Bank holiday weekend! Four days, a hundred possibilities. The weather is getting warmer, and Spring is here, inspiring many to get back outside. So, we’ve come up with a list of 5 ways you can reconnect with nature this bank holiday weekend.
Cook up a feast with local produce
Whether you’re getting together with family and friends for Easter, Passover or Iftar, sharing a meal is likely a big event for many this bank holiday weekend. It’s a great opportunity to head to a nearby farmers market or farm, stock up on local seasonal produce and cook up a feast. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a trip to your local forest to forage for berries and wild herbs. Need some cooking inspiration? Some of the things on the Karshare team’s menus are whole baked salmon, BBQ hot dogs and burgers, and chocolate for breakfast.
Make a trip to the seaside
The MET is predicting this weekend to be the hottest so far this year so a trip to the seaside could be the perfect way to make the most of it. While it may be a bit too chilly for most, the adventurous can slip into a wetsuit and give surfing or swimming a go. Enjoy some fish and chips on the promenade or visit the fairground at dusk to see the lights come on from the Ferris wheel. No matter where you’re based in the UK you aren’t too far from the coast, and we’ve got cars to suit all road trip needs.
Go for a run or hike
With some sunshine and warmer weather forecasted, many will want to get out for a hike or run. You can explore your local area by joining a ramblers group. The Ramblers Association aims to provide right of way or access on foot through the provision of paths and encourage people to get out and enjoy the country’s natural beauty. If running is more your pace, Parkrun might be the perfect way to spend your Saturday. In the UK, over 700 free parkrun events are held every Saturday morning. The distance is 5ks and while the name says ‘run’ Parkrun welcomes runners, joggers and walkers. Whatever it takes to work off some of that chocolate, right?
Improve the ecosystem in your garden
For those planning to use the Bank Holiday to stay home and relax, why not show the ecosystem in your garden some TLC? Mammals, birds and insects living in urban areas rely on the nature that makes up backyards, community gardens and parks to survive. But what can you do the help them thrive? Building a bird feeder and planting pollinating plants encourages birds into your space. Adding a bug hotel provides shelter for beneficial bugs – they eat pests and reduce the need for harmful pesticides. You could even cut some hedgehog highways between fences so that the nocturnal animals can find their way between the neighbourhood safely.
Take in the sights on a scenic drive
Mountain views, dramatic coastlines and country roads - the UK has some of the most stunning scenery in the world. There is something special about driving the scenic route. Without a schedule you can take your time to stop at the viewpoints along the way, pull into a country pub and enjoy not having a deadline. Some of the most famous scenic drives in the UK include the B3135 through Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, down the steep path of Wrynose and Hardknott Pass in the Lakes District and the coastal road from St Ives to St Just in Cornwall.
If you’re looking to take a trip to reconnect with nature this long weekend, be more eco friendly and rent a car from your community. Karshare have a car to suit your needs, so start browsing nearby cars now and take your pick. We’re also offering £10 off your next rental with the code EASTER10. The code expires on April 18th at 23:59 and is one time use only, so don’t miss out.