After the Emma and the Beast Horror Show, Mother Nature taps her baton and leads her Spring Fantasia. Trees stretch and yawn. Snowdrops vie with the morning frosts. Birds house hunt. Hedgerows rub the sleep from their eyes. Lambs wobble into the world. Daffodils floodlight the greening grass.
Spring in the British and Irish countryside is truly fantastic. Every day the sun is warmer. Every day is change for the better. The welcome mat is out. Let’s go for it!
It is so easy to find first-rate places to stay and enjoy the British and Irish way of Spring time life. 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 to ensure that they 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 fun days out and how best to get there.
A great way of discovering new parts and making the most of our heritage is to join Easter egg hunts and trails. Once again, the National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland are holding Easter egg fun and games at hundreds of their sites (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) (www.nts.org.uk).
In Wales, it’s the Year of the Sea. The 870-mile Wales Coast Path is a springboard to seascapes, beaches, harbours and islands…and rivers taking you inland to lakes and reservoirs. See (www.visitwales.com).
Spring is a great time to visit the ‘Island of Ireland’. The Wild Atlantic Way is still just that and the Causeway Coastal Route is still as legendary…and its 11 cities are warm and buzzing with festivals. See (www.ireland.com).
For many, England is at its best at this time of the year. How about a Wild Flower Spring Safari on the North York Moors or Dartmoor as it welcomes the sun? Or see Wordsworth’s daffodils in his beloved Lake District? See (www.visitengland.com).
Scotland is celebrating the Year of Young People who are showcasing their talents in a programme of nationwide events. Take a deep breath and ‘bag’ a Munro or climb the 240 steps up the Wallace National Monument then enjoy Scotland’s finest fare. Visit (www.visitscotland.com).
We mentioned the wildlife hard at work. Make the most of this by visiting our tremendous variety of nature reserves (www.rspb.org.uk) and (www.wildlifetrusts.org). And catch our wonderful woodlands as they prepare for summer (www.woodlandtrust.org.uk).
It is also a great time for walking the lanes, woods, moors and heaths. There are walking festivals planned for all parts this year. The Ramblers will help you out and about (www.ramblers.org.uk).
Some more ideas…
8th – 25th – Glasgow International Comedy Festival
17th – 18th – Marmalade Festivals, Penrith and Dalemain, Cumbria
24th – 25th – Discover Lincolnshire Weekend
30th – April 2nd – Teddies Go Free, Muncaster Castle, Cumbria
30th – April 2nd – Giant Egg Hunt Challenge, Blenheim Palace
1st – 2nd – Festival of Steam and Transport, Historic Dockyard, Chatham
6th – 8th – 51st Northumbrian Gathering
12th – 13th – Gin Festival, Torquay
18th – 27th – Tulip Celebrations, Hever Castle, Kent
28th – 29th – Wonderwool Wales, Builth Wells
3rd – 6th – Tour de Yorkshire Cycle Race
4th – 6th – Garden Show Ireland, Antrim Castle
5th – 7th – Brixham Pirate Festival
19th – 20th – Royal Welsh Spring Festival
25th – 28th – Tall Ships Regatta, Liverpool
25th – June 3rd – Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival, Ballycastle
26th – June 3rd – Geopark Festival, Devon
…and even more in our Days Out Diary.