Spring officially starts this weekend, with Sunday marking the first day of the new season — so your excuses for spending a weekend in front of a roaring log fire are running out. Why not get out and about this weekend and visit some of our suggestions for things to do? See the 5th Earl’s photographs Montagu Brownlow Parker was the fifth Earl of Saltram, as well as a soldier, adventurer and man about town. ‘Monty’, as he was affectionately known, was also a keen photographer and this weekend you can see an impressive display of photos he took at his former home in Saltram’s fantastic Georgian manor house on the outskirts of Plymouth. The retrospective will display treasured moments from 1911-49. Witness Conservation in Action At Trerice Castle near Newquay you can see the National Trust’s expert conservationists hard at work this weekend. Staff at the property will be showing how they care for the property, its many interior treasures and the grounds and woodlands which surround it. Enjoy winter walkies As dog lovers we recommend visiting Tyntesfield near Bristol this weekend. The National Trust property has opened its formal gardens to dogs this winter, allowing them to sniff around a beautiful area which is normally off limits. This weekend marks the last one where it will be open to dogs (and their owners), so why not take this last opportunity to visit? Six Nations Rugby After a week off, the Six Nations is back this weekend! The highlight of the weekend has to be the clash between England and Ireland in Dublin, with both sides unbeaten after two games. Italy and Scotland will both be trying to earn their first win of the campaign when they meet at Murrayfield, while Wales and France will be looking to bounce back from losses last time out when they face each other in Paris. Wales will be particularly keen to get a win on the day before St David’s Day! You can catch all this action on the BBC, or why not head to a local game near you and see some rugby in the flesh? You can see a full round up of fixtures here. Point to point Racing There are Point to Point meets all over the country this weekend, with two on Saturday and five taking place on Sunday. If you fancy heading along to a meet, where you can watch top quality racing, enjoy a flutter and spend time mixing in hunting circles, then why not head along? The East Devon meet at Bishop’s Court and the Thurlow Hunt meet at Horseheath take place on Saturday, while the Quantock Staghounds, South Midlands Area Club, Tynedale, South Herefordshire and Brocklesby hunts all meet on Sunday. See a full fixture list here.