Our Easter Holiday top picks (mostly involving chocolate…)

I don’t know about you, but I for one cannot believe that Easter is already here. Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming left right and centre and blossom is scattering the ground. It’s the 1st main event in the calendar year (unless you count Valentine’s Day) that we don’t need an excuse to indulge in all sorts of chocolate – from cream eggs to mini eggs, from chocolate bunnies to chocolate chickens. We all know the religious significance behind the holiday and the real meaning, but it does give us a good excuse to catch up with family and friends, eat and drink lots, and best of all – a 4 day weekend! So in celebration of this, we’ve picked out our top things of what to do over the holidays.


London – St Pancras International Easter Egg Hunt st-pancras-godiva-easter-2-0.jpg
Who said Easter egg hunts were just for kids? From the 10th-14th April, stores around the station will have eggs with special codes hidden inside, and if you are lucky enough to find one, the code will entitle you to claim a prize – including vouchers and complimentary lunches. It costs nothing to take part, and clues will be published on the stations website throughout April. http://stpancras.com/news/2017/april/easter-eggstravaganza

UK Wide – B&Q Hanging Basket Workshop
Image result for hanging basketUnleash your flower power by popping along to your nearest B&Q store for their hanging basket workshops. Between 12-2pm on Easter Sunday, they will be running demos and workshops allowing you to get your hands dirty and create your own. If you can’t make it down, their website is well worth a visit  – packed with hundreds of DIY and gardening tips to keep you busy over the holidays. Just remember and check with your local store if they are participating in the event to avoid disappointment! http://www.diy.com

UK Wide – All Bar Ones Choc-tail MasterclassesImage result for choctails
What could be better than two of our favourite indulgences merged together? This Easter, All Bar One are putting on chocolate cocktail masterclasses, where you can enjoy a mix (or all) of the following:  Chambord Easter Egg, Rum & Raspberry and Chocolate Egg-spresso. Enjoy the full experience for £25, or choc-tails are available to buy separately from £6.50 each. They are running from the 3rd – 30th April and these cocktails sound like the perfect tipple to start the long weekend! http://www.allbarone.co.uk/cocktailmasterclasses

Bristol – The Chocolate Festival at the Harbour Hotel
Immerse yoExhibitors 2017urself in all things chocolatey at the stunning location of Bristol’s Harbour Hotel. Discover chocolate skills from local chefs and chocolatiers, visit the chocolate theatre and exhibition to learn about the city’s rich history of chocolate. The Taste Chocolate Prosecco Bar is well worth a visit, and as well as this you can sample pastries, crepes, churros, cakes, gin and liquors…need I go on? There will also be a family treasure hunt to keep the kids entertained.


Cambridge – The Varsity Hotel Gin & Gingerbread Experience Image result for varsity hotel cambridge
Go along to this stunning hotels panoramic bar and brasserie to see a local gin maker and an artisan cake maker come together for a unique Easter experience with a boozy twist. Guests are invited to make gingerbread houses and sample the gin, before enjoying a 2 course meal with stunning views. http://www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk


Easter Pancakes – The Breakfast Club, London & Brighton
Just when you thoughtImage result for breakfast club easter pancake the Breakfast Club’s pancakes couldn’t get any better, they have introduced a Cadbury’s Crème Egg themed one – a stack of pancakes smothered in chocolate sauce and vanilla cream, finished off with an entire Crème Egg on the top. Alternatively, the relaxed eatery has countless other eggy/ veggy/ meaty options available that is guaranteed to give you the best breakfast you have had in a while. https://www.thebreakfastclubcafes.com/


Easter Afternoon Tea – Hotel du Vin, Glasgow
Start of this luxurious afternoon tea by indulging in some sandwicheImage result for hotel du vin afternoon tea easters and savouries – including a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel, a ham and Gruyère croissant and a goat’s cheese and spinach quiche to name but a few. Move onto scones with clotted cream and jam, lemon meringue pie and rhubarb & custard doughnuts. As if this wasn’t enough, wash it down with a selection of teas, followed by sipping on some gin or champagne. And did we mention the homemade apple candyfloss? https://www.hotelduvin.com/offers/food-drink/afternoon-tea-at-hotel-du-vin/

Tatton Park Easter Activities, Cheshire
If youImage result for tatton park live in and around Cheshire and haven’t visited the National Trust’s Tatton Park – then it is well worth a visit. Why not burn off all the chocolate you and the family have indulged in by taking a lengthy stroll around the park, exploring parts of its extensive 1000 acres. The park hosts over 100 events each year, making it the perfect day out. During the month of April, enjoy activities such as Lambing Week, Easter Treasure Trails and Easter Shopping Week. Take part in a Hidden Treasures Tour to find out more about the history, and go deer spotting in the nearby fields. http://events.tattonpark.org.uk/tattonpark.aspx?sa=10


Easter International Market, Carlisle Easter International Market
Proving Easter doesn’t only have to be about chocolate, take a trip down to this market where you are set to experience a fusion of flavours from around the world. Featuring Catalan, Greek, French, German and Thai cuisine set to tantalise your taste buds, you can also enjoy the Bavarian street bar. Afterwards, take a wander around craft and gift stalls adorned with worldwide treats such as South American jewellery, Italian silk scarves and a Dutch flower garden. http://www.discovercarlisle.co.uk/thedms.aspx?dms=3&venue=5051354&feature=1056



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