Easter Camping: 30 of the Best Things to Do on Easter Weekend in the UK
With longer days, warmer weather and reappearing wildlife, spring is a wonderful time to camp across the UK. Due to the long bank holiday weekend, and the school’s two-week holidays, Easter is an ideal time to take the kids away.
If you're thinking of taking a camping trip this Easter, take a look at our expert guide to the best places to go camping over the bank holiday weekend. Did you know that members save up to 30% off camping? Find out more here.
When is Easter 2021 and 2022?
This year, Good Friday kicks off the Easter holiday on Friday 2nd April 2020. The holiday continues through Easter Sunday on the 4th April, and the bank holiday on the 5th.
Next year, Good Friday falls later, on Friday 15th April 2022. Therefore, Easter Sunday lands on the 17th April, and the bank holiday on the 18th.
Why should I go camping at Easter?
Following a long British winter of cold weather, icy winds and heavy rain, spring is a welcome sight for most campers. The weather is warmer, the days are longer, and the flowers are blossoming. Spring brings life and colour to our countryside. Easter bank holiday offers a few days of respite and an opportunity to camp among buzzing wildlife and flourishing plant life.
Top things to do at Easter
Having been wrapped in a blanket all winter, you’re bound to be desperate to dust off your walking boots and stretch your legs in spring. If you and your family have some time off over Easter, why not try an activity you’ve not tried before? With lots of options to choose from, we’ve collated a list of our favourite things to do at Eastertime.
1. Attend a festival
From food to art and music to sport, the UK hosts some of the world’s best festivals. Listen to your favourite bands at a music festival or try some delicious food at a food festival. Before pitching your tent at an event, take a look at our guide to festival camping.
Home to puffins, ospreys and eagles, the magnificent British countryside is the perfect location for birdwatching. With over 200 nature reserves and more than a million members, the RSPB is the largest wildlife conservation charity in Europe. Grab your binoculars and find the best birdwatching spots near our Club Sites. View our bird identification guide.
3. Bluebell walk
When bluebells begin to crop up on forest floors; it’s clear that spring has finally sprung. Nearly half of the world’s bluebells are found in the UK – making it the ideal place to see this beautiful, albeit relatively rare flower. Wander through a peaceful woodland carpeted with deep violet bluebells.
We may be a little bit biased, but camping is the perfect activity for your Easter break. Disconnect from the rest of the world, get back to nature and pitch your tent on one of our Club Sites. From the snowy Munros of the Highlands to the jagged cliffs of Cornwall, we’ve got a diverse range of campsites across the UK.
5. Visit a Castle
Being an island nation with such a long, dramatic history, it’s hardly surprising that the UK is home to some of the most stunning and best-preserved castles in the world. Walk through the grounds of Windsor Castle, home to Queen Elizabeth II, or take a trip to Alnwick Castle, also known as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter franchise. View our guide to the best castles in the UK.
Due to ideal weather conditions and longer days, spring is the perfect time to hop on your bike and explore the countryside. Cycle through the sloping valleys of Wales, along the dramatic coastline of Devon or over the rolling hills of the South Downs.
7. Discover an Area of Natural Beauty
Areas of Natural Beauty (AONB) are designated for conservation to recognise their national importance and natural beauty. From idyllic villages and dramatic coastlines to ancient woodlands and sweeping downs, AONBs are found in some of the most stunningly scenic parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. From the towering peaks of County Antrim to the craggy cliffs of Cornwall, we've compiled a guide to the best AONBs to visit on your next camping trip.
8. Explore a stately home
With a rich history of nobility, heritage and architectural brilliance, Britain is home to an array of beautiful stately homes. Explore the lavish rooms of a National Trust property or walk through the pristine gardens of Chatsworth House; designed by world-renowned landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
9. Explore one of the UK's National Trail
National Trails are long-distance footpaths and Bridleways in England and Wales that encompass almost 3,000 miles of heathland, moorland and coastline. Strap on your walking shoes, pack your rucksack and embark on the trip of a lifetime. Not sure where to start? Read our guide to all 16 of the UK's National Trails, from the South Downs to the Pembrokeshire Coast.
Gaining a lot of popularity in recent years, foraging is a fun, rewarding and ultimately delicious activity. Explore the woodland and pluck the most fragrant herbs, juiciest berries and biggest mushrooms. When foraging, make sure you positively identify any food before you pick it.
11. Fruit picking
Offering a cheap, fun and healthy way to entertain the kids, pick-your-own farms are dotted around the British countryside. Visit your local fruit picking farm and hand-pick fresh strawberries or crunchy apple. Take your goods home and make it into cakes, pies or jams.
With millions of trails across the UK, geocaching is a digital treasure hunt and an exciting adventure for the whole family. All you need to start is a handheld GPS, and you can begin searching for the hidden geocaches, a small waterproof treasure box. Geocaching is not only rewarding but a great way of exercising and exploring the countryside.
13. Go to a nature reserve
Encompassing woodland, moorland, wetland, heathland, mountain and coast, nature reserves are a great place to walk, cycle and spot wildlife. From Rutland Water to the Giant’s Causeway, the UK is home to some truly fantastic nature reserves. When wandering through one of the many nature reserves, keep an eye out for swooping birds, buzzing insects and blossoming flowers.
14. Go to the beach
As an island nation, the UK is entirely bordered by coastline, from sandy beaches to rugged cliffs. The UK is home to 128 Blue Flag beaches – given to beaches that are deemed safe and clean and to have excellent features and high-water quality. If you’re thinking of taking a coastal camping trip, here are 25 things to do at the beach.
Each year, 16 million ewes give birth across the UK. Despite most deliveries taking place in spring, lambing can take place anytime between November and December. Pay a visit to a local farm and experience the miraculous process of lambing – a great way to teach children their first lesson about life. Depending on the farm, you might be able to stroke, pet and feed the new-born playful lambs.
16. Read a new travel book
There are few better ways to pass the time than to get lost in the pages of a brand-new book. Why not find some inspiration for your next adventure by reading a new travel book. We've compiled a list of our favourite travel books to inspire your next camping trip, including old classics, new releases and some to capture the kids' imagination.
17. Ride a rollercoaster
The UK is home to the best theme parks in the world, which in turn means it's home to some of the best rollercoasters in the world too. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or not, a visit to the theme park is a great way to spend a day this Easter. Unsure which one to visit first? Read our guide to the top 10 theme parks in the UK.
18. Road trip
The UK has some fantastic road trips, whether you’re touring the beautiful Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland or the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales. Taking a road trip is an excellent way of exploring new areas - plus you can camp along the way! If you want to explore the lochs, mountains and coastlines of Scotland, take a look at our favourite Scottish road trips.
19. See wildlife
From sharks to seals, and deer to beavers, the UK is teeming with a diverse array of wildlife. Whether you’re in a nature reserve or national park, always keep an eye out for a glimpse of British wildlife. With so many animals to see across the country, we’ve compiled a guide to the best places to see wildlife in the UK.
20. Steam railway
Step back in time and climb aboard a traditional steam train and let it guide you through the unspoilt British countryside. Riding a vintage steam train is a great way to explore the country and learn more about the fascinating history of locomotion. Our favourite steam railways include Bala Lake Railway, Downpatrick and County Down Steam Railway and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
Pitch your tent beneath a starry night sky, lie on your back and gaze at the wondrous spectacle above you. Take a trip to one of the UK’s Dark Sky Parks and look out for the various stars, planets and constellations visible from our countryside. If you’re thinking of trying stargazing on your next camping trip, make sure you read our guide to the best stargazing locations in the UK first.
22. Take a trip to the Zoo
Easter is an excellent time to see some of the exotic creatures that live in our zoos, including tigers, elephants, lions and monkeys. When buying a ticket, you're supporting the ongoing efforts in animal conservation by zoos, sanctuaries and wildlife parks. We've collated a list of the best zoos to visit across the UK this springtime.
23. Take a canal boat trip
From the Kennet and Avon Waterway to the Magna Carta Barge, the UK is home to a network of navigable canals. Today, there are over 2,000 miles of canals and rivers explorable on your barge. Hop aboard a canal boat and take a peaceful tour through the fascinating history of Britain’s waterways, from the industrial revolution to recreational boating. Take time to stop off at charming riverside pubs on your way through.
24. Try an outdoor activity
This Easter is the ideal time to try your hand at an outdoor activity. From paragliding over the South Downs' chalky cliffs to kayaking on the shimmering waters of the Lake District, the UK has lots to offer in the way of outdoor pursuits. Trying one of the activities is a unique way of discovering the Great British countryside.
25. Uncover a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Officially designated by UNESCO, a World Heritage Site is a landmark with legal protection due to having cultural, historical, scientific or another form of significance. From Stonehenge's dramatic landscape to the Lake District's shimmering waters, World Heritage Sites are dotted across the UK in 32 locations. Take a look at the best UNESCO World Heritage Sites situated near our Club Sites.
26. Visit a cathedral
The UK is home to some of the most awe-inspiring cathedrals in the world, from the stained-glass windows of Canterbury to Oxford's towering spires. We've put together a list of the best cathedrals in the UK and the closest place to camp nearby.
27. Visit a garden
Bursting with vibrant flowers, steeped in dramatic history and backdropped by stately homes, the UK is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Discover over 3,000 varieties of plant-life at the Eden Project or study the iconic artwork at the Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Gardens. With so many to choose from, we’ve compiled a guide to our favourite gardens in the UK.
28. Visit a tourist attraction
From London's Big Ben and Loch Ness to Warwick Castle and the Eden Project, the UK is home to some of the world's best tourist attractions. Despite this, many of us have only seen a handful of them. If you're interested in viewing one of the UK's incredible tourist attractions, but unsure where to start, take a look at our guide to the top 50 attractions in the UK.
29. Visit a waterfall
Why not pair a walk in the Great British countryside with a visit to a spectacular waterfall? With some of the most picturesque lakes and rivers in the world, it should come as no surprise that the UK has plenty of spectacular waterfalls to explore. Marvel at the water as it plummets from a great height and plunges into the pool below. Read our guide to the best waterfalls to visit on your next camping trip.
Walking is the ideal activity for friends and family. Pitch your tent, strap on your walking boots and take a walk through the Great British countryside. Ascend the soaring peaks of Scotland, past the shimmering lakes of Cumbria and uncover all the fascinating history that the UK has to offer. If you’re not sure which walk to embark on, take a look at our list of the best hikes in the UK.