With Christmas firmly committed to a distant memory, our New Year's resolutions severely broken and winter drawing to a close - we are looking forward to the start of spring. Springtime in the British Isles brings the beautiful sight of blooming English gardens, baby lambs frolicking in green pastures and city breaks galore without the summer crowds. Read on for our favourite experiences to enjoy during spring.
In March, the days start to brighten and the clocks go forward meaning the evenings get lighter and lighter. St Patrick's Day is celebrated across the whole of Ireland on March 17th. In Dublin there is a five day festival spanning this cultural and religious event with dancers, musicians, storytellers and performers - not to be missed! The Brits also celebrate Mothers Day on March 11th so if your travelling as a family this is a great time to show mums some special attention. A great day out for those in London or the nearby areas, is the Cambridge v Oxford Boat Race (March 24th). An annual rowing race since 1829 that takes place on the Thames; certainly as quintessentially British as a cup of tea and scone with jam.
The Easter holidays are an especially good time to travel with children, (we would recommend exploring England & Scotland on our Harry Potter themed trip.) All our itineraries are tailor-made for the fussiest of kids, to ensure they (and therefore parents) have the best time. We have countless Easter egg treasure hunts and themed quests up our sleeves to engage all ages - perfect for getting teens off their screens! In Scotland, Ospreys return from Western Africa, making it a wonderful time for a wildlife watching experience in the Cairngorms with one of our expert guides. Add in a salmon fishing tuition or try kayaking as the trickling Scottish rivers swell with snowmelt.
May begins the start of the iconic British season and with two bank holidays stuffed into one month, it is certainly a busier time to travel with many locals getting out of the city. However, this means that there is lots of new exhibitions, experiences and pop ups on, helping you to make the most of your holiday. The Royal Wedding is taking place on May 19th and being part of Windsor (or London's) atmosphere during this romantic day, will be truly memorable. Royal fans travelling at any time of the year should check out our new itinerary showcasing the best of the British Monarchy. For any garden enthusiasts, Chelsea Flower Show (May 22nd - 26th) is THE highlight of the summer and is not to be missed! (Contact us directly about packages we can offer.)