Have you ever wondered what to do with watercress? This colorful street festival in pretty Alresford, Hampshire has all the answers. Stallholders at the festival are challenged to find ever more inventive ways to use the leafy greens – with sea salt watercress fudge among the more imaginative concoctions on offer. Morris dancers perform while the King and Queen of Watercress are tasked with handing out the first harvest of the season to visitors. Those who particularly love the veggies should sign up for the eating contest and try to be the fastest to eat through a 3-ounce bag — a small bottle of water is allowed to wash it all down.
May 15, free, watercressfestival.org
Spring herb foraging, Monmouthshire
Abergavenny has gained a reputation as a foodie destination and spring offers a fabulous way to explore the town through a Black Mountain foraging course. Organized by the Angel, a historic inn in the heart of the market town, guests are shown where to find a range of herbs. These include cleavers, a strand of which can improve your lymphatic system; Pennywort, like a very refined pickle; and Milkmaid, for a strong mustard kick. Sessions will be led by foraging guide and author Adele Nozedar.
Last Sunday of the month, from £325, including one night dinner B&B, angelabergavenny.com
Bude Food Spring Festival, Cornwall
At the spring edition of Bude’s two annual food festivals, street food stalls find their place alongside specialty kitchens. On the grounds of Bude Castle, spectators can sample offerings such as locally sourced sausages, gin liqueurs, coconut peanut butter and craft cider. Other goodies for sale include beeswax soap, organic veggies, Indian food, vegan creations and jars of fermented goodies. Entertainment is provided for children.
18 April, free, budefoodfestival.co.uk
Salcombe Crab Festival, Devon
Brown crab is a Salcombe specialty and this spring celebrity chefs have been invited to the seaside town to crack shells and share tips at a series of cooking demonstrations. Around 100 stalls are expected to line Island Street, which will be completely traffic-free for the day. In addition to fresh-from-the-tank crab, other local foods are on offer, as well as artisanal gin, crafts and clothing. There are also street performers, live music and free entertainment for children. All funds raised will go to Cancer Research UK.
May 1st, free, salcombecrabfest.co.uk
Ludlow Spring Festival, Shropshire
This foodie town’s Spring Festival is a celebration of local produce and real ale and takes place below Ludlow Castle, which dates back to Norman times. Around 60 of the best food producers from Shropshire and the Welsh Marches take part, as do the breweries behind the 200 or so real ales. They offer demonstrations, lectures and tastings – from salami to cheese to cider and honey to try. Live music is also a big part of the weekend and a dazzling array of vintage cars is on display as part of the Marches Transport Festival.
13-15 May, from £10 (kids £4), ludlowspringfestival.co.uk
activities in nature
Osprey on the water, Rutland & Wales
Rewind almost 70 years and there was just one pair of ospreys breeding across Britain – in Scotland, which is still their main stronghold. Fortunately, this magnificent fish-eating bird of prey can also breed elsewhere, although it is still on the RSPB’s amber list. The birds return from Africa in spring and a fun way to see them is on a May cruise on Rutland Water. The Rutland Belle puts to sea twice a day with a guide on board to watch the birds plucking fish from the water.
Two breeding pairs can also be sighted in Wales: at Llyn Brenig, a reservoir in Denbigh Moors, via telescope or live feed to their nest, and in Glaslyn Valley near Porthmadog.
April-June, Rutland Cruise £25 (child £16), lrwt.org.uk; northwaleswildlifetrust.org.uk
Stargazing in Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway
Spring is an ideal time for observing the constellations with children, as the nights before bed are still dark but less cold than in winter. It’s also a good time to keep an eye out for Orion’s Belt before it disappears for the summer. Galloway Forest Park was declared Britain’s first dark sky park in 2009. Because its 300 square miles are fairly uninhabited, it enjoys rare conditions for stargazing. The Milky Way carves a lightsaber path across the sky from each of the park’s three visitor centers, and there are several lakes to explore before nightfall.
Various dates, free, forestryandland.gov.scot
Boat trip in Windermere, Cumbria
The fells that surround our largest and most enigmatic lake are a brilliant emerald in spring, resplendent with fresh leaves and dotted with sheep brought down from higher pastures. This April, there’s a new way to look ’em in style, launching a vintage-inspired, handcrafted freebody loafer. The cruise is operated from Storrs Hall, a hotel with its own dock on the Windermere seafront. Guests receive a bottle of Prosecco and can choose from three two-hour tours that showcase local wildlife and historic lakefront homes. Picnic baskets can also be arranged.
From April 1st from £700 for two nights for two people, B&B, storrshall.com
Puffin watching cruises, Northumberland
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