Easter may be a bit different again this year however with government restrictions beginning to lift, there are some egg-citing things you can get involved with here in Southampton...
There are some fantastic opportunities to get active, creative and learn more over the Easter holidays including Mayflower Engage’s online workshops. Children aged 7-11 can enjoy a ‘Greatest Show’ dance workshop on Tuesday 6 April, there is a family workshop the following day with the theme of ‘Spring has sprung’ and on Friday 9 April, 12–18-year-olds can take part in a ‘Here We Go Again’ musical theatre session. Other sessions are also taking place throughout the holidays, visit the Mayflower’s website for full details.
Dinosaur fans can book onto the Digital Dinos online session on Wednesday 7 April with SeaCity Museum and anyone with an interest in Ancient Egypt will love the Amazing Egyptians workshop on Wednesday 14 April. Just make sure you book onto the sessions in advance to avoid disappointment.
Hopefully you have some time off over the Easter weekend to put your feet up and relax. Why not look into some of our takeaway food options to save you the hassle of cooking up an Easter feast? Grand Café offers takeaway Sunday roasts – a perfect option for your Easter Sunday meal. Plus, on the Saturday and Sunday of the Easter weekend, they will be running an Easter-themed afternoon tea to takeaway.
Check out the very tempting treats on offer at The Docks Coffee House as takeaway options this Easter, including the Creme Egg Brownies. They too are offering takeaway Easter afternoon teas with large hot cross scones, spring tarts and Easter egg brownies! Yum!
Or why not get creative and decorate your own Easter eggs. Look out for kits at some of our essential retailers that remain open to shoppers including the M&S food hall, Asda, Sainsbury’s and the Tesco and Co-op stores. Both Wilko and Poundland are also fantastic places to pick up Easter craft kits to decorate things to your heart’s content, perfect also for doing your own Easter trails at home.
Easter is a wonderful time to seek out some of Southampton’s green spaces and parks, with the abundance of spring flowers. Why not grab a takeaway snack or drink from one of the coffee shops or restaurants around our Cultural Quarter (near Southampton Guildhall) and take an amble through East Park, where you’ll also find the Titanic Workers’ Memorial.
For a longer walk, head out of the city centre to Southampton Common, our city’s largest open space. Younger visitors will especially love the nature-themed play area found here.
Another option is to head to Mayflower Park, on the waterfront. From here you can watch the comings and goings of Southampton Water.
Don’t forget to also check out the BENCH public art project along the high street. Find the 16 benches that have been colourfully decorated and transformed into works of art by local artists.
It won’t be long until the next phase of the government roadmap is underway so why not plan ahead and book an outside table at some of our food and drink establishments? Restaurants such as Banana Wharf, Bill’s and the ‘beachfront’ at Turtle Bay will be offering outside dining. The Terrace at the Southampton Harbour Hotel will re-open from 14 April to pre-booked guests.