The importance of the number six has taken on a whole new meaning since the pandemic hit as we can now once again gather as a group of six people – albeit outside. So with that in mind we’ve come up with six ideas of what you can do with six people this Easter.
The classic Hot Cross Bun, traditionally eaten on Good Friday to mark the end of Lent, is a must eat over Easter and although there are many creative variations on the classic spiced, sweet currant bun we still don’t think you can beat the traditional version. Whilst it is true to say that Hot Cross Buns can be found on supermarket shelves (or baked yourself) for much of the year, the same can’t be said of the other traditional Easter bake – the Simnel Cake. Originally associated with Mothering Sunday, this fruit cake, topped with 11 marzipan balls to represent the Apostles, was offered to those fasting during Lent to provide a respite from the 40 days of religious austerity. Which of course must have been very well received, as it is today, for all those who love a good fruit cake.
If you are not fans of hot cross buns or simnel cake then there are plenty of chocolate treats available including; Easter Eggs, Chocolate Easter Brownies and Easter Nests (the latter being made, if you can remember, from melted chocolate and Shredded Wheat or Corn Flakes). This year we’ve even picked up on a new Creme Egg Scotch Egg. Yes you read it correctly, a chocolate scotch egg courtesy of Nancy’s Tea Rooms. So whether you intend to make some Easter treats yourselves, or buy them in, we have a feeling that Easter Afternoon Teas in the garden are going to be popular!
With the ruling of six allowing us to meet in gardens, before you serve those Easter bakes, why not organise a traditional Easter Hunt? Simply hide some eggs and invite your guests (they don’t all have to be children) to search high and low to find them all. Keeping with the themed entertainment, you could also have an Egg and Spoon Race or even an Egg Rolling Competition. Alternatively, set up an Easter Decorating Station outside and let everyone get creative and make decorations to dress the garden and welcome your guests.
With overseas holidays looking unlikely for the summer take some time at the weekend to decide upon six places that you would like to visit as part of a staycation this summer. With neighbouring Cambridge, Ely, Bury St Edmunds and the North Norfolk and Suffolk coasts nearby, there is so much choice and of course, Newmarket makes for the perfect base to explore the surrounding area. Browse our website www.discovernewmarket.co.uk or go to www.visiteastofengland for ideas and inspiration and list your six.
In preparation of the re-opening of outside cafes and restaurants on 12th April, get on the phone and sort out a date with your favourite six people and book one of the many al fresco dining options on offer. Regain the excitement of going out and being waited upon once again and help support local businesses. Some of our venues have made so much effort to prepare their outdoor spaces to welcome us back, so check out Discover Newmarket’s What’s On page for more information.
All our public, guided tours are now available to book online after 17th May when we are able to re-open. From a morning at a trainer’s yard, to an afternoon at the National Stud, we have a variety of behind the scenes tours depicting the rich history and heritage of our internationally renowned town. However, did you know that these same tours can be booked as a private tour for up to six people? So whether you would prefer to stay with people that you know or you have an occasion you wish to celebrate, take the time over the weekend to browse our website www.discovernewmarket.co.uk and decide which tours take your fancy. Then select a date that suits your group and contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to book something truly special to look forward to.
As part of the re-launch of our guided tours programme, we are offering six free spaces on one of our fabulous National Stud Tours. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning, then all you need to do, is to make sure you have signed up to our e-newsletter here and then email us at email@example.com with the subject line – `Competition for Six’. You have until Monday 12th April to enter and the winner will be randomly selected and notified the following week. Good luck everyone and have a very Happy Easter!
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