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The first bank holiday of the year is upon us. With a guaranteed four days off over the Easter weekend, it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself, and perhaps a loved one, to a quick weekend away or an adventurous day out.
We’ve got some novel ideas on how to spend the long weekend, along with tips on where you can grab some savings on tried-and-tested weekends away.
Top things to do over the Easter weekend
1. Join the celebrations in Dublin
Ireland is just a quick flight away from most major airports in the UK, and only a few hours away by ferry, making it the perfect escape during the Easter weekend.
While most things shut on Good Friday, the rest of the weekend will be business as usual with attractions, restaurants and pubs operating to normal opening hours in Dublin. If you’re stuck on what to do, booking.com has heaps of discounted activities on offer and can help you to organise your flights and accommodation in one convenient package.
2. Go for a beer, wine or gin tasting
Let’s admit it, we all love a drink here in the UK, especially during a bank holiday weekend when the sun is making its first outing of the season. This year though, instead of heading straight for your local boozer, why not try something a little more classy… a wine tasting perhaps? Or maybe an afternoon crafting your own cocktails?Virgin Experience Days has tons of different drink experiences on offer, starting from as little as £35 for two people. Which is, let’s face it, less than what an afternoon at the pub will cost.
3. Take to the skies
We all need a little bit of excitement injected into our lives from time to time, and a few hours amongst the clouds is a sure-fire way to do that. With clear skies, calm winds and early sunrise, springtime is actually one of the best seasons to fly.
Splash out on a hot air balloon ride or on an introductory flying lesson over the UK’s open countryside. If you’re not quite ready for dizzy heights, try your hand at a flight simulator experience or perhaps indoor skydiving.
4. Reignite your love for cooking
With our busy lifestyles, we can all too often fall out of love with cooking… I mean, who wants to slave over a stove when you’ve just got back from an eight-hour working day?
When you’ve got time to enjoy it, cooking can be one of the most relaxing and therapeutic medicines out there. You can choose from a huge selection of cooking classes on Red Letter Days that range from sushi and chocolate making to learning the secrets behind Jamaican and Vietnamese cuisine.
5. Go glamping
Glamping has officially become the new camping. You still get to revel in the beauty of the outdoors and wake up with the birds each morning, but there’s no messing around with putting tents up, worrying about the odd bit of rain or where to charge your phone.
6. Wine and dine your other half
A long weekend is the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with your other half and rekindle that first love feeling. What better way than over a candlelit dinner in one of London's top restaurants, or if you’re up for trying something a little different, a Michelin-starred menu is bound to impress.
If you’re not too bothered about all of the bells and whistles when it comes to food, you’ll find plenty of bargain deals to be had at high street restaurants over on buyagift.co.uk.
7. Pamper yourself with a spa retreat
The UK’s countryside is peppered with luxury spa retreats where you can treat yourself to a day or maybe even a night of ultimate relaxation. If you don’t want to venture too far from home, there’s a growing trend of urban spas popping up in big cities such as West Hotel and Spa in Shepherds Bush, London.
The best thing about spa breaks? They don’t have to break the bank, especially if you use one of Wowcher's discount vouchers that often reward you with more than 50% off the original price.
8. Learn a new skill
It can be hard to gain the motivation to put yourself out there and learn a new skill sometimes. With four days to spare you’ll have plenty of time to enrol in a one-, two- or even four-day course in the art of anything you please.
Perhaps you want to improve your photography skills to upkeep your Instagram following, get creative with a pottery course or try the dying-art of glass blowing. Whatever it is, take a look at the different courses Virgin Experience Days has to offer.
9. Book a city break to Europe
It’s a common trend that we Brits are finding less and less time on our hands, but more of a desire to go out and see the world. It’s no surprise then that city breaks are becoming the holiday of choice. And squeezing them in at any opportunity is paramount, especially during the four-day Easter weekend.
Finding a place to stay on Airbnb is a great way to meet some locals, sleep in some quirky accommodation and even save some money while you’re at it. If you’d prefer a traditional hotel booking.com can organise your flights and hotel for you.
10. Or, enjoy a staycation in the UK
If the last thing you want to do is jump on a jam-packed flight during Easter weekend, why not book a staycation somewhere a little closer to home. There are plenty of award-winning hotels and quirky Airbnbs to be found in this country and more to do than you might realise outside of London.
Once you’ve got your accommodation booked and transport sorted, Tiquets will help you to find out what’s going on in the area, and offers some fantastic rates on entry tickets and day tours.
11. Take a short cruise
It’s easy to forget that the low-key town of Southampton is actually one of the most popular starting destinations for cruises around Europe. And, that some of these cruises can be squeezed into the long weekend, give or take a day.
12. Indulge in a boozy afternoon tea
After all, the kids get to scoff the sweet stuff, so why shouldn’t you?
A British tradition that has stood the test of time, you can now find charming cafes and high-end hotels all over the UK offering a three-tiered cake stand of delights. If you’re up for a classy affair, try these champagne afternoon teas for size, otherwise, the bottomless afternoon tea option is always worthwhile.
13. Take a road trip to Scotland
If we had to pick one road trip destination in the UK, it would undoubtedly be Scotland. Its dramatic mountainous landscapes and wide-open roads are hard to beat and lend themselves perfectly to a very freeing road trip.
If you don’t live in the north of England, you’re probably going to have to fly to Glasgow or Edinburgh to start your trip. Don’t worry, lastminute.com and can even help you to organise a car rental as part of the package too.Booking.com works with hundreds of properties around the country, including smaller cottages and guesthouses, so you’ll never be short of somewhere to stay.
14. See a show on West End
There are plenty of reasons why you’d want to head to London for the weekend, whether it be to sample the foodie delights, visit a few museums or hit up the shops. No matter how you spend your time in the capital city, seeing a show in the West End is an absolute must.
As a global platform, theatre show tickets can be an expensive affair in the West End, but Wowcher’s vouchers soften the blow a little with its combined hotel and theatre tickets.
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