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What to do in Europe this Easter

 

Not travelling  for this year’s Easter break? It’s not yet too late to plan what you’re going to do for the coming Holy Week. Although Easter is just around the corner, you might want to consider these destinations in Europe to maximise your holiday.

 

Britain

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1. Pond dipping at the Llanelli National Wetlands Centre. The National Wetlands Centre will have an Easter holiday special starting 12 April featuring flamingo watch, workshops, Easter Bunny Trail and more. Pond dipping will be the highlight of the event. Expect to get wet while witnessing amazing wildlife in the pond.

 

 

2. Bug-hunt at the St Albans Butterfly World. Kids will love a nature walk featuring butterflies, bugs and insects from all over the world at the Easter Activities at Butterfly World starting 7 April. Enjoy walking through 26 tropical houses and other activities like bug hunts, insect handling and face painting.

 

  • 01727 869203, info@butterflyworldproject.com

 

 

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3. Ski lessons at the Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead. Those who are still feeling the winter spell can enjoy a second holiday in the snow. For Good Friday, the Snow Centre will be open to freestyle skiers from beginners to professionals. There will also be coaches for those who still need a few tips.

 

  • 0844 770 7227, information@thesnowcentre.com

 

4. Train festival at the Great Central Railway, Leicestershire. The old section of the Great Central Railway will be the venue for the Easter Vintage Festival on 18–20 April that will feature vintage tractors, steam engines and carousels. Train-lovers will enjoy this festival that will also feature an ale tent and music for grown-ups.

 

  • 07710 934788, 01509 632315, marketing@gcrailway.co.uk

 

 

Hobbledown, Surrey

 

5. Easter at Hobbledown, Surrey. Have a magical, mystical Easter at the children’s theme park Hobbledown. Aside from an egg hunt, kids will enjoy Viking attractions and falconry shows starting 7 April.  On Easter week, the resident dragon Rumpletump will give prizes to kids who will help him find his giant egg.

 

  • 08432 894979, TheHobblers@hobbledown.com

 

Italy

 

1. Visit sepolcri in Florence’s churches. Have a spiritual retreat in Florence by visiting their churches for their sepolcro or sepulchres. This is a tradition done every evening of Maundy Thursday to morning of Good Friday. The Santo Stefano al Ponte church is one of those you can visit.

 

  • 39055 276351, reina.elisabetta@hotmail.it

 

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2. Listen to classical music in Venice.  Treat yourself to a remarkable night of music from Vivaldi, or watch the opera ‘La Traviata’ by Verdi at historic locations around the city of Venice starting 17 April. Vivaldi’s music and Verdi’s opera were both inspired by the city, and witnessing them in Venice will bring audiences closer the performances’ origins.

 

  • Tickets and schedules can be viewed here.

 

3. Attend Rome’s Settimana Santa. Holy Week will be busy in Rome as devout Catholics flock to Vatican City’s Settimana Santa celebrations. Easter week starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Monday, and will be marked with Masses, Stations of the Cross, an Easter Vigil, and the Urbi et Orbi or Papal Blessing. Good Friday will also be celebrated with a parade from the Coliseum to the Palantine Hill.

 

  •  Tourism office: 39066 7104526, turismo@comune.roma.it

 

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4. Watch Scoppio del Carro in Florence. Florence yearly celebrates Easter Sunday with a bang with the 350-year-old tradition scoppio del carro or explosion of the cart. This unique event bids good harvest in the coming year. In this occasion, the Archbishop lights up a rocket that collides with the cart, sparking a fireworks display.

 

  • 39055 290832, infoturismo@provincia.fi.it

 

5. Have a date with Verdi Orchestra. The Verdi Orchestra will be staging on 16 April the masterpiece ‘The Passion According to John’ by Baroque composer Bach. What makes the performance magnificent is that it will be performed at the Milan Cathedral, one of the oldest Christian structures in Europe.

 

 

Germany

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1. Visit Amöneburg Easter market in Hesse. The Easter market in Amöneburg will take place on 11–13 April and will feature 30 egg painters as they show their creativity and artistry in making Easter eggs. The nearby LahnMountains will also offer a picturesque view of the valley and give cyclists and canoe enthusiast a chance to enjoy the outdoors.

 

  • 49 6422 / 9295-0 o 9295-24, 49 6429/6217, volker.seumer@t -online.de

 

2. Attend a dance workshop in Munich. If you’re up for a more fun and interactive activity for the Easter weekend, join the Munich Jive Easter 2014 dance workshops to be conducted in English. The three-day programme starting 18 April will also feature group visits to beer kellers and breweries and nightly freestyle dancing.

 

 

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3. Join Easter games and a bonfire in Berlin. The Britz Garden will host a huge bonfire and music programmes in Osterfeuer im Britzer Garten Easter Saturday as a way to drive out evil spirits. Kids can also enjoy Sunday’s Easter egg hunt around the garden while adults can indulge in delicious treats at the café.

 

 

4. Attend Frankfurt’s Spring Dippemess. Known as Frankfurt City’s largest fair and Germany’s most popular Easter event, Dippemess starting 17 April in Festplatz on Ratsweg will provide families a fun-filled Easter break with fairground attractions, stalls and fireworks display. The Dippemess is a tradition that goes back to the 14th century when ceramic bowls and pots (dippe) were traded en masse in a medieval market.

 

  • 49 (0) 69/21 23 89 90, feste@infofrankfurt.de

 

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5. Go medieval in Spandau Fortress. Zitadelle Spandau in Berlin will be having their annual Easter Medieval Festival or Oster-Ritterfest starting 19 April. Be transported back to the 16th century Renaissance era as the fortress comes to life with markets, knights, fools and damsels. Acrobatic shows, jousting and wrestling will keep all spectators on their toes.

 

 

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