Longing for a break away with your dog this Easter weekend? Easter falls on the cusp of April this year (from 30th March to 2nd of April), by then we’ll have longer days with the sun not setting until 8pm, and hopefully better weather…paws crossed!
Spring is the wonderful time to get out and about with your furry pal, whether it’s a day trip or a few days away. With the countryside waking up after a long winter, the April showers bring bright new leaves and the first of the wildflowers for us, and muddy puddles and some great smells for fido – a winning combination!
There’s still just enough time to secure a stay to make the most of the long weekend, if you don’t paws for too much thought! Throw a couple of essentials into the overnight bag (may we suggest some lightweight layers for you, and a dog drying coat, for Rover?) and head off into the country. An ideal destination for raffish rovers is Ellenborough Park near Cheltenham in the Cotswolds, with views over the famous Gold Cup Racecourse. If you’re more into hounds than horses, there are fantastic walks over the adjacent fields and woodland, and the hotel even has its own boot room if you’ve forgotten your Dubarrys or Barbour.
If your dog fancies himself as more of a culture-loving canine, then whistle up the nearest black cab and sniff out The Milestone Hotel in London’s upmarket Kensington district. Here, even the poshest of pedigree pups won’t be able to complain about the room service, with bespoke beds and welcome hampers for hounds on offer. Click here for advice on travelling with your pooch in Central London. For more sumptuous dog-friendly spring break ideas, from seaside slumbers to country rambles, peruse our pet-friendly hotel recommendations.
Missed the chance for a weekend away? Don’t despair, there are still plenty of adventures to be had closer to home. This year, skip the family arguments about whose turn it is to cook the roast lamb on Easter Sunday, and plan a paw-fect day out.
For urban hounds, spend the morning exploring London’s Battersea Park, then pile into the Pear Tree Café to enjoy a light but sumptuous lunch – think spinach pancakes with halloumi or grilled lamb koftas. Meanwhile, country canines will love the ambiance at The Wild Duck in Ewen, Gloucestershire. Depending on the weather, pick a cosy armchair by the roaring fire or enjoy the snifftastic garden, waiting to welcome wayfaring waggers. For more suggestions on Eating and Playing out, see our pet-friendly venues.
For an egg-stra surprise on Easter morning, pampered pooches will adore their very own dog-friendly Easter egg. (Remember it’s strictly ‘paws off’ the Hotel Chocolat as Human chocolate is bad for pets.) The Little Barker Bakery have carob Easter eggs, made specially for dogs, so you can even stage an Easter egg hunt for fido – just remember to unwrap them first! Fun-loving felines needn’t miss out, either – how about these handmade Purr-fiteroles from Mrs Bishop’s Doggy Deli?
Whatever you and canine chum get up to this Easter, we hope you have an egg-cellent time.