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But that doesn’t mean it can’t be an Easter to remember.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate with your household whether that’s doing fun activities or eating lots of indulgent treats. Or both! Looking for things to do? Here are some of our favourite activities to put on your Easter weekend agenda.
If you’ve got kids, this is a must-do at Easter! Set up a mini Easter egg hunt indoors or outside in your garden. Little ones can then compete to collect the most eggs, with the winner being gifted a bigger egg as a prize.
Just make sure you make a note of where all the eggs are hidden – you don’t want to find squashed chocolate behind your sofa two months down the line!
The Easter Sunday roast is a tradition in most households and a great way to make the holiday more of an occasion. While you’ll find plenty of recipes online for roasts (including moreish meat options and fantastic vegan-friendly dishes), there’s also the easy option of getting a takeaway roast for your household.
As well as taking the stress out of your Easter Sunday, a takeaway roast dinner also allows you to support a local business. Here are a few options from across our network:
The York Roast Co.
Can’t get enough of Yorkshire puddings drenched in gravy? If you live in York, why not book a delivery from the York Roast Co? This much-loved takeout offers roast dinners with all the delicious trimmings – think potatoes, veg, gravy, stuffing and homemade Yorkshire puds – from just £9.95 per person.
If you’re a bit bored of your classic roast dinner and you live in Manchester, modern curry house Zouk has put their own spin on this British staple. A real ‘East meets West’ moment, their special roasts consist of slow roasted lamb or chicken marinated in curry spices and served with a thick gravy featuring chilli, ginger and garlic. You’ll also get loads of veggies too.
The Loveable Rogue
This Glasgow-based gastro pub first introduced their Rogue at Home takeout Sunday roasts last year and they’re ideal for Easter if you live in the city. The star of the show is their slow-cooked roast beef – vegetarians can swap it for an innovative salt-baked celeriac dish instead (you’ll still get all the roast dinner trimmings).
If the weather’s nice, why not take a walk around your local area? Whether you live in a city like Liverpool or on the outskirts of somewhere like Carlisle, there are dozens of dreamy walks you can enjoy not too far from home.
If you live close by, why not wander around:
• York city walls: The most complete medieval city walls in England, offering fantastic views of the centre of York.
• Liverpool’s Mersey riverside: A beautiful waterfront walk, passing key landmarks including the Albert Dock, the Cunard Building and the Museum of Liverpool.
• Carlisle’s Hadrian’s Wall path: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an 84-mile pathway that cuts through a diverse and beautiful landscape. It’s perfect for a short stroll or a longer Easter hike.
• Edinburgh’s Arthur’s Seat: An ancient volcano, sitting 251m above sea level providing a stunning view across Edinburgh. It’s well worth the walk.
• Glasgow’s Pollok Country Park: A 146 hectare park on the south side of the city, offering countless woodland trails ideal for an Easter stroll.
• Newcastle’s Jesmond Dene: A narrow wooded valley following the Ouseburn river that’s home to a variety of wildlife including red squirrels, kingfishers and woodland birds.
While Easter egg hunts might already be on the itinerary, there are so many other possible activities for some family-friendly fun, including:
• Painting eggs – This classic Easter activity involves boiling eggs in water mixed with vinegar (this helps harden them). Once they’re cooled, you can then hand paint them or have fun dipping them in food colouring. It’s also possible to buy ceramic eggs online if you’d rather not use real ones.
• Creating Easter baskets – You may have done this as a child at school. Buy some cheap wicker baskets, plenty of colourful paper and other craft supplies and let your children’s imaginations run wild creating their very own Easter-themed baskets.
• Easter baking – Budding bakers will love creating some Easter themed goodies! Rice crispy cakes studded with mini eggs are good for little ones to help with, while more elaborate cake designs will keep older kids and teens busy for hours.
Searching for delicious treats to enjoy this Easter? Why not take a look at our guide to the best independent chocolatiers across the North of England and Scotland? From amazing eggs which look like pieces of art to divine boxes of decadent chocolates, there’s something for all the family to dig into.
Remember to follow government restrictions on travel this Easter. If you do need to travel, make sure you keep safe onboard by social distancing from other passengers, wearing a face covering and only travelling if you’re completely symptom-free.