With a whole 4 days off, it can be difficult to decide what to do during the Easter weekend despite there being so much on. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top events covering a wide range of interests to help you choose.
For the whole family
Easter weekend is often spent with family so if you want something to entertain the grandchildren or younger members of your family, there are a number of great Easter egg hunts throughout the UK, notably the Kensington Palace Easter egg hunt.
Other family-focused events around the country include Edinburgh Castle hosting a “Magical Easter”, an Easter Extravaganza at Belfast Zoo and Easter at Kew Gardens - a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired day out.
The National Trust has also teamed up with Cadbury’s to create over 300 trails nationwide. Be it your local coastline or country house, simply go along to your local participating location and your little explorers will be rewarded plenty of Easter goodies.
For the grown-ups
Horticulturalists should look to visit Liverpool where they are holding an event to celebrate National Gardening week. Lasting from Wednesday 16th- Sunday 19th April, expert gardener and regular presenter, Hugh McAllister will be at Liverpool’s World Museum to answer questions and provide tips.
The Boroughbridge Easter Festival of Walks, which takes place between the 18th and 26th of April, is a great thing to do during the bank holiday weekend. Located in the scenic Yorkshire countryside, around thirteen walks are coordinated, each with a different theme and led by knowledgeable locals, with the aim of getting people on their feet rather than on the sofa! Additionally, there will be a whole host of entertainment including film showings, talks and a range of country and folk music to help you unwind after your walk.
For culture vultures
If you love arts and culture, a number of events throughout the UK are celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday during the Easter weekend. The Scottish Ballet in Glasgow is celebrating by performing Romeo and Juliet from the 19th to 26th April and the V&A’s on-going exhibition, ‘Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright’ is another great event to attend. However, the biggest event is likely to be Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Party on Easter Monday at the Globe, which promises vast amounts of entertainment, performances and food for all the family.
If Shakespeare isn’t for you then the Feast of St George is also on Easter Monday - held in Trafalgar Square and full of traditional English entertainment, such as Morris dancing along with plenty of stands offering free tastings of English classics.
For sports fans
During the Bank Holiday there is also a range of high profile sporting fixtures which you can either watch in the comfort of your own home or, if the weather is nice, why not find a beer garden streaming the sport?
Good Friday (April 18th) will see last year’s rugby premiership winners, Leicester Tigers, take on 2012 premiership and 2013 Anglo-Welsh cup winners, Harlequins, at the Twickenham Stoop. This should be a great match to watch as both teams fight to secure a place in the top four.
Not a rugby fan? In football, Everton will play host to Manchester United on Easter Sunday, which is sure to be a thrilling game to watch.
With so much on during the Easter weekend, you will be spoilt for choice, be sure to look up local listings to find out about more events near you too.
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