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Experience a distinctive mix of old and new, traditional and cutting edge in a host of ever-evolving English cities. Browse streets full-to-bursting with boutiques that boast the latest fashions and admire futuristic architecture towering above medieval monuments. Be dazzled by modern musicals, much-loved plays and works of art by the likes of Turner, Emin and Banksy. As day melts into night, indulge in Michelin-starred dishes and tongue-tingling curries before ordering a gin and tonic at a late-night museum event or throwing your best shapes at one of many buzzing cocktail bars and nightclubs. City breaks have never been so exciting.

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Saris and jewellery to spices and dining on the Golden Mile

Saris and jewellery to spices and dining on the Golden Mile

A trip to Leicester isn’t complete without a visit to the Golden Mile, a stretch of the Belgrave Road described as the ‘closest that Britain comes to an Indian bazaar’.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Neighbourhoods
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Experience York’s Literature Festival

Experience York’s Literature Festival

Rub shoulders with best-selling authors as York gets all bookish.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Kiss under the Heart of Yorkshire window at the Minster

Kiss under the Heart of Yorkshire window at the Minster

According to legend, all loved up couples that kiss under the 'Heart of Yorkshire' window, will stay together forever.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Unique Experiences
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Follow Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Follow Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Fitzwilliam Museum & Botanic Gardens

Fitzwilliam Museum & Botanic Gardens

Ancient insights and green fingers in Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Uncover ghostly Brighton

Uncover ghostly Brighton

Brighton is believed to be one of the most haunted cities in England.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Tours and trails
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Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

Watch films for free at the Tyneside cinema

If the sound of free cinema and cheap drinks is up your street, then Tyneside Cinema’s free film night could be just thing.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Free
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Look to the skies at the Bournemouth Air Festival

Look to the skies at the Bournemouth Air Festival

A Mecca for aeroplane junmajestic display in the skies, the sea and on land.r Festival sees the RAF and Royal Navy put on a majestic display in the skies, the sea and on land.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Military history
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Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Celebrity authors, great thinkers and best-selling writers come together at this lively literary event.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Low cost
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Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

If it’s raining outside head to Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, home to many of the city's world-class exhibitions and a diverse range of events.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Get in the swing at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Feel the groove or just chill out with ten days of cutting-edge tunes and killer beats at the Manchester Jazz Festival.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Music and nightlife
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Learn a circus trick or two at Blackpool’s Showzam

Learn a circus trick or two at Blackpool’s Showzam

Magicians, performers and clowns take over the streets of Blackpool, as the circus (and much more) rolls into town every year for Showzam.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Coastal towns
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Sip cocktails and soak up panoramic views of Manchester at Cloud 23

Sip cocktails and soak up panoramic views of Manchester at Cloud 23

If you’ve got a head for heights and a taste for good cocktails, go to Manchester’s highest bar with a view.

Location: Deansgate, Manchester

Unique Experiences
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Spot deer in the city

Spot deer in the city

It might come as a surprise to discover a deer-filled oasis just a tube ride away from the hustle and bustle of London.

Location: Richmond, Surrey

Free
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Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

There’s nothing so quintessentially English as settling down in the drawing room for sandwiches, scones and a pot of Yorkshire tea.

Location: Oulton, Yorkshire

Countryside
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Scare yourself with Dark Encounters

Scare yourself with Dark Encounters

Discover a spookier side of Portsmouth on a ghost walk around some of the most haunted spots in the city.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Climb the 332 steps to the top of Salisbury Cathedral tower

Climb the 332 steps to the top of Salisbury Cathedral tower

Be inspired by the peace and beauty of one of Britain’s finest medieval cathedrals.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Walking and hiking
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Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Take a trip to the Russell-Cotes Museum in Bournemouth

Enjoy the art on offer at the one of the most important museums in England which reflects the Victorian fascination with world cultures.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Get a taste for Thai culture and cuisine at Bristol’s Thai Festival

Enjoy traditional dishes, dance and dress, while learning about the country’s unique culture, at Bristol’s annual Thai Festival.

Location: Bristol

Low cost
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Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

Strut your stuff with the LGBT community at Brighton Pride

At Brighton Pride you can enjoy a risqué new drag act, dance till your heart’s content – and eat fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Free

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