The Easter Bank Holiday is just around the corner and for many of us that means an extra-long weekend off work and a chance to get out and enjoy the (hopefully!) warmer weather.
There are a host of family-friendly Easter events happening at venues all over Devon. But if Easter Egg hunts and Blue-Peter style craft sessions aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty on offer. So if you’re more about the beer than the bunnies, or are simply looking for something a little different to do this Easter, we have just the thing for you.
We know that finding Bank Holiday events a little more geared to grown-ups can be tough, so here’s our guide to making the most of the long Easter weekend. Our Easter top 10 contains comedy, beer, hiking, theatre, the great outdoors and chocolate (of course), and not a bunny costume in sight!
Take a walk on the South West Coast Path
Fantastic hiking opportunities are all around us in Devon, but for spectacular scenery and range of walk options, the South West Coast Path is hard to beat. Path information and day-by-day itineraries are available from southwestcoastpath.org.uk.
If a full day’s hike doesn’t appeal, then there are plenty of shorter walks on offer too. You could even take advantage of the many towns and pubs en-route to create a more meandering, sightseeing amble.
For the truly adventurous, the website lists accommodation options along the path so you can embark on a multi-day hike.
Shop at Exeter’s craft markets on Easter Sunday
If a leisurely potter around the shops is more your thing, the Inside Outside craft markets return to Exeter Quay on Sunday 1st April. Located in the Transit Shed, stalls will be selling locally-made crafts and gifts.
Combine the markets with a long lunch or coffee stop in one of the Quay’s many eateries for a truly relaxed way to spend Easter Sunday.
Soak up the sun in a beer garden
Wherever you’re based in Devon you’re unlikely to be far from a good beer garden. The long Easter weekend is the first chance of the year to enjoy a lazy cider or three in the sunshine (assuming you didn’t hit the beer gardens on New Year’s Day!).
Their listing includes two of our local favourites; the Mill on the Exe and the Double Locks, both offering superb waterside views. If you fancy a walk with your glass of wine then check out our walking pub crawl of Exeter’s canal paths.
Discover the local history of Devon
Whether you’re looking for a rainy day adventure, or are simply in need of some culture this Easter Bank Holiday, then Devon has some great museums. The Devon Museums website contains details of the region’s historical and cultural venues, as well as events happening at each museum.
Historic woollen mill, Coldharbour Mill will be running a steam day on Bank Holiday Monday.
Dartmoor is the largest open space in southern England and also one of Devon’s most unique and beautiful landscapes. A trip to the moors is great at any time of year, but particularly lovely in spring.
The Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre in Princetown has details of walks throughout the park, as well as a range of interactive exhibitions. Or jump in the car and explore for yourself!
For a unique and atmospheric experience, take a walk amongst the mossy gnarled trees of Wistmans Wood. Or if cream teas and village greens are more your style then the village of Widecombe-in-the-Moor makes for a great lunch stop.
Unwind at a comedy gig
If laughs are what you’re after, then Scottish comedian Iain Stirling returns to Devon this Easter. Having played the Exeter Phoenix in March, the Love Island narrator takes his show U Ok Hun? X to the Plymouth Athenaeum on Saturday 31st March.
A long weekend means four opportunities for the meal that usually only comes around on weekends: brunch. Enjoy eating out and having someone else do the cooking (and washing up) to truly get the best from your bonus brunch time.
For brunch with a view (and ample opportunity for an early cocktail or two) try Plymouth’s Royal William Yard, which has a number of eating and drinking venues.
Attend the opening night of Oliver at the Exeter Northcott Theatre
Oliver starts a six-night run at the Exeter Northcott Theatre on Bank Holiday Monday. Performed by the Exeter Musical Society, the show features familiar tracks such as Food, Glorious Food, You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two and I’d Do Anything.
Spend the day in the South Hams
Devon’s southernmost region is full of charming towns and spectacular coastlines. There’s also the beautiful Kingsbridge and Dart estuaries to explore.
Historic Dartmouth is a great place to while away an hour or two, with plentiful old buildings, galleries, cafes and shops. Further south is picturesque Salcombe and the iconic Burgh Island – the setting for Agatha Christie mystery Evil Under the Sun.
Indulge yourself at Atlantic Village Choc Fest
It wouldn’t be Easter without at least a little chocolate, and the Atlantic Village shopping outlet in North Devon is holding an Easter Choc Fest. With chocolate, fudge, cakes and more on offer from stallholders it sounds like satisfying your sweet tooth won’t be too difficult.
Planning an exciting Easter break?
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