Guest post by Afra Willmore who blogs at http://www.madmumof7.com
Now I don’t want to jinx anything but I think Spring might finally have sprung in my neck of the woods where blossom and bluebells are finally daring to show their beauty.
To be fair all the blooming and blossoming has meant I have had to reach for the hay fever meds but it’s worth it to be able to enjoy all the beauty of the Chilterns region.
There really is something very special about England at this time of year. It’s the time when sunshine can be pleasant enough to picnic, days are long enough to enjoy an evening drink in a pub garden and trees are pink with blossom.
In the Chilterns where I live I have spotted lots of special events advertised so I thought I would showcase a few here today to tempt you to explore and enjoy the best of the Chilterns in the Spring.
On Bank Holiday Monday, May 6, there was a proper English Mayday celebration complete with traditional Morris Dancers, the crowning of the May Queen and Maypole dancing at the picturesque village of Aldbury, near Tring in Hertfordshire.
If you missed it – don;t panic! think about visiting the village in quieter times. It is chocolate box beautiful, a great starting point for a walk to the ancient Ashridge forest and with two fabulous pubs it’s a great place to visit at any time.
TV favourite, Mike the Knight made an appearance at Mead Open Farm at Billington, Buzzard proving there is always loads to do and see at this wonderful attraction and springtime is extra special with lambs and other baby animals to admire. Check out http://www.meadopenfarm.co.uk for full details.
In the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the month of May this year is extra-special. Due to the long winter, bluebells (which normally bloom in March) are late but it does mean that you can enjoy them during the longer, warmer days at this time of year. Check out http://www.chilternsaonb.org for details of suggested walks and cycle rides. You might even be lucky and spot one of the rare Red Kites who are currently nest-building and laying eggs at the moment!
Now I’m lucky enough to live in this amazing area. But the good news is that there are lots of fabulous places to stay whether you fancy a romantic short break or a longer family holiday.
For a huge range of holiday cottages large and small visit www.letsunlimited.com, a family-run firm who offer self-catering properties ranging from studio apartments to country houses across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and also run a fabulous campsite with amazing views of the Chiltern Hills and surrounding countryside.
They have beautiful properties in rural areas including properties actually at Mead Open Farm so you can make the most of the fun on your doorstep – check it out – the kids will love it!
Lets Unlimited also offer a selection of properties to suit all budgets in urban areas-convenient for holiday-makers wanting to visit shops, museums and theatres and make the most of easy transport links to Oxford and London.
One thing is for sure -whichever part of the Chilterns area you choose to visit you will find plenty to fill your leisure time.
There are a range of tourist attractions including Whipsnade Zoo