Best Sites for Easter Trips

Yes it's Easter! Four whole days of bank holiday bliss to say sayonara to winter and howdy to spring! If you're at a loose end with weekend plans, here are some excellent online resources for planning that all important day trip.


The Lake District-based World of Beatrix Potter is merging technology with the great outdoors in its Treasure Trail 2017. The ‘Where is Peter Rabbit Treasure Trail’ is a digital egg hunt that requires a smartphone with internet signal for Google map and a vehicle. Using an interactive map to help you, search the Lake District for one of 100 handcrafted ceramic eggs. The event raises money for Water Aid. Look for progress on twitter @peterrabbiteggs


You can always trust the National Trust to offer up seasonal events at their stately homes and Easter is no exception. This bank holiday, help feed newborn lambs, make woodland dens or cook food on an open camp fire. The simple search facility via location or type of walk will get you inspired in no time.


This Ordnance Survey Maps planner is also seriously useful when it comes to planning and will also bring back all kinds of memories of your Duke of Edinburgh Award; nostalgia and fresh air, what more could you want?


Put the car keys to one side and dig out your walking boots for some healthy exercise, sunshine and fresh air this Easter with the help of Walkingworld. This excellent resource for walkers lets you find over 5000 routes, contributed by more than 400 walkers from all over Great Britain. Carefully prepared guides let you discover a good selection of easy to follow walks, of varying lengths and grades, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and proper Ordnance and Survey maps.


If food is your poison and the weekend an excuse to indulge in all kinds of alternate cooking then this ridiculous handy search festival search facility should be bookmarked ASAP. The site shows festivals across the UK to plan your travel around; upcoming events include London Beer Week, Cardiff Food Safari and the Porthleven food and music festival. It’s quite the handy bank holiday tool.


Since we're guiding you round online destinations it's well worth taking a look at this site and accompanying app created by award-winning food critic Richard Johnson. Bringing you the best street food from around the country, this site is a game changer for those of you who abhor sitting in a restaurant. It’s also a game changer for the dining industry as a whole forcing street food vendors to raise their game.


Embark on an Easter adventure quest, discover the story of St. George and see birds of prey over Easter weekend. English Heritage offers a host of family events come rain or shine at over 400 historic places including castles, stately homes, landscaped gardens and woodland parks. Special Easter adventure quests will be at Kenilworth Castle, Carlisle Castle, Old Sarum and Audley End House.


A great Easter break for families can be had at Ironbridge Gorge, a World Heritage site, set in a beautiful wooded valley in the heart of Shropshire. The area has plenty of walks, gardens and family-friendly attractions. Join a Victorian-style Easter bonnet parade at Blists Hill, decorate a tile at Jackfield or sculpt clay at Coalport for some historical Easter celebrations.


This brilliant resource highlighting the best the West Country has to offer is one of our favourite finds. Filled to the brim with tips on the 'druid mysticism of the West' you'll find restaurants, artists, places to stay, everything you could possibly need for that a weekend exploring. We like to browse their top ten lists – gardens, coffee shops, independent cinemas, pubs with walks and more.


Pack a picnic and set out on a bicycle tour of a scenic area. Cycle-Route will help you find an extensive collection of tried and tested cycle routes located in the UK and shared by other members of the site. Search for cycle routes in Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales, breaking routes down by region and reading comments by other users.


For those of you looking for a pub to go with your country walk, scroll on over to the Good Pub Guide that does just as it says on the tin. Every year, the Good Pub Guide editors select the very best pubs from across the country to be awarded a collection of National Awards. This site is great if you’re looking for a pub off the beaten track, children-friendly venues or the finest dining pubs in the land.

March 2017