If you’re taking time off over the bank holiday it might be tempting to spend it tucked up on the couch, binge-watching a new box-set. But why not be spontaneous and book a weekend trip in the UK this Easter? Staycations are becoming a popular choice that people are planning. Last year, over seven million Brits said that they’d like to book a short break in the UK to enjoy the bank holiday. So here are our pick of Easter staycation ideas for a long weekend break.
Book a holiday home in the West Midlands and visit Cadbury’s World
What better way is there to celebrate this time of year than a visit to a real chocolate factory? Located in the West Midlands, Cadbury World has plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained for the entire day. Have a go at making your very own chocolate treats, travel on the Cadabra ride and visit the world’s biggest Cadbury shop – an absolute dream for those with a sweet tooth!
Featured property: Rencher’s Farmhouse
Distance: 30-minute drive away from Cadbury World.Rencher’s Farmhouse is a family-friendly holiday home in Worcestershire. It comfortably sleeps up to ten guests and even has its own games room filled with books, toys, and games.
Stay in a Surrey cottage and visit Easter bunnies at Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park
Easter is the perfect time to see plenty of cute baby animals at Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park, a popular petting zoo located in Surrey. The park is home to a unique array of animals, from the more exotic wallabies, meerkats and camels to farmyard bunnies, goats and pigs. There are also a few play areas for the kids to let off some steam before heading back to your holiday cottage.
Featured property: Woodhill Cottage
Distance: 30-minute drive away from Hobbledown Adventure Farm Park.
Sleeping up to seven guests, Woodhill Cottage is situated in the gorgeous surroundings of the Surrey Hills, a recognised Area of Outstanding Beauty. The cottage is ideal for families who are planning an overnight stay to relax after a busy day of Easter activities.
Rent a Welsh cottage and have a day trip to Bodnant Garden for Easter fun
Boasting some of the best mountain ranges that the UK has to offer, North Wales is a popular holiday destination for couples, walkers and families alike. Gather the clan for fun Easter activities at Bodnant Garden, including the annual Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and the spring nature trail. The beautiful grounds of this National Trust property come to life in the springtime as all the flowers and plants begin to bloom. Look out for the impressive grade II listed Bodnant Hall that overlooks the gardens.
Featured property: Carnedd Llywelyn
Distance: A 15-minute drive away from Bodnant Garden.
Carnedd Llywelyn is a traditional Welsh cottage, sleeping up to five guests. It can be found just outside of Llanrwst, a quaint and historic market town where you can stock up on all your essentials for the week.
Stay in a cosy cabin and go hiking in the Lake District
If you’re feeling a little guilty about the amount of chocolate you’ve consumed over the Easter break, a stroll through the Lake District might just be what you need. The renowned national park is home to an abundance of walking trails and spectacular views. Each year, millions of people flock to the area from all over the world to experience its beauty. On your second day, rest your legs and enjoy a scenic boat trip along Windermere Lake.
Featured property: Field House Cottage
Distance: A 25-minute drive from Helvellyn, the third highest mountain in the district.
Field House Cottage is a cosy cabin for two located in the heart of the Lake District. After a day of trekking, relax in its sumptuous hot tub as you enjoy uninterrupted views of the stars from the patio.
Travel into London for a Gin and Tea tasting session
If city breaks are more your thing, travel into London for a special Easter Gin and Tea session at Mr. Foggs. You’ll enjoy a variety of gin cocktails, served alongside a choice of tasty options, including chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and a selection of sweet and savoury treats. It’s a nice twist on the traditional English afternoon tea.
Featured property: Bee Cottage
Distance: A 25-minute train journey from central London.
Bee Cottage is a cosy little cottage for two, located in the Langdon Hills Nature Reserve. Here you’ll find complete peace and tranquillity in the countryside, with the benefit of London being just a short train journey away. Not having to drive also means you can make the most of your gin tasting day out!
Visit Margate and enjoy its annual Beer and Cider Festival
If you prefer hoppy ales to hopping Easter bunnies, head to the 15th Thanet Easter Beer & Cider Festival. It’s taking place in Margate Winter Gardens over the bank holiday weekend, starting on Good Friday. Hosted by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) organisation, you’ll find a choice of 200 ales and ciders from independent breweries across the nation, as well as food stalls and live entertainment throughout.
Featured property: New Cross Cottage
Distance: A ten minute walk from Margate’s Winter Gardens.
The stylish New Cross Cottage in Margate is an ideal place for couples or small groups of friends to stay while visiting the festival. Ideally located in the centre of town, you’re just minutes away from the beach, amusement park and many other attractions. The cottage is also dog-friendly, which is great if you’re planning on bringing your four-legged friend along for an adventure!
Have a weekend in Chester and visit the Cheshire Food and Drink Festival
Make a day trip during the Easter holidays to the scenic county of Cheshire. The Cheshire Food and Drink Festival is held at the Chester Racecourse over the Easter holidays each year. Across the weekend, you’ll find a huge variety of food stalls with sweet and savoury flavours from around the world, as well as kids cookery workshops and demonstrations by talented UK chefs.
Featured property: 2 Ashby Place
Distance: A ten-minute drive from the Chester Racecourse.
2 Ashby Place is located within walking distance of Chester’s city centre. This attractive Tudor-style cottage sleeps up to four guests and offers lots of luxuries, such as a cosy living space with a log burner and smart TV. Popular attractions, including Chester Zoo and the Blue Planet Aquarium, are just a short car journey away from the cottage.
Rent a family-friendly cottage in Dorset and have an egg hunt!
Easter can be a challenging time when you’re trying to keep the little ones entertained for the school holidays. If you are planning on taking the family away for a cottage break, find one with a spacious garden, bring along some chocolate eggs and plan your very own egg hunt! It means you won’t have to spend the day travelling around and you can make the most of your holiday cottage.
Featured property: The Barn
Distance: A ten-minute drive to the town of Lyme Regis.
The Barn is a charming holiday home situated in the tranquil setting of Dorset. The nearby town of Lyme Regis is a popular seaside resort, and is great for stocking up on essentials. The cottage has an enclosed, lawned garden, making it a safe location for the kids to have an exciting egg hunt.
Stay in a Cornwall cottage and visit the Eden Project
You don’t have to travel overseas to visit picturesque coastal vistas as there’s so many here in the UK! Spend time on the stunning South-West coast in Cornwall this Easter. Don’t forget to visit the Eden Project where massive biomes house exotic plants from all across the world. Over the holidays, it’ll be host to a range of Easter activities for children of all ages.
Featured property: Kingcup Cottage
Distance: A 20-minute drive from the Eden Project.
Kingcup Cottage is a family-friendly cottage, comfortably sleeping up to six guests. It provides an outdoor play area with slides and swings, as well as a games room filled with lots of toys and games to keep the kids entertained. Meanwhile, the adults can enjoy relaxing on the private patio in the warm summer months!