It's the country way

Both genteel and wild, there’s nothing quite like the English countryside for rural escapes with its patchwork hills, dramatic dales, ancient woodlands and winding country roads. All well and good, but what is there to do in England’s countryside exactly? Quite a lot, actually. Admire the grand interiors of a stately home before catching a play in the surrounding gardens, travel back in time with visits to ancient stone circles and crumbling castles, or step into a chocolate box of quaint villages and market towns and live like a local, trying farmhouse cheeses, cream teas and real ales along the way.

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Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival is a celebration to all things medieval and associated to Robin, taking place annually within his home of Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Activities
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Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Bekonscot is the world’s oldest and original model village and model railway, and a tribute to one man’s eccentricity.

Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop

Rather than sending a postcard, why not give your mates a true taste of what you did at the weekend, by posting them a pudding?

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

Budget
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Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Wonder what life was like during Henry VIII’s reign? Step in to the past in an ancient Southampton home.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Stop by the White Hart country pub for a spot of lunch

Stop by the White Hart country pub for a spot of lunch

Get a taste of good homemade food and immerse yourself in local life at the historic White Hart pub.

Location: Frome, Somerset

Food and Drink
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Picnic at Lanhydrock

Picnic at Lanhydrock

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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Ride a bicycle built for two

Ride a bicycle built for two

Hire the elegant Gazelle Balance tandem to explore the cycle-friendly Brighton & Hove.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Cycling
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Go otter spotting in Norfolk

Go otter spotting in Norfolk

When it comes to big game spotting in the Broads National Park, there is no prey more sleek, more rare and more exciting than the otter.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

Lakes and waterways
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Take a luxurious trip deep into the Forest

Take a luxurious trip deep into the Forest

Stay in a luxurious 17th century self-catering accommodation and imagine the aches and pains of life fade away.

Location: Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucester

Price: From £100 per person per night.

Lifestyle
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Become a Brontë sister for the day

Become a Brontë sister for the day

The Brontë Sisters are one of the world's most remarkable literary families. Come and see the dramatic countryside that inspired them.

Location: Haworth , West Yorkshire

Literature, film and TV
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Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Enjoy the sights and blooms of the Longleat Estate.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

Walking and hiking
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Ride a heavy horse in the Cumbrian countryside

Ride a heavy horse in the Cumbrian countryside

Experience a horse ride like no other with Cumbrian Heavy Horses.

Location: Whicham Valley, Cumbria

Countryside pursuits
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Pamper yourself at the Matfen Hall Hotel

Pamper yourself at the Matfen Hall Hotel

Elegance and luxury set in 300 acres of beautiful Northumbrian countryside.

Location: Matfen, Northumberland

Price: From £99 per person per night

Spa breaks and pampering
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Chavenage House

Chavenage House

Take an intimate tour of the house with the current owner and get all the juicy gossip.

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a warm welcome & a hot meal Battlesteads Pub and Hotel

Enjoy a warm welcome & a hot meal Battlesteads Pub and Hotel

A warm welcome awaits you in the picturesque village of Wark, at Battlesteads Pub and Hotel - passionate about ales, beers, wines and being green.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Price: From £115 B&B per room per night

Eating out
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Escape with the family to Shorefield Country Park

Escape with the family to Shorefield Country Park

Shorefield Country Park has been offering family holidays for 55 years from this five-star holiday park set in 100 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland.

Location: Milford-on-sea, New Forest

Price: From £99

National Parks
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Old Sarum

Old Sarum

You can explore for yourself one of the earliest recorded settlements in England – Old Sarum.

Location: Wiltshire

Historic sites and icons
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A dog-friendly holiday in Cumbria

A dog-friendly holiday in Cumbria

Stretch your and their legs in the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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