Things to do

The words ‘I’m bored’ aren’t welcome here. Especially when we have heaps of holiday ideas and things to do in England for you discover based on your interests. We’ve got fun-fuelled breaks for families, holidays for flocks of friends, romantic getaways for love birds, city breaks for culture vultures and rural escapes for tree huggers - think of us as your England travel guide. Get filtering to find your perfect holiday in England.

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Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Enjoy a city Christmas festival with a difference

Experience the timeless beauty of Durham City as you explore the traditional Durham Christmas festival this winter.

Location: Durham City, Durham

Festivals and carnivals
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Explore Wiltshire's rich landscape on the Wiltshire Cycleway

Explore Wiltshire's rich landscape on the Wiltshire Cycleway

Cycle along Wiltshire’s quiet country lanes and enjoy rural England at its very best on the Wiltshire Cycleway.

Location: Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Countryside
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Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Learn the history behind the birth of the tank - the machine that broke the stalemate of World War 1 – at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Military history
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Stay at Hoax, a hostel with a difference

Stay at Hoax, a hostel with a difference

Spend a weekend in Liverpool and stay at a hostel with a difference – it’s dormitories, but not as you know it.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Low cost
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Visit the Quayside Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Visit the Quayside Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Housed on the River Tyne, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind – presenting a dynamic and diverse programme of contemporary visual art.

Location: Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Make Christmas a family time with Forest Holidays

Make Christmas a family time with Forest Holidays

Gather your family or family and start planning a memorable Christmas in one of Forest Holiday’s luxurious log cabins in Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Forests and woodlands
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Learn how to find fossils with a guided fossil walk

Learn how to find fossils with a guided fossil walk

Let the wardens at Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre show you the best way to find your own fossils on the beach.

Location: Charmouth, Dorset

World heritage sites
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Pay a visit to the animals of Old MacDonald’s Farm

Pay a visit to the animals of Old MacDonald’s Farm

At Old MacDonald’s Farm, you can enjoy the Essex countryside whilst getting to know the farmyard favourites and unusual animals. There are also lots of hills to climb and bridges to cross.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Wig wam your way to Clumber Park

Wig wam your way to Clumber Park

Camping in tents is so last year – why not try sleeping in a yurt or wigwam in the beautiful surrounds of Clumber Park?

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Gardens and Parks
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Sailing on The Broads

Sailing on The Broads

The Norfolk Broads offer endless miles of lock-free cruising on shallow lakes and rivers.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

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Get to work in The Mill

Get to work in The Mill

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate was a filming location for the TV programme The Mill.

Location: Wilmslow, Cheshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Identify mushrooms and trees on a Wiltshire walking trail

Identify mushrooms and trees on a Wiltshire walking trail

Explore Wiltshire's countryside on foot this autumn with an award-winning walking break and indulge your senses in its mellow seasonal delights.

Location: Bath, Wiltshire

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Lights, camera, Oxford – a screen tour to remember

Lights, camera, Oxford – a screen tour to remember

From Inspector Morse to Harry Potter, don't miss a stop on this trip through Oxford's greatest screen moments.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Take on the challenge of the Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure

Take on the challenge of the Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure

Enjoy fun and adventure in the trees, taking on epic zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles.

Location: Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Extreme Sports
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Lake District Weekend Adventure

Lake District Weekend Adventure

Adrenaline junkies sign up here...

Location: Borrowdale, Cumbria

Activities
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Row, row, row your loved one across Lakeside

Row, row, row your loved one across Lakeside

Row your way across the Lakeside in Nottingham. Poetry recital optional.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Picturesque places
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Ride the red cycle trail at Hamsterley Forest

Ride the red cycle trail at Hamsterley Forest

Experience superb views across the Durham Dales as you ride the red cycle route at Durham's biggest forest.

Location: Durham Dales

Cycling
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Number One Blackpool

Number One Blackpool

Sample some boutique chic by the seaside.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Romance
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Murder Mystery Weekend

Murder Mystery Weekend

Elaborate plots, professional actors and the chance to play detective.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Culture
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Trevase Cottages

Trevase Cottages

Trevase Cottages provide two separate large luxury self-catering cottages set within the stunning Herefordshire countryside.

Location: Nr Hereford, Herefordshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes

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