Out and about in the UK – Get exploring this Bank Holiday

Out and about in the UK – Get exploring this Bank Holiday

Get out and about this Bank Holiday Monday! We’re lucky in Chateau Rouge’s home of London to have so much to see and do on our doorstep, but don’t usually get time to explore, so now’s the time. You may already be exhausted from a busy Easter weekend, but here are some fun ideas for getting out and about on your extra day.

The British Wildlife Centre

The British Isles are home to a vast array of wildlife, from cute, cuddly critters to slithering (and poisonous) snakes – and you will find them all at the brilliant British Wildlife Centre. Come close to otters, pine martens, foxes, all manner of miniscule mice, red squirrels, badgers, adders and the most impressive birds of prey, including buzzards and owls of many shapes and sizes. A lovely day out for all the family, the wildlife centre is set in serene grounds and you can watch wild creatures enjoy the surroundings, too, such as herons, a red kite that circles above and is a regular visitor, and all manner of other waterfowl at the lake. Serious birdwatchers are also in for a treat with specially set up viewing stations and viewing guides for the many feathered friends who frequent the area.

Hever Castle

Just a twenty-minute drive from The British Wildlife Centre, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, Hever Castle, has much to offer adults and children alike. For the children, Hever is running a Lindt Bunny hunt in their peaceful and picturesque gardens, face painting workshops and even archery lessons. Mess about in boats on the serene boating lake, stroll through the Italian gardens, enjoy organic and locally sourced food and drink and wander through the castle that was home to the girl who was to become such a notorious Queen of England. Read up about the Boleyn family and relive Tudor and Medieval castle life in a strikingly beautiful setting.

Hampton Court

Continuing the Tudor theme, and close to Chateau Rouge HQ, Hampton Court is recreating the excitement of a grand Easter at Court in happier times for King Henry VIII and his queen, Anne Boleyn, who reclaimed the palace from Cardinal Wolsey. Experience the food, wine and merriment, explore the stunning gardens and maze, or wander through the labyrinthine corridors and rooms if the weather’s not looking too pleasant. Plus, the gift shop has a wealth of exciting gifts and gourmet goodies!

Ham House and Gardens (NT)

Just down the river from Hampton Court, this stately home has appeared in many movies and has impressive gardens, as well as a fine collection of art, antiques and lovingly resorted rooms within the house itself. Dubbed by some as one of the most haunted houses in Britain, it has a colourful history, too… Home to the National Trust’s Cadbury’s Egg Hunt and lots of other outdoor activities, including exploring the kitchen garden and trying out some of the fruits of your labour. Why not get there by boat and enjoy the sights and scenery that this part of the Thames has to offer? Turks Boat Cruises will be running throughout Bank Holiday Monday.

Kew Gardens

A short distance further, Kew Gardens has something for everyone, indoors and outdoors. From rare and precious plants, to understanding the workings of a high class, historical house at Kew Palace, to the Gardens’ latest attraction, Scandinavian visitors, the Moomins. Follow the much-loved Moomins on an adventure at Kew Gardens until 17 th April.

The Cutty Sark

The Tall Ships may have had their official send off on Easter Sunday, but the Cutty Sark stands proud as London’s own, very famous tall ship, and is always a sight for sore eyes. There’s fun for all the family down at the dock, plus the Royal Observatory and the beautiful parkland of Greenwich are all on your doorstep once you’re in this historical part of South East London. There are extended opening hours over the Bank Holiday, too, with each attraction staying open until 6pm. So, why not make a day of it and visit The Tower of London on your way there, too?

While the weather doesn’t look like it will be too warm, it’s good to get out and about, get some fresh air and a bit of culture. Hope you enjoy our suggestions and have a grand day out! Happy Easter and Passover – enjoy the Bank Holiday!

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