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8 of the best places to visit this Easter holiday

Published 24th Mar 2022

With an abundance of Easter holiday ideas, you'll be able to keep everyone entertained with family-friendly events and activities that run over the whole of easter and because they're all within the UK, getting their via a coach or minibus is incredibly easy.

1. Dorset Adventure Park - Dorset

Dorset adventure park is located in the picturesque Corfe Castle, with 18 acres of forest and woodland, this waterpark and mud trail boasts fun for the whole family.

Open to the public from April to October, the Waterpark is a huge Woodland Waterpark spread over two lakes overlooking Corfe Castle. Each lake features different obstacles for you to tackle. More than 200m of wet inflatable fun for you to challenge your family and friends.

The Mud Trail is an outdoor adventure trail for any age and in any weather, great on a sunny day, but even more fun in the rain. Featuring 50 different obstacles over a 2km trail. Mud washes off, memories last a lifetime! The Mud Trail is great for all ages and generations.

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2. Tamar Lakes - Cornwall

Nestled on the boarder of Cornwall and Devon, Tamar Lakes are surrounded by British countryside. This beautiful location is popular with families and couples a like all looking for their own piece of serenity.

If relaxing is not on the agenda, then no need to worry. You can take to the water and hire a kayak, canoe, paddleboard or sailboat. There's also the option for you to take your own kit and experience a completely different view of Tamar Lakes from the comfort of your own boat.

If you plan to take your bike, the three-mile circular path around the upper lake is also suitable for even the sportiest amongst us. Best of all is the stunning wildlife that take residence around the lakes – so don’t forget the camera!

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3. Portmeirion – North Wales

Built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in the early 20th century, this ornate take on the Italian Riviera is the biggest tourist destination in North Wales, fetching up to 200,000 tourists a year. The ornamental gardens and campanile are a beautiful pocket of madness seen nowhere else in the country.

Fancy a stroll? Then take a look around at all the architecture around the compact village. Clever use of arches, slopes and window sizes makes it seem larger than it is.

“A gorgeous visual poem” said by The Rough Guide to Wales. Use your time to admire the Bristol Colonnade, Hercules Hall, Gothic Pavilion and Belvedere.

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4. River Dart Country Park - Devon

Located in Ashburton, Devon, this fun-filled family destination has been providing smiles for over four decades.

Set over a massive 90 acres of stunning parkland, River Dart has a multitude of playful outdoor adventures that are fun for all the family. Not only does it offer energy packed activities such as bike riding and obstacle courses, but it also houses a beautiful nature trail around the river.

Enjoy a break in the Devon countryside for a day trip or if you plan on staying over, there are en-suite rooms in Holne Park House and of course for those who want the complete outdoor experience, there's a camping site.

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5. Alnwick Castle - Northumberland

Dubbed the Windsor of the North, Alnwick Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and has been home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family, the Percys, for over 700 years.

Combining magnificent medieval architecture with Italian inspired state rooms, Alnwick Castle is one of the UK’s most significant heritage destinations and known to be one of the best days out in Northumberland.

This is a wonderful place to go and visit for a day or a full weekend, with various numbers of hotel and guest houses around the nearby area.

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6. York – Yorkshire

Take a trip to one of the most ancient cities in the country, the magnificent city of York. Roman walls surround contemporary independent shops with more places to eat than you can count.

Perfectly placed half-way between London and Edinburgh and with the glorious Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and Wolds right on the doorstep, York is unlike any other English city.

There’s thirty world-class museums you can explore, the best racecourse in the country and a thriving cultural scene, not forgetting, York is voted the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times.

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7. The Peak District

Abseiling, gorge-scrambling and high wire zip line adventures in the woods are all on offer in the Peak District & Derbyshire - perfect for adding a touch of action to your holiday.

Situated at the heart of the country, north west of Derbyshire, the Peak District offers it all from cosy pubs and family-friendly events to unique experiences and heart-pumping adventures, there's so much to see and do.

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8. Cheddar Gorge - Somerset

Walk through nearly 350 million years of history. Wander up the highest, inland limestone cliff formation and explore two of the oldest showcaves in Britain.

Situated south of Bristol, Immerse yourself in the iconic landscape of Cheddar Gorge & Caves where Britain’s oldest, most complete skeleton, known as Cheddar Man, was discovered in 1903.

Discover this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its abundance of flora and fauna from the rare Cheddar pink to the Cheddar, Twin Cliffs and Gough’s Rock whitebeams that can’t be found anywhere else.

Find more information: Cheddar Gorge