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For many of us, this Easter weekend will be quieter than we'd like it to be. But just because you won’t be able to enjoy an Easter getaway or a family holiday in Europe, doesn't mean that you can’t have a great time at home. We've rounded up a guide to the best things to do indoors, plus some imaginative virtual experiences to enjoy over the bank holiday weekend - and we'll patiently plan a city break in Paris or a country retreat in Cornwall for later in the year!

Experiment with new bakes

Whether you’re used to cooking up a storm over the Easter celebrations or you're keen to try a new bake, a long weekend is a great chance to experiment in the kitchen. There are lots of great recipes out there, but top of our list will be hot cross bun amaretto sours and scotch Cadbury crème eggs. If you've got children (or you're just a big kid at heart) then the Easter bunny trail mix recipe on the food blog 'My Fussy Eater' is great fun. 

 

 

Spend time together

It’s more important than ever to keep in touch, so why not schedule a call (or several) throughout the weekend? You can even combine it with your mealtimes to eat dinner together, or organise a pub quiz. There’s a host of apps and services you can use - including Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Houseparty and FaceTime (if you all have iOS devices). If you're running out of pub quiz ideas (let's be honest - we're all running out of steam with these!) then you might find these great quiz hints from Elle useful. We particularly like the suggestion of the 'What happens next?' round. 

 

Have an Easter egg hunt

You can still have a cracking Easter egg hunt at home, it just means you may have to get a little bit more creative with your hiding places, especially if you don’t have access to a garden. What about hiding eggs in plant pots, behind the sofa, or among stuffed animals? If you've got pets and you don't want to risk them snaffling the chocolate, then consider using resuable plastic eggs that can be traded for chocolate at the end of the hunt. Or if you want to get really creative, then steal some ideas from this ingenious House Beautiful blog. We particularly love the idea of a scavenger hunt, and eco-friendly wooden eggs. The best part about organising your own Easter egg hunt? The whole family can get involved... and you get to pick your favourite chocolate!

 

Get crafty

Whether you’re trying out knitting or creating giant papier mache Easter eggs (the how-to guide by The Artful Parent is fantastic), there are loads of great ways to get creative this weekend. From egg marbling to wreath making, there’s a spring art project for everyone.  Check out this great Easter crafts list for children and Easter crafts for adults for more inspiration.

 

 

Enjoy a movie night

Grab what’s left of your Easter eggs and enjoy a cosy night in with family (either physically or virtually). Netflix and Amazon Prime have a great back-catalogue of cinema treats, but if you're in need of a little travel inspiration for your first post-lockdown break, then take a look at our definitive list of our favourite travel TV and travel movies.

If you’re looking for a culture fix, many theatres across the globe are offering virtual theatre experiences too. The National Theatre has a streaming service, and has made various treats such as Jane Eyre and Romeo and Juliet available to watch on Sky Arts. Or for a host of plays at your fingertips, you can sign up to a Digital Theatre subscription or a service such as Westendtheatre.com.

 

Fit in time for a walk

It's never been more important to take care of your health (both physical and emotional) so make some time to get outside, breathe in some fresh air and stretch your legs. Over the last year, lots of us have discovered hidden gems on our doorsteps, so get online to chat with your neighbours to find out where they like to exercise locally, or head to our friendly Facebook groups to make plans for future walking holidays. And as soon as lockdown restrictions lift around the world, we'll be using this Wanderlust blog of the world's best walks to make our holiday plans! Wherever you end up walking this weekend, just make sure that you are able to keep a safe distance from others.

There are so many fantastic ways to spend your Easter weekend. Obviously we'd love to be travelling right now, (and if you share this sentiment, then make sure you check out our helpful guide on the best Easter holiday destinations), but we'll also happily take a moment to enjoy simple pleasures at home. For some of us, that will mean immersing ourselves in a great travel read (this blog should come in handy!) or we might head into the garden to get our homes swap-ready. You might even choose to spend some time chatting with our lovely members or reading our blog for lots of travel inspiration. We’d love to hear how you'll be spending this Easter, so ping us a message on our social media channels, or make us jealous with some lovely snaps from your previous Easter family breaks! You can find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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