Whether you’re looking for a weekend away or a family day
out this Easter, we’ve compiled a variety of destinations and activities
throughout the UK to cater to all tastes. Read on for our top picks for making
the most of this bank holiday.
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Hanami (‘blossom viewing’) – Various
There are many locations throughout the UK where viewers can partake in ‘Hanami’, the Japanese practice of blossom viewing. Brogdale Collections in Kent holds over 350 flowering cherry blossom varieties, and is host to its very own Hanami festival (22nd April). For a bank holiday activity however, why not try a hanami picnic? An experience unique to Brogdale, enjoy a picnic under the cherry trees as well as a guided tour of the blossoming orchards.
Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire is also home to some of the most spectacular blossoms in the country. Visit during their Cherry Blossom Fortnight (April 9 – 23rd) and stroll through the famed Cherry Blossom Walk. A programme of daily tours by head gardener David Logan is in place from Sunday 16th onwards.
Other well-known locations include Alnwick Garden in Northumberland, Kew Gardens in London and The Savill and Valley Gardens, which are part of Windsor Park in Surrey. Blossom season varies each year so we’d recommend checking with the gardens before visiting.
De La Warr Pavilion – East Sussex
Take inspiration from the Great Plains SS17 campaign and head to De La Warr Pavilion in East Sussex. A grade I listed building, it was one of the first public modernist buildings in Britain upon its construction in 1935. Following a refurbishment in 2005 the De La Warr Pavilion reopened as a centre for arts and culture and nowadays hosts an array of cultural programmes, set against the backdrop of the Bexhill on Sea coastline. Within its walls it boasts an auditorium with a capacity of over 1,000, a large gallery, and Café Bar overlooking the sea.
With a season of family-friendly events, you can more often than not find something to suit every taste. On Saturday 15th these include a free tour of the Ground Floor Gallery’s exhibition, In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy. Touring from the Southbank Centre in London and curated by Turner-prize winner Elizabeth Price, it features works by over 50 artists including Henry Moore, Richard Hamilton and Bridget Riley.
For something a little more hands-on, Friday 14th will see the centre host Springtime Studio from 12-4pm, a family drop-in session for all ages focussing on creative seasonal themed activities.
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Walk among the bluebells – Various
Blossoms not your bloom of choice? Why not pay a visit to one of the UK’s prolific bluebell woodlands. Nymans, West Sussex is home to several varieties of flowers and is the perfect place for a walk or picnic. The Gardens also offers guided woodland walks, and the Woodlands Cottage is available for hire (sleeps four). Similarly, Stourhead in Wiltshere boasts a country cottage that sleeps seven. The grounds of the estate were first opened in the 1740s and have been described as ‘a living work of art’.
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You’d be forgiven for not having Margate on your destination ‘must-go’ list this bank holiday. However the seaside town has shaken off its tired reputation in recent years following the opening of the Turner Contemporary Gallery, as well as several boutique hotels and restaurants, and is now attracting a wide variety of visitors. From the cobbled streets of the Old Town and the mysterious Shell Cave, to the sleek interiors of the gallery, the town is a charming mix of old and new.
It’s the coastline that remains Margate’s true highlight however. For nature lovers, we recommend the Viking Coast Trail; a coastal path from Margate towards Broadstairs that offers spectacular views of Botany Bay’s chalk stacks. And for an indulgent bank holiday dinner? Settle in for the evening at The Ambrette and enjoy the critically acclaimed delicacies thought up by head chef Dev Biswal.
Easter Chocolate Workshop – London
The Easter weekend wouldn’t be complete without a healthy dose of chocolate. If you’re in the capital over the bank holiday weekend then why not check out MyChocolate’s Easter Chocolate Making Workshop. The experience includes the creation of personalised chocolate treats and fresh truffles, as well as a goody bag of your creations to take home. As if we needed an excuse…