Easter retreat in the North of England
Camping in the North of England serves up a year-round treasure trove of delights. From the glorious Yorkshire coast with its friendly towns and sandy beaches, to the region's magnificent gardens and National Trust treasures, there's a never-ending supply of wonderful things to see and do. To help you plan your break, take a look at this four-day Easter Weekend itinerary for ideas and inspiration. Featuring Spring walking trails, open days, rallies and special events (Medieval jousting, anyone?), we've got plenty of treats in store for you this April.
We have a superb selection of Club Sites within easy reach of the nation's best-loved attractions, including beautiful Boroughbridge and lovely Scarborough, offering the very best of Yorkshire's coast and countryside. And what better time to visit than the Easter Weekend? Bookended with not one but two bank holidays, Easter is the perfect time to get acquainted with this captivating corner of the country.
All set? Lace up your walking boots, grab a map and set out to discover the unforgettable delights this region has to offer.
Day 1 - Good Friday
Get your Easter camping break off to the sweetest start with a trip to Goddards House & Garden, home to a fascinating display charting 250 years of Terry's of York. From chemist to chocolatier, unwrap its humble origins as a small shop in 1767 to the creator of the famous Chocolate Orange. What better way to start the Easter Weekend? Finish off your visit by exploring the former chocolate factory's garden 'rooms', its fragrant borders and hidden corners, and its immaculate bowling green.
Day 2 - Easter Saturday
Burn off your Chocolate Orange experience by exploring the National Trust's Brimham Rocks, just half an hour's drive from Boroughbridge Club Site. The invigorating Spring Trail takes in magnificent views over Nidderdale and the site's many spectacular rock formations: look out for the Dancing Bear, The Eagle and The Gorilla, The Smartie Tube, and the Rocking Stones. Brimham Rocks is open over Easter from 11.00am until 4.00pm, dogs on leads are welcome.
After all that fresh air, reward yourself by stopping off at the award-winning Hambleton Ales Brewery in Ripon. The brewery's Annual Open Day takes place on Easter Saturday from 12pm until 4.00pm. Entry is free and visitors have the chance to look around the brewery, sample some tasty beers and sing along to the brewery band!
If you're not a fan of the amber brew, why not head to the Royal Armouries in Leeds instead? The Royal Armouries plays host to a lively Medieval Easter event over the bank holiday weekend, complete with thrilling live-action jousting, battling knights and thundering hooves. Pomp and pageantry, music and minstrels guaranteed.
Day 3 - Easter Sunday
There's another chance to experience medieval mayhem at Sewerby Hall & Gardens on Easter Sunday. Boasting a glorious setting on the Yorkshire coast near Bridlington, just 45 minutes from Scarborough Club Site, Sewerby is pulling out all the stops this year with a spectacular Medieval Jousting & Craft Fair featuring England's No.1 jousting team.
If you prefer your horsepower confined to two-wheels, head to historic Scarborough Spa over the Easter Weekend for the annual Scarborough Scooter Rally. There's plenty of madcap fun with vintage scooters and live music, not to mention a mammoth trade show with a huge variety of stalls offering custom parts, spares, secondhand buys, clothing and more.
Day 4 - Easter Monday
Wind up the Easter Weekend by making a beeline for the magnificent Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden. Just 20 minutes from Boroughbridge Club Site, spend a delightful morning following the Abbey's spring explorer map around its haunting ruins and sprawling gardens, before browsing the plant shop and enjoying refreshments in the tearoom.
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