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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Explore the picturesque Mottisfont House and Garden

What’s better than a summer’s stroll amid ancient trees and rolling lawns? Enjoy the splendour of one of Hampshire’s greatest country houses –Mottisfont.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

 

August events: Be amongst the flowers at the Shrewsbury Flower Show

Flowers, fireworks and two fun-packed days of celebrity chefs, floral displays and family attractions at the Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 

Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Explore the magnificent gardens of this dog friendly attraction with your four legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

 
Fountain and lake at Kew Gardens in autumn

11 gorgeous gardens to visit on an autumn break

Savour the myriad of seasonal colours on your autumn break with a visit to one of these glorious gardens.

 

Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

There’s no better time to visit Kent than in the spring so why not follow your nose and discover the county’s fragrant countryside and gardens?

Location: Maidstone, Kent

 

Enjoy strolls on the grounds of Sandringham Estate

Follow in the footsteps of the Royal Family and explore the Queen's official Norfolk residence.

Location: Sandringham, Norfolk

 

Discover a medieval house at a Cumbrian gateway

An imposing Cumbrian castle boasting an award-winning rock garden.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

 

Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

See breathtaking vistas at Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens

Explore these breathtaking and inspirational gardens created by 10-time Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 

An Italianate country house in the Chilterns

West Wycombe Park is 45 acres of landscaped park in the Chilterns countryside and home to the Dashwood family for over 300 years.

Location: West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

 

Expect the unexpected with a visit to Croome

Escape to Croome and explore its Palladian Bath stone mansion house set in extensive parkland designed by ‘Capability’ Brown.

Location: Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire

 

Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Green Island Gardens features stunning gardens professionally designed by Fiona Edmond and set within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 

Visit a movie star house

Discover Bathsheba's 'Everdene Farm' from Far From the Madding Crowd in Dorset.

Location: Beaminster, Dorset

 

Lose yourself in Chelsea Physic Garden

There’s more to Chelsea than fancy boutiques and Premier League football clubs, you know.

Location: London, Greater London

 

Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Get transported back to Edwardian times, at the mansion and extensive grounds of Lyme Park.

Location: Disley, Cheshire

 

Visit the tranquil Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst is known to green-fingered enthusiasts the world-over as the epitome of an English country garden.

Location: Sissinghurst, Kent

 
The domes of the Eden Project at night

Discover Cornwall's Eden Project

Five biomes nestled under five giant bubbles in the hills of Cornwall make for one of Britain's most impressive indoor eco-attractions.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

 

Discover Capability Brown landscapes in Coventry

Stay at Coombe Abbey, a 12th century Cistercian abbey turned luxury hotel with formal gardens and tranquil lake in a parkland setting.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

 

Be at one with nature at Dyrham Park

Spend the day navigating nature trails, indulging in a cream tea and exploring 17th century stately home, Dyrham Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Visit the enchanted forest of Ashridge Estate

Walk the magical woods of Ashridge, like fairies and witches before you.

Location: Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted

 

Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

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