Five family adventures for spring

A father and daughter explore a wooded path at Greenway, Devon

Outdoor adventurers and authors of Amazing Family Adventures Jen & Sim Benson reveal some of their top activities to get the whole family exploring outdoors this spring.

After the cold, damp days of winter the arrival of spring is something to be celebrated. It’s a perfect time to join in with the plants and creatures that are reawakening and rediscovering the world outside.

Children exploring the woodland at Lacock, Wiltshire

Go on a springtime safari  

Spring is a great time for nature spotting. The trees aren’t yet completely covered in leaves, making it easier to see birds and their nests and acrobatic squirrels leaping through the branches. If there’s a pond nearby look out for frogspawn in early spring and wriggly tadpoles later on. Wild flowers are in abundance now too, with daffodils, crocuses, primroses and snowdrops appearing in parks, gardens and verges. Visit your local woodland in late spring for a glorious display of bluebells.

A young child cycling at Lanhydrock

Explore by bike

Getting out on bikes is a great way to explore further afield as a family. It’s a perfect way to experience woodlands, parks and estates at any time of year – and watch them change with the seasons. Many of our places have great traffic-free cycling with waymarked trails and distances to suit different abilities. Some of our favourites are: Lanhydrock in Cornwall, Stowe in Buckinghamshire (great for littler legs), Longshaw in the Peak District and Cragside in Northumberland.

A child watching lambs

Help out on a farm 

Seeing a working farm in action is exciting and intriguing for children. Watching cows being milked, sheep being sheared, squealing litters of piglets and crops being grown and harvested is an essential part of understanding about the food they eat and how it’s produced. Spring is an especially exciting time on the farm, when you can see new lambs being born and leaping about in the fields.

Girl flying a kite on the beach

Fly a kite 

Breezy spring days are perfect for kite flying – and it’s a hugely enjoyable activity that the whole family can get involved in. The best places for flying kites are wide, open spaces, so head for the hills and enjoy a walk in beautiful surroundings too. Different kites fly best in different weather conditions: diamond and delta kites fly best in light winds, hexagon kites in moderate winds and box kites in stronger winds. You could even try making your own! Be sure to steer clear of livestock, overhead cables, roads and lakes/rivers.

A large group lined up ready to start a parkrun

Complete a parkrun

Families that run together have fun together! And there’s no better way to have a family running adventure than heading to your local parkrun – a 5km free weekly run that’s open to everyone and currently attracts over two million runners globally. There are 24 National Trust sites that currently host a parkrun, and it’s a great way to explore, get active and meet other families. Some locations also hold a 2km Junior parkrun, for those aged between 4 and 14.