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Spring Has Arrived

Posted on March 03, 2014 by Admin

Cheers go up in celebration that the cold weather is almost at an end! Its official- spring is on its way. Now we are in April we are free of the winter weather - hopefully. The clocks have gone forward meaning that we are revelling in our longer, lighter evenings- you may have lost an hour of sleep but it's so worth it!

The daffodils have made an appearance, as well as snowdrops, lilacs, and tulips. The various flower shows are on the horizon, Easter displays have come and gone, and theme parks are once again open for business. Spring is a wonderful season.

So where are some great places to visit as Spring is upon us? After a long winter break, various heritage attractions have once again opened their gates. Museums, gardens, and stately homes are ready to receive all across the UK as we head into April and May.

Tatton Park:

Standing as one of the UK's most complete historic estates, Tatton Park is home to a Tudor Hall, Neo-classical Mansion, and set within 50 acres of landscaped gardens. This beautiful estate offers a wide range of activities for all the family, from the adventure playground to events and educational programs.

Tatton Park also hosts a wide range of shows over the year, including concerts, car shows, the RHS Flower Show, wedding shows, and much more. For nearly 400 years the estate was the property of the Egerton family until it was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1958. It is celebrated for its Gillows furniture and collection of ceramics, paintings and books and the library collection is considered one of the finest in the National Trust.

Bletchley Park:

Once one of Britain's best kept secrets, Bletchley Park is now a well-known heritage site and vibrant tourist attraction. Now open daily to visitors, this estate was used during the Second World War as a site for the UK's main decryption and code-breaking centre.

Several codes and cyphers were decrypted here, most importantly the German Enigma codes. The work done here is believed to have shortened the war by two to four years. Bletchley Park has also been opening during the winter, although again at shorter times.

Chatsworth House:

Set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, Chatsworth House is a stately home is home to the Duke of Devonshire and has been home to the Cavendish family since settling in Chatsworth in 1549. Chatsworth looks across to the low hills that divide the Derwent and Wye valleys. Visitors have the chance to explore the house, gardens, farmyard, and adventure playground (but that's just for the kids), as well as experiencing a taste of Chatsworth in the restaurant and award-winning farm shop.

Whether it's a great day out with the family, or you're out as a couple, sites like these are a great idea. And as we come up to Spring, with the gardens in full bloom, there's no better time to explore and discover something new.

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