Although it’s still freezing cold at the moment, I am seeing some glimmers of hope that spring is on its way. Why not celebrate the fact that it’s coming by treating you and the family to a little British getaway to explore a different part of the country in the springtime, whether it be a weekend excursion for those that have to work around school or a mid-week gander for those that don’t.
I’ve had a trawl of the web to find some fun family friendly events happening across the UK, from lambing to marmalade, surfing to science…come and have a peek and see if they tempt you to take a trip and be sure to let us know if they do!
I wouldn’t be much of a Welsh girl if I didn’t bring to your attention one of the most important days in the Welsh Calendar. It’s a day we get to celebrate our patron saint by dressing up in traditional costumes, whether it be Welsh ladies of past, coal miners or rugby players, brandishing daffodils and leeks and parading around our red dragons. There are a number of festivities happening across the country where you can join in the fun(see here for the best places to go) . Why not head to the smallest city in the UK, St David’s, where the patron saint was once a Bishop of the city. It is a beautiful place with gorgeous beaches surrounding it.
If surfing is your thing, then you may have already heard of the Severn Bore. One of Britain’s natural phenomena’s, it is a natural surge wave where the tidal range is the second highest in the world and can be up to 50 feet. You’ll have to be an experienced surfer to ride the waves due to the strong current so not suitable for little ones but they’ll have some fun watching from the shores. You can find out more about where to watch it here
Whilst you’re in the area of Gloucester, there are plenty of family friendly attractions to visit – see here for more information including the International Centre for Birds of Prey, Cotswold’s Wildlife Park and Gardens and a Jet age museum among other things.
March seems to be quite the month of Patron Saints and on the 5th, Cornwall gets its turn. The website here gives more information about where to head but the festivities include parades, singing and most impressively Cornish Pastie eating. That’s me in!
There are tons of events happening all across the country to celebrate British Science week (you can find all about them here). The Black Watch Castle and Museum are holding a special Battlefield Laboratory Workshop for children aged 7-12. The can find out how guns and cannons work, what makes bullets fly in a straight line and many more exciting information. You will need to book for this and you can find out more information here
The festival is in it’s 20th year and they have planned a pretty packed programme to celebrate. With a family theme that promises to deliver theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks it sounds like a great reason to visit the city. Have a look at the programme of events here and get yourself booked on as events sell out fast!
9-11 March – Mother’s Day – National Trust Events
One of the reasons I love going away with the kids is that we get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the errands, renovations and interruptions and can just focus on exploring and spending quality time with the family. What better time to do this than Mothers day? The National Trust are putting on events up and down the country, so it’s worth checking a venue close to you, even if you’re not heading away. Here are a couple that looked lovely.
9 & 10 March, Morden Park Hall, London (10-12pm or 2-4pm) How sweet is this, go for a walk together and pick up some natural materials from around the park, then turn it into a homemade Mother’s day card. Then take a peruse around the garden centre for something sweet smelling to add to take home.
Leave the cooking for the day and head for either a late morning brunch or an afternoon tea with fizz in the stables of this National Trust property followed by a walk around the gardens with the head gardener.
It’s been 100 years since women were given the right to vote so it seems a good year to celebrate this day. Again, this is one where there are multiple events happening up and down the country with Bristol and London having some big events.
This festival to celebrate the day in Derby promises lots of family fun through inspiring performances, workshops and stalls.
17 March – St Patrick’s Day – Belfast
As much as I have to mention St David’s day, the same goes for St Patrick as Mr HKWTUK is half Irish. There are a few events in Norther Ireland aimed at children. The Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry are running a themed day where you can take part in arts and crafts as well as adding in a few surprises which you can find out about here .The Wetlands centre at Castle Espie are having special storytelling sessions, face painting, traditional music and arts and crafts.
Do you or your kids like Marmalade? Then this trip will be absolutely unmissable, a whole weekend dedicated to the sweet orange stuff. The whole town will be crammed with street entertainers, magicians, musicians, dancers and storytelling. You know who else like marmalade? That’s right, one of your favourite bears will also make an appearance – Paddington. Aside from all the fun, the main part of the weekend has got to be the tasting, and there are plenty of samples to ensure you get what you came for, the awards take place in the nearby Dalemain house.
Ever fancy an experience that is a little different from the norm? This might be for you. With departures from London and Bath and an extremely early start, you and the family (kids from 3-16) can be taken to Stonehenge on the day of the Spring Equinox to be accompanied by Druids to watch the sun rise over the stones themselves. There are many traditions that accompany this which will be told you, but it sounds like something you just have to experience! Find out more here
There are over 2000 pregnant ewes at the farm so the chances are you’ll get a chance to see one being born on your visit and may even get some hand’s on experience! In case you didn’t know, this reserve is set in one of the beautiful spots in mid-Wales – a more picturesque spot, you’d be hard pressed to find with even a little waterfall to one side of the lake so for the outdoors lovers there are plenty of walks to keep the little ones occupied during the rest of your stay. Find about more about the event here but please note that it is not advisable for pregnant ladies.
That’s the round up for March. Researching this post has as ever made me want to visit some of these places so I’d love to know if you’ve been to any of these events or if you’d recommend me adding any to the list? Feel free to share the post.
Then it’ll be onto April and with Easter around the corner, I’m sure there will plenty of things happening across the UK to inspire that next break to explore the country. Why don’t you sign up to the newsletter so you can get monthly inspiration of where to head?