Countryside

Rural retreats

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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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

Spa breaks and pampering
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Monkeying around in the New Forest

Monkeying around in the New Forest

Bond with your tribe at the Go Ape course in Moors Valley Country Park near Ringwood for a thrilling forest adventure.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Attractions
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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: Wiltshire

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Cheese-y does it now…

Cheese-y does it now…

Discover the captivating and often emotional story behind Wensleydale cheese and find out how Yorkshire’s art of cheese making evolved.

Location: Hawes, North Yorkshire

Food and Drink
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Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Get hands on with history at sites across Hadrian's Wall

Enjoy a deeper exploration into our Roman heritage through reconstructions and live excavations on a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

Archaeological sites
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Celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015 in the proud home of the game

Celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015 in the proud home of the game

With games shown live on a big screen in the city centre, a fun packed Fanzone plus a food and drink festival, Rugby is the place to be this summer.

Location: Rugby, Warwickshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Camp amongst the bluebells in the Lake District

Camp amongst the bluebells in the Lake District

Welcome the coming of spring with a family camping break at Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park, right in the Lake District’s great outdoors.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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Rediscover the house that time forgot at Calke Abbey

Rediscover the house that time forgot at Calke Abbey

By their very nature gardens are emotional places and none more so than the surroundings of this once magnificent country estate.

Location: Ticknall, Derbyshire

Gardens and Parks
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Discover the setting for ‘The White Queen’ TV drama series

Discover the setting for ‘The White Queen’ TV drama series

See where the penultimate battle of the Wars of the Roses took place at Tewkesbury, discovering the story behind Philippa Gregory’s ‘The White Queen’.

Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Culture
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Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

Relax in style at England’s oldest hotel

This historic hotel on the edge of the Cotswolds has been welcoming guests since 1220.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy a winter family break in a historical coach house

Enjoy a winter family break in a historical coach house

Enjoy a family get together with a difference this Christmas at the historic Brackenborough Hall Coach House.

Location: Brackenborough, Lincolnshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Castles, keeps and country retreats

Castles, keeps and country retreats

Explore the keep and ramparts of a 12th century castle, and the ornate interiors and gardens of Houghton Hall and Sandringham House.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a romantic break at Cotswold House Hotel and Spa

Enjoy a romantic break at Cotswold House Hotel and Spa

Chill out and rekindle your romance with a wonderful summer luxury break at the contemporary Cotswold House Hotel and Spa in Chipping Campden.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Tour Yorkshire writer and vet James Herriot's original home, recreated to look just as it did in the 1940s, in the picturesque town of Thirsk.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Head to a Lancashire family farmyard hideaway

Head to a Lancashire family farmyard hideaway

Explore Lancashire's natural and historic treasures from an award winning self-catering farm cottage.

Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire

Family
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A botanical treasure trove on the Jurassic Coast

A botanical treasure trove on the Jurassic Coast

Chelsea Flower Show winning Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

Picturesque places
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Sample Suffolk’s epicurean delights

Sample Suffolk’s epicurean delights

Suffolk is known as the foodie county, thanks to its great local produce and an array of top restaurants, cafés and farm shops across the region.

Location: Orford, Suffolk

Food and Drink
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Explore the Forest of Bowland AONB on two wheels

Explore the Forest of Bowland AONB on two wheels

Spot wildlife in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the seat of an electric bike.

Location: Clitheroe, Lancashire

Countryside
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Full steam ahead on the Kent and East Sussex Railway

Full steam ahead on the Kent and East Sussex Railway

Bring out your inner Casey Jones by stepping onto the footplate and heading out across the stunning Kent countryside.

Location: Tenterden, Kent

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Rediscover yourself on a relaxing farm stay in the Cotswolds

Rediscover yourself on a relaxing farm stay in the Cotswolds

Experience a