Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s finally happening: the flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer and the weather is (marginally) better. This can only mean one thing: Spring is upon us!
In addition to consuming copious amounts of chocolate, egg and bunny motifs a gogo, daffodils and the alluring scent of hot crossed buns, for many of us Spring also means a long weekend, or perhaps even some time off work while the kids are off school. You owe it to yourself to have some fun this Easter weekend!
To help you make the most of your long weekend I have compiled a list of egg-citing activities that you, your family and friends can enjoy.
1. Egg-streme Easter Egg Fun
There's something deeply nostalgic about a good Easter Egg Hunt! Buy a large quantity of small chocolate eggs and head to a local park (or stay indoors if the weather is not ideal) and hide them high and low. Provide clues as to the eggs’ whereabouts and unleash your friends, family and children to collect as many as they can, awarding the prize to the person with the most eggs at the end. Alternatively Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Gardens organise their own Golden Easter Egg Hunt, and Cadbury's have organised Easter Egg Hunts across the UK. See if there's one near you by looking up your postcode on their website.
If running around looking for eggs isn’t your thing, or if the weather isn’t cooperating, decorate some hardboiled eggs in the comfort of your own home! It’s fun for all ages regardless of the weather. I followed WikiHow's straightforward instructions. Here’s a look at what I created:
Once you have successfully beautified your eggs, partake in some jolly good egg-rolling in your garden or in a nearby park. If you’re unfamiliar with this activity, prepare yourself for some serious lols. Many communities even organise dedicated egg-rolling events, such as Preston, Devil's Dyke in West Sussex and even the White House! Who knew eggs could be so entertaining?
2. Get Cooking
Easter Sunday Lunch is a ritual in British culture, but it can be expensive if not cooked at home. A cheaper and more exciting way to enjoy Easter Sunday Lunch is to organise a ‘bring-a-dish’ lunch, meaning each invitee is responsible for preparing a dish. Delegate tasks and courses with a group of friends in advance, decide the host and a time to come over, prepare your food and make sure you leave plenty time to re-heat your dish upon arrival. If the weather is nice, you could even host a BBQ! Last but not least, make sure not to wear any tight-fitting clothing - I would suggest comfortable, elasticated trousers and a bib if you have either kicking about.
If, like me, roasts aren’t your thing, then don’t worry! There are loads of fun other Easter-themed snacks you can make that we have pulled together on our Pinterest Easter board ranging from chocolate treats, to veggie & vegan dishes to the full Sunday Roast.
3. Go Egg-splore!
Fresh, springtime air is just what the doctor ordered! Gather friends, family, children and grand children to go and explore local parks, museum and other easter attractions. There is a vast array or free and inexpensive events held in local areas, parks and museums suitable for all ages regardless of the weather! Have a look below:
Have a picnic and go for a walk in your local park, which you can look up by postcode here.
Are you a dog lover without a dog of your own? Sign up to Borrow My Doggy to look after someone’s dog for a day!
Go on a road trip to a castle, hill or stately home. Here a list of castles, hills, mountains and stately homes to visit across the UK: Visit Scotland, Scottish Castles & Stately Homes, Hills & Walks Scotland, English Heritage, Castles in Wales, Castles in Northern Ireland, Historic Houses Association
If you've rather stay indoors, check out The Guardian's 20 Best Free Museums in the UK, or The Independent's 50 Best Museums in the UK. Museums are ideal for all seasons and are enjoyable for all ages!
4. Spring Cleaning
We know it sounds thoroughly dreadful, but believe me, it is a egg-stremely rewarding activity for your Easter Weekend. De-cluttering your household while listening to some tunes is surprisingly fun!
If you are throwing anything away, be sure to donate it to a local charity (including, but not limited to: clothing in good condition, electronic consoles and appliances, crockery, books, toys, DVDs & CDs, etc.) rather than throwing unwanted items away. After you have finished cleaning, it would also be advantageous to implement a strict one-in, one-out policy in order to maintain a clutter-free household. Prizes for whomever fills the most black bin bags.
Although one can seldom count on the British climate, I shall keep my fingers firmly crossed that we all can enjoy at least one sunny day this weekend. Hopefully this list will help you hatch a plan for this weekend, or at the very least have tickled you with the occasional egg pun. Have a crackin' Easter!
Till next time,