This Easter, the weather isn’t planning on playing ball. I have all my fingers and toes crossed that the forecast improves, but right now I’m looking at four solid days of rain. Which is disappointing. It’s ok to be British and moan about it for a while. But when you’re ready, here are my best ideas for beating the wet-weather blues.
Stay indoors and eat chocolate. I won’t judge you if this is how you choose to spend your Easter weekend. It’s an enormously tempting prospect and at least part of our weekend will be spent like this. Ideally with a Harry Potter film or a good book.
Organise an indoor egg hunt. Avoid the usual free-for-all searches that are so easy in a garden. Instead, create an indoor treasure hunt with clues or riddles to follow. Keep the momentum going with a few treats along the way.
Bake an Easter classic. Try making your own hot cross buns or a classic Simnel cake. Nigella has good recipes for both. Or if all else fails, hurl together some cornflakes, melted chocolate and mini eggs.
Get out for a walk anyway. Because you won’t actually melt in the rain, will you? Just one word of advice, go somewhere interesting. No one wants to trudge along a dyke in the rain (we have a lot of those in the Fens). Choose a hill, the seaside or somewhere with a fun trail to follow.
Go to a museum or gallery. Try something new or an old favourite. The newly re-opened Kettles Yard in Cambridge is top of my list.
Try indoor climbing. My family adores Clip ‘n Climb – who have centres all over the country. It’s an easy, safe and fun way to experience climbing walls. Adults and children share the same walls and it’s a great way to burn off some chocolate.
Make your table pretty. There’s something irresistibly charming about spring flowers and Easter decorations. Make the effort to dress your table with pretty china, sprigs of blossom and those adorable little fluffy chicks.
An old-fashioned board game. My children are now old enough to play classics like Monopoly. These old games still have a real charm – and I’m both delighted and surprised that my Minecraft loving children agree.
Take a screen break. When you’re trapped indoors it’s very tempting to spend hours scrolling though your phone. Do it for a bit, but promise me you’ll take a break too? Pick up that book or magazine you’ve been meaning to read and enjoy it without digital distractions.
Garden in your head. It might be too wet and muddy to do any spring planting, but you can still dream. Buy some seeds and think of summer days.
What are your favourite ways to beat the wet weather blues?