Easter is almost here at last and it’s the first real holiday opportunity of 2019!
But why is it that the date changes every year, sometimes falling in March and sometimes in April?
Easter is an important festival when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ following the crucifixion. It also marks the end of 40 days of Lent when those observing the festival abstain from everyday luxuries such as chocolate and cake. Have you given up anythijng this year for lent?
This year, the Christian Easter Sunday falls on the 21st April in accordance with the Roman Calendar, however Orthodox Christianity waits until Sunday the 28th, a week later. Easter Sunday always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. This year the vernal equinox occurred on 20th March with the first full moon on the 19th April.
Create some lasting holiday memories
No matter one’s faith, Easter is the first real opportunity of the year to put work and school to one side, gather loved ones together and set out to create some lasting holiday memories.
Brixham for foodies!
This year, those heading to the small fishing town of Brixham on the south Devon coast are in for a wonderful time. Consisting of a jumble of colourful cottages clinging to the cliffside above the harbour, Brixham is steeped in history with a strong fishing heritage. Brixham boasts one of the largest fishing fleets in the UK and just as they have done for hundreds of years, trawlers chug to and fro, delivering the daily catch to the world-famous fish market on the quayside. If you’re an early bird, and we’re talking 6am here, you can even book a tour of the market to experience the hustle and bustle first hand. Then why not top the experience off with a tasty breakfast at Rockfish.
As you might imagine, there are several extremely good fish restaurants in Brixham. The Poopdeck overlooks the quay and serves a variety of fish ‘fresh from the boat’. The grade II listed Old Market House restaurant and bar operates on two floors with views overlooking the inner harbour. They serve locally sourced food from the South West together with award-winning beers and fine wines.
Once the kids have worn themselves out playing on the beach, you can head to Breakwater Bistro. With spectacular sea views, this family run, family friendly (dogs are welcome too), restaurant and bar serves up delicious, nutritious food from breakfast through to dinner. The Bistro overlooks award-winning Breakwater beach, confirmed as one of the cleanest in the UK, it’s the perfect setting for paddling or a ball game. On a breezy spring day, why not have a go at flying a kite. Parking with disabled access adjoins the beach, so it’s very much accessible to all.
Sea legs and rosy cheeks
If you prefer to be on the water, a boat trip provides is a great way to see the coastline in all its mighty glory. Both Western Lady Ferry Service and Paignton Pleasure Cruises run ferry services to nearby Torquay as well as pleasure cruises and fishing trips too.
Swap urban grey for verdant green and sparkling blue
There’s no doubt that when in Brixham the emphasis is very much on the sea itself. However, it's surrounded by the most wonderful countryside and rugged coastline.
Recent research has shown that children exposed to greenery and nature have better attention skills and memory development, so a trip to nearby Berry Head Nature Reserve is not to be missed.
With its stunning headland and sensational views, the Reserve is home to sea-birds, and mini-beasts aplenty. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a porpoise or two!
Brixham is located on the southern edge of Torbay in an area known as the English Riviera. In 2007 the English Riviera received recognition for its rich and diverse geological, historical and cultural heritage when it was designated a UNESCO Global Geopark, one of just 57 areas around the world. As you might imagine, there are lots of outdoor adventures to be had, from sailing and canoeing to coasteering and rambling.
With longer, warmer days upon us in late April, its no time to be indoors. However, at some point, after fun-filled days of fresh air and exercise, one must head home for some restorative rest. There’s no better place to stay than in one of our Holiday Homes. So, don’t delay, get booking today!
Properties you might like in Brixham include:
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