Things are definitely hotting up for the summer now that the vaccination rollout has loosened Covid-19's grip on the nation.
We will finally start getting back to some sense of normality from a week on Monday, when non-essential retail shops and outdoor attractions reopen.
And hopes for a fun-packed holiday season have been boosted by a £400million recovery fund to kick-start the entertainment and culture sectors.
It is hoped life will be almost back to normal by June 21 – but Brits are still being warned to follow the rules to help make that dream a reality.
So what exactly can you do? And when can you do it? Check out our guide to rest, relaxation, regulations and raucous fun in the sun….
What you can do…and when
From April 12 , you can book a haircut, go to the gym and visit outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks.
Cinemas and outdoor performances will return but only if you sit in your car to watch.
Pubs can serve drinks outdoors and families will be allowed to stay at self-contained holiday lets.
The number of people allowed to attend weddings and family events will rise from six to 15.
After May 17, six people or two households can meet indoors. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Cinemas, soft play and exercise classes will be back and indoor sport will be allowed for larger venues.
Up to 10,000 people will be allowed to spread out at large football stadiums.
By June 21, it is hoped all legal limits on social contact can be axed as long as people follow the rules to return to normal life slowly.
Until then, be sure to check websites to ensure your destination is Covid-safe – and carry on washing your hands and sanitising.
Trips abroad are still uncertain.
Ministers have warned the earliest they can happen is May 17 although Government is working on a new traffic light system which will grade countries on their Covid infection rates and vaccination figures.
Places like America, Bahrain and Israel, the Maldives and Malta, which have a similar vaccination rate to Britain, are likely to be rated green.
Greece, Turkey and Cyprus have said they will welcome British travellers but it will depend on Government restrictions. There's confusion over countries such as the UAE, which has a high vaccination rate, but is on Britain's 'red list' of countries that require hotel quarantine.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock gave the biggest indication yet that holidays abroad would be dicey saying he had booked his annual break in the UK.
A special task force is drawing up the traffic light list and Boris Johnson is expected to make an early announcement on foreign holidays on Monday.
Household-bubble Brits on self-catering holidays will find venues are geared up for the threat of dodgy weather , with plenty of indoor attractions.
Many resorts and hotels in hot spots such as the Lakes and Cornwall are already booked up – but destinations further afield also have much to offer.
Northumbria boasts Holy Island and Alnwick Castle, which featured as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.
Family-friendly Chatsworth House and cable cars at the Heights of Abraham are favourites in Derbyshire.
The Yorkshire coast has some of the UK's prettiest towns and villages, among them Robin Hood's Bay, Staithes and Bempton Cliffs, famed for its seabirds, including puffins. Places to stay can be checked out through local tourist boards or websites such as cottages.com and holidaycottages.co.uk .
Blackpool in Lancashire, famed for its donkey rides, is always a major lure.
Other top family attractions, such as Haven and Center Parcs, intend to reopen their doors at least partially on April 12, while Butlins plans to get back to business on May 17.
Summer highlights for family outings include a Zog the Dragon trail at Warwick Castle, where kids can train to become the beloved book character.
A new world called Tornado Springs has been created at Paultons Park
Legoland is launching its multi-million-pound new attraction Mythica: World of Mythical Creatures in its park at Windsor, Berks.
In Scotland, the Dino Park near Dumfries will have replica reptiles, while daytrippers can enjoy majestic castles including Glamis and Stirling. And the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, with its natural world and science galleries, opens on April 26.
In Wales, a rather more unusual day out could involve trampolining in an abandoned slate mine at Llechwedd Caverns in Gwynedd. And one eye-catching site is the Italianate fantasy village of Portmeirion – the set of 1960s TV hit The Prisoner.
In Northern Ireland, Barry's Amusements in Portrush and the Riverwatch Aquarium in Londonderry should prove highly popular.
Walk this way
If you've been shielding for months and are nervous about getting back out there among crowds, a walking holiday could be the ideal getaway.
From the Pennines or the South Downs Way to the Norfolk Coast Path and West Highland Way, walking lets you experience Britain close-up.
After a year locked down, many of us have craved the outdoors and if you're feeling particularly brave you could try Britain's longest walk, the South West Coast Path – 630 miles of spectacular Cornish coast.
You'll need the right gear – walking boots, walking socks, shorts, waterproofs that go over trousers, gaiters to keep the bottom of your legs dry, a base-layer top, a mid-layer fleece and a water and wind-proof jacket, or light jacket for milder days.
How to have fun closer to home
Camping can offer a great finance-friendly family holiday.
Sites where you are given a specific pitch are most popular, while glamping is a favourite with families who don't want to lug around all the kit.
Wild camping is the back-to-basics version but is only really legal in Scotland and areas of Dartmoor National Park. Anywhere else, you should seek the permission of the landowner.
The essentials include a tent, tent pegs, a sleeping mat or airbed, pillows, a stove and cookware, a water carrier, torch and camping chairs – plus bin bags to take your rubbish home! For the lowdown on kit, including tent size, check out gooutdoors.co.uk . For places to stay, pitchup.com lists thousands of UK sites, while coolcamping.com has details for stays in tipis, glamping tents and lodges.
For something a little more unusual, Blackberry Wood, near Ditchling, East Sussex, has a fairy tale treehouse and a converted double bus and helicopter.
Or you can rent a dome or hobbit pod at Camp Katur, near Ripon, North Yorks, where the family can also enjoy a treetop trail.
And if your kids love the Wild West, Pinewood Park near Scarborough has cabins like wagons from a Western.
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Glastonbury, which will be live-streamed this year, got a £900,000 grant as part of the Government's £400million Culture Recovery Fund that will help to secure its future.
Radio 1's Big Weekend will also be online in May, while the British Summer Time Hyde Park event in July has been cancelled.
But festival-goers can enjoy events later in the year including family-friendly Camp Bestival, from July 29 to August 1 in Lulworth, Dorset, with Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Groove Armada, and Creamfields in Daresbury, Cheshire, from August 26 featuring Carl Cox and Tiesto.
Parklife is still on in Manchester in September, as well as the Reading & Leeds Festival and Rewind, both in August.
And All Points East in London's Victoria Park has been moved from its usual spot in May to late August.
It is not yet clear if the Notting Hill Carnival will take place – but the BBC Proms in September looks likely.
Sport kicks off
The FA Cup semi-final between Leicester City and Southampton will be the first football match to welcome back fans.
The game, on April 18, will be played in front of 4,000 people at Wembley Stadium after the Government chose it as a test event.
But it will be residents and workers in Wembley's local authority area of Brent who get to go, not the clubs' fans.
Football's European Championships start on June 11 and, as things stand, stadiums will be at half-capacity.
For horse racing, Ascot will have a restricted crowd in June. But Saturday's Grand National at Aintree will be run behind closed doors.
No decision has been taken about tennis fans at Wimbledon from June 28.
The British Grand Prix could attract 500,000 fans to the four-day event at Silverstone in July, where Lewis Hamilton will make his bid for a record eighth world title.
Last year, cricket was played behind closed doors in "bio-secure bubbles" but there are plans to take the game back around the country this season as New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka visit.
The London Marathon on October 3 is reliant on Covid vaccinations being done by late September.
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