Now that we’re in the midst of spring, you might be thinking of ways to make the most of the nicer weather. After a harsh winter and a difficult year, many of us will be feeling more appreciative of the spring flowers, warmer days, and lighter evenings than ever before. Not only do these things help to boost our mood in the here and now; but they also help us to feel more positive about the future.
Although there are still certain limits on what we can do under government guidelines – there are still plenty of ways that we can celebrate the brighter season. From having a spring clean, through to planning a road trip for later in the year, here are 22 fun things to do this season…
22 fun ideas to help you make the most of spring
1. Buy yourself some flowers. Tulips, daffodils and anemones are just a few of the many spring flowers that you could treat yourself to. Not only is buying yourself flowers an act of self-care, it’s also a lovely way to brighten up your living space. Flowers don’t need to be expensive either; you can pick up a bunch for between £1 and £3 in your local supermarket.
2. Go for a walk in nature. Spring brings a new appreciation for walks, due to warmer temperatures, lighter days, and new blossom. It’s also the time of year when lots of different wildlife begins to emerge from hibernation. When we start to see bees, butterflies and flies, we’re reminded that even sunnier days are ahead! Have a read of this article on 10 rewarding activities to do while walking to make the most of time spent outside.
3. Have a spring clean. After spending the winter cooped up indoors, it can be nice to set aside a day or two to have a big spring cleanup. This is a great chance to open up your windows, dust cobwebs away, and have a thorough declutter and deep clean. Check out our 28 top spring cleaning tips to get inspired.
4. Set yourself new goals for the season. An important part of our personal development involves continually reevaluating our goals and setting ourselves new ones. What do you want to achieve this spring or summer? Perhaps the lighter, warmer days would offer you the perfect opportunity to take up outdoor activities like running or cycling – or perhaps you have big plans for your garden over the coming months. Creating a vision board can be a helpful step in helping you to keep focused on these goals too.
5. Plant some spring or summer-flowering bulbs in your garden. After a long, harsh winter, tending to your garden again can be even more rewarding and enjoyable. There’s lots to be done in the garden from March onwards; such as planting summer-flowering bulbs, to give them time to become established before June and July (when they’ll hopefully be ready to bloom). You can also add a splash of colour to your garden now, by adding bulbs that flower in April and May. Have a read of our garden checklist for April for more inspiration.
6. Feel the sun on your face. It’s that time of year when the weather is starting to warm up, and we’re just starting to remember how glorious the feeling of sun on our skin can be. After the long, difficult winter we’ve had, each sunny day is a blessing – so it can be satisfying to take a moment to stop and appreciate moments that we might have previously taken for granted.
7. Take up birdwatching. During spring, birds will be building their nests, mating, laying eggs, and raising chicks. Some birds will also be migrating to and from other parts of the world. Between February and April, the UK’s winter visitors will be returning to northern parts of the World, and we will see the arrival of many new spring and summer visitors, arriving from Africa and southern Europe. Our introduction to birdwatching will explain more about bird behaviour from season to season, and show you how to get started on your bird watching journey.
8. Try some new sunshine-inspired recipes. There are plenty of meal ideas that you can try that really get you in the mood for spring and summer. Why not have a look at our list of sizzling barbecue recipes, and these sunshine-inspired recipes? Not only are they incredibly nutritious, but they’ll also bring sunshine vibes to your kitchen!
9. Make your garden, patio or windowsill more butterfly friendly. Butterfly numbers have declined over the years largely due to habitat loss; so you might have noticed that sightings are becoming rarer. Butterflies emerge from their winter hibernation as soon as the days get warmer; and if you want to lend them a helping hand, then you could work on making your green space a place where they can thrive.
If you want to know more about which butterflies to look out for during Spring, such as orange-tipped and red admiral butterflies – then have a read of this article from Discover Wildlife. Or if you want to learn more about how to attract butterflies to your garden, patio or window box, then take a look at this advice from the Natural History Museum.
10. Practice photography. A new season brings new photo opportunities. Wildlife, better lighting, and spring showers can make for some stunning photographs! If you’re in need of some inspiration, then why not start with our beginner’s guide to photography, or our article; 8 fun photography projects that you can start today?
