5 Easter break ideas for the whole family
How time flies, it seems like only yesterday that the last of the Christmas turkey was being scoffed, unwanted presents were being returned and the kids were being packed off for the start of a new term.
Alas, with the sun shining, the clocks changing and summer very much on the horizon we’ve already reached Easter, which means little lambs up and down the country need to be entertained again.
Always on the lookout for families who are considering a change of scenery or a fun day out, Quidblog runs through a selection of Easter trip ideas.
For the fifth year running Cadbury is joining forces with the National Trust and National Trust of Scotland to promote the ever-popular Easter Egg Trail. With sweet-toothed hunts taking place at 250 UK properties across Britain there’s an adventure for everyone in and around some of the most beautiful properties in the land.
Be sure to check out this handy map to find your nearest trail and remember, if you visit one of the rosette destinations you’ll find an abundance of games and activities including face painters, giant snakes and ladders, sack races, egg shys and all sorts of other fun. Entry and participation for individual trails depends on which you visit, although with family passes costing around £10 it’s great if you want to entertain the kids on a budget.
Get an Eye-ful of London
When the sun is shining a day out in London can be as inspiring as anywhere in the world. There are plenty of activities taking place on the Southbank, so why not spend an afternoon or two down by the River Thames. Families can get ready for Easter at the chocolate festival, while the shadow of the London Eye plays host to an Enchanted Easter Garden.
Replete with a model of the capital made entirely from sweet treats, it plays host to chief sweetie grower Jemima Jellybean, who will be offering visitors the chance to make their own landmarks out of sugary materials. If you’re eager to ride the eye and fancy making the experience even more special, why not book the Afternoon Tea Capsule with its in-pod host who serves a selection of delicious sandwiches, freshly baked scones and scrumptious cakes, all served with a selection of different teas, coffee and fruit juice.
If you’re looking for a laugh, the Udderbelly Festival should fit the bill. Sponsored by E4 it has a 410 capacity theatre playing host to all types of comedy acts. It opens on Friday 6th with an evening gala, features the Best of the Comedy Store on Saturday and then sees Showstopper! The Improvised Musical take to the stage on Easter Sunday.
Spend a day with Thomas the Tank Engine
If you’ve any young train fanatics in the family you’ll be pleased to hear that they can spend a day out with Thomas the Tank Engine over the Easter period. Everybody’s favourite blue steam engine, and the Fat Controller, will be hosting heritage rail events at Colchester, Alresford, Camarthen, Skipton and Aylesbury.
They’ll be all sorts of other activities taking place on the day, so don't forget to collect your free sticker, free gift from Mega Bloks, exclusive 'Thomas' temporary transfer and your souvenir Junior Engineer's certificate signed by Sir Topham Hatt! Details vary depending on the venue, so be sure to check first.
Escape the rat race
If you’re eager to get away from the threat of fuel tanker strikes and the hustle and bustle of England’s busy road network, you may be thinking about taking the family abroad. Lastminute.com are currently offering up to 30% off hotels on trips booked and leaving before April 16th, so whether you fancy nipping across the Channel to Paris or fancy a shopping splurge and some sunshine in Dubai, they’ve a whole host of global destinations suited to intrepid families. Remember if you book through Quidco, you can currently get 12% cashback.
If you fancy waking up in a different bed, but can’t be bothered to jump on an aeroplane, perhaps a break in the British countryside is a better bet? You can save up to 40% on selected hotels in Expedia’s spring sale and book rail travel via thetrainline.com – you don’t want to be overheating on the M25 after all.
Experience the magic of Potter
Having read the Harry Potter books and indulged in the successful movie franchise, devotees of J.K. Rowling’s child wizard can now experience at first hand the Great Hall of Hogwarts, Hagrid's Hut, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes and a whole host of other amazing sights on the official tour of Leavesden Studios, Hertfordshire. After much fanfare the venue, which was home to all eight films, opened it’s doors on Saturday and looks set to be one of the most popular day-out destinations for the young at heart.
Tickets for the tour are priced at £21 for 5-15-year-olds, £28 for adults and £83 for family tickets and demand is so huge that tickets have already sold out for much of the first month. As such you’ll not be able to get there over the Easter weekend, but you may want to spend the four days off planning a visit and stemming the tide of enthusiasm which is sure to come with securing your place in the queue.
What are you planning to do this Easter? Do any of the above float your boat? And what do you think of the pricing of the Harry Potter tour – is it too steep?
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