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Bit cold, isn’t it. The snow was fun and all – and the hot booze and cosy pubs have been great – but it does feel like winter’s been going on forever.
Being part of the Channel Islands, AKA the sunniest spot in Britain, spring usually comes early in Jersey. So while Londoners are still bedding down with Netflix amid the big chill, Jersey’s looking fine with its colourful wildflowers.
Time for an island break, then. Jersey’s great for getting a dose of fresh spring air – and you’re never more than 10 minutes away from the sea. Check out the north coast, part of the island’s National Park, taking in Grosnez Point, with its fourteenth-century castle ruins and excellent views.
It’s also great for food, especially seafood – take a long alfresco lunch of fresh lobster and just-dug-up Jersey royal new potatoes at Faulkner Fisheries. And be sure to visit Woodlands Farm for a taste of local beef carpaccio and gelato.
And for some pagan mystery, there’s the neolithic Hougue Bie burial site – catch it at spring equinox when the light hits it right to illuminate the 6,000-year-old inner chamber.
This is all less than an hour from Gatwick – ideal for a weekend break from the city, then.