UK Easter Holidays & Short Breaks

When is Easter?

Easter varies between March & April in the UK and the following details key Easter dates for the coming years:

  • Easter 2011 falls on April 24th
  • Easter 2012: April 8th
  • Easter 2013: March 31st
  • Easter 2014: April 20th

The first day of Lent in the Christian calender, called Ash Wednesday occurs 46 days before Easter. Many choose to ‘repent’ by way of fasting or otherwise, in the lead up to Easter during this time. Thus the day of Ash Wednesday will vary in starting in either February or March.

UK Easter Half-Term Holidays


Easter half-term holidays usually last 2 weeks, starting the week  before Easter and through Easter. The following dates are for general guidance, local authorities and councils may well differ:

  • Easter half-term 2011: Monday 11th April 2011 to Monday 25th April 2011
  • Easter half-term 2012: Monday 2nd April 2012 to Friday 13th April 2012
  • Easter half-term 2013: Monday 25th March 2013 to Monday 8th April 2013

UK Easter Breaks & Holiday Deals

With the longer 2-week Easter holidays, many families choose between a UK break and something further afield. The UK has many holiday options to compare to our European counterparts and whilst the prices may seem equivilant of going abroad, the benefits of staying in the UK and travelling a shorter distance, with full access to your usual amenities makes it a choice worth considering. UK & Ireland has lots to offer and whilst the weather isn’t always a guarantee, there are lots of options available whatever you’re looking for.

UK Family Caravan Park Holidays

A caravan holiday caters for those looking for something very affordable through to luxury holiday makers. We partner with a range of caravan holiday providers, with breaks starting from just £9 per person, per night for a basic caravan through to the more luxurious, high-end caravans from just £25 per person per night

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UK Family Cottage & Apartment Holidays

Cottages and apartments throughout the UK offer more of a home away from home as they’re usually self-catering with provided bedding and cutlery. Cottages and apartments give a more personal stay than hotels if you want to enjoy a change in scenery without leaving the comforts of your home. Many cottages and apartments are attended to daily with new bedding provided alongside a general tidy up however most are done once or twice a week, giving you your own privacy. Apartments and cottages vary in price with lots of bargains and deals available.

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UK Family Holiday Parks

Holiday parks in the UK are fond destinations for families with kids aged between 2 and 16. Holiday parks usually have a number of leisure activities included on the park meaning that all the fun and entertainment are right where you’re staying! Most holiday parks included sports facilities including swimming pools and many have adventure playgrounds and fairground and arcade amusements. Most holiday parks also include live entertainment for all ages.

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UK Family Hotel Breaks

If you’re looking for a family break away in a city or town then consider a hotel break to take away the stress of keeping your accommodation tidy, with many offering breakfast and dinner allowing you to enjoy the rest of your day. Many hotels offer kids’ specials during the half-term too allowing kids to eat or even stay for free!

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UK Family Lodge Holidays

Lodge holidays are similar cottages and apartments in the sense of being self-catering, however they’re a lot closer to nature, many set in beautiful woodlands, with walks and activities to match such as climbing, abseiling or mountain biking. If you’re not into adventure then enjoy the natural settings and have a relaxing break in a self-catering lodge.

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What is Easter about?

Easter Day, or Easter Sunday, is the time when Christians celebrate the time when Jesus was ‘raised from the dead’. It is usually 2 days after Good Friday. There are many differing stories of Jesus’s life and death however Easter and Easter Sunday are widely recognised throughout the Western world and a time for the religious amongst us to reflect, and for those less religious, to enjoy some time off with family and friends.

Why Easter Eggs?

There are a number of theories as to why eggs are associated with Easter, including traditions passed down through paganism. An egg is used in many religions and traditions as a symbol of new life and thus a theory is associated with the egg being a symbol of new life in Christianity. An old tradition dictated that eggs were banned during Lent and so one explanation for Easter Eggs is that they were offered as a gift during Easter, which seems the most plausible existence of Easter Eggs. Either way, its a tradition loved by kids across the world and a fun time to splash some paint and decorate eggs for Easter!

What’s the Easter Bunny?

The Easter Bunny (Easter Hare, Spring Bunny) is a concept derived from a myth of a bunny leaving eggs in the garden as a gift during Easter. Perhaps it is borne out of a similar concept to Santa Clause, bringing gifts to children during Christmas. However the tradition of the Easter Bunny seems to have started off in Germany.

Easter Chocolate Traditions

Chocolate traditions with both eggs and bunnies were introduced to entice children and others into the Easter festivities and also as way of bearing gifts for one and other, using the representation of the Easter Egg and Easter Bunny to celebrate Easter. Chocolate Bunnies don’t actually lay chocolate Eggs! There two are unrelated aside from the myth of the Easter Bunny delivering Eggs during Easter and are both symbols of rebirth (the Easter Egg) and the giving of Easter Eggs (via the Easter Bunny).