11. Become a beekeeper. Bees are intriguing, beautiful, hard-working creatures with a whole world of their own that’s fascinating to dive deeper into. Whether you want to discover more about bees, or learn how to keep a beehive yourself, our introductory guide to beekeeping will show you how to get started.
12. Treat yourself to a colourful umbrella. Spring showers can be annoying, but we’re far less likely to be bothered by them if we’ve got an umbrella that we like, and that we don’t mind carrying around with us. If you’re wondering where to look for one, then check out these umbrellas on the Jollybrolly website.
13. Dry some flowers. Dried, pressed flowers can be used to decorate homemade greetings cards. Or you can also pop dried flowers in vases to add a stylish, elegant flair to your living space. To find out how to dry flowers, have a read of this article from Flying Flowers – or this article from ProFlowers will show you how to press them.
14. Plan a road trip for later in the year. With restrictions due to be lifted later on this year, now could be the perfect time to start planning a road trip. There are a huge range of beautiful and inspiring places to visit in the UK that are within easy reach by car for example in the Peak District, The Cotswolds, and the Lake District. The travel section of our site will hopefully give you a few ideas.
15. Add some new books to your reading list. If you blitz through your reading list while you were hunkered down over the winter, then now could be the ideal time to add some new books to your list. From Bright Burning Things by Lisa Harding to Under the Blue by Oana Aristide, check out this list from Metro of the most anticipated books this spring.
16. Practice painting or drawing. There can be something very encouraging about getting creative with pencils and paints when the warmer weather comes around. There’s opportunities to sit outside and paint and draw, and there are also lots of pretty Spring scenes that you can use as inspiration. Our introductory guides on painting and drawing can help you get started.
17. Wear open-toed shoes as soon as it’s warm enough. Spring can be a great time to experiment with new outfits, and something many of us look forward to is the opportunity to start wearing flip-flops, sandals, and open-toed shoes again. These bring us beachy vibes, allow our skin to breathe, and allow for opportunities to bring out pretty nail varnish colours once again.
18. Go stargazing. A new season brings a new regime to the night sky! If you’ve not tried stargazing before, or you’ve been avoiding it because of the cold; then perhaps the next few weeks could be a good time to give it go? Every month there’s something new to look out for. To find out what to see in May, have a read of our article here.
19. Clean your BBQ and start using it again. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden with a BBQ, then why not start making the most of it again? For many of us barbequed food is one of the highlights of the warmer months of the year – plus, barbecuing gives you a chance to get outside and start making the most of the lighter evenings. To get inspired, why not check out our sizzling barbecue recipe ideas, or have a go at making our Buffalo sauce chicken wings recipe?
20. Go geocaching. If you love adventure and spending time outside, then geocaching can be a fun way to spend a few hours. There are millions of geocaches (tiny ‘treasure’ boxes) hidden around the world for others to find. Chances are, there’s some not far from you right now! To get started with geocaching all you need is a GPS signal, and the geocaching app, which will help you locate nearby geocaches, using maps and coordinates. Head over to the geocaching website to find out more and download the app.
21. Grow your own fruit and veg. Since the start of the pandemic, an increasing number of us have seen the value of growing our own fruit and veg from home. Whether you have a garden, allotment, patio or window box, there will be food that you can grow yourself. From blueberries to kale, through to tomatoes; have a read of our article 8 superfoods that you can grow from home to learn more.
22. Make yourself an iced coffee or tea. If you’re a lover of iced coffee or tea, then why not try some new flavours this spring? From mint-flavoured iced coffee to nutella ice coffee, you could try one of these 15 spring-themed iced coffee recipes from Reviewed. Or if you prefer tea, then rhubarb iced tea and cranberry zingers are some of the delicious options in this list of 25 refreshing teas for sunny sipping from Brit + Co.
A final thought…
While 2021 didn’t get off the start that we were all hoping for, the positive news is that things do look set to get better – and spring can be the perfect way to remind us of that. The lighter, warmer days of spring, and the flurry of wildlife activity that comes with it, can bring a new outlook on the year ahead.
This year, the majority of us will be even more grateful for the feeling of the sun on our skin, the blossom on the trees, and the return of bees, butterflies and other spring critters. And while we don’t have complete freedom yet, there are still plenty of ways that we can make the most of the new season.
What do you love most about spring? Is there anything you particularly look forward to? Will you be trying any of the ideas above? Leave us a comment below, or join the conversation on the community forum.