The Easter Bank Holiday break is almost here. This year it falls on Friday 14 April and the chances are you’ve had your eyes on this holiday period for some time now, plotting where to go and how best to spend your time.
If you need some inspiration, we’ve taken a look at a host of Easter activities to set you on your way.
Soak up the magic of London and the West End shows
A trip to London over four days will give you ample time to see some of London and experience the fun of a West End show. Whether you’re going with family, a partner or friends, there’ll be something for all ages and tastes – see what’s on in the London theatres here.
While you’re there, you could visit the sights – don’t miss the London Eye, the Shard, the Natural History Museum, the London Dungeon and Buckingham Palace. And why stop there? Go for a meal in a much raved-about restaurant and splash out on a swanky hotel – if the budget permits of course.
Visit London provides a useful list of the capital’s top ten attractions.
Pedal your way along the UK’s cycle paths
The long Easter weekend is a perfect opportunity to get in the saddle and pedal along some of the UK’s top cycling routes. Enjoying the fresh air, gentle exercise and maybe a little picnic along the way is a great way to while away a few hours.
For a list of alternative popular cycle routes around the UK, take a look at Cycle Route or read this interesting article in the Telegraph about the UK’s 50 best cycle routes. One of our favourite cycle routes is the Bristol and Bath Railway Path, a 21 kilometre off-road path that is popular with walkers and cyclists – an excellent day out.
Discover the UK’s excellent cities
We often take what’s on our doorstep for granted in the UK, but there’s an abundance of brilliant cities, historic towns and rural boltholes ripe for exploring. You could always choose somewhere you’ve never been before or simply hop on a train or bus for an adventure to lands unknown.
Outside our fair capital, the UK’s top city destinations include: Edinburgh’s with its bonnie battlements and castle, the historic York packed with character and snickelways and the spa waters in glorious Bath. For a special family memory, how fun it would be to take a group photo in front of an iconic city site, instead of around the same old dinner table at home!
Check out our article on top 5 city breaks in the UK
Enjoy the thrills of the theme parks
If plummeting from great heights in the name of fun is your idea of an Easter treat, then a day out at a theme park could be a great option. Not surprisingly, this is a popular choice, especially if you suddenly find your home filled with children or grandchildren over the holidays.
Try Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland, Drayton Manor Theme Park or Paulton’s Park. For a full list, visit Theme Parks UK provides plenty of information. Many of the theme parks also put on a programme of Easter events, leaving you and the children with some breathing space to do your own thing.
If you want a real treat, Disneyland Paris is not far away and perfectly conceivable for a quick family jaunt this Easter. Eurostar operates a daily service from London’s St. Pancras station, as well as from Ebbsfleet and Ashford stations direct to Disneyland Paris (Marne-la-Vallee Chessy station), taking approximately two hours. You can leave your luggage at the station to be moved to your hotel so that you can get on with enjoying the theme park straight away.
Holiday with history at the National Trust sites
How about a holiday with history in one of the countless National Trust heritage sites around the UK? Choose between castles by the sea in Cornwall, holidaying like Queen Victoria on the Isle of Wight or exploring North Yorkshire’s countryside – there’s something to suit practically all tastes and budgets.
The National Trust organises a variety of activities to keep you entertained during the Easter break with the aim of getting everyone outdoors to explore nature. From learning wild survival skills to feeding new-born lambs, there’s plenty going on. Meet a new flock of spring lambs at Devon’s Arlington Court or head to Knightshayes to discover the wildlife that hides in the garden and woods.
The National Trust also runs several spring flowers and garden events in their parks so you’ll be able to experience the joys of nature springing back to life this month. If you’re not sure where to visit, head over to the National Trust website to find out what’s going on in your local area.