Easter is a wonderful time to enjoy the countryside in the United Kingdom. It is at its lushest and greenest at this time of year. Enjoy a leisurely drive from Bristol or Cardiff to the Brecon Beacons. It is a perfect area for Easter family breaks. Park your car and put on your walking boots and explore the Welsh mountains and the valleys, rivers and woodlands of the National Park. It is quite simply one of the most beautiful areas of Britain. Part of its beauty is in its variety.
1- A day may not be enough for the Brecon Beacons
You can take a day out or enjoy a longer stay in a cottage, hotel, or camp site. Get to know the area and all its possibilities. It is a great place to visit whether you prefer stopping to take scenic photos or taking off for some more vigorous exercise. Easter activities include cycling, walking, riding and water sports. You can tailor the level of difficulty to suit yourself. If you are a beginner, you might want to tackle riverside trails rather than running up the more mountainous parts. You can go with your family or take part in various organised group cycles or hikes.
Families with young children will enjoy meeting all the animals at Cantref Farm in the National Park. Everybody loves feeding the lambs. There are also lots of other fun things for kids like tractor rides, sledge rides, a maize maze, paddle boats and an Easter egg hunt. And when it is time to eat, the Farm House Café has some of the best views in the Brecon Beacons.
2- Chester at Easter
The historic city of Chester, south of Liverpool and Manchester is a wonderful place for an Easter break. Children will love the zoo with its 120,000 animals on 128 acres. The gardens are almost as impressive as the zoo with special areas dedicated to orchids, nepenthes, cacti, bees, etcetera. Chester zoo is a charity focused on preserving flora and fauna both there and elsewhere in the world.
Chester still has part of the old city walls, a cathedral, and a castle, but it is best-known for the Chester Rows. You go up steps into this area which runs along four streets in the centre. There is nothing quite like them anywhere else in the world. Galleries of shops sit on top of other shops. You can look down from the balconies above. It’s a kind of shopping mall that has been going for the last 700 years. There are lots of independent retailers, interesting boutiques, jewellery, crafts as well as a host of bars, restaurants and cafés where you can eat out within sight of the beautiful ancient timbered buildings of this unusual area.
3- What to do for Easter in Cambridge
The university city of Cambridge is a fun place to spend Easter. Wander round the city streets and enjoy the architecture of the colleges. Visit the Fitzwilliam Museum and see its impressive collection. Enjoy world class music from the King’s College Choir who perform great classics such as the St. John Passion at their Easter Concerts. They have been famous for decades for their Christmas carols but now they are building up a repertoire of Easter music. Their choir is considered one of the world’s finest.
Punting has become the number one tourist activity in Cambridge. You can take a special guided tour which passes the seven colleges that are alongside the river: Magdalene, Trinity, Trinity Hall, Clare, St. John’s, Kings and Queens. Your guide will tell you all the interesting stories and legends connected with the history of Cambridge as you glide down the river Cam. Some trips even include a little music on board. When you land you can dine in one of the city’s many restaurants or visit a pub.
4- Easter Activities in Bath
Treat yourself to a spa and pampering session at the Thermae Bath Spa. People have been having fun there since the Romans. You can also dine in style (or in your bath robe) after you have finished. There are combined spa and dining deals.
You can also enjoy torchlit tours of the old Roman baths which hold concerts over Easter.
Bath is also a great spot for shopping with lots of independent stores for antiques, books and fashion. Enjoy the gracious architecture of the city. Take a walk or enjoy afternoon tea in the open-air café at Parade Gardens. Take a trip on the Kennet and Avon canal. Or hunt for Easter eggs at Prior Park Gardens.