Okay, it’s cold and dreary outside at the moment – but it won’t be long before the world starts to feel brighter and more alive. When that happens, wouldn’t it be nice to have a few options lined up for getting out and about?
Whichever end of the British Isles you live at, there are great spring events happening everywhere, but we’ve picked a few of our favourites from Scotland and London that celebrate the best of both places (and different lifestyles).
Give one or more of these a try...
London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival
WHEN? 8 to 10 March 2017
WHERE? Camden Centre, North London
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Organised by the North London branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), this beer festival is one of the capital’s most popular and long-standing beer events. Plans for 2017 include 150 craft beers from London itself, alongside ciders, perries, English wine and carefully selected imported beers. But it isn’t all drinking – there’s some education, too. Book a tutored tasting session to find out more about the intricacies of British or American beers. And you can also enjoy an evening pub quiz (Wednesday 9 March).
MORE ABOUT THE LONDON DRINKER FESTIVAL >
Aviemore Adventure Festival
WHEN? 9 to 12 March 2017
WHERE? The Scottish Highlands
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Every year, people come from all around the UK to enjoy the Aviemore Adventure Festival, which includes outdoor activities, workshops and lectures from experts. Skiing, paddle-boarding, mountain biking and archery are just a few of the sports you can enjoy – either as an observer or taking part – and you’ll also find live music, film screenings and gear testing. Aviemore is famed for its spectacular Cairngorms location and plentiful opportunities to enjoy the natural landscape, so it’s almost impossible not to have a good time.
MORE ABOUT THE AVIEMORE ADVENTURE FESTVAL >
WHEN? 23 April 2017
WHERE? All over London
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? Whether you’re competing yourself, supporting someone or just love watching people run a really long way, London is a great place to be on Marathon Sunday. The 26.2-mile race begins south of the Thames before passing through Greenwich, crossing the river via Tower Bridge and finishing in front of Buckingham Palace – so you can pair your sporting action with a bit of spring sightseeing (let’s keep our fingers crossed for season-appropriate weather). You’re also sure to see some wacky costumes and possibly a celeb or two.
MORE ABOUT THE LONDON MARATHON >
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
WHEN? 27 April to 1 May 2017
WHERE? Speyside (between Inverness and Aberdeen)
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? This whisky festival first came to life in 1999 and is now one of the largest celebrations of its kind on the planet. It helps that Speyside produces more ‘water of life’ than any other region in Scotland – and this event is great for both experienced and novice drinkers, with a varied programme of events (over 500). You can enjoy visiting distilleries, grass-roots whisky bars and even the area’s castles, as well as canoe trips on the River Spey and attending The Whisky School – a three-day course in Knockando Distillery Conference Centre (booking essential).
MORE ABOUT SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE >
Springtime travel that’s comfy and great value
Wherever you travel this year, make sure you check out the MegabusGold sleeper service. It runs between London and Scotland and offers you an overnight journey, cosy bunks, free wi-fi and friendly staff.
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