1. Treat yourself to a Spa Day
Why not take some time out to relax this Easter? With a wealth of fabulous spas in the area and many of them offering egg-ceptional Easter deals it’s the perfect time for a well-deserved treat. For some of our top Easter offers check out Matfen Hall, The Morritt and Rockliffe Hall.
2. Have an egg hunt
In your living room, in the garden, in the park – hide and then seek! If you’d rather take part in an organised event try Alnwick Garden’s Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt or the Annual Easter Chick Hunt at Durham’s Botanic Garden.
3. Walk off those Easter eggs
More appropriately named for an ice cream sundae than a hill, Roseberry Topping is nonetheless worth a visit. At 320 metres high it’s a challenging but achievable climb for the whole family, and once you’ve battled your way to the top you’ll enjoy sweeping views across North Yorkshire and Teesside.
4. Join the REsurREction
Sedgefield’s Adam Prest, dubbed by The Sunday Times as the 'hippest florist in the North', is running a pop-up shop and floristry demonstrations at RE Corbridge this Saturday 26 March. The event is entitled REsurREction and has a strong Easter theme – proceeds of the event go to The People's Kitchen.
5. Hit the beach
Okay, it’s not that warm yet, but in Britain bank holidays mean beaches (even if you end up eating fish and chips in the car as the wind whips past the windows). Why not head to Seaburn, King Edward’s Bay or Beadnell?
6. Go on an Easter adventure quest
Little adventurers can join heroic quests, meet characters from the past and crack clues on a historic hunt this Easter Bank Holiday weekend (all for a chocolate reward). Events are being run at English Heritage sites across the North East, including Housesteads, Chesters and Birdoswald Roman Forts, Corbridge Roman Town and Belsay Hall.
7. Make a huge meal…
… and share it with your family and friends. Click here to find scrummy recipes to make at home, including roast lamb with shallot and chorizo stuffing. Delicious.
8. Support the Falcons against Wasps
Newcastle Falcons are continuing their Aviva Premiership campaign this Sunday when they face Wasps at Kingston Park. Come down with the family and support Andy Goode in his last game for the club!
9. Take part in an Easter parade
Never joined a traditional Easter Bonnet Parade before? No worries, the Cumberland Arms will help you make your own instruments and fashion some headgear to join in. The parade will be led down the valley and toward Ouseburn Farm by the Newcastle Kingsmen Sword Dancers and their musicians, before hitting a disco at the pub. There'll be top-notch pizzas from Pizzette on hand too.
10. Eat so many Easter eggs you feel a bit sick
It’s the same every year. And we love it.