This weekend sees the official start of spring. We’ve seen the early signs – the night’s drawing out, the slightly warmer, albeit wetter, days, and feeling that we’re closer than ever to returning to a more normal way of living.
With better days fast approaching, we’ll soon be allowed to start exploring the UK again. To help you get ready, we’ve put together a few ideas to help inspire your plan for spring.
Of course, the elephant in the room when it comes to planning anything these days is the lockdown restrictions that may be in place. As we’ve seen over the past 12 months, the rules around travelling can change pretty quickly, but as we know it now, here is what you can do over the coming months.
Currently, you can meet up with one other person from outside your household for exercise or a picnic or takeaway drink.
From the 29th of March, gatherings of either six people or two households will be allowed in both public spaces and private gardens. You’ll also be able to start playing sport again with Sunday league football starting, and tennis, basketball and golf opening up.
From the 12th of April, there will be greater freedoms to support the economy. Shops, hairdressers, and pub gardens will open for the first time in months.
For many of us, our plans for spring are to simply sit in a pub garden and enjoy the (hopefully) warm weather, but we can also visit self-contained holiday accommodation for the first taste of holiday normality.
From the 17th of May, you can mix indoors with six people or two households and indoor hospitality and hotels will open.
There will be some restrictions in place throughout the spring, with all measures hopefully released on the 21st of June. But as the months go on there are still plenty of things we can do to try and make the most of the season.
Starting with what you can do right now – here are some perfect spring activities:
#1 Go stargazing
While the evenings are getting brighter, there’s still plenty of darkness to enjoy gazing up at the sky without staying up too late. Bar the chilly weather, now is the perfect time to start discovering the wonders of the solar system.
#2 Visit a historical town
We’re incredibly lucky to have so many historical towns and cities across the UK, so when you’re able to, why not take the opportunity to visit the likes of Edinburgh, Bath, York, and of course Oxford and Cambridge.
Take in some history with one of the hundreds of museums, visit historic ruins, or just enjoy the beautiful surroundings that these towns and cities have to offer.
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#3 Check out the UK’s greatest pub gardens
We’re all desperate to enjoy a spring evening with our friends and family, so when we can, why not change things up, skip the local, and go to a new pub with a different character.
Some of the best pub gardens in the UK include the CRATE Brewery in Hackney with stunning views of the canal, the Lord Crewe Arms, Northumberland and it’s refined English garden setting, the Cary Arms in Babbacombe for a tranquil pint overlooking the cliffs of the English Riviera, or enjoy the vast green space and country views of The Inn at Whitewell in Lancashire.
Check out this list of the best beer gardens in the UK to find the best seat near you.
#4 Try one of the greatest UK driving roads
We can’t wait to get out and about again, so when we can, we want to hit the best roads the UK has to offer. Here are just some of the greatest UK driving roads we can’t wait to try this spring –
The North Coast 500 – A world-famous driving route, the North Coast 500 is known as Scotland’s answer to Route 66 but with unbeatable views and more exciting roads. It’s 500 miles of sweeping straights and tight turns from Inverness to the west coast, up north to John o’ Groats and back.
Causeway Coast – There is stunning scenery everywhere you look on the 120-mile coastal route. Whether it’s the iconic Giant’s Causeway or one of the many filming locations from Game of Thrones including the Dark Hedges, there’s isn’t much more you can ask for from a driving route.
Buttertubs Pass – A 6 mile stretch of road described by Jeremy Clarkson as ‘England’s only truly spectacular road’, the road has everything a driving purist could want, from tight corners to sweeping slopes and rocky peaks – all set against a backdrop of dramatic Yorkshire views.
The Abergwesyn Pass – This track cuts straight through West Wales from Llanwrtyd Wells (known as the smallest town in the United Kingdom) to Tregaron. This super quiet 20-mile route is built for enjoyment, not necessarily speed, but the road will test your driving skills as you tackle a series of steep hairpins called the Devil’s Staircase.
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