Easter is nearly upon us, and this means a long and glorious weekend in the countryside for it-Brits all over the UK. The Friday before and the Monday after Easter weekend are national holidays over there, which means there’s ample time for fun with family and with friends too. Here are the vital ingredients to a proper Sloanie Easter weekend. Enjoy!
Point to Point Racing
Villages all over the English countryside host these traditional horse racing events throughout the springtime, with the biggest event of all falling over the Easter weekend when families and friends make a real day of it. Come rain or shine, picnic blankets will be rolled out and picnics will be eaten as the Hunter welly-clad crowds place their bets and cheer on their favorite horse as they gallop across the fields in a thrilling show of sportsmanship. Arrive in a Land Rover and wear your favorite tweed. TALLY HO!
Barbours at the Ready
March and April aren’t particularly weather-sure months in Britain. To be honest, even July and August can be decidedly cool, so Easter weekends in the country call for some smart costume choices. Wellies and Barbour-style jackets are mandatory for all outdoor pursuits, but this rather stolid uniform can be styled up with a brightly-colored sweater, a chunky statement necklace, or some denim, plaid or neckerchief action à la Alexa Chung. If you’re weekending with friends in the English countryside, pack a pair of cozy bed socks, an extra cashmere sweater or two, and your brushed cotton pajamas. English country houses can be notoriously draughty…
A trip to a local farm is more of a kids thing, admittedly, but it’s just as fun for grown-ups too! Easter weekend is the ideal time to plan a farmyard visit to pet the newborn lambs, enjoy a good lunch if there’s a country pub or café nearby, and partake in an Easter egg hunt. High-profile organic farms like Daylesford throw an annual Easter event over the long weekend, with basket-weaving workshops, egg decorating classes and organic lunches. If you can’t find anything happening locally, become the Easter bunny and stage your own Easter egg hunt by hiding Cadbury’s Crème Eggs in the garden, under plant pots and between the bushes.
Seasonal Spring Produce
Springtime in the UK is a moment of abundant fruit and vegetables – the perfect time to get down to the farmer’s market and bring home a sackful of organic produce for Easter lunch. While a traditional lunch of pink and tender lamb, roasted vegetables and gravy is often expected at a British dining table on Easter Sunday, there are other ways to embrace Spring flavours over this particular weekend. We’re keen on this delicious spring risotto of asparagus shelled peas and broad beans, topped with shavings of parmesan. Full of fresh and zesty flavours, but warming enough for that temperamental British weather…
Whatever you’re getting up to this Easter weekend, we wish you a happy, relaxing and fun-filled time.