Are you sick of the London gloom and doom? Tired of returning home with wet feet? Finding counting down the days till summer more depressing than exciting? Well stop. The Easter weekend is fast approaching, and with it a fabulous four day weekend for you all to revel in! The possibilities are endless, so we’ve put together a list of suggestions that get you out of the big smoke, without putting a dent in your summer/festival piggy bank.
Head to the Coast
Leigh-on-Sea: a pleasant 45-minute train journey from Central London and you’ve arrived on the Essex coast. An alternative take on the standard Brighton weekender, Leigh-on-Sea boasts a beautiful national nature reserve, six parks, a golf course and lots of fresh sea air! Head to one of the cockle sheds in the old town to feast on the freshest seafood.
Travel: London Fenchurch Street to Leigh-on-Sea, trains depart every 25 minutes
Cost: £10.70 each way
Explore somewhere you’ve never been and head to one of the UK’s many exciting cities. Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle – all have amazing night life and unique attractions to discover, whatever your tastes. Travel via Mega Bus and check into a local Travel Lodge or Holiday Inn to save your pennies.
If a complete change of culture is what you’re in need of then why not cross the seas and explore the endless lands that lie on England’s door step. Venturing aboard doesn’t have to drain your bank account. Check out Eurolines for cheap coach travel to 29 countries across Europe, and Hostel World for funky accommodation at student prices. We’ve got our eye on an overnight journey to Amsterdam (saving on a night’s accommodation) with prices starting at £30 each way, and a couple of nights at one of Amsterdam’s Flying Pig hostels.
Travel: Coaches depart from Victoria Coach Station
Cost: Destination dependant
If coaches aren’t really your thing, check out the Eurostar and pop across to Paris for a romantic weekend, or Brussels to gorge on chocolate.
Travel: Trains depart from London St Pancras every hour.
Cost: Varies depending on departure dates/times. Prices increase by the day so book ASAP!
Alternatively, get a group of mates together (preferably one with a car) and road trip it down towards Dover, along the Channel Tunnel, and let the open French roads be your oyster. We suggest checking out the quaint little French town of Boulogne or heading to the chic beach-front resort of Le Touquet, both within short driving distance of Calais. Don’t forget to stop off at Carrefour on your way home to stock up on French wine and grub!
Travel: Eurotunnel Le Shuttle departs every 2 hours from Folkestone to Calais
Cost: Prices start from £48 each way for a standard car (not too bad if there’s four or five of you crammed in!)