A guide to UK Easter breaks
Easter is quickly approaching and many are looking to take a quick holiday, with UK Easter breaks becoming an increasingly popular option.
For many couples and families, it is simply too costly to go on multiple holidays abroad each year. Many are realising that there are a number of great options on their own doorsteps. Whether you are looking for a fun weekend away with friends, a romantic break or a family holiday, the UK has something to offer.
If you have limited time for holidays, try to at least get away for a weekend. When abroad, many flock to view the historical sites of other countries, yet neglect the cultural gems the UK has to offer. If you enjoy cultural experiences, spend some time exploring your country’s own history. Stonehenge, for example, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Combine a pilgrimage to this ancient monument with a stay in the quaint town of Salisbury for an enjoyable Easter weekend break.
Another popular option suitable for all is a countryside break. The Peak District and the Lake District boast some of the most spectacular scenery the UK has to offer, as well as a large number of cosy bed and breakfasts. If there are a few of you, it may be cheaper to rent your own private cottage. Cottages can be rented for a week or more at very reasonable rates. Once there, you can pick up a local map from the local tourist information office to view the range of walks on offer. After a long walk, make sure you stop off in a welcoming village pub.
The UK also caters well for family fun days out. Alton Towers is always a popular choice with kids and the theme park offers weekend-break packages for families. Other day trips out include Go Ape centres, which are natural playgrounds set in beautiful forests throughout the country. Activities include zip wires, ladders and tunnels, and are suitable for all ages.
The UK has a beautiful coastline. Devon is a popular seaside destination, with excellent beaches and plenty to keep you occupied, from water sports to arts and crafts. Just along the coast in Cornwall, Newquay has stunning beaches and is the UK’s top surfing spot. For those seeking adventure, book yourself on a weekend surfing package. There are many available in the area and many offer reduced prices during April. These courses typically include tuition and basic accommodation for two nights.
Other popular coastal destinations include Brighton, a classic seaside town easily accessible by train from London. Look out for beaches with blue-flag status as these will provide the highest standards of cleanliness.
For the more intrepid, Wales is home to a number of family-oriented activity weekends where you can try activities such as rock climbing, kayaking and even survival workshops.
So, for an Easter break that you will always remember, why not get active? A fun, active experience will stay in your mind for far longer than a trip to the beach. Learning a new skill as a family can also be a great bonding experience and – who knows – may inspire a passion that lasts for life.
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