5 quintessentially British events happening this spring

Mar 07, 2019
5 quintessentially British events happening this spring

Spring is finally here, bringing with it brighter days, warmer weather and a whole host of quintessentially British events to get stuck into. From Crufts to cheese rolling, you won’t want to miss these springtime activities, all conveniently within easy reach of Barratt Homes developments.


Nothing says spring quite like thousands of furry canines taking over the NEC in Birmingham to compete for the Crufts crown. The world’s greatest dog show is coming to Birmingham once again this March and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to get your paws on a ticket for the four-day pooch pageant. If you’re thinking about making a weekend of it, why not visit our B5 Central and Norton Farm developments, both just a 20-minute drive from the NEC.

 Photograph of brown dog and Crufts event

Head to Hampshire for the Knowle Village Spring 10k

Start Spring the right way, with a scenic 10k run through the beautiful rural villages of Knowle and Funtley on the 10th March. Whatever your fitness level or experience, the Knowle Village Spring 10k is a great way to kickstart the season and get in shape for the summer.  

Easter Egg rolling

If you’re looking for a fun and quirky way to spend your Bank Holiday Monday, Easter egg rolling at Devil’s Dyke, West Sussex, takes place on 22nd April. It’s easy to get involved – all you need to do is bring along a hand-decorated hard-boiled egg and try your luck as you compete to roll your egg furthest down the hill. Once you’ve tried your hand at egg rolling, why not spend the afternoon exploring nearby Peacehaven and our Chalkers Rise development?

Photograph of Devil’s Dyke on a beautiful sunny day

Shepley Spring Festival

Taking place between 17th and 19th May, the Shepley Spring Festival in West Yorkshire celebrates the best of traditional music, song and dance. So if Morris dancing’s your thing, why not spend the weekend, learning about the art of unaccompanied singing and finding your folk feet in a range of music workshops? While you’re there, you can visit our Lockwood Fields development, too.

Image of Morris Dancers dancing at Spring event

Cheese rolling

If you’ve tried your hand at egg rolling and want to raise the stakes, what better way to round off Spring than with a spot of cheese rolling? Taking place in Gloucestershire on 27th May, the world-famous Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling festival brings in tourists from around the world who come to see contestants attempt to chase a rolling cheese wheel down the hill. What’s more, it’s less than half an hour from our Great Oldbury development – so, why not make a day of it?

Photograph of participants in Cheese Rolling event on Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire