From seaside trips to bottomless brunches, here are five ideas for making the most of the four-day break this month
Cocktails and cappuccinos
The long weekend is the perfect excuse for a leisurely brunch – and there are fantastic options in all directions in Cambridge, from Smokeworks to the Old Bicycle Shop. The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie on Trinity Street is a favourite for good reason, offering dishes such as buttermilk pancakes and eggs royale with chips, plus cocktails including peach bellinis.
The coast with the most
Make the best of the long weekend with a trip to the seaside. Head to the Norfolk coast and visit Holkham Hall, a sprawling 18th-century mansion, before exploring the dunes and salt marshes of Holkham National Nature Reserve. Alternatively, venture east to the pebbled beaches of Aldeburgh; scout out iconic sculptures and tuck into some fish and chips. Families looking for an adrenaline-filled experience should head to Southend-on-Sea for a day at Adventure Island.
For marvellous markets, check out Ely’s Craft, Food and Vintage Fair on 16 April. Meander the myriad stalls offering delicacies from Mexico and Brazil, baked goods, handmade crafts, artisan produce, local coffee and more. There’s also Ely’s Sunday market, where you can peruse plants and gift stands, expand your vinyl collection or rummage for vintage treasures. On bank holiday Monday there will also be street food, crafts, artisan food and stalls selling seasonal treats from 9am-4pm. Don’t miss Peterborough Festival of Antiques on 15-16 April for one of the biggest fairs in the country. It plays host to hundreds of antiques dealers, interior design shops and silver makers. Entry costs £5.
Take part in an ancient Easter tradition by attending a sung mass at King’s College Chapel. On Good Friday, the choir will perform Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor. Take in the majestic architecture of the chapel, as you experience the drama of the Easter story through world-class music.
A change of scene
Just six miles from Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings is an attractive heritage site with converted Victorian buildings, independent shops, galleries, eateries and performance venues. On 16 April, Aldeburgh Voices will sing a selection of Easter choral music, while down the road you will find The Red House, home of Benjamin Britten, where children can take part in Easter activities. For a day out a bit closer to home, try Duxford Imperial War Museum or Wimpole Hall.
Check out our suggestions for Ten Easter Days Out with the kids!