With the official first day of spring on 20th March fast approaching, we’re already dreaming of sunnier days ahead – and with an exciting Easter break to look forward to soon, spring has never been a better time for a short break away. There’s no need to jet off abroad to enjoy a spring break, indulge in the staycation trend with a short break in one of these beautiful UK destinations.
1. The Jurassic Coast
Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Dorset, the Jurassic Coast is a treasure trove of amazing rock formations, fascinating fossils and simply magical coastal views, making it one of the most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK.
The bright white chalk cliffs of Old Harry Rocks have sat for 20,000 years at Handfast Point; the striking natural rock arch of Durdle Door near Lulworth makes for the perfect short break selfie spot; and the colourful red sandstone at Orcombe Point take you back to the beginning of the story millions of years ago.
2. The Lake District
Brimming with picture-perfect landscapes and breath-taking views, the Lake District was made for short breaks. Renowned for its spectacular lakes and tranquil surroundings, this is a place for embracing the great outdoors and relishing those precious springtime moments we crave all year round.
For an alternative way to explore the area, hitch a ride on the award-winning environmental accredited Ullswater Steamers.Connecting you to the best hiking trails in the area, this stunning lake cruise will land in the heart of the Lake District’s most beautiful natural sights.
Located on the UK’s south-west peninsula, Cornwall entices flocks of visitors each year. With picturesque coves, ancient wonders and a ton of unique attractions to keep you busy, there’s no wonder it’s a spring favourite. Whether you fancy exploring pretty harbour towns, want to put your surfing skills to the test, or are hoping to do a spot of sightseeing – Cornwall offers a relaxing short break in paradise.
Home to Lands End, the Minack open-air amphitheatre, the exciting Eden Project and the tastiest pasties you will ever try, spring time in Cornwall is the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing long weekend.
The birthplace of Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon is in fact itself a historic artefact of England with its fascinating Tudor architecture and links to England’s National Poet.
Walk in the footsteps of William Shakespeare with a visit to Mary Arden’s Farm, Hall’s Croft and Nash’s House, plus take the chance to see his work performed live on stage with classic productions of Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
And with Shakespeare’s birthday falling on 26th April, spring is perfect time to visit Stratford-upon-Avon to learn more about the famous poet’s life and work.
Complete with pretty river walks, nature trails and blooming gardens, springtime sees this 800 year old market town come to life each year!
From climbing McCaig’s Tower for amazing views across the bay, to witnessing first-hand the traditional production methods of the town’s 14 year old West Highland Malt, Oban offers visitors a cultured and truly sublime spring getaway. Although the largest destination in the area, Oban is renowned for being a charming port town with plenty of character and appeal, especially during spring.
Boasting two castle ruins at Dunstaffnage Castle and Dunollie Castle, as well as the stunning Loch Creran – this scenic bay offers you the perfect base for exploring some of Scotland’s captivating past and remarkable natural beauty.
Home to one of the world’s oldest universities, Cambridge has seen the likes of Steven Hawking, Charles Darwin and even John Cleese attend its prestigious and historically renowned 13th century university. See the very places where these and so many more famous celebrities, politicians and athletes once lived and studied on an enthralling short break packed with British heritage and culture.
Be sure to make the most of the delightful spring weather by embarking on a leisurely stroll along the River Cam offering picturesque views of Cambridge’s iconic King’s College Chapel. Or, to really get into the swing of spring, discover more than 40 acres of stunning gardens and glasshouses at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
Sat on the doorstep of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a visit to this North Yorkshire spa town offers visitors a ton of things to see and do. In and around scenic Harrogate you can visit the RHS Garden Harlow Carr boasting everything from woodland landscapes to wildflower meadows. For a refined afternoon with delicious tea and cake, at nearly 100 years old Bettys Café Tea Rooms makes an excellent choice!
A little outside of this popular Yorkshire town, you’ll find Skipton Castle, Beningborough Hall and the beautiful Ripon Fountains Abbey – take a picnic, explore the grounds and enjoy the springtime vibes!
Which of these UK destinations would you most like to visit? Will you be taking a spring staycation this year? Let us know using the comments box below.