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Spring certainly made a dramatic entrance this year. Gales, blizzards, floods and brilliant sunshine combined to remind us that we have to get used to what the forecasters call ‘changeable weather’. But dear old Mother Nature is still getting on with making the most of things, adding that hint of green to the skeletal trees and hedgerows. The spring light accentuates landscapes and until the sun is higher in the sky, that cooler air encourages bracing walks.
So let’s get out there and explore new parts. How about an Easter egg hunt? Once again, the National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland are holding Easter egg fun and games at many of their sites (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) (www.nts.org.uk). At Leeds Castle, in Kent, you can join a treasure trail and win a gold sovereign (www.leeds-castle.com). And at the Irish National Heritage Park, Co. Wexford, you can pan for gold as well as hunt eggs (www.inhp.com).
Springtime is always good for watching wildlife. Nature reserves are found in some of the most stunning parts of the British Isles (www.rspb.org.uk) and they get you into the great outdoors. As do our woodlands, thanks to the efforts of the Woodland Trust (www.woodlandtrust.org.uk).
There are walking festivals planned for all parts this year. The best way to keep in touch with them – and out into the countryside – is through the Ramblers (www.ramblers.org.uk).
A few dates. March 31st The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race; April 4th – 18th Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival; April 5th – 7th Morpeth Northumberland Gathering; April 23rd World Shakespeare Festival; May 2nd – 6th Badminton Horse Trials; May 23rd – June 2nd Hay Festival; May 8th – 12th Royal Windsor Horse Show; May 1st – 6th Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
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There is so much to do and so many places to visit. And it’s so easy to find great places to stay in them. Use our brochure of bed and breakfast accommodation – The Little Green Book – and websites www.bedandbreakfastnationwide.com for B&B homes, and www.holidaycottagesnationwide.co.uk for self-catering.
All the B&Bs and cottages have been specially selected and inspected and provide high quality accommodation. They range from country cottages to town houses, manor houses to farm houses – all offering a warm welcome and good value. The hosts are all keen to promote their part of the country and suggest trips out and how best to get there.
To obtain a free 136-page brochure, please send your name and address and 3 second-class stamps for postage and packing to:
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And don’t miss Bed & Breakfast…and much more – our 232 page comprehensive guide to where to stay, what to do and where to go in the UK and Ireland. It is also a good read with various articles – a tour of royal castles and houses, a battlefield trail, some ripping smugglers yarns and a literary jaunt around the British Isles. The 650 B&Bs listed have all been inspected by members of the Bed & Breakfast Nationwide team.
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