Things to do this weekend: cream teas and vintage treasure hunting

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Weekend ideas
March 20 2017

Spring has well and truly sprung, and to top it off  English Tourism Week begins on 25th March. Not only is this a week jam-packed with great events up and down the country, but there are also some great discounts to be had with discounted entries and more, says Danielle Jones.

1) Treat mum to a posh tea in Kent

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea, Dreamland, Kent

One lump or two? Celebrate your fabulous mum with a Mother’s Day afternoon tea in sunny Margate. Set in Dreamland’s glorious 1920s ballroom, you can nibble sandwiches, sample cake and sip prosecco for just £17.95 per person. Go ahead and spoilt her, she deserves it! (25-26 March)

What else is happening in Kent?

2) Toddle around the Isle of Wight

Walking holidays in the Isle of Wight

From the tip of East Cowes to Freshwater Bay, the Isle of Wight has miles of beautiful scenery just waiting to be discovered by foot. Join in the Spring in Your Step walking weekend and discover spots only known to locals, whatever your age and ability. Most walks are free, with some having a suggested donation. (25-26 March)

Plan a trip to the Isle of Wight

3) Listen to restoration experts in Bedfordshire

Regency Period Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth

With so many beautiful buildings in England, it’s easy to forget the amount of work that goes into restoring and maintaining these heritage gems. This weekend you can find out exactly what it takes at a special talk about the restoration of the Regency Period Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth. Tickets are £9.95. (26 March)

Things to do in Bedfordshire

4) Head underground in North Yorkshire

Inglebourough Cave

If you’ve ever wanted to go on a subterranean adventure, head to Inglebourough Cave in Yorkshire with its half price entry for one day only. Come and gawp at stalactites and stalagmites under the surface of the Dales, and discover how the chambers were formed over millennia. Entrance on the day will be £4.50 for adults and £2.25 for children (26 March)

What else is there to do in North Yorkshire?

5) Do some tasty shopping in West Yorkshire

Not only will your mouth be watering at the range of wares available at the Kirkstall Abbey Deli Market, but your eyes will be just as spoilt with the beautiful backdrop of the preserved abbeys. In addition to the 40+ stalls there’s also a sandpit and castle to keep the kids amused too. Entrance is free (25-26 March)

Take in more of West Yorkshire

6) Search for vintage treasure in Lancashire

Crafty Vintage

Peruse and browse through the ages, as Crafty Vintage sets up shop at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston. More than just your average vintage fair, as well as brilliant stalls, there is delicious food and lots of entertainment, making it a great day out for the whole family. Adult entry is £2. (25-26 March)

Visiting Lancashire?

7) Throw down in Staffordshire

If you have always wanted to try your hand at pottery, a visit to the pottery capital of England this weekend is a must. Your trip to Staffordshire will give you the chance to try the coiling technique with experts, plus a chance to look around the Gladstone Pottery Museum. Tickets are £12. (25 March)

More things to do in Staffordshire

8) Stroll around beautiful grounds in Somerset

Bishop’s Palace and Gardens, Wells

If you fancy taking in some scenic sights and indulge your senses, then head to Somerset. Here you can explore the picturesque Bishop’s Palace and Gardens of Wells as this Grade I listed building, which is offering 20% off its admission for English Tourism Week. (25 March – 2 April)

Discover more of Somerset

9) Coo over baby lambs in Surrey

Spring lambs

Spring means new life in England’s countryside and a chance to see lambs being born. Even if you don’t get to see this amazing spectacle, there are plenty of cute baby ducklings, chicks and a host of fun things to do down on Bockett’s Farm in Leatherhead. 

Fun things to do in Surrey

10) Uncover the history of the streets of Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral

With its striking cathedral and historic past, Salisbury is a brilliant place to wander about and discover. This weekend there is the chance of a guided walk around the city’s streets. Find out how the city became one of the richest in the country and learn about the people who lived there. Tickets are £6 for adults, and £3 for children (26 March)

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Melissa Brobby

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