With any luck, the worst of the winter is over and in a few weeks it will be the start of spring. If you look very carefully, you can just about see the tips of bluebells and daffodils poking their heads above the surface to see if it’s time to explode into colour.

With this in mind, we thought we’d get you in the mood for the coming season with a few ideas about what’s going on in the Midsomer/Southern Oxfordshire region.

Kids will love the chance to meet Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the Didcot Railway Centre on the weekend of the 7 and 8 March. Enjoy rides and entertainment, including the colourful Professor Crump and balloon modellers.

For those looking for a more grown up outdoor activity, the Faringdon Folly Tower and woodland open day is a great chance to get outside and breathe in the spring air. This unusual 100ft tower was the last of its kind to be built in England and sits in four acres of woodland. From the 1 April until later in the year you can have a chance to explore the grounds, climb the tower and enjoy amazing views across the landscape.

For your chance to step back in time, the Mapledurham at war experience at Mapledurham House near Reading gives you a chance to experience what it was like in the region during WWII. There are both static displays and re-enactments across the weekend of 4 and 5 April. There’s also children’s entertainment and lots of food and drink to enjoy. It’s as close to war time Britain as you can get (and probably want to get, really) but a great day out.

There are loads more events going on around the region this spring, and if you just fancy getting out of the house, the Midsomer Walking tours let you explore some of your favourite filming locations from the show.