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Spring, Spring, Spring!

With each extra half hour of evening light, our enthusiasm grows for the first flushes of spring. Soon to be gone are the hefty extra layers and weekends spent holing up in a Netflix spiral; it’s almost time to get back outdoors! Here is our comprehensive guide to the best events coming up this spring.

We’ll ease you in gently with a touch of nostalgia delivered by the V&A Museum of Childhood, where you can get up close to the fondly-remembered characters of your childhood. ‘The Clangers, Bagpuss & Co’ exhibition (19th March – 9th October) gets behind the scenes of the ‘Smallfilms’ world; one which brought to life many much loved characters from the Soup Dragon to Ivor the Engine.

It’s more than likely that you’ve been blending, juicing and spiralising your way through January after the excesses of Christmas and if it’s left you craving a pint and a pizza, a trip to Alexandra Palace’s farmers market (various dates) might just be in order. Step away from the take-out menu and browse through the many stalls selling delicious and fragrant homemade delights.

This year sees everyone’s favourite monarch, Queen Elizabeth, celebrating her ninetieth birthday. As part of the celebrations, aseries of three exhibitions will chart Her Majesty’s sartorial style over the years. Everything from royal couture to military attire, day dresses worn by the young Princess Elizabeth to her wedding dress can be seen at the Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in August 2016 and at Windsor Castle in September 2016.

If this is all feeling a bit tame, our next pick might be more for you. ‘Exhibitionism’ (April to September), the first international exhibition of The Rolling Stones comes to the Saatchi gallery this April, showing over 500 artefacts that tell the story of the bands fifty year history.

Before we break into a summer fuelled by Aperol Spritzes and prosecco, the annual London Wine Week returns in May. Purchase a wristband for £10 online and sample some of the city’s finest wines for just £5 from 23rd to 29th May. There’s also the opportunity to participate in many one-off events such as wine tasting, pairing or masterclasses.