Easter break is an expensive time of year to travel as the flights and accommodation seem to rocket in price and everyone and their kids seems to be going somewhere for sunshine.
For most mums it’s a hectic time and not much of a break unless you’re booking into an all inclusive resort where you can just collapse on the nearest pool lounger and just relax for seven days. Sometimes it’s just easier to stay at home!
With that in mind we’ve listed some of the United Kingdom’s counties that might convince you to enjoy your time at home over the Easter holidays no matter what the weather is doing.
Aberdeenshire has over 200km of coastline with great beaches and is a firm favourite on those shorter school breaks. You’ll need to keep your coat and wellies on but there is a lot to do here for everyone and the accommodation is warm and welcoming and suits tight or luxurious budgets!
Take the kids to see the bottle nosed dolphins, seals and porpoise or explore Footdee – a quaint harbour town. Enjoy the seafood and marvel at the ruins of Dunnottar Castle.
2. West Sussex
The coastline of West Sussex is about forty miles long and offers a wide variety of beaches, walks, cafes, pubs and historic sites to explore. The scenery here is gorgeous and you’ll love the seaside towns even in the rain!
Explore the castles, stately homes and nature reserves or take a trip on the Bluebell Railway!
Need to get away from it all and drink in the natural beauty of mountains, golden beaches and ancient forest? This is the place to do it!
Pack the bikes and hiking boots and enjoy the trails where hamlet pubs and miles of empty beach await you. We’d also recommend it to any keen anglers. (You can fish for sea trout while the kids go crabbing with Mum!) Here the castles are full of secret passageways and there’s loads of outdoors attractions to enjoy when the weather perks up!
4. North Yorkshire
This county offers 45 miles of coast with rocky coves and stunning beaches to explore, small seaside villages and high cliffs! Learn more about this areas Viking heritage and feel the presence of Dracula at Whitby’s Gothic Abbey. Sailing, golf, bowls, hiking, sightseeing, markets, theatre and good shopping make this area a great day out or a perfect Easter retreat! There’s also a deserted Medieval Village with a mystery to solve.
Norfolk attracts those who just love miles and miles of unspoilt coast, large nature reserves and wildlife.
March and April are good times to visit as you can make the most of the beautiful villages and market towns or shop until you drop in Norwich! Bird watchers love the tidal estuary and the kids enjoy the windmills and dinosaurs! Accommodation is easy to find and suits most budgets.
With over 350 miles of shoreline this is the country for real English seaside resorts with their blue flag beaches and cream teas!
Coastal walks here are a firm favourite as are the piers with their entertainment and food stalls. This is a great area for a family holiday with museums, castles, nature reserves, water sports, activities and food festivals.
Where ever you go this Easter, we’d love to hear what you thought of the beaches and the coast there and if you like, post photos on our Facebook wall so others can share your experiences.