I was sat working yesterday. My home workstation overlooks my garden and in between showers the sun came out – and, for an instant, with clumps of daffodils sprouting along my flowerbeds, little sprinkles of colour from the crocuses, and snowdrops creating a blanket of white under my rose bush, I felt that I had been propelled to my favourite season and holiday of the year: Spring and Easter.
Before we had children, my husband and I always took advantage of the long bank holiday weekend at Easter to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy quality time together. Many years later and now a family of four, it is a firm family tradition of ours. So where to go?
One of England’s most stunning regions is the Peak District. A world away from the everyday slog with a plethora of attractions and activities, this is the perfect destination for families, couples or anyone looking to take off with a group of friends to enjoy the bank holiday. Whatever you are looking for, Visit Peak District and The World Away will fill you with inspiration and ideas for the perfect Easter break. Once you have decided on your Peak District location, a must-have is the Peak Explorer App – a completely free comprehensive guide with the most up-to-date information on hundreds of attractions and events across the area.
The Peak District and its natural beauty have inspired many artists, and in more recent times photographers, capturing some of the most stunning landscapes on camera, bringing alive the region’s diversity and sense of adventure. A few years ago we booked a photographer for the day, and it is something I will never regret: the images of my children climbing and running free with rosy red cheeks, completely immersed in the moment and unconscious of the camera, are much cherished. Photography is a passion for many and a course is a great way to enhance your skills while gaining valuable tips and ideas. To find out more about photography courses, to book a photographer and capture your Peak District adventure, or just to admire the amazing images of these talented photographers visit http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/photography.
Although just after the Easter bank holiday but still certainly worth mentioning is the Peak District Walking Festival 2014, now in its 10th year. From the heart of England’s first national park, this festival celebrates all that the Peak District has to offer. With a huge variety of events and walks you really will discover the best of the Peak District.
Visit Peak District has also joined forces with Accessible Derbyshire to make sure that everybody receives a warm welcome and that all needs are catered for. From ideas for days out with many attractions and activities, to accommodation with level access catering for families and carers visit http://www.visitpeakdistrict.com/theworldaway/accessible.aspx. The World Away is really not that far away, and is ready to welcome one and all.
I hope you are feeling inspired, but if you need more ideas with honest reviews, comments and snippets then take a peek at Visit Peak District’s Facebook Page – with over 11,000 followers you can really get a feel as to why so many people fall in love with the Peak District.
Another great source for information and ideas is the 2014 visitors’ guide to the Peak District. Order free online, sit back with a cuppa and start planning your Easter break.
Personally for my family, booking a house, cottage or apartment lends itself nicely to being able to come and go at leisure; the Peak District has many beautiful holiday homes, and you can discover your perfect base in The World Away with HomeAway.
So that just leaves me to share with you the most fabulous opportunity: Visit Peak District have put together a grand prize draw worth over £2,000, and the winner’s prize will include some of the best experiences, attractions and accommodation available in the Peak District. With this summer looking to be a knockout, why not enter? Perhaps you’ll be enjoying The World Away courtesy of Visit Peak District.
Good luck and I hope that your visit to the Peak District is filled with many wonderful memories!
Written by Kirsti Banyard, a travel writer for HomeAway.co.uk