For that first glimpse of the spring to come, how about seeing drifts of snowdrops across a National Trust landscape?
The little white flowers bloom throughout January and February.
And one of the main National Trust sites for viewing snowdrops in Northumberland is at Wallington.
A National Trust spokeswoman said: “Over the past four years visiting families have planted more than 400,000 snowdrops at Wallington, and a further 100,000 will be planted this February half-term. We’d love your help to help us make it half a million.
“As well as the common variety, Wallington’s snowdrop display includes a few special ones, including the Northumbrian Sandersii group, which has sulphur-yellow markings instead of green, and the pretty Flore Pleno with double the number of petals.”
The estate features a walled garden, an area filled with snowdrops, vibrant purple iris and yellow winter aconite.
Guests are also encouraged to take a look at the winter garden, an Edwardian conservatory which houses jasmine, begonia and clerodendrum.
The house does not re-open until February 16, but the woodland and estate are open from 10am until dusk every day.