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Springtime in Greenwich

You have to love this time of year in Greenwich. Spring is in the air and blossoming right out of the ground beneath your feet. Greenwich Park is getting greener and feeling flowery, and the days have lengthened into glorious evenings. An Easter Adventure Quest is getting underway at Eltham Palace and Gardens, where you can join a hunt for dragon eggs with an intrepid character from the past. There’s a chocolate reward involved, of course.
No chocolate for you though, if you’re running the London Marathon, which starts in Greenwich on 22 April. Forty thousand or so runners crowd into Greenwich Park and on to Blackheath to begin the run of their life, into Woolwich, back through Greenwich town centre and on to The Mall and the finish line. One of the best places to watch the competitors is at Cutty Sark Gardens, where they’ll be running right around the world’s last surviving tea clipper.

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And while you’re there, drop in to the National Maritime Museum and join the happy holidaymakers at The Great British Seaside, a celebration of the best of beach photography by some of Britain’s most popular photographers. The exhibition explores our changing relationship with the seaside over the past 60 years and depicts a quintessentially British experience. The Great British Seaside includes images from Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn, Simon Roberts and new work by Martin Parr.

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There’s also an opportunity to see the ceiling of the fabulous Painted Hall from up close at the Old Royal Naval College. While the building is being conserved, a platform has been raised so that visitors can get within a few feet of the beautifully decorated roof. We often talk about a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance without really meaning it, but this really is one of those chances! Once the conservation work is finished, the platform will come down and that’s it for close-up viewing. See the finished work from ground level when the Painted Hall reopens in 2019.

Easter Adventure Quest: to Monday 2 April
Virgin Money London Marathon: 22 April
The Great British Seaside: to 30 September
Painted Hall Ceiling Tours: to 31 September

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