With Scotland set to be hotter than Tenerife and the fact that it's a bank holiday, today is the perfect day to head to the beach with family or friends to soak up the sun while it lasts. We're lucky enough to have plenty of gorgeous beaches right on our doorstep - here's ten of the best for you to choose from. Ayr The go-to beach for most Glaswegians is the beloved Ayr. Kids won't get bored here, with play parks, crazy golf and Pirate Pete’s Family Entertainment Centre all right next to the beach. This, along with stunning views of Ailsa Craig makes it easy to see why this is one of Scotland's most popular seaside destinations. The downside to that, though, is that it's mobbed as soon as there's a bit of sun - and good luck getting a seat if you're taking the train! Cramond This old fishing village has some of the cutest houses you'll ever see perched along the beach. It's not far from Edinburgh and the local coffee shops and pubs are well worth stopping by. Depending on the … [Read more...] about 10 best beaches in central Scotland for the bank holiday scorcher
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It's a time of year that marks the descent of the Holy Spirit for those who are religious. But for others, it could lead to confusion over whether the event is a bank holiday. Here's the lowdown on when Whitsun 2018 takes place, what Pentecost is all about and whether you'll get the day off. When is Whitsun 2018 and is it a UK bank holiday? In 2018, Whitsun is on Sunday May 20. Whit Monday follows Whitsun, which falls this year on Monday, May 21, 2018. This date used to be a bank holiday in the United Kingdom, but in 1967 it was replaced by a fixed bank holiday on the last Monday of May. This year, the bank holiday at the end of May falls on Monday, May 28, 2018. What is Pentecost? Pentecost is a Christian holiday celebrated 50 days after Easter. It marks the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and others who followed Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks. It’s also referred to as Whitsun, and is seen as the birth of the Christian … [Read more...] about When is Whitsun 2018, what is Pentecost and is the Christian observance a UK bank holiday?
EASTER is this weekend – and millions of people across the globe are gearing up to celebrate the annual festival. Numerous different events mark the Christian calendar during Lent, before the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. Here is the lowdown on Good Friday 2018... When is Good Friday? This year, Good Friday falls TODAY, Friday, March 30. In different traditions, the date is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday. It marks the start of the Easter long weekend, which includes Easter Monday on April 2, 2018. The date changes every year as Easter Sunday must always fall on the next full moon after Spring Equinox. Is Good Friday a bank holiday? Good news, Good Friday is a bank holiday, so for many people, it marked the beginning of their Easter weekend. Monday, April 2, is also a bank holiday, but not every work will give employees these two Easter dates off. Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid … [Read more...] about When is Good Friday 2018, what is the meaning of the bank holiday and what happened on the day?
It comes to something when your 73-year-old mother-in-law sees you as a figure of fun. Mine routinely lies about her age (she claims to be 38 - fully seven years younger than her own daughter) but maintains the belief that she is a vastly superior athlete to the likes of me. Then again we – the likes of me – are easy targets. We are MAMILs, weekend warriors aping our professional cycling heroes. An all-too-visible examplar of the mid-life crisis in motion – set to be out in force this Bank Holiday weekend, buzzing like drones, clogging the climb up Box Hill. Motorists may hate us, but being a Middle Aged Man In Lycra has come to define my life. I can take the jokes, the barbs and the brickbats with a smile for one simple reason: it makes me happy. It was not always thus. Back in 2010 I was a regular 38-year-old (a real one, not my mother-in-law’s fantasy version) who played a bit of golf, the odd game of football and enjoyed more than the occasional pint. … [Read more...] about Why we MAMILs will be clogging up the roads this Bank Holiday weekend
Whether you are facing the prospect of the next Beast from the East or spending the Bank Holiday weekend in blazing sunshine, these amazing things to do across Britain over Easter will keep the whole family happy... for FREE! For everyone 1. If you fancy a bit of star spotting, head to Cineworld Broad Street in Birmingham to catch a glimpse of David Tennant. The Doctor Who actor, 46, will be appearing on the red carpet for the premiere of his new film, You, Me and Him, tomorrow at 6.30pm. He’ll be joined by co-stars Sally Phillips, his wife Georgia Tennant and singer Jack Savoretti. 2. Always fancied a road trip? Take advantage of the long weekend and head out on the open road... roadtrips.visitscotland .com has 13 spectacular driving routes, all of which take the top sights (including Arbroath Abbey) for your ultimate Thelma and Louise moment (without the cliff, of course). 3. Seeing the sights in London doesn’t have to be pricey. Take a trip to Buckingham Palace and check … [Read more...] about 31 fun and free activities for all the family on Easter Bank Holiday weekend