Things to Do on Easter Weekend
With longer days, warmer weather and reappearing wildlife, spring is a wonderful time to camp in the British countryside. Due to the long bank holiday weekend, and the school’s two-week holidays, Easter is an ideal time to take the kids away.
To help inspire your Easter camping trip, we’ve compiled a guide to the top things to do at Easter.
When is Easter 2020 and 2021?
This year, Good Friday kicks off the Easter holiday on Friday 10th April 2020. The holiday continues through Easter Sunday on the 12th April, and the bank holiday on the 13th.
Next year, Good Friday falls earlier, on the Friday 2nd April 2021. Therefore, Easter Sunday lands on the 6th April, and the bank holiday on the 5th.
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 unit 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. We’ve compiled a list of the best birdwatching spots near our Club Sites.
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.
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. If you’re thinking of visiting a castle on your next camping trip, take a look at our favourite British castles.
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. Read our comprehensive guide to camping and cycling.
7. 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.
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.
9. 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. If you’re looking for geocaching location near our Club Sites, take a lot of our expert guide.
11. 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.
12. 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 beach camping trip, take a look at our guide to camping near the coast.
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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
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, as well as the best walking routes near our Club Sites.
If you’d like to find more activities for the whole family, take a look at our guide to cheap days out across the UK. If you need more ideas to inspire your next camping trip, take a look at some more holiday ideas.