With spring tantalisingly close, the UK is choc-a-block with egg-citing Easter events – from egg hunts and spring bulb festivals to meeting the Easter bunny himself. So, if you’re wondering where to go for Easter, these UK counties have some cracking events to kick off your spring in style.
Easter breaks & Easter family holidays in the UK
Whether you want to take the family on an outdoorsy adventure in Fife, escape to a cosy cottage in Cornwall or book a city break in Belfast, you’ll find plenty of Easter getaways on Holiday Lettings.
*Rankings are based on traveller bookings for stays between March 30, 2018 and April 2, 2018.
The stunning Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are ideal for anyone who wants to explore the great outdoors this Easter. It’s fun, it’s free and there’s fresh air aplenty! The hills make the perfect spot for an egg rolling race. Whose egg will get to the bottom of the hill in one piece?
If the weather isn’t on your side, you’ll find hundreds of indoor attractions to keep your brood happy. Visit York’s Chocolate Story to find out about the history of the Easter egg. Let your creativity loose at The Hepworth Wakefield museum where you can have a go at printmaking, pottery and more. And if you want to try some exciting experiments, head to Eureka! science museum in Halifax.
With so many fantastic places to visit and things to do in Cornwall, you’re going to need chocolate to keep your energy levels up! Visit one of the beautiful beaches, such as Trevone Bay or Polzeath, and see who can make the biggest Easter egg-shaped sandcastle. Then, burn off some chocolate calories with a swim in the sea.
Combine a visit to a historical castle with a thrilling Easter egg hunt. Tintagel in North Cornwall and Pendennis in Falmouth will both be hosting hunts, as will many other farm parks, museums and stately homes in the county. At the end of a day of Easter events, head back to your private holiday rental where you can count up your egg-cellent winnings.
If you’re looking for things to do in Lincolnshire at Easter, you certainly won’t be disappointed. With lots of attractions close to each other, such as the cathedral, farmers’ market and shopping centre, exploring on foot is a great way to get around. Brayford Waterfront is a short stroll away where you’ll find lots of family-friendly events taking place, including an Easter arts festival.
Head to Doddington Hall & Gardens where you can admire stunning spring bulbs from Lent lilies to heritage daffodils. The Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum will be laying on an Easter egg hunt, as will Navigation House and Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford, so there’ll be no shortage of chocolate either.
With new-born lambs frolicking in the fields and sunny daffodils popping up all around, it really feels like spring has sprung when you visit Devon at Easter. Take the kids to the beach for the day or pull on some wellies and go for a refreshing walk through Haldon Forest before cooking up a tasty Easter lunch at your holiday rental.
For an Easter egg hunt with a difference, visit Torquay’s Dinosaur World where you can hunt for clues to find out who’s stolen the Dino eggs! Enjoy an Eeyore-some time (sorry) at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary Easter Egg hunt. If your favourite tipple is gin, be sure to check out the signature cocktails at the Salcombe Gin Sessions.
The longer evenings and warmer days mean we can all enjoy blowing the winter cobwebs away and getting out and about. Norfolk’s stunning waterways, beaches and countryside offer the perfect opportunity to do just that this Easter. From 45 miles of unspoilt coastline to sweet scented bluebell woods, there are dozens of ways to celebrate Easter in Norfolk that are absolutely free.
For a cracking game of ‘I Spy’, board the Wells & Walsingham Railway to join the White Rabbit Easter Trail. Or, if you love a day out on the farm, have a go at bottle-feeding lambs at Wroxham Barns. You’ll find hundreds of holiday rentals to choose from in Norfolk, so why not get cracking and book break in this beautiful county this Easter?
From food festivals to art fairs, there are plenty of things to see and do in Cumbria this Easter. Book a cosy cottage for two in the Lake District or a spacious family townhouse in Carlisle. If you’ve got a Beatrix Potter fan in your family, hop over to Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth to find out more about the author of Peter Rabbit, or visit the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead to see Potter’s charming illustrations.
If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away, book a stay in Keswick where you can see a show at the theatre or check out the latest exhibition at the museum. For something a little more energetic, join a guide and go climbing on the crags in Windermere or try canoeing on Lake Coniston. Whatever you want to do this Easter, the choices are vast in Cumbria.
It’s not just about hunting for eggs this Easter – in Dorset you can go fossil-hunting, too! The 185 million-year old Jurassic Coast will amaze children and grown-ups alike and, as there are so many fantastic rentals nearby, you could dedicate a whole holiday to discovering this awe-inspiring landmark. For more history, you’ll find some fascinating castles and stately homes to explore, such as Corfe Castle, and Athelhampton House and Gardens.
Foodies will love this county too and you’ll find a diverse and exciting range of gastro-pubs, cafés and restaurants to get your teeth into. Or if you prefer to be the chef, buy some local produce from one of the many delis in the county and cook up an Easter feast at your holiday rental.
This beautiful Welsh county shares borders with Powys, Conwy, Anglesey over the Menai Strait, and Ceredigion over the River Dyfi. The scenic Llŷn Peninsula and most of the Snowdonia National Park are in Gwynedd, so expect stunning mountain views from the rooms and gardens of many of the rentals here.
Families will love an Easter holiday in Gwynedd as there’s so much to do. Join the Easter Bunny Trail at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, take part in some Easter-themed events at GreenWood Forest Park and meet the Easter bunny himself when you ride on the Talyllyn Railway steam trains.
Home to Britain’s only coastal National Park and the UK’s smallest city, this picturesque county has so much to offer its visitors. St David’s might be small for a city, but it’s full of things to see and do: handle exotic insects at the Bug Farm before tasting a cricket cookie in the café, go rock-pooling at Whitesands beach and, of course, explore the stunning cathedral and Bishop’s Palace.
If you’re looking for an adventurous Easter holiday, Pembrokeshire is perfect for adrenaline-seekers. Try canoeing on Wales’s most untouched river, the Teifi. Or, if surfing is your vibe, you’ll love the waves at Newgale beach. Book a rental with a private garden where you and your family can play some Easter games. Egg and spoon race anyone?
Whether you want to stay in the inspiring university town of St Andrews or enjoy the breathtaking views from the sweeping sandy beaches, Fife is full of fantastic rentals to suit every taste and budget. It’s a haven for explorers, history buffs, foodies and culture-vultures at any time of the year, but a holiday in Fife at Easter will make you feel full of the joys of spring.
Golfers will be in their element as there are over 50 courses to choose from, the historic courses in St Andrews being some of the most popular. If you want to escape to a peaceful bolthole, take a look at the quaint fishing villages in the East Neuk of Fife such as Elie and Crail. And if you love seafood, you’ll be spoilt for choice: from fine dining to fish and chip suppers, your tastebuds are in for a treat.
Cheddar cheese, scrumptious cider, sweet strawberries… if the local food alone won’t tempt you to this amazing county, maybe Glastonbury Festival or Bath’s elegant Georgian splendour will? There’s so much to discover in Somerset, you’ll want to come back every Easter!
Exmoor National Park is perfect terrain for egg rolling competitions while the Hestercombe Gardens Easter Trail in Taunton will keep little ones happy. The Bishop’s Palace in Wells will be hosting an egg hunt, as will Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in North Somerset. But for a eggs-tra special hunt with a difference, Cheddar Gorge have glow-in-the-dark eggs to find!
#12 County Antrim
One of the main reason to visit County Antrim is Belfast, Northern Ireland’s culture-rich capital. The Titanic Belfast visitor attraction is a must for anyone wanting to find out more about the ill-fated liner. The Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC) is also well worth a visit when staying in Belfast this Easter. If you’re looking for a holiday in the countryside, head to the mythical nine glens or book a rental near the world-famous Giant’s Causeway.
Love the great outdoors? The Antrim Coast Road gives you the opportunity to see glacial valleys while Rathlin Island is perfect for scuba diving. And if you’re a keen golfer looking for a world-class links course, the Royal Portrush Golf club is the place to be this Easter.
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