Easter holiday: Take three days off and get away with 11

Thanks to the way the bank holidays have fallen and the extra day off for the Royal Wedding, this Easter will feel like a much longer holiday than usual. Especially if you take three days off in the middle, this will give you an extra long break of eleven days.

Thanks to Good Friday falling later than usual, April 22, followed by the royal wedding on the 29th and then the May Day bank holiday on the 2, many of us will be escaping the office for longer than usual.

In fact take three days off , April 26 – 28, and you’ll end up with eleven days of Easter holiday.

For many children and parents the school break has already started, with this weekend predicted to be busiest of all. Short haul destinations over to Europe are most popular at Easter, with Rome, Venice and Barcelona being top, reports British Airways.

Paul Furner, boss of TravelRepublic.co.uk, said: “Sales are up by an astonishing 59.3% over the same period last year.

“The run of bank holidays and the fact that the royal wedding is being screened and celebrated in lots of places outside the UK, has been too much to resist.”

But Mr Furner added: “We are also seeing strong demand from those wanting to escape the ­celebrations completely.”

If your planning on spending the extra long Easter break at home, the forecast is looking good – dry and fair for most of the eleven days.

Tesco’s Trevor Datsun said: “This is the earliest in the year we’ve ever had major demand for BBQ food and charcoal. The great weather has created a feelgood factor and got the whole nation anticipating a BBQ weekend.”

The hot weather is also expected to tempt many to the seaside.

The AA said: “We expect an increase in traffic due to early Easter holidays and a rush to the beaches. But a day-trip to the beach will cost 14p a litre more than it did just 12 months ago.”