Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Four Days of Freedom; Weekend

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Four Days of Freedom; Weekend

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BOAT RACE

IT'S that time of year again when the Oxbridge rowers jump into their boats and race up the Thames to the cheers of thousands of Easter-weekend revellers loitering along the banks of the river. The 153rd annual race starts at Putney Bridge, travels west through Fulham and Hammersmith and ends just short of Chiswick Bridge.

Choose your spot and set up camp early to get a good view.

. Sat, along the River Thames (theboatrace.org), free, 4.30pm.

Tube: Putney Bridge

BIG BUNNIES

YOU have to see them to believe them. These giant bunnies weigh in at 7kg and will drop the jaws of both kids and adults. They're incredibly adorable and only in town for four days, so catch the cuddly creatures while you can.

. Until Mon, Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 (020 8332 5655, kew.org), 9.30am-7.30pm, free-[pounds sterling]12.35.

Tube: Kew Gardens

THOMAS & FRIENDS

ALL the usual fun and frolics at Drusillas, the wonderful theme park and zoo near Eastbourne. Not only can you take part in the great Easter Eggscavation hunt this long weekend, but today the venue is unveiling its new Thomas The Tank Engine train which takes you on a ride through the beautiful park and landscaped gardens before you meet the Fat Controller. All aboard!

. Drusillas Park, Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 (01323 874100, drusillaspark.co.uk), 10am-6pm, free-[pounds sterling]12.95.

Train: Berwick

ST GEORGE AND THE DRAGON

THEATRE company beggarsbelief - which produced last year's magical Jason And The Argonauts - brings you a new and equally dazzling Easter production of the legend of George And The Dragon.

Writer/director Carl Heap and his cast take you on a magical journey through mythical English history when a baby was born with strange powers and a dragon birthmark, prophesying that he must slay a fire-breathing beast. …

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