Making the Most of Easter Holidays in the UK
Easter holidays are the perfect excuse to get away on a mini-break, and that is a great time to explore what’s on British soil for me!
When is there a more perfect time to discover your homeland than a weekend surrounded by bank holidays? Did someone say 4 (sometimes 5) day weekend!? I have always taken the opportunity that Easter holidays give to enjoy some time away and to soak up the British springtime around the country. I could write a book on all the different trips I’ve taken, from romantic couples breaks with my other half to full on family fun weekends – and everything in between, including some doggy-friendly trips away obviously!
Now that the kids (I call them kids but they are adults) are up and out of home it’s just me, my husband and the dog but we love the different types of holidays we enjoy during the Easter holidays.
Here are the types of trips I’ve experienced over a wonderful Easter weekend…
Romantic Easter Couples Breaks in the UK:
Our Easter breaks away started with romantic breaks around the country with my other half. We loved the good quality time away together.
In the early romantic days between my husband and I we would be booking B&B’s last minute for the best prices and opting for the Megabus or a cheap train fare to get us around the country. We wanted to travel as far as our means stretched. Due to this, our travels were based on getting the best prices we could afford for the Easter weekend, meaning that these trips were cheap and cheerful to minor cities and towns around Scotland and England.
In recent years we’ve swapped out those cheap trips for adult only weekend breaks. We love getting away on a Warner Leisure break, they have hotels all around England and Wales – the perfect escape for us (in between some busy family holidays)! You can be adventurous on tours and walks or take it easy, we like a bit of both for our trips for two, so it’s perfect for us!
Family Easter Holidays:
When my children were young we always planned something for the Easter weekend, we all needed a break after a busy start to the year and we all had time off school and work together. Although the days of packing my children’s suitcases are long gone, I still find myself chasing after children on family holidays. We’ve joined forces and spent Easter on big family holidays, with everyone in tow.
Last year’s Easter trip was a fun-filled family break to Crieff Hydro, it was great for everyone – the grandchildren had plenty of activities to keep them entertained whilst we relaxed in the spa or took a walk. These are the perfect kind of family holidays for us as grandparent to tag along to. Our children and grandchildren often go to Chessington or Alton Towers for weekend breaks away but I don’t know if we could quite keep up with that!
Coastal Breaks in the UK (with my dog):
Seaside breaks around the UK are some of my favourite trips to take – especially as we can bring our dog along. There is nothing better than getting up early on a fresh Easter morning and heading to the beach for an early morning walk with our little fur baby, it really sets me up for the day. The reason these holidays are so perfect for bringing a pet is because they can feel right at home, with no stressful transport! Thankfully, there are plenty of places that host pet-friendly cottages and B&B’s along the coasts of Britain.
A few of my year-round favourite seaside spots are:
Devon: A coastal cottage break in Berrynarbor seriously impressed us, it’s maybe not the most well-known area in Devon but we stayed in a beautiful cottage basically right on the beach. We had a relaxed long weekend enjoying the views and localities on the coast.
Dumfries and Galloway: A last minute trip which we were so pleased we took! It is close to home in Glasgow and we loved it, exploring Scotland will always be a favourite for me even though I’m a local. This coastal cottage in Dumfries & Galloway was perfect for the three of us; me, my husband and the dog!
Cornwall: Another amazing seaside location is Cornwall, we escaped to a cottage in Charlestown for our first visit to this part of England. It was just a 5 minute walk to the beach, this beautiful little seaside town was the perfect place to explore together with our dog.
Spending Easter in Scotland
Bonnie Scotland, although it is my home and I might be a wee bit biased, it has some of my favourite places in the whole country so I’m happy enough staying ‘at home’ and exploring for Easter. The weather might not always be the best but the most beautiful views in the country make up for that. Whether it’s hiring a cosy cottage in the Highlands and Islands or an Edinburgh City Break, count me in! We’ve had a lot of weekend breaks and holidays around Scotland because it is affordable for us and just on our door step, but also because there is so much to explore.
We’ve made amazing memories on family breaks in Scotland to Nairn with Parkdean holidays with our children and grandchildren. Those are the types of trips you don’t forget – all in the same caravan for a week!
My travel plans this Easter are to head to the Highlands on a 3-Day Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness Tour. I cannot wait to explore this picturesque part of Scotland again, and finally, see Loch Ness.
As you can see, I’ve taken full advantage of the Easter bank holidays through the years, spending time with family and also some alone time with the hubby. It’s simply the best time to get away and explore somewhere closer to home with the people you love. I wonder what next year will bring?
I love trips away with my two dogs (and husband), so anywhere I can bring my furry friends is on my travel bucketlist and if a celebrity has been there then even better! Combining my love for pets and travel is a walk in the park.