Easter holiday breaks in the UK

Easter is just around the corner and with the extra two days off, it's the perfect opportunity to get away without using too much of that precious holiday allowance.

Easter breaks in the UK

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If you're looking for something new to do for your spring break, here are a few ideas to inspire you.

Take to the water
Drifting through the UK's many waterways and canals is the perfect way to unwind and relax - in fact, it really is an entirely different pace of life altogether, and one which is guaranteed to take you away from the hustle and bustle of the working day.

Narrowboat holidays don't come particularly cheap, but companies such as Waterways Holidays cater for all. You can choose the size of boat, where you'd like to start, and some will happily take pets too. Prices do vary, but start at around £625 for a two-person boat, and that includes car parking, fuel, all your bed linen and towels, as well as a quick lesson on navigation. Highly recommended, but you'll need to keep fingers and toes crossed that the weather stays fine.

Countryside hospitality
For anyone longing to get away from it all in the glorious English countryside, a farm-based break is ideal. Whether you prefer to make your own way with a self-catering cottage, enjoy the hospitality of a traditional farmhouse or are just looking for a cosy B&B surrounded by nature, websites such as www.farmstay.co.uk offer sites all over the UK.

And if you and the family fancy getting your hands dirty and really immersing yourself in the farm experience, how about a break on a working farm? Holiday Cottages provide working farm getaways in some of the UK's most beautiful locations, where you and/or the kids can help to bottle-feed lambs, collect the chicken eggs and help the farmer with milking the cows.

Family fun
When the school holidays arrive, keeping the kids entertained can be a battle, particularly if the weather is less than favourable. But with a fun family break in the UK, you can enjoy a little time away from the chores while the children are kept active.

For example, Easter Breaks at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales start from just £27 per person per night, with a choice of comfortable timber lodges, cottages or studios in which to stay. As well as the Blue Lagoon Water Park, Adventure Centre and special Easter entertainment and activities for the kids, the resort offers luxury spa treatments for worn out mums and dads.

Just the two of us
As spring bursts into life, the British countryside is awash with beautiful sights and sounds, and if you'd like to enjoy the gorgeous scenery with that one special person, you may as well do it from the warm bubbles of a hot tub with a glass of champers in hand.

The aptly named www.lodgeswithhottubs.org.uk providers exactly that at a variety of stunning locations across the UK, and if you fancy pushing the boat out, some even provide four poster beds, jacuzzis and champagne on arrival.

Setting off with a tent at the end of a chilly March might not sound like much fun, but these you don't have to suffer to enjoy a camping experience. Glamping is the modern alternative, and there are a number of UK companies catering for those who prefer a little comfort with their camping.

Feather Down Farms, for instance, offer spacious luxury fixed tents, with real beds and heaters at 20 working farms across the country, while Country House Hideout provides the same experience, but set with the grounds of some of Britain's beautiful country houses.

So if you are planning to get away from it all this Easter, take advantage of the incredibly varied and beautiful locations the UK has to offer.

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