Easter holidays in England – My pick of the best
When I was younger, I would always look forward to Easter holidays more than any other school break. Everything feels fresher, brighter and more alive and I certainly have fond memories of our trips away. Easter breaks are a good excuse to get away to a traditional English seaside resort to enjoy a fantastic holiday that will please all the family.
Located on the south coast, Bognor Regis is a fantastic family destination and has much to keep everyone entertained. The award-winning beach is great to set your deck chair down, build a sandcastle and enjoy an ice cream. The beach is also a fantastic spot for fossil hunting and is suitable for all ages and abilities. I would definitely recommend taking a stroll down the promenade, leading the way to the pier as you’ll find a wealth of arcades, amusements and even a land train if your feet are weary.
Locally there are many great sites to visit. Hotham Park is home to a miniature railway and beautiful gardens. On Easter Sunday, take part in their free Easter Egg hunt and then enjoy the Rox Music and Arts Festival here on Wednesday 11th April. Alternatively, take a drive half an hour from Bognor to the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in Chichester. Take a trip back in time at this unforgettable museum. I can still remember my first visit here over 20 years ago. The museum holds a number of activities during Easter, including traditional bonnet making. Activities run from 29th March to the 10th April. I would also recommend visiting Petworth House and the South Downs National Park, which are both great places to keep the little ones entertained.
Another great seaside town I enjoyed visiting as a child was Skegness, located on the East coast of England. For me it was the lure of the beautiful golden beach, the chance to beachcomb and ride on a donkey that made trips here so special. The seafront is iconic as a traditional English seaside town, complete with clock tower, esplanade and pier. Here you can also enjoy the neon lights and noise of the amusements, try your hand at crazy golf or go for a spin on the fairground rides.
There’s much to see and do here. Definitely visit the Natureland Seal Sanctuary to see seals, meerkats, penguins and many other animals close at hand. Take part in the Easter Egg Hunt at Hardy’s Animal Farm or take a stroll around Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve. Gunby Hall is a beautiful National Trust Property dating back to 1700 which will also host its own Easter Egg Hunt over the weekend.
Sitting on the West Coast, Minehead is perfectly located to explore Exmoor National Park which I loved spending time horse riding through. There is much to see and do in the park, including climbing, canoeing, fishing and cycling all set to an idyllic backdrop. Within the town, enjoy both the sandy and pebbly beaches and soak in the atmosphere of the harbour as the day’s catch comes in.
Visit the West Somerset Railway for a ride on a steam train. They have some great Easter activities lined up, including a traditional Fish and Chip special on Easter Saturday and a special visit from Peppa Pig and George on Saturday 6th April.
Where to stay
Easter is an extremely popular time of year so it’s worth shopping around for the best deal regarding your accommodation. I would definitely recommend staying with Butlins who I’ve enjoyed many a fantastic break away with. They offer a wide range of accommodation to suit your needs, whether you’re looking to be catered for in a hotel, want a home from home apartment for your family or simply a room to base yourself. Not only that, but with cheap weekend breaks available, you’ll be able to please the purse strings too. Butlins also have many Easter activities across their parks, including arts and crafts, easter egg hunts and even an Easter Parade.