By taking four days leave this Easter you get a full 10 days holiday! The question is where to go and what to do? European breaks are attractive but then you’ve got all that drama with airports and putting the dog in the kennels.
We really like the thought of taking the dog, grandma and the kids to an Easter break on the beach in the United Kingdom. Less hassle, less cost and less drama! Here are a few of our suggestions sent to us by our readers.
The coastal stretch from Amble in the South to Berwick upon Tweed in the North is probably one of the most breathtaking and scenic places on earth.
It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty where you can watch glorious sunrises and sunsets and it’s even better if you are on one of the many magnificent Northumberland’s golden sandy beaches almost all of which are totally uncrowded. Boat trips to the Farne Islands – a rocky collection of Islands located offshore between Bamburgh and Seahouses visited on one of several seagoing motor vessels. This is the most famous seabird sanctuary in the British Isles and home to many thousands of puffins, kittiwakes, auks, gannets, razerbills, cormorants and arctic terns. Perfect for a large family gathering near the beach!
If you need more specific info about Northumberland, have a look at the following posts written for us by a locals from this area:
2. Eco Friendly Norfolk
If you prefer the East Coast, then we recommend camping at Deepdale Farm in Norfolk. This is one of the most eco-friendly campsites in the UK. The site has 80 pitches for tents and small camper vans. If you feel like something different, you could hire a tepee. This site is at the northern end of the coast line and is close to some beautiful beaches. We recommend a visit to Holkam beach, or head off to Blakeney to catch a few crabs. Couples can enjoy a romantic walk through the marshland at Morston and there are plenty of seaside towns to visit within close proximity. Fancy other location for a camping by the beach? Check our top 10 coastal campsites in the UK.
3. Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival ( 30 March – 9 April 2012)
This is the largest festival of its kind in the South of England and it runs for 10 days! It’s a showcase of fantastic food, drink and hospitality in Brighton and surrounding Essex and it’s packed with taste bud related activities like the Gourmet Bus Tour, Cakes & Bakes Festival, Whiskey Lounge Fest and many, many more. This festival was already featured on our blog and you can read the full article here. Brighton is a cornucopia of delights for young and old alike and there are many places to stay from camping sites to 5 star hotels!
Blackpool is a seaside town with a lot of fun packed into it. Hire a bike and cycle along the promenade and ride around sculptures, great architecture and the illuminations! The rides at Blackpool include Hiram Maxim’s Flying Machine which was built in 1904 and original wooden roller coasters from 1930! Pleasure Beach gives you an insight into the fairground and the iconic Tower has it’s own history to explore. The Grand Theatre entertains you with its sing a long musicals or you can just stroll around the Great Promenade Show. Want to meet Mooky the Clown? Head to the Tower Circus where, along with international acts, he will have the whole family gasping and guffawing. Need more ideas? Take a trip to Sandcastle Waterpark to do it all again aqua style. With 18 slides, including the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide, it’s uhm, splash-tacular. Lots for a family to see and do and accommodation abounds.
5. Easter Event at Leigh on Sea
Easter Event at Leigh Library Gardens – Easter Saturday 7th April 2.00 to 4.00 p.m., including Easter Egg hunt, Easter Bonnet parade, bouncy castles, face painting, Punch and Judy and other children’s attractions.
With seven miles of seafront, it’s hardly surprising that there’s a fantastic choice of beaches in Southend-on-Sea. What’s more, with three Blue Flags and seven Quality Coast Awards, this is one of the cleanest stretches of seaside in the UK.
Build sandcastles with the kids at Jubilee or Three Shells Beach at the heart of the seafront, or take your bucket and spade to the quieter sands of Chalkwell Beach or Jubilee Beach. Whatever the weather the Southend seaside offers a variety of sights and sounds whether watching the varied wildlife or simply strolling along the shoreline.
Watch watersports at Thorpe Bay Beach, Shoebury Common or East Beach or choose Westcliff Beach for a stroll at low water, cooling off with an ice cream from Rossi’s. At Bell Wharf in Leigh-on-Sea, sample fresh seafood from the Cockle Sheds and then wander through Old Leigh’s cobbled streets.
7. Easter Boat Gathering and Sea Shanty Festival
It’s not the beach but the wonderful meeting of narrowboats from all across the UK returns to the National Waterways Museum for Easter 2012 so we had to mention it!
Boats will be arriving from Friday April 6 and the festival will showcase a fleet of historic narrowboats. During the first three days of the Gathering shanty singers from across Europe will be performing their atmospheric songs among the museum historic dock buildings and renowned boat collection. Friday and Saturday evening sees a pair of formal shanty concerts with tickets available from Shanty UK at http://www.shanty.org.uk/
There is plenty for all family with children’s craft and music workshop plus costumed characters bringing Porters Row to life. Shanty singers will be showing youngsters how to perform traditional songs and taking part in performances highlight some of the more gruesome and piratical aspects of life at sea. Add in old fashioned games around the museum and there is plenty for all the family.
Other events across the festival include demonstrations of traditional crafts, lectures, book stalls, lock demonstrations, battle of the tugs, boaters games and a tour of the museum’s Heritage Boatyard. Add in the cafe, bbq and a mini real ale festival and the Easter Boat Gathering is Cheshire’s most colourful Easter event. http://www.nwm.org.uk/events/EasterBoatGathering.html
8. Milford on Sea, Sea Food Week – 9 – 15 April
This beautiful village will be alive with dining offers & themed events, cookery demonstrations & experiences, presentations, talks, educational events, children’s fun cooking classes, kids food treasure hunt, village recipe book, & the chance to buy local produce at our very own food market. There are over 100 village events run by various local eateries, clubs & organisations, with something for everybody & every age group.
Great beaches, spectacular sea views, glorious sunsets, village life, quaint shops, clifftop strolls, woodland walks, country rambles, bird watching, nature reserves, magical forest, sailing, fishing, kite surfing, tea shops, fish & chips, traditional pubs, bistros, cafes, fine dining & international cuisine restaurants, great food – what more could you want.
The village is a hive of activity, and full of friendly people with time to chat. If there is a better place to live or visit we would like to know where it is! It’s a great place to stay for Easter with lots happening. Full info http://www.milfordonseafoodweek.org/#/whats-on/4546974493
Have a read of our next post about the best spring festivals in the UK as well before you head off!