In the midst of a global cost of living crisis, many of us are giving luxuries such as holidays a second thought in an effort to stay on top of our budgets. Luckily, the Easter bank holiday is still considered out of season despite the finer Spring weather and lighter evenings, making a spring getaway easier on the credit card!
Today’s blog post looks at how the whole family can enjoy a weekend getaway in the UK this Easter without breaking the bank. Read on to find out more.
1. Brighton, East Sussex
Brighton might not be an obvious choice for a budget-friendly trip, but this coastal city is home to a host of free museums and attractions for the family to enjoy. Explore Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Booth Museum of Natural History to get your culture fixed before stretching your legs along the famous Brighton Palace Pier. The Pavilion Gardens offer a relaxing stroll in the spring sunshine and the Lanes are a great atmosphere with the option to window shop the array of independent Brighton businesses.
Of course, no trip to Brighton is complete without a ramble along the promenade and for the brave souls, a dip in the sea! Brighton is in close proximity to some fantastic parks, as well as the Devil’s Dyke valley in the South Downs and an undercliff walk for keen hikers.
2. Suffolk, East Anglia
Suffolk provides a countryside oasis, with plenty of free attractions such as the Carlton and Oulton wetland nature reserve where bird spotters have the chance to spot plenty of native bird species, the Broads National Park for the walkers and hikers and hundreds of sandy beaches for the whole family to enjoy. For the foodies, Suffolk Food Hall in Ipswich is a must-do and hosts frequent events celebrating the county’s enviable food and drink produce.
3. Filey, North Yorkshire
Lesser known than neighbouring Scarborough, Filey is a charming former fishing village with a large sandy beach, and nature reserve and is brimming with an old-school charm that offers the perfect, low-budget coastal retreat. Within Filey itself, there is a large sandy beach surrounded by traditional cafes, antique shops and fish and chip eateries with a nostalgic feel. Crescent gardens are perfect for a stroll, and if you can, try and catch the Filey Food & Drink festival which is held in the gardens. The Spirit of Yorkshire distillery is a popular and free attraction for the adults in your group.
4. Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Look no further than Lincoln for an underrated city break that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg! Lincoln Castle dominates the landscape, and whilst there is an entry fee to the castle; the impressive grounds are free to stroll around. The castle walls are also free to explore and offer a fantastic panoramic view of the area. All the museums in the city are free to enter, perfect for any history buffs who wish to find out more about this historic location.
The city is also home to a large number of green spaces including the Arboretum, Liquorice Park, and Temple Gardens. Hartsholme Country Park is a short drive from the city and offers 200 acres of peace to escape the hustle and bustle and the Lincolnshire Wolds AONB are also a short drive away. For animal lovers, Bransby Horses Rescue park is set on 600 acres of beautiful parkland and home to hundreds of donkeys, horses, mules, and ponies.
5. Fife, Scotland
Half an hour’s drive from Edinburgh and you will arrive in Fife, an area renowned for its quaint fishing villages, picturesque beauty spots and stunning coastline on Scotland’s northeast coast. The local town of St Andrew’s is perfect for a day trip to explore Scotland’s oldest university, the old town and the ruins of an ancient castle perched on the cliffside. West Sands beach is perfect for a long walk at low tide and Crail harbour and village are stunning in the spring sunshine. The Royal Burgh of Culross is also a must-see for Outlander fans!