Things to do this weekend: swinging parties and chocolate chomping

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
April 7 2017

This Easter weekend the country will be filled with all sorts of fun activities for kids and grown-ups alike. Whether you want to explore a famous rabbit’s garden for eggs, tuck into  a deep-fried Creme Egg or sip gin in style, take a look at our list and plan your long weekend suggests Danielle Jones. 

1) Celebrate food and drink in Liverpool

Liverpool Food Festival © Helen

Liverpool is a fantastic hub of great food, and many different cultures have stepped through its port. This means many have left their mark (and flavours) in the city, and this weekend you can sample these at the bi-annual food festival, which even includes deep fried Creme Eggs!

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2) Get swinging in Manchester

Printworks, Manchester © Brian Barnett

Forget about chocolate eggs and secretive rabbits, dust off your dancing shoes and get swinging at the Manchester Printworks this Easter Sunday. The Easter Vintage Swing has been running for fourteen years and includes live performances, vintage stalls and some gorgeous retro cars. It’s free to attend and will certainly liven up your Sunday. (16 April)

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3) Chomp on chocolate in Bristol

Whether you fancy it in egg form or are happy with however it comes, this weekend is all about chocolate! This weekend in Bristol you can chomp to your heart’s content as Taste Chocolate opens its doors. With lots of stalls and a chocolate theatre, you’ll be in a cocoa heaven in no time.  (15 April – 16 April)

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4) Hunt for eggs in Beatrix Potter’s garden

Bowness, Cumbria © lin Judy(快樂雲)

The only other rabbit as famous as the Easter bunny is Beatrix Potter’s rascal Peter Rabbit. This Easter weekend you can explore the gardens that inspired this cotton-tailed hero and hunt for your own stash of eggs.  As the kids are on the hunt, adults can enjoy the history and beauty of the surrounding area. Entrance to Potter’s home is £7.50 for adults £3.95 for children (16-17 April)

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5) Sip Mother’s Ruin in Devon

Torquay, Devon © Torquay Palms

You could just forget the whole Easter celebration and instead spend your weekend sipping gin cocktails on the English Riviera, as the Gin Festival descends on the seaside town of Torquay. With over 100 types of gin, including exciting flavoured botanicals and masterclasses, you’ll get a lot of gin for your buck at £10.46 entry.  (14-15 April)

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6) Explore Scarborough by open top bus

Scarborough © Richard Szwejkowski

We’re all hoping the sun comes out this weekend, and what better place to soak up some rays than atop of an open top bus at the seaside. Inhale the sea air and discover the charm and traditions of sunny Scarborough beach. Tickets are £3.50 for an all-day adult ticket.   (8 April – 3 September)

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7) Chug along with Thomas in Hampshire

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Watercress Line © GeorgeOwenSFX

Transport your little ones to the Island of Sodor this Easter as Thomas and his friends steam along the Watercress Line in Hampshire this weekend. Ride the trains up and down and take in the quaint stations. £18 for adults and £12 for children. (14-23 April)

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8) Sip giggle water at Bart’s of London

Can you keep a secret? If you can, then mutter the password and you’ll be inducted into the coolest speakeasy this side of prohibition. This Good Friday, Bart’s hosts it’s Easter Prohibition Night from their exclusive Sloane Avenue apartment, bringing all the intrigue and excitement of the Roaring 20s with some fabulous cocktails to boot. Entrance is free but booking is recommended. (14 April)

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9) Climb a gorge in Harrogate

Howstean Gorge © Gideon Chilton

Work off those chocolate eggs and throw a dash of adrenaline into proceedings with a spot of gorge walking near to Harrogate. Howstean Gorge, with its course of waterfalls, deep pools and high rocks, you can abseil, cross and plodge to your heart’s content. For £45 per person, you’ll have a weekend life no other. (Ongoing)

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10) Carry coal in West Yorkshire

Gawthorpe World Coal Carrying Championships © Clive

One of the many quirkier traditions of Easter is the annual Coal Carrying World Championship held in Gawthorpe; a tradition carried out since 1963 after a discussion in a pub. Competitors of all ages and abilities compete with huge sacks of coal (some up to 50kg) on their backs for cash prizes. It’s free to watch, and entry is £15 for the main race. (17 April)

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