It’s time for a mini fist-pump moment with the Easter bank holiday weekend just two days away. Although the roads might be busy at times, it’s a great opportunity in the hopefully sunny weather to go and visit some new places and do some different things. With our young driver customers in mind as always, we’ve rounded up some suggestions.
Sample a taste of BTCC
Forgive us for starting with a motoring event, but we are a car-related firm after all. Formula One doesn’t do it for everyone, as the cars resemble nothing like real life and races can be pretty dull and far from action-packed at times. With British Touring Car, though, drivers compete bumper-to-bumper in cars people can relate to. If you fancy giving it a try, round two is at Donington Park in the Midlands on the Saturday and Sunday.
Or if two wheels appeal more…
To avoid any moaning from people who are more passionate about motorbikes than cars, Easter 2017 includes a pretty mouth-watering two-wheel event in the form of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent across the whole weekend, with Shane Byrne, Sylvian Guintoli and Josh Brookes vying for victory.
Use your brainpower to escape after getting locked in a room with your mates
If the weather’s rubbish, which it often can be at Easter if we’re honest, a really fun craze sweeping the country is subjecting yourself and half a dozen friends to having to solve clues to escape from a room you’ve been locked in. Working against a ticking clock, it’s a great activity to try at least once, proving fun, adrenaline-pumping and a great way to work as a team. Check out Escapism, Escape Room and Escape London to get more of an idea.
Skydive, but indoors
If you find the thought of soaring up into the clouds in a tiny airplane and then jumping out kind of appealing but you reckon it’ll be expensive and slightly scary in reality anyway, a great alternative is to experience some of the thrill of freefall skydiving but in the safety of an indoor centre. The leading locations in the UK are in Basingstoke, Milton Keynes and Manchester, and will certainly give you something different to talk about when you go back to work, college or uni soon.
Set your sights on a beach
British weather may not always be brilliant in the spring and summer months, but we’re luckier than some of the world’s countries in that we’re surrounded by coastline and some great beaches. As long as you arrive pretty early, you’ve got as much chance as anyone at getting a decent spot, and hey, beaches are free like many of the best things in life. From Wales and Devon & Cornwall to Northumberland and Cromer, a beach is within reach of many Brits by car, so it’s worth thinking about this Easter.
If food’s your thing
The season when loads of stuff starts growing out there on farms and when lamb dishes are everywhere (sorry, vegetarians), spring and the Easter Weekend is heaven for food-lovers, with loads of festivals going on all over the country. This Easter, there’s the Taste Cumbria Food Festival, Broadstairs Food Festival, and Foodies Festival Brighton, to name but a few. Now, we’re not nagging, but just remember beer and other alcoholic drinks are often on offer at food festivals, so we recommend against driving if you’re going to have a drink.
Prefer to do some gaming indoors?
From Good Friday to Easter Monday at the NEC in Birmingham, the biggest gaming festival in the UK, Insomnia60, is taking place. Games like Call of Duty, Tekken 7, Forza 3 and Minecraft will all feature, along with live music, appearances from gaming YouTube stars, and tournaments you could take part in if you bring your own console (BYOC).
Take someone else’s 4×4 on a mud-splattered adventure
Unless you live on a farm or are lucky enough to be able to afford a 4×4 of your own, the chance to drive through forests, up crazily steep hills and through pools of mud that would make a hippo very envious might seem like just a dream. Thankfully, though, 4×4 off-road experience centres like Yorkshire Outdoors, Kankku and WildTracks have cropped up UK-wide and many of them off 1-on-1 off-road tuition to teenagers as well as older drivers. What’s more, once the day is over, washing the mud off is someone else’s job!
The perfect excuse for a barbecue
If you’d rather leave your car at home and like the idea of spending some time chilling with your friends or family, Easter is a great time to plan a BBQ. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either, with simple sides and tasty but cheap breads adding to the spread without racking up the pounds.