We're so pleased that spring is finally here! Sunshine might not exactly be guaranteed here in the UK (more's the pity¦), but the longer days and warmer temperatures mean getting out and about for an adventure or two certainly feels a lot more fun.
Here are just a few ideas for great days out that the whole family will love.
Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, near Doncaster
Just a few miles north of Doncaster is Brodsworth Hall, a wonderful Victorian country house that's surrounded by stunning gardens. The entire place has been lovingly restored and is beautifully maintained in all its glory “ so much so that you'll almost feel like you've stepped back in time!
The Deep, Hull
This incredible aquarium is the perfect place to head to if the weather's taken a turn for the worse. Discover a fascinating underwater world as you wander amongst the tanks of exotic colourful creatures. In addition to the 3,500 fish already on display, The Deep has just introduced a colony of cute Gentoo penguins, plus there's a whole host of family-friendly events taking place throughout spring “ see the website for more details.
Belvoir Castle, near Grantham
Built high on a hill and surrounded by 16,000 acres of land, the hugely impressive Belvoir Castle was built in the early 19th century. Visit the castle itself to take in grand room after grand room, all decked out with authentic period furnishings, and stroll around the Italian-influenced gardens to see spring in bloom.
Wetlands Animal Park, Retford
This attraction is ideal if your kids are animal lovers but you want to take them somewhere a little more interesting than your local farm... Emus, wallabies, monkeys, camels, lemurs and meerkats are among the unusual residents that you'll find at the Wetlands Animal Park. You can even have a go at feeding them for yourselves.
London has so much to offer visitors all year round, but spring's definitely the best time to get outdoors and see the sights around the city's streets. There's enough in the historic area of Greenwich to keep you busy all day long, from popular tourist attractions like the Cutty Sark and the Royal Observatory to tons of brilliant shops and restaurants.
Knebworth House, Stevenage
One of the most famous stately homes in the country, Knebworth House is a must-see. You can, of course, spend an entire day just touring the incredible house and gardens here. But for something a little more out of the ordinary that the kids will just love try the Dinosaur Trail, where 72 life-sized models of prehistoric creatures are dotted amongst the shrubbery.
Don't forget: if you want to avoid all the draining stress of traffic and parking, there's no better way to travel to your day out destination than on a First Hull train.
To start planning your trip right now, take a look at our Travel information page to get details about our train services.