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Bank Holiday Weekend without the Beer Garden

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A bank holiday weekend is magical time, and the Easter bank holiday is the best of the lot. A four-day work week with an extra-long weekend is always welcome. There should be a big night out to look forward too, Sunday funday down the pub, and a chill Monday to recover before it’s back to the grind on Tuesday morning. That was in the blissful time before Covid when the entire world wasn’t shut down and the weekends meant something. But we refuse to let the next bank holiday slip by just because everything is closed. That’s why we’ve put our heads together and come up with the best ways to spend your bank holiday without a beer garden in sight.

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How to Light a Bank Holiday BBQ?

Getting the barbeque going is a time-honoured way of spending a bank holiday weekend and who doesn’t love getting the grill fired up. The Easter long weekend is first time in the year you can think about getting the firelighters out and spending some time in the garden.

This won’t be a BBQ that brings everyone to your garden for a proper gathering with a box of red that’s aged nicely since last summer. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the best of it. Remember that community spirit in the early weeks of this coronavirus mess? Once the sun shows it’s shining face again you could make it a socially distanced affair over the garden fences and get it back.

Now’s the time to get on the hunt for a new barbie because everywhere is going to have them out at the first hint of nice weather. If you shop around, you’ll find a fantastic price on a new grill that will get your sausages sizzling. With the popularity of authentic American BBQ blowing pup, you can go as fancy or basic as you like. A standard grill will be filled with charcoal for simple, chargrilled flavour. If you want to take things up a notch you can go for a gas-powered beast with extra layers that can take care of the whole menu. Or there’s even smokers that will pack true barbeque flavour into every bite. All of them are perfect for a bank holiday barbeque that will have you forgetting all about your favourite beer garden.

What You Need:

  • Barbecue Grill
  • Charcoal/Gas
  • Firelighters
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Your Favourite meat, veg or fish
  • Your favourite tipple
  • Friendly neighbours
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Suggested BBQ Shopping:

Argos – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/argos

Wayfair – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/wayfair

Asda – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/asda

Sainsburys – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/sainsburys

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Go Wild Camping

A bank holiday weekend is made for adventure and hanging out in the back garden isn’t enough for everyone. But with hotels and campsites closed where do you go? You can go back to nature and try camping the way it’s meant to be experienced. We’re not talking about a site with showers and an overpriced bar to spend the nights in. This is proper camping that gets you away from everything and breathe fresh air again.

Wild camping is about getting a true experience of nature, but that doesn’t mean you have to trek for miles into the wilderness. A quiet local spot is enough to make you forget the grey concrete exists. You’ll need to keep it local until the coronavirus restrictions are lifted and this is a wonderful way of discovering the gorgeous spots around you.

All you really need for a fabulous camping trip is a tent and sleeping bag, but if you’re new to the wild it’s worth investing in extra camping equipment. They might not be essential, but they make for a better experience. We’re talking sleeping mats, outdoor cooking equipment, and seating that will make you comfortable while your out in the wild.

What you need:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Seating
  • Semi-wild space
  • Torch
  • Stove & cooking equipment
  • Sense of adventure

Suggested camping shopping:

Trespass – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/trespass.com

Go Outdoors – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/go-outdoors

Blacks – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/blacks

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Start DIY Projects

A spring bank holiday is the perfect time to get the toolbox out and start all DIY you’ve been planning all winter. The two extra days off give you plenty of time to get stuck in and the warmer weather means it’s the first time you can think about painting.

Whether you’re thinking about home renovations or getting the gardening projects, this is the time to get them going. Spring is the time to throw open the windows and breathe new life into your home and there’s no better way to do that than with a bit of home DIY.

There are loads of simple projects you can work at that will transform you’re your home, and maybe add some value to your house too. Things like new flooring, hanging new doors, and or something simple like fresh coat of paint or wallpaper are an easy way to switch up your home style. And DIY is a satisfying way to spend you bank holiday.

What you need:

  • Tools
  • Project supplies
  • A plan
  • The will to fix mistakes
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Suggested DIY shopping:

B&Q – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/b-and-q

Wickes – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/wickes

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What is Geocaching?

If you want to try something a little different with your free time, you could try Geocaching. Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunt that where participants use GPS enabled devices to seek out containers, Geocaches, and to some goodies.

There are over 3 million caches hidden around the world and there’s a good chance there will be stashes near you. The whole thing works on a ‘take something, leave something’ principle so make sure you take a little trinket or bag of sweets with you when you go hunting.

These mini adventures are a fantastic way of getting a bit more out your daily walks and it’s a fantastic way of getting the kids excited about the outdoors. Who doesn’t love hidden mysteries all around, right? If it sounds like your kind of fun, download the geocaching app and you’ll be ready to spend a bank holiday weekend hunting for mini treasures. But be warned, some of the hiding places are ingenious.

We might not be able to gather around the table for a family dinner on Easter Sunday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most out of our extra long bank holiday weekend. Get out, get creative, and get busy, and have yourself an amazing Easter.

What you need:

  • A smartphone with internet capability
  • Walking shoes
  • Treat or trinket to leave behind
  • Portable charging or power bank
  • Waterproof jacket
  • An inquisitive nature
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Suggested Geocaching shopping:

Millets – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/millets

Cotswold Outdoor – https://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/cotswold-outdoor

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Ashley Bird

Ever since the birth of his first child, Ashley has been trying to squeeze a little more out of every penny. Three years and another child later, he's a dab hand at finding a deal and getting things done for less. Whether you need help planning a budget friendly family day out, or saving on all things home, he can help you out.

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