Here’s our round up of some eggcellent low-cost Easter activities (sorry...)
1. See some spring lambs
What could be a better Easter activity than getting out into the countryside to see lambs frolicking in the fields, or, if you’re really lucky, being born?
Lots of farms across the UK hold lambing days over the Easter period where you can see lambs and often other farmyard animals.
The National Trust publishes a list of places you can see lambs in locations all across the country on its website.
2. Do some DIY
Many people use the Easter break to tackle all those jobs that need doing around the house. If you’re keen to give your property a spring makeover, why not pick up a couple of tins of paint from your local DIY store and give one of the rooms in your home a revamp?
Not only will you save a fortune doing it yourself compared to hiring a professional decorator, but you’ll often be adding value to your home at the same time. Just be aware you may need to inform your home insurer about any big changes you’re making to your home – find out more in our article.
3. Go on an Easter walk
Many of us have spent much of the last few months holed up at home away from the winter weather, but now it’s milder, it’s the perfect time to put on those wellies for a long Easter walk. You can find walks in your local area at www.walkingbritain.co.uk or at www.nationaltrail.co.uk.
If you’ve got children, getting them out walking isn’t always easy, but one way to tempt them out is by arranging a scavenger hunt, so that they have to find certain items on the walk. Don’t forget a prize for the winner!
4. Clear out your clutter
Having a good old spring clean can be really therapeutic, so have a good rummage around your home and chuck anything you no longer use.
Remember too that one person’s rubbish is another person’s treasure, so before you head off to the local tip, you could first see what you can sell at a local car boot sale. Check out www.carbootjunction.com to find car boot sales in your area.
5. Go geocaching
Geocaching involves using your smartphone to hide and seek containers at specific locations marked by co-ordinates all over the world.
Usually a cache is a waterproof container that holds a notebook. Once you’ve found it, you sign the book and prove you found it. People often include toys or other small items as well. You can create an account online or through the Geocaching app to view geocaches near you. You then use the app to help you navigate.
6. Get baking
Rather than buying Easter goodies at the shops, why not get creative and make them at home? Crafting a chocolate Easter egg might be a step too far for most of us, but it’s easy enough to make your own chocolates and biscuits. The BBC Good Food website has lots of Easter recipes including carrot patch cake, Easter egg biscuits and hot cross buns.
7. Take part in an Easter egg rolling competition
Get your family or friends together and each decorate a hard-boiled egg. Then take them to your nearest hill to see which egg rolls the furthest.
You can either arrange this yourself, or if you live in or near West Sussex, you could head along to the Devil’s Dyke where the National Trust holds its annual egg-rolling competition. The event takes place between 10.45am and 12pm on April 2 and the cost is £1 per person. There’s no need to book in advance and dogs on leads are welcome.
Egg rolling also takes place on April 2 on the hour every hour at Avenham Park, Preston, Lancashire. There’s no charge for admission.
Alternatively, the National Trust’s Fountains Abbey in Ripon, North Yorkshire also holds an egg rolling competition on the abbey green on April 2 at 2-2.30pm. The usual National Trust admission charges apply.
Finally, if you’re planning to get away this Easter, whether in the UK or abroad, make sure you take out travel insurance. If you’re hoping to take two or more holidays this year, it’s worth considering an annual multi-trip insurance policy.