As the chill of the cold, miserable winter months fades, we feel the first rays of sunshine and new life springs up all around us. It’s at this time of year that our thoughts turn to holidays and the good news is there are plenty of spring holiday destinations in the UK.
Devon has a milder climate than most of the UK and spring is the best time to make the most of it, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country a short break in spring avoids the crowds and traffic jams which are common in the summer months.
Award-winning beaches, glorious countryside and lovely coastal walks are just some of the reasons visitors head to Devon in spring.
With a host of family attractions, an abundance of wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities, this exceptional county is the perfect antidote for any lingering winter blues whatever the weather.
There is also superb accommodation in Devon, whether that is cottages, lodges, or even hotels. Most people tend to enjoy a busy day on the coast and then unwind in the evening, which is why Hot Tub Hideaways is so popular for its luxury accommodation whilst having the added bonus of private hot tubs.
With its honey-coloured chocolate box cottages and spectacular countryside this stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is worth a visit any time of year but is extra special during spring
The hedgerows woodland and gardens burst into bloom with blankets of bluebells, meadows full of daffodils and baby lambs gambling in the fields
The Cotswold Way with almost 100 miles of footpaths is perfect for a brisk stroll to blow those winter cobwebs away, through picturesque villages where you can stop for a drink in one of the quintessential country inns while taking in the breath-taking scenery.
There is no better time to visit Norfolk than in the spring; ooh and ahh over the baby seal pups at Blakeney Point in North Norfolk or enjoy the variety of birdlife in the UK’s birdwatching capital.
Some of the finest seasonal food in the county is also available at this time of year, making this beautiful county an ideal choice for foodies.
Check out the largest covered market in Europe in Norwich, sample some of the world-famous Cromer crab and look out for the multitude of farmers’ shops and roadside stalls selling everything from asparagus to locally harvested samphire.
There are lots of terrific things to see and do all year round in the stunning county of Yorkshire, but the new born lambs, bursts of colour and bank holiday events make a visit in spring-time extra special.
Enjoy a stroll along one of the many dog-friendly beaches which have no restrictions at this time of year or head to Grass Wood in Wharfedale to see the magical woodland with its carpet of bluebells.
There are plenty of indoor attractions here too, so even if the weather is unpredictable you will still be spoilt for choice of great days out.
One of the UK’s most popular spring holiday destinations Northumberland is home to the Farne Islands where every spring thousands of puffins arrive to breed. Just off the coast of Amble a bustling little fishing harbour you will find Coquet Island a RSPB reserve and a photographer and birdwatchers heaven
This north-east county has some is also home to some spectacular gardens; check out the magnificent snowdrop display at Howick Hall, Gardens and Arboretum in February followed by dazzling daffs in March.
Explore the substantial grounds at Cragside with its world-renowned Rhododendron displays or head to the award-winning Alnwick garden.
The highlight of Dorset in spring is Brownsea Island, where you will spot red squirrels making the most of the spring sunshine and a huge variety of birds from oystercatchers to kingfishers
Tulips, daffodils and crocuses line the lanes leading to idyllic county villages and the surrounding countryside comes alive with sounds, scents and colours.
The beaches are quiet, perfect for a spot of fossil-hunting or a walk with your canine companion before the summer restrictions come into force.
With a host of springtime events from food and folk festivals to Easter bonnet parades Dorset has everything and more for a perfect spring break.
Spring is when the countryside all over the UK comes to life, baby animals, trees and flowers bursting into bloom, birds returning from winters spent overseas and wherever you choose to go, the warmth of the spring sunshine, sights, smells and sounds will restore your soul and ensure a relaxing break.