Can it really be that time of year again? Easter is fast approaching which means we’re well over a quarter of the way through of 2019 already, so definitely time for a little break!
What better time to plan a staycation than when we have a four-day weekend to look forward to! Combine this with bountiful chocolate eggs and quality time with our families and friends, and you’ve got yourself the perfect getaway.
We have some ideas on how to make the most of the kids’ Easter holidays from school as well as short weekend break ideas in five different locations around the UK, so keep on reading to get inspired.
The spectacular free performance of the Passion of Jesus at Trafalgar Square on Good Friday will appeal to all as 100 performers re-enact Jesus’s final days. Expect live animals and jaw-dropping costumes!
Take the kids to Kenwood for a legendary Easter Adventure Quest tracking down dragon eggs between Friday 19th and Monday 22nd April. This is an Easter egg hunt with a difference; children can learn all about London history as they seek out the dragon’s eggs, then end the day with a certificate and chocolate treats.
Book yourself into Hallmark Hotel London Chigwell Prince Regent, so that in between the activities and festivities, you can enjoy a haven of tranquillity in our elegant Georgian mansion just 30 minutes from the heart of London.
If you’re in or near the historic city of Cambridge this Easter, you’re in for a treat.
You could spend a day sampling culinary delights around the Cambridge with the Taste Cambridge Food Tour. You will have a mouth-watering, eye-opening experience discovering delectable produce and all the foodie spots only the locals know about.
Take the kids on a fun Easter egg hunt at Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, just six miles out of the city. They can enjoy an adventure through the woods, taking in the pretty sights of spring and its wildlife while on the egg trail, and be rewarded with tasty chocolate eggs.
Hallmark Hotel Cambridge is running super special Spring Break offers where you can book a stay with us direct and save 30%. Easter is time to give yourself a break, so if you fancy exploring all the architectural, culinary and cultural delights of Cambridge, followed by relaxing in one of our comfy executive suites, then book now.
Glorious Gloucester and the surrounding areas offer plenty of Easter fun every year.
Starting on the 10th of April, the Museum of Gloucester will be running Eastgate Chamber tours with a Roman soldier, where you can discover the fascinating secrets behind these mysterious chambers.
Head to Over Farm for muddy fun with the whole family by taking part in their Easter trail. They are also launching an inflatable theme park during the Easter holidays, running between Saturday 6th and Monday 22nd April.
Sandford Park in Cheltenham will host their Great Easter Egg Trail on April 20th, which is about nine miles from Gloucester.
Or you could just spend the weekend perusing Gloucester’s gorgeous boutiques, visiting the glorious cathedral and exploring the museum and other sites of the city. Or go for some adventures in the Forest of Dean nearby, there’s so much to see and do.
Hallmark Hotel Gloucester is also running Spring Break offers so make sure you take advantage when you book your Easter break.
As the crowned City of Culture in 2017, Hull is a hub of cultural delights and offers plenty of things to see and do. Easter weekend as well as the Easter holidays are a great time to visit.
If you’re here just before Easter this year, go and check out the annual Open Exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery before it closes on the 14th of April. It’s free and displays a wonderful array of artwork.
Head up for some Easter treats at Burton Constable Hall and Grounds, just nine miles outside of Hull. You’ll find Easter activities for kids like their Easter Bunny Trail, gorgeously decorated eggs dotted around, as well as the Easter petting farm at the stables where you can meet the animals.
If you’re in Hull from Wednesday 17th to Saturday 20th of April, there’s a marvellous production on for children at the East Riding Theatre called Alice's Eggstravaganza In Wonderland. Don’t miss it!
If you’re enjoying an Easter break in Carlisle, make sure you see Carlisle Castle – a stunning 12th century fortress & prison that will blow your mind.
The big event in Carlisle in April is of course Easter Family Raceday at Carlisle Racecourse on the 20th of April. This is a great day out for the whole family or for a group of friends, so make sure you pack your best hat!
If you’re with your kids, then take them to see the Peter Pan Easter Panto at The Sands Centre, it’s a treat for the eyes and ears.
Rest your weary heads in one of our contemporary and super comfortable rooms at Hallmark Hotel Carlisle, and enjoy a slap up Easter meal at our Hallmark Grill and wine bar. You can also book a fancy afternoon tea as a treat! We are running Spring Break offers at this hotel as well, so be sure to take advantage.
We hope you can make the most of your Easter break, whatever you decide to do! Let’s hope for sunshine and a perfect start to the marvellous Spring season.