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Spring - it’s time to get back outside!

Since the February heat wave there has definitely been a promise of spring in the air. Helped by the lighter, brighter, longer days it does feel as though the season has changed.

When you have small children the short winter days can be challenging; it can be harder to create entertainment when you are confined to indoor play day after day. Spring, whatever the weather, definitely brings the opportunity to get back outside in the fresh air and outdoor fun is good for everyone.

Playing outside is all about freedom for children. In a play area even very little ones can make their own decisions, choose if they want to whizz down a slide or soar on a swing. Spring is the time to get bikes, trikes and scooters out again so children can create their own adventures as they zoomaround. Fresh air and exercise also has the added benefit of little ones who are very ready for bedtime!

All of the Luxury Family Hotels have great outdoor play spaces that encourage imaginative play.

Woolley Grange is especially good for younger children who can explore the Good Life Garden, moving between the play house, shop and sandpit.

At Fowey Hall outdoor play includes a zip wire and trampoline, an exciting and exhilarating treat for adventurous children. Moonfleet Manor sits on the Jurassic Coast and is perfect for bracing beach walks and with good wellies a little bit of paddling too! They also have a giant sandpit that provides hours of fun for little ones all year round.

Spring is a great time of year for nature walks too. There is so much to see all around you, spring flowers new- born animals and green shoots;it is all about discovery and education. At Ickworth with 1800 acres of parkland carpeted with spring flowers and bouncing lambs, spring is one of the best times of year to visit. New Park Manor is in a prime pony spotting location in the New Forest and from April onwards the new foals begin to appear.

Whatever the weather brings in spring, with February heat waves and snow in March, embrace the daylight, wrap up warm and enjoy all the benefits of being back outside.

Discover our midweek spring breaks at Luxury Family Hotels