On an Easter weekend when temperatures recorded in some parts of the UK were higher then the rest of Europe and even some places in Africa, it is unsurprising that many Britons took full advantage. More than 10 million people took a weekend ‘staycation,’ with seaside businesses in particular having their best day of the year so far. Saturday was the hottest April day since 1949, according to the Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan and although the great weather is set to break soon, the success of the weekend has whetted appetites for more of the same. There is another bank holiday to come and hopefully some welcome signs for a long hot summer.
For all those who were caught unawares at the weekend and perhaps enjoyed the sunshine from no further than their own gardens maybe some planning is required for the next weekend. The services, hotels, guest houses, events and entertainment options in all the best UK destinations will certainly be ready and for those who would rather getaway from the upcoming royal event, there is always Ireland. The May Bank Holiday Mardi Gras in Kilkenny promises to be a real highlight for fans of Americana folk music, laced with typical Irish flavour, while Wicklow, is home to the Bray Jazz Festival. There are further festivals in Limerick, Cork and many more of Ireland’s most popular towns and counties.
Back in the UK, the Royal Wedding will rule the airways and while many will be joining in a street event or celebration, many will just take the time out to explore the best parts of the country. Even for those with little interest in the wedding, it is a timely reminder of the global appeal of the UK and perhaps provides a fresh impetus for checking out some of the great history and heritage attractions.
Image: Trafalgar sun by monikabota, on Flickr