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Granary Square in bloom for two-week Easter makeover

From a land train to Easter egg hunts, we pick the top 10 happenings this spring break

We’re sure you’re as partial to the fountains and their surrounds as we are. And they come into their own in warmer weather.

So we’re pleased that the centre of King’s Cross is getting a seasonal ‘Flower Power’ makeover to mark the forthcoming (hopefully balmy) break.

Landscape architect Dan Pearson is transforming Coal Drops Yard into a sea of beautiful blooms, with Herne Hill’s Moon Lane books running a pop-up with storytelling and book-themed activities.

Chugging past the Skip Garden will be a land train which you can also ride to an array of arts and craft activities in Lower Stable Street’s Store.


Not to mention an Easter Egg hunt and the rather excellent weekly Canopy Market (read more about that here) getting a seasonal reboot. Here’s our pick of the best bits in more detail.

Easter in KX: Top 10 highlights

Events for both ids and adults in N1C. Photos: PR

Easter Express, 6 – 22 April, 12 – 8pm
All aboard the Easter Express. Jump on the 1960s vintage Dotto classic Land Train at Granary Square. Then it’s full steam ahead to Coal Drops Yard for Easter shenanigans.

STORE Store – ‘Art Selfie Booths’, Daily, Coal Drops Yard
STORE Store are creating diorama selfie booths which reflect the history of Coal Drops Yard. Follow the map to find the booths around Coal Drops Yard, strike a pose and take a photo home with you.

Moon Lane Books – Festival of Fun, 12, 13, 14 April, 10am – 5pm, Coal Drops Yard
The south London specialist kids’ bookshop will be at Coals Drop Yard for a three-day action-packed, fun-filled extravaganza. Join Gilbert Giggles, master of disaster, and author Tamara Macfarlane for some circus, creative writing workshops and even a Bad-Mannered Tea Party.

Daily Easter Art and Craft Activities, 6 – 22 April, 12– 5pm
Every single day for seventeen days there’ll be free workshops and activities, for all ages, across King’s Cross, with classic Easter fun – like Easter bonnet making, egg decorating and rolling – given a contemporary, arty twist.

The Amazing Art Cart, 10 April, 12-5pm, Coal Drops Yard
The Amazing Art Cart will be pulling up into King’s Cross. Run by Dawn East and a team of illustrators, painters and designers, it is a versatile mobile art station providing stylish creative workshops for all ages.

Severe Jazz Warning, Sat 13 April, 12- 3pm, Canopy Market
The 16-piece jazz orchestra return to Canopy Market, after an knockout set at Christmas.

Canopy Market Petting Zoo,19 – 22 April, 11am – 5pm, Canopy Market
Say hello to the guinea-pigs, rabbits, chickens and ducks and (we hope) chicks and ducklings at the Canopy Market petting zoo. Every day over the Easter weekend, the team from Vauxhall City Farm will be on hand to tell you all about the animals and give you a chance to meet and pet them.

The Big Easter Egg Hunt, 19 – 22 April, 12- 5pm, Canopy Market
Grab a map a join the hunt around Canopy Market, find the clues and win some delicious Easter eggs. There’s a chocolate treat for everyone who takes part.

AMWA Designs
Join Chrissa Amuah of AMWA Design as she shows you how to make cool Easter-themed tote bags. AMWA Designs creates handmade textiles and print designs for the home, inspired by Adinkra symbols and proverbs of Ghana.

Free Face Painting Weekends (Sat + Sun), 12 – 4pm
The perennial kiddies’ fave. Our artists will be on hand each day to transform your little ones. Head to the photo booth afterwards to capture their alter ego.

Granary Square and Coal Drops Yard N1C, from Saturday 6th to 22nd April

Main image: Skip Garden

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