With lockdown easing, this Easter break is going to be a good one.
Our second pandemic Easter bank holiday weekend is around the corner, and we’re bummed things aren’t looking a whole lot better than they did in 2020. But while we’re still spending most days indoors, the upcoming four-day Easter break will mark the first weekend with fewer restrictions after lockdown eases a bit on April 2. Finally, we can travel within our local area, perhaps to enjoy some of Glasgow’s parks and gardens. What’s more, it looks like the weather gods may be sending us lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures in the coming week, so Easter is looking quite promising, we think.
Whether you plan on taking advantage of the eased-up restrictions or prefer to celebrate in the safety of your home, here are 20 fun and pandemic-friendly things to do in Glasgow over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Let’s be honest: Easter is one of those holidays that, for the most part, revolves around binging on chocolate eggs, cake, and overly sweet desserts. If you’re looking for a new treat to make this year, this Portuguese custard tart baking class will teach you how to make a traditional Pastel de Nata at home, just in time for the Easter bank holiday weekend. Grab your tickets here.
If you’re searching for ways to entertain the kids during this lockdown Easter, here’s a brilliant virtual Easter hunt that will excite them with immersive games and sing-alongs. Get your ticket for Saturday, April 3, here.
3. Reward yourself with these unbelievable Easter chocolate Scotch eggs
These Easter-themed Scotch eggs from Grain and Grind are the most decadent treats to try this season. Choose from a regular Creme Egg or Cadbury’s caramel egg encased in brownie, chocolate and a cornflake crumb. Sounds unreal! Head to one of Grain and Grind’s cafés in Glasgow and feast on one these delectable delights this Easter weekend.
4. Indulge in a good ol’ Sunday roast on Easter weekend
We all know Sunday roasts don’t require special occasions, but Easter Sunday seems like a particularly good day for a big, hearty feast. Luckily, Five March has just the trick with their seasonal menu. The restaurant knows you might not make it home this year to enjoy mum’s Easter dinner, so they’re bringing a dine at home kit with a roast that’s almost as good as hers. Choose from feather-blade beef bourguinon, or wasabi crusted lamb or cauliflower. Dessert of cherry pistachio trifle also sounds delicious. Pre-order yours for the weekend here.
Think you have what it takes to compete against other teams in this Fat Big Quiz of Easter? Gather your best mates and grab your tickets here for an eggciting night of trivia.
This two-hour quiz covers everything from history to music, geography, film, and general knowledge. We don’t want to get rusty for when our regular pub quiz nights return, so spend your Saturday evening competing against other households in 10 virtual rounds of The Fat Big Quiz of Everything. Get your ticket for April 3 here.
7. Send your faraway loved one a personalised Thorntons Easter egg
Sadly, Thorntons will be closing all of its 61 stores in the UK permanently, meaning we can no longer go window shopping for Easter treats, even after the pandemic ends. Luckily, you can still order sweets from their online shop, and these pretty personalised eggs are the perfect gift to send to a loved one you can’t celebrate Easter with this year.
8. Tuck into this Biscoff-filled chocolate egg
Biscoff and chocolate is a match made in heaven. Yer Maw Sells Chocolate brings you the two incredible flavours for Easter with their chocolate egg halves filled with Biscoff spread and topped with chocolate and Biscoff biscuits. Sit back and enjoy a weekend on the sofa with this unbelievable treat. Order yours here.
9. Treat yourself to these absolutely amazing Easter treats
You can’t deny that Easter weekend calls for indulgence and on Pudge Bakery you’ll discover some wonderful Easter treats. You’ll find Mini Egg cheesecake filled Easter egg as well as Easter-themed goodies like a Malteser bunny brownie, an every egg blondie, Creme Egg stuffed cookie, a gooey caramel egg heat and eat, Creme Egg Scotch egg, a sugar cookie, plus marshmallows and more chocolate. We don’t care how old you are, you just have to admit that the sight of these makes you a little giddy. We’re not ashamed to say that our inner child is desperate to get its hands on one (or all) of these amazing treats. They are available to order here.
Kick off the long weekend with a groovy disco bingo virtual dance party on Friday, April 2. After all that dancing, you won’t have to think twice about eating that second piece of Easter cake. Get your ticket here.
If a bit of suspense is more your thing, this thrilling online experience is the perfect activity for you and your housemates. Together, you have an hour to interrogate a suspect in a blackmail case and prove your skills as detectives. Get your ticket for any of the Easter weekend evenings here.
Serial killers are too boring for you? We hear ya. Enter the “Twilight Zoom” and save us all from the alien invaders trying to take over Planet Earth. Invite your household to join you in this immersive, one-hour game. Get your ticket here.
13. Welcome spring with an alternative Easter menu
Supporting small businesses has been more important than ever since lockdown began, so why not order a dine at home kit featuring locally-sourced ingredients by a local restaurant? You can order an Easter dine at home menu from Gamba that includes white crab, sweetcorn and spring onion soup; West Coast Scottish lobster Thermidor with Jersey Royal potatoes and asparagus; and Valrhona chocolate mousse, orange caramel and Mini Eggs. Plus, you can say cheers to spring with the bottle of wine included in the dine at home box.Order your dine at home Easter edition from Gamba here.
14. Spoil someone special with this very fancy Easter picnic brunch
Another perfect Easter treat you can enjoy during a picnic in your local park whilst catching up with friends or family. This pretty brunch hamper from Eusebi Deli will make other park-goers envy you from six feet of social distance away. The special edition hamper features lamb arancini; leek, pea and asparagus terrine; hot smoked salmon; salads; white chocolate and pistachio cake pops and more. Available to order now for collection or delivery on April 3 and 4.
15. Get some fresh air with a trip in your local area
The government has lifted the ‘stay at home’ rule for people living in Scotland from April 2, meaning you can visit green spaces within your local area. Restrictions on non-essential travel across local authority boundaries will however remain in place. So if you fancy a bit of freedom from those usual four walls, head to a park or garden for some fresh air and enjoy some of your new-found freedom.