There’s nothing quite like British springtime and we think that there’s no better time to get outside. The Easter break offers the perfect opportunity to head into the British countryside to embrace what it has to offer.
As days get longer, the sunshine brings with it a new lease of life, as new buds blossom and leaves unfold. We think that there’s no better time to get outside, and the Easter break offers the perfect opportunity to head into the British countryside to embrace what it has to offer.
Whether you need to entertain the children over the Easter holidays, or just want to work off the Easter eggs you’ve indulged in, here are our top suggestions for some ‘eggsellent’ outdoor Easter activities!
1. Embrace the bright coloured blooms
What better way to celebrate the change of season that visiting one of the many gardens or orchards that the UK has to offer?
Wherever you are in the UK, you’re sure to be within easy reach of one of the many beautiful areas alive with springtime blooms, whether they be carpets of bluebells, blossoming trees, or colourful displays of daffodils, hyacinths and tulips. Whether it’s a sunny afternoon stroll you fancy, or a more educational trip with the little ones, many gardens also offer activities to keep the kids busy, practical workshops on gardening, and nearby tea rooms and cafes to make for a perfect day out.
Visit Smallhythe Place in East Sussex for a glimpse of their iconic daffodils or explore the ruins of twelfth-century Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire to discover the abundance of spring blooms. Lydney Park in Gloucestershire is home to a collection of Japanese flowering cherries and a secret hidden valley, and Easton Walled Gardens in Lincolnshire provide an idyllic springtime scene, complete with woodland walks and meadows of wildflowers.
2. Visit newborn lambs
Lambing season falls alongside the Easter break, and many locations across the UK welcome families to see, feed and pet the incredibly cute newborns.
Gaston Farm in West Sussex offers the chance to not only cuddle up to lambs as well as ducklings and chicks, but also to hop on free tractor and trailer rides across the farm. As well as the many farms that open their doors for lambing season, there are also a number of locations across the UK where you’re likely to spot young lambs exploring the surroundings.
Charlecote Park in Warwickshire is home to a rare-breed Jabob sheep flock which can be spotted in the fields from mid-April, and around 2,000 lambs are born in Ickworth in Suffolk each year. Discover the miles of parkland and woodland, and you may find some newborn lambs doing just the same!
3. Go foraging for springtime treats
If you’re looking for a fun, affordable way to entertain the kids (or yourself!) over the Easter holidays, head out into the countryside and see what goodies you can find.
A much healthier forage than an Easter egg hunt, you may discover more than you imagined despite it being so early in the year. Spring is the best time to pick nettles and wild garlic, and if you’re heading to the beach, look for sea kale and sea beet. Not only is searching for wild ingredients a great way to spend a sunny spring day, half of the fun comes when you get home and turn your wild finds into tasty food!