Easter 2017: Top 5 things to do in Britain


Celebrate Easter 2017 and the arrival of spring with our pick of fantastic things to do around Britain!

1. Go on an Easter egg hunt


Over the Easter weekend, visit one of over 250 National Trust properties and you’ll be able to take part in an Easter egg hunt and win chocolate prizes! Perfect for families, trails have been set up to help you discover clues and explore beautiful stately homes, picturesque gardens and wild forests. Check here for a list of participating properties!

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2. Take a springtime tour of London


As the days get longer, why not make the most of it and get outdoors, with a springtime tour of London’s top sights?

Visit royal wedding venue and ancient church Westminster Abbey, before strolling along the Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral, in the historic City of London area. You can even catch a Thames clipper cruise to take you there by river – feel the wind in your hair and take in a unique perspective of London in the crisp spring air on the boat’s open deck. 

St Paul’s Cathedral hosts an Easter service, but you can visit the beautiful domed Cathedral year-round to take in the atmospheric delights inside.

If you continue down the river to Greenwich, this Easter weekend you can see a Tall Ships regatta – admire the magnificent ships before they embark on a 7,000 mile race to Canada.

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3. Visit a glorious garden


Where better to celebrate spring than at one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens? Famous Kew Gardens is home to 326 acres of beautiful and rare plants, and it’s only about half an hour from central London! Admire spring blooms and striking Baobab trees and join an Easter trail to see the season’s most amazing plants. There’s also a treetop walk and even a Royal Palace you can visit with your ticket. Join a Moomin chocolate hunt at Kew Gardens from 1-17 April 2017.

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If you want a really wild day out, visit Heligan – a real-life “lost” garden that’s like something out of a fairytale. Kids and adults alike will love the rickety rope bridges, tropical plants and moody sculptures half-submerged in the grass that give the gardens their surreal atmosphere. Or pick one of the beautiful landscaped gardens you can visit for free on a National Trust Pass – some favourites are colourful Stourhead, in Wiltshire, and Mottisfont in Hampshire, home to one of the most renowned rose gardens in England. 

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4. Indulge in something sweet


Easter wouldn’t be Easter without indulging your sweet tooth! Here are some of our favourite chocolate shops and places to pick up a sweet treat or two:

Paul A Young, London

This multi award-winning chocolate shop is exclusive to London, and is renowned as one of the world's best chocolatiers. Indulge in one of the delectable chocolate brownies, a thick hot chocolate, or some of the unique chocolates, with flavours such as passion fruit and black pepper! Find out more >

Afternoon tea at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Indulge in a British tradition with a twist with this Shakespeare-themed afternoon tea. Cakes, pastries and savoury bites are based around the food in A Midsummer Night's Dream, with ingredients like mulberry and pea flower. Find out more >

Betty's Tea Room, York

This legendary tea room is situated in the charming medieval city of York, and is steeped in history itself. A Great British institution, it's famous for scones, but the chocolates and pastries are also worth travelling for. Find out more >

Choccywoccydoodah, Brighton and London

Choccywoccydoodah is home to crazy chocolate creations like you've never seen before. Visit and you'll find chocolate sculptures that have to be seen to be believed! You can also pick up bars, truffles, hot chocolates and milkshakes sure to satisfy any chocolate cravings. Find out more >

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5. Go on an adventure!


With Britain heating up for spring, Easter is the perfect time to go on an adventure, and there's plenty to choose from. Learn to surf at the world's only inland surfing pool, get a shot of pure fun at the world's only underground trampoline in a cave, or whizz along the Thames on a Bond-themed speedboat ride. Make 2017 the year you step out of your comfort zone!

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