Easter is the perfect time to get the family together and go back to nature with a camping break. We've rounded up the best places to pitch up for some Easter inspired fun...
Forget mad march hares and blustery lions, this year Easter is nestled in the more forgiving arms of April. Below we highlight some places to pitch up your tent or take your caravan or motorhome and some Easter treats along the way!
Holkham Hall, Norfolk proclaims its commitment to Easter Fun with four-days packed full of what they call “egg-citing” events. The Easter Bunny will be there to welcome you to a Field to Fork experience that takes you across the grounds and there are popular Kiddy Cook sessions that will allow your children to design and decorate an Easter biscuit.
Work off all that Easter chocolate by basing yourselves near the Phoenix Trail. With views over to the nearby Chiltern Hills this traffic-free route between Thame and Princes Risborough it is 5 miles long. Ideal for beginner cyclists, walkers and surfaced appropriately for wheelchaire-use it has something for everyone. Rich in wildlife this trail is particularly known for it’s red kites that thrive in the locality. All along the trail there is a series of 30 sculptures some of which reflect the routes railway heritage.
Who doesn’t want the chance to see one of the most popular totems of Spring often associated with Easter too - new born lambs...
At the Wallington Estate in Northumberland you can take part in Lambing Shed Live and see those hesitant, loose-legged lambs taking their first steps – over half the visitors last year got to see an actual birth. You might even get the chance to bottle-feed a few of the arrivals. Booking is advisable, but there are plenty of other attractions at Wallington in the shape of its lakes, gardens, woodlands and wildlife.
Nunykirk Caravan & Motorhome Club site
You can follow the spring chick on a fun trail around Betteshanger Park as well as take part in the popular Donkey Day on 2nd April. There is also the Really Wild Wooders holiday club to keep ages 8 and up fully happily occupied for a whole day. And if you base yourself in Dover there is of course the magnificent Dover Castle nearby too. For the less traditionally-minded they have a medieval Easter weekend from Friday 14th to Monday 17th featuring dragons, sword-fighting and fire-eating jesters.
Arlington Court - a National Trust property near the edge of Exmoor offers Easter bounty aplenty. With a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, Spring Lambs talks, Spring Flowers Trail and Family Ranger days – all offered on more than one date in April - you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Lynton Camping and Caravanning Club site or Umberleigh Camping and Caravanning Club site
Lydiard Park House and Garden near Swindon is also hosting a Great Easter Egg Trail – searching for clues your hunt will take in the lakes, woodlands and lawns of this impressive estate. Nearby Postern Hill campsite is one of the Camping and Caravanning Club’s “Camping in the Forest” sites and is completely immersed in the 4,500 acre Savernake Forest in Wiltshire.
Postern Hill Campsite, Savernake Forest
Try an Easter Egg Hunt with a difference. Near beautiful bucolic Beaulieu you can take to the water and over a 2 hour guided paddle down the Beaulieu River canoe your way to eggy discoveries. Best to book a place. Staying nearby at Roundhill Campsite allows you to wake up in the wonderful surroundings of the legendary New Forest.
Roundhill Campsite, New Forest
Beaches are great in all seasons, but now that Spring is well and truly sprung venturing out onto the coastal reaches seems less about bracing and more about leisurely idling. Cornwall of course has vast tracts of glorious beach to explore. Why not base yourself at a coastal campsite and enjoy exploring some of this county’s coastline treasures.
St Agnes Beacon Caravan & Motorhome Club site