Spring is finally blooming all around us and it’s time to celebrate the arrival of longer days, brighter weather and all things outdoors. Of course, Britain is Britain and nice weather is never guaranteed, but these events should leave you feeling suitably springy and ready to face the rest of the year.
1. Egg Rolling
Egg rolling dates back to the Victorian age and was traditionally done with hard boiled, hand decorated eggs. Making your own can be an extremely fun indoors activity, with or without children. However, if you would rather leave the creativity to somebody else, chocolate eggs are a yummy alternative. One of the best egg rolling events in the country takes place in Preston at Avenham Park, during Easter Monday, from 10am until 4pm. Staying at a nearby Travelodge can extend the one day event into a fun Easter weekend away.
2. The Great Spring Gardening Event
The Great Spring Gardening Event will take place on the 30th of April this year, at Hampton Court Castle. Run by the Red Cross, expect a day of browsing garden stalls and nibbling on tea and cake in the garden marquees. This event is a great option if you are wary of the weather and want somewhere to shelter if it decides to rain. Children and history lovers will also love exploring the Castle, which was the home of Henry VIII.
3. Jack In The Green
For an unusual weekend away, make a trip to the Jack In The Green Festival in Hastings, held from the 1st to the 4th of May. The Jack In The Green Festival sees Morris Dancers competing for first prize and also begins with the Dance In The Dawn. If you are an early bird, you may like to wake up to see the Morris Dancers hail in the Spring, at the leisurely time of 4.30am! The evening Ceilidhs are a great place to let your hair down, dancing and drinking to your hearts content. All the girls, big and small, will surely love the crowning of the Queen of May. Stay at a Hastings Travelodge, to enjoy the festival spirit.
4. The British Asparagus Festival
The British Asparagus Festival kicks of on the 23rd of April in Evesham, on St George’s Day. This eccentric festival, celebrates the green delicacy in all ways imaginable! Starting with The Great English Asparagus Run, expect to see lots of people dressed as Asparagus, yummy food and a whole variety of events.
5. RHS Flower Show Cardiff
The RHS Flower Show Cardiff, is the first outdoor flower show of the year, taking place from the 11th to the 13th of April. Although Wales is not famed for its glorious weather, the beautiful flowers are sure to leave you feeling full of life. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Cardiff Flower Show is a fun day out for all the family, encouraging visitors to get their hands dirty and helping children to get growing.