The first of the Spring/Summer bank holiday weekends is on its way, and the fact that it’s a four-day long affair makes it even better. The question is with so many places in Britain to explore and all the fun activities going on, where will you spend it? Whether you’re looking for a fabulous family break or a fun escape spent with friends there are plenty of options to make the most out of your Easter bank holiday weekend. Here are three great weekend itineraries to inspire your Easter getaway.
Once you’ve checked in at one of our Chester hotels, we have three! Get unpacked and head straight out to see what this beautiful city has to offer. If you love shopping, then Chester is a haven for retail therapy. With its unique two-tiered Chester Rows it gives you a special shopping experience. After an afternoon of roaming the diverse range of shops, you will have worked up quite an appetite, so book into the AA rosette awarded King’s Grill at The Queen for an exquisite evening meal. Our cocktail lounge boasts the longest list of cocktails in the city, so if you’re planning on enjoying the nightlife in Chester, begin your night with our favourite cocktail, the Queenopoliton.
Whether you’ve got kids or you may just be a big kid at heart, whilst in Chester, you can’t miss a trip to Chester Zoo, the UK’s top wildlife attraction. This spring is bloom season at Chester Zoo, where you can explore the award-winning gardens, meet the experts to learn helpful tips for creating a beautiful outdoor space and see the wonderful wildlife. After you’ve spent the day meeting the animals, head back into the city to enjoy Chester at night. There are plenty of restaurants to try, if you love Italian cuisine, we recommend the local favourite, La Fattoria.
Chester is a beautiful city to explore, whether that is by strolling the historic roman walls and taking in the sights from the city above, or you could opt for a cruise down the River Dee. We recommend both as there is lots of beauty to see, especially down by the waterfront. How about spending your Sunday morning doing the Roman wall walk to take in the panoramic landmarks of the city. Then, stop for a light bite to eat at one of the many cafes or bars. After lunch, head down to the waterfront to Chester Boat Hire and hire a boat to cruise the River Dee, passing beautiful gardens and majestic houses.
Once you’ve enjoyed a delicious cooked breakfast and checked out, visit the Chester Food and Drink Festival at the UK’s oldest racecourse, Chester Racecourse. This event is on from Saturday through to Monday and is the perfect way to wind down your Easter bank holiday weekend. If you see yourself as a foodie, a day spent here will be a dream come true. Cheshire has some of the finest Cheesemakers who will be at the event, as well as other glorious delights from the region. There will be cooking demonstrations featuring local produce, plus dishes from across the world.
Check in at one of our Manchester hotels, unpack and head to Spinningfields. Good Friday in Manchester sees one of the city’s favourite family events take place, it’s the Manchester Annual Duck Race. Head down to Spinningfields from 12 pm to see thousands of yellow rubber ducks race down the River Irwell, all in aid of children’s charity Brainwave. There will be plenty of other fun activities going on for all the family too, from petting farms to fairground rides and even a few famous faces announcing the winners.
There is plenty to see and do in Manchester, if you’re a lover of arts and culture then there are plenty of free Museums to visit. We’d recommend a trip to the Whitworth Gallery to catch the last day of the Andy Warhol exhibition. If taking in the culture isn’t your thing, but retail therapy is then you’re spoilt for choice, the Trafford Centre is just a short car journey away or there is the Arndale slap bang in the city centre.
Easter Sunday in Manchester sees the return of SpinFest at The Oast House Courtyard. A day celebrating the local talent in the city. It’s always a fun event whether you’re in town with a group of friends or on a family break, it’s an enjoyable event for all. From uptempo latin music to chilled soul and blues, grab a drink and enjoy the eclectic sounds of the city.
Before you check out of our hotel, spend the morning relaxing in our hotel pool. If you choose to stay at our Manchester Airport hotel, you could book in for a revitalising spa treatment whilst enjoying the use of our spa facilities. Once you’ve checked out, if the sun is shining head to Castlefield, where there are plenty of waterfront bars and eateries to relax with the family whilst watching the world go by and enjoying the last of the bank holiday fun.
Check-in to one of our three Bournemouth hotels, and explore what they have to offer. From ocean views to gorgeous gardens, enjoy breathing in the fresh seaside air. Then head to the 8th Annual Big Bournemouth Beer Festival, it’s not just for beer lovers, with cider, perry and wine being on offer as well as traditional real ales and seasonal beers. It looks to be a fun event with live music from local band, The Jimmy Hillbillies – a great way to spend your first evening in Bournemouth.
Wake up on Saturday and enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast in one of our brasseries before heading down to Bournemouth’s best asset, the beach! Bournemouth’s beach features golden sand and stretches for seven miles. There are two piers and whether the sun is shining or not, a walk along it will make you feel refreshed. If you’re feeling a little daring, you could even book in for a surf or SUP lesson down at Surfsteps.
It wouldn’t be Easter Sunday without an egg-citing egg hunt and a delicious three-course lunch! So, book into one of our three brasseries for our Easter Sunday lunch to enjoy with family or friends. After lunch, go for a stroll and explore what Bournemouth has to offer, as well as its beach it also has extensive glorious gardens to wander around. If the weather isn’t permitting, the town’s iconic landmark, Bournemouth Pier has plenty to offer whatever the weather.
Before you check out and head home, enjoy a leisurely swim in one of our swimming pools. We also have spa facilities including a sauna and steam room to really unwind before the bank holiday weekend ends. Then walk into town and do a spot of shopping. There are lots of quirky independent shops to explore, enjoy rummaging through rails of vintage clothing or browsing the luxury designer shops. You might find something perfect to remember your Easter weekend in Bournemouth.
If our Easter break inspiration hasn’t taken your fancy, we have 28 hotels across the UK for you to plan your own Easter bank holiday weekend. Take a look at things to do in some of our other destinations here:
Cambridge: A weekend in Cambridge, top things to do
Birmingham: A weekend in Birmingham, top things to do
Liverpool: A weekend in Liverpool, top things to do
Gloucester: A Weekend in Gloucester
Stratford Upon Avon: A Weekend In Stratford Upon Avon
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