After doing without your favourite things over Lent and making it through this winter’s big Siberian chill, Easter is officially the time to indulge, relax and enjoy quality time with the family. Here are some of the best bits in the local area to make this Easter full of fun, family and a feel-good factor.
Easter weekend arrives around the same time as the annual opening of various well-loved theme parks. LEGOLAND – just a short drive away from The Runnymede on Thames – is one of these favourites. Over the Easter weekend, it’ll be open from 10am to 6pm every day. Chessington World of Adventures is open during the same hours, as is Thorpe Park, except for a closing time of 5pm on Easter Sunday.
Visiting the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world couldn’t be a better idea when spring is starting to make an appearance. Over the Easter weekend, Windsor Castle is open on Easter Sunday (from 1pm) and Easter Monday (from 9:30am). With the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle happening just a few weeks later, it’s the perfect opportunity to get a sneak peek of where the action will be happening.
Be sure to visit Windsor Great Park by the castle too – ideal for a casual stroll while the children can run around. The Long Walk is particularly pretty – and if you’re embracing royal wedding fever, it will form part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s carriage journey around Windsor following their nuptials. On Easter Saturday, embark on the 25km or 25 mile Easter Walk that takes in much of the stunning local area.
Spending family time by the River Thames this Easter couldn’t be better. With plenty of options depending on what your family likes to get up to, it’s the ideal place for a quiet stroll or to play games and absorb the fascinating history of the riverside. The children can play in the wide-open Runnymede Pleasure Grounds, or keep on walking to reach the Magna Carta memorials. Back at The Runnymede on Thames, play giant games such as Connect Four on our riverside lawn, have a coffee in our Lounge or have a feast of a meal at one of our riverside restaurants.
Do something you wouldn’t usually do during your time off for Easter and head over to the theatre for a limited-run show. On Good Friday or Easter Saturday, adults can catch the end of the run of Sebastian Faulks’s Birdsong at Theatre Royal Windsor. From Easter Monday, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Musical starts at the theatre – perfect for music fans. Families should head over to Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead on Good Friday or Easter Saturday for Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain.
The Easter weekend might not be long enough to make the most of all this amazing fun you can have as a family…but we challenge you to give it a go!