Can you feel the excitement beginning to build? As the temperatures rise, and the days grow longer, Easter is traditionally the time of year for one of the first outings in the new caravan season.
This year, there are again four days of public holiday – Friday the 14th of April until Monday the 17th of April – which also fall within schools’ Easter holidays. Tag on a few extra days from your annual leave allowance from work, of course, you might easily make your first outing of the year last up to ten days or so.
So, let’s suggest some of the top 5 destinations you might want to head off towards this Easter – just remember to make sure that your touring caravan insurance is up to date:
- South east England
Where better to get that first taste of spring but the Garden of England – or, for that matter, anywhere in the south east.
This is an area that seems to have it all for a family holiday in your touring caravan – some spectacular coastal scenery, the South Downs, beaches, promenades and buckets and spades.
You’ll even find an organised Easter egg hunt at Alfriston Clergy House, a short drive away from the Camping and Caravanning Club’s site at Normans Bay – which history buffs will also know marks the spot where the Normans landed in 1066.
- South west England
The south west of England is one of the first parts of the country to feel the warmth and sunshine of Spring – so you might want to head off to Cornwall to bag your share of all that fine weather this Easter (fingers crossed!).
The county has a number of campsites that are open all the year round, so they are probably in full swing by the time you get there for Easter.
Carnon Downs Caravan Park is an excellent base from which to explore the whole of Cornwall, as it is right in the heart of the county, near Truro, and therefore midway between both north and south coasts.
Read our special feature on gardens to visit in the south west in our latest newsletter here;
Arley Arboretum in Worcestershire has pulled out all the stops for a family-themed Easter.
In addition to the year-round Dinosaur and Fairy Trails, the holidays also incorporate and Easter Trail, Easter Egg Colouring Competitions, hands on with baby chicks, and various sessions organised by the Forestry Adventure Club – to cap it all, kids go free during the whole period from the 8th until the 23rd of April.
The Camping and Caravanning Club’s site at Wolverley is only 4.4 miles from Arley Arboretum.
- North west England
Spring could be just the time of year for enjoying your own “wandering lonely as a cloud, to come across a host of golden daffodils” – to paraphrase the poet William Wordsworth, as he walked the fells of the Lake District.
Herdwick Croft Caravan Park, on the shores of beautiful Bassenthwaite, might be the ideal spot to pitch your touring caravan and to take advantage of the handbook and guide the site has published to Easter activities in the Lakes.
If you are north of the border, you already know that the Easter holidays in Scotland omit the Monday as a bank holiday.
Undaunted, though, why not hitch up your ‘van, take a few extra days of annual leave and enjoy all that the Scottish countryside has to offer come Springtime.
Faskally Caravan Park is near Pitlochry in the very heart of Scotland’s Highland Perthshire, so perfectly situated for exploring the immediate surroundings and further afield.