News. She has been a finalist in the Musical Comedy Awards and the Hackney New Variety Act of the Year awards. Starts at 7.30pm. Free event. Visit for more information.


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