From fields of beautiful and aromatic blooms to sweeping ocean views and the sight of lambs frolicking on the landscape, here's four ideas to get you inspired for a springtime break.
1. Visit the world’s largest collection of fruit trees
Garden of England, Kent
Known as the Garden of England, Kent is one of the most obvious choices when looking for picturesque places to visit in the springtime. Home to an abundance of orchards and gardens, as well as stretching fields alive with bright daffodils and vibrant bluebells, Kent provides a stunning backdrop for a whole variety of family days out on offer in the region.
As well as being renowned for its orchards and hop gardens, Kent also boasts plenty of pretty villages, country pubs, and one of the longest coastlines in the country. Visit carpets of bluebells covering the woodland of Emmetts Gardens, or explore Ightham Mote, a medieval manor house complete with secret gardens and lakes.
Kent also offers some lovely places to stay, whether that be a secluded glamping spot, cottage or woodland cabin, or a charming B&B.
2. Take in impressive ocean views
St Ives, Cornwall
A popular UK tourist destination with good reason, Cornwall makes for a tranquil escape when the sun makes an appearance in the spring. In April, May and June, as the weather gets milder and the days longer, Cornwall is the perfect destination to explore the countryside and coast before the crowds arrive in the summer months.
Spring is the perfect time to visit the Eden Project, as not only are the flowers are in bloom and the floral scent fills the air, but also, visiting at this time of year is a great way of avoiding the crowds that venture there in the summer.
If walking is more your thing, Cornwall offers a wealth of beaches, coastal paths and woodland to explore, as well as a variety of springtime festivals such as the lively Porthleven Food and Music Festival which takes place from 20th-22nd April, or the Falmouth Spring Festival which runs from late March into early April.
Just as diverse as Cornwall itself, the area offers a variety of places to stay, ranging from chic beachside hotels and spas to boutique guest houses and glamping sites.
3. Spot lambs playing across the Dales
Lambs in the Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales are beautiful all year round, but a visit in the springtime is a must. The change of season brings with it a burst of colour to the hills and meadows, resulting in some truly spectacular views across the Dales.
Known for their vibrant colours and scents, the hay meadows are one of the iconic scenes in the area, and the spring flowers blossoming throughout the region are celebrated in the Flower of the Dales Festival from March.
As well as bursting buds on trees and shrubs, there’s no other scene which epitomizes the British springtime like the sight of new born lambs bounding over the hills- a common sight in the Yorkshire Dales. If you want to get up close to the lambs instead, visit the idyllic Hesketh Farm where you can hold, and even feed the new-borns.
If you’re considering a break in the Yorkshire Dales, there’s no shortage of beautiful places to stay. Reside in a self-catering cottage, stay in a traditional pub or opt for one of the many campsites, bunk barns or caravan sites.
4. Explore natural beauty
Glenfinnan Monument, at the head of Loch Shiel, Inverness-shire, Scotland
The perfect escape from everyday hustle and bustle, the Scottish Highlands are particularly awe-inspiring during in the spring months. Despite its notorious chilly weather, in spring, Scotland’s countryside is a sight to behold. Bright green valleys are dotted with brilliant wild gorse, and the smell of flowers fills the air.
This time of year is the perfect opportunity to breath in the clean air of the lochs and mountains, and April and May tend to be the driest months. Visit the historic city of Inverness which hosts a number of spring events and festivals or explore some of the most beautiful castles in the world such as Dunvegan Castle or the Castle of Mey.
A magical destination, the Scottish Highlands offer some equally magnificent places to stay, from snug log cabins to gourmet hotels and converted castles.
If you’re planning a UK getaway and are looking for some more inspiration for where to enjoy the great outdoors in the springtime months, take a look at our guides!