Family holidays in spring

Family breaks in spring

Family holidays in spring needn’t mean soggy BBQs and missing tent pegs. England is packed with fun and engaging things to do with kids, from dizzying treetop adventures to interactive museum exhibits and thrilling theme park breaks. For more of a laid-back pace, escape to a Cotswolds farm stay where you can spot the beasties on a nature trail and befriend the farmyard’s residents. How about a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’d never expect? Let the roar of tigers and lions lull you to sleep as you bed down on a bespoke luxury safari in the deepest, darkest wilds of... Kent.

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Comb Sussex’s thriving coastline for fossils and marine life

A Marine Conservation Area, this unspoilt coastline at the foot of the South Downs National Park offers thriving marine life and fossils galore.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Discover Brighton and Hove’s fresh and exciting foodie scene

In recent years restaurants in Brighton & Hove have proved that the city has a lot more to offer gastronomes than just fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Unlock Kent's Magna Carta secrets

Celebrate historic England and mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta by exploring Kent’s weird and wonderful connections to the great charter.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 

Mix heritage with designer chic by the sea in Portsmouth

Treat yourself to a waterfront break where you can delve into history while still enjoying a spot of designer retail therapy.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Enjoy countless attractions with one ticket at Beaulieu

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is an award winning day out where one ticket grants access to many of the village’s attractions.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

 

Nightly summer bandstand concerts and weekly fireworks

The UK’s busiest bandstand on Eastbourne’s seafront offers nightly concerts from pop to rock throughout summer, with a weekly firework crescendo.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Take park in this celebration of gourds and squashes, including an unusual form of pumpkin art, within a National Trust village in West Sussex.

Location: Slindon, nr Arundel, West Sussex

 

See treasures from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace

Every August and September, Buckingham Palace opens its doors, giving you a chance to explore the amazing art, décor and history within.

Location: Victoria, Greater London

 

Murder in the cathedral

Visit one of England's most beautiful cities - and the site of one of its most famous murders

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 

October events: Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

Book tickets to a wide variety of new and award-winning films at London’s most accessible and exciting film festival.

Location: London, Greater London

 

November events: Step back in time at the Victorian Christmas Festival

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Ever marvelled at a soaring bird of prey and wondered how they are trained? Find out on a special Advanced Entry visit to Millets Farm Falconry Centre.

Location: Frilford, Oxfordshire

 

Spot deer in the city

It might come as a surprise to discover a deer-filled oasis just a tube ride away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Location: Richmond, Surrey

 

Sample Surrey’s top tipples

Surrey has a wealth of drinks producers creating delicious award-winning wines and beers right across the county.

Location: Dorking, Surrey

 

August events: Enjoy a brass band concert at Hertford Castle

On the 18 August, Hertford Castle Gatehouse will open its doors to the public - free of charge - with a brass band concert on the Castle lawn.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

 

November events: Take a Christmas cookery class with a celebrity chef

Explore the world of Christmas food and drink with Michelin-starred celebrity chefs at the Taste of Christmas event in London’s Docklands.

Location: London

 

Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Surround yourself with thousands of years of history as you enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Portchester Castle.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Perfect your photography skills on a course in Canterbury

Get the most out of that new digital camera on a guided photography course in Canterbury.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 

Raise a glass in the South Downs countryside

English sparkling wine is enjoying a renaissance.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

Plan a New Forest adventure

Remember family holidays? The rain hammering down on the caravan roof; the endless games of cards, and interminable bickering? All that can be a thing of the past.

Location: Hampshire

 

Plan a seasonal dinner party with Raymond Blanc

Embrace your passion for food and learn to create phenomenal cuisine with new techniques that support Raymond's own cuisine and food philosophy.

Location: Great Milton, Oxfordshire

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