An English Easter, could be cold and blustery, raining, sunny, or a combination of all these things! So if you are visiting the area this long weekend, either staying with us, or just for a day trip, here are a few ideas for things to do what ever the weather…
Firstsite Gallery in Colchester are running an Andy Warhol exhibition from Saturday 19th March – Sunday 12th June. I believe it’s free!
The exhibition includes Warhol’s drawings, silkscreen prints, photographs, films, posters, prints and installations, in the same spirit the rest of the exhibition space has been given to local artists to explore his legacy. If you are bringing children along they can take part in a range of printmaking activities in Warhol style, including from March 25th – April 10th, designing their own soup can, you can pick up these kits for £1 at the gallery reception.
More details here.
A little bit further up the road from Firstsite is Colchester Castle. The Castle is the largest Norman Keep in Europe, constructed on the foundations of the Temple of Claudius, built when Colchester was the Roman capital of Britain. It has new interactive displays and showcases some important Roman finds. A fascinating tour through 2,000 years of history. Find out more here.
Stay dry and warm browsing GO4 Market Cafe also in Colchester. A converted church in the centre of the town, the market cafe offers vintage clothing and china, vinyl, world goods, crafts and prints. The cafe is perfect for a quick bite to eat panini’s, baked potatoes and cakes and a cup of tea, coffee, wine or juice. They often have local musicians playing during lunchtime over a weekend. Click here for more details.
I have mentioned Jump Street before but it’s a great way to work off some calories, or tire out the children whilst having fun bouncing about. Do make sure you book though as it can get quite busy. Have a look at the website for more details.
The local cinema in Clacton is unbelievably cheap at £3.50 or £2.50 per ticket. Check out what’s on here.
If you like live music, in the evening in Colchester, we would recommend either The Bull, or Three Wise Monkeys. Both put on music and Three Wise Monkeys has a vast selection of beers (craft and keg) and also offers American style food.
If the sun shines let’s make the most of it and get outside…
There are miles of coast line in this area and you can walk from the beach at St Osyth all the way past Clacton and Holland on Sea, to Frinton on Sea and even on to Walton on the Naze. I think it’s a 13 – 16 mile walk if you did all of it. Otherwise just drive, park and have a wander. Some of the beaches are dog friendly and some are not at this time of year but watch out for the signs on the prom wall. Frinton probably has the nicest beaches locally, with a high street that has a fair amount of cafe’s and shops.
Take the foot ferry from Point Clear (5 minute drive from the farm) details here, to Brightlingsea harbour and go crabbing with the kids on the jetty. There is an ice cream parlour close by and we recommend Johnny Mac’s Plaice fish and chips in Brightlingsea.
We love Wivenhoe and last weekend we did this walk with Polly my dog, which was lovely (by the way most of the pubs in Wivenhoe are dog friendly). I’d recommend the walk and on your return a glass of something in the Rose and Crown by the quay, it’s fab if the sun is shining. We like the Black Buoy in the evening for food and drinks.
Rowing in Dedham is fun, you can walk along the river or hire a row boat and enjoy the tranquility. More details here.
Finally it wouldn’t be Easter without an Easter egg hunt (and a cute picture of a bunny). The closest Easter egg hunts to the farm are at The Naze Tower in Walton and Beth Chatto Gardens near Colchester.
What ever you do I hope you have a nice Easter and enjoy the long weekend.