Photography & Text by: Stacey Barbet
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Easter is coming up fast, and if you’re one fo those lucky people who gets a long weekend off of work, you might be considering a cheeky little break away. However, you also might not, because you know..it’s Easter, it get expensive. It doesn’t have to be. Stay in the UK, “staycations” are a thing these days, we should make the most of the awesome places on our doorsteps…
For the outdoorsy and the not-so outdoorsy types, Snowdonia can be somewhere for everyone. If you fancy a quiet break, low phone signal and beautiful scenery..this is definitely for you. Located in North Wales, it can be reached by car in just a few hours. Snowdonia National Park is gorgeous, and you’ll find many options of places to stay. I stayed in Nant Peris, in a little tent that we rented on AirBnB (it was £30 for the weekend – bargain!). We attempted to walk the trail to the top, if the weather was better, I reckon we’d have made it! Even if the weather is bad, chuck on some waterproofs and go for a wander!
A beautiful Anglo-Saxon city that should be explored! There are so many things to keep an inquisitive mind occupied. From museums and parks to architecture and walks along the Thames. All for free! Grab yourself a cheap B&B (areas around the city tend to be cheaper) and you’ll only be a bus ride away. My personal favourite is the Ashmolean Museum. If you’re a literary type, then why not have a pint in the Eagle and Child? The exact place where J.R.R.Tolkien, Lewis Carrol and the other members of ‘The Inklings’ used to hang out and discuss their travaux en cours..
Who doesn’t love a break by the seaside? At the moment, it’s likely hotter outside than it is in your own home, with all this global warming turning our winters’ into spring, there’s a 99% chance that it could be a scorcher of a weekend! So why not spend it with an artisan gelato and a bag of your finest pennies in the arcades on the pier? Brighton has to be one of my all time favourite weekend breaks. It is one of the few places that really does cater for all. Beautiful beach walks, the Pier, the Pavillion Gardens (free) and a wander around the North Laines – where you’ll find plenty of quirks.
Another historic British city. Just up the M11 accessible by car and by train. I spent three years in and out of this amazing city whilst I studied and never fully felt like I did or saw it all. If you’re into historic buildings and museums, it’s perfect. There are 31 colleges of Cambridge University, most of which are pretty epic to look at. If you visit, go punting. It’s a great way to see what’s up, as well as supporting a struggling Cambridge University student, whilst listening to them reel of the history of the city, whilst you sip on an ice-cold bevvy (alcoholic ones work a treat). You don’t have to stay central, get a place just outside of the city, the buses are super cheap and you can use your savings on fun activities!
Ok, so Dublin is actually in the Republic of Ireland, so technically not a UK break…but hear me out..flights can be booked for peanuts to Dublin and AirBnB’s are the same. Throw in some city exploration (for free) and you’ve got an awesome weekend lined up. I’ve been to Dublin, it was great! Fingers crossed for the sunshine, how perfect would a picnic in Phoenix park be? It is the largest inner-city park in Europe after all! And you can visit the zoo, for free. Who’d have known?! And for any budding photographers or bloggers out there looking for new shoots, Temple Bar is the place to be.
So where are you heading off to this Easter?
If you’d like any more info about these places or tips on where to stay etc, drop me an e-mail via my contact page or Instagram DMs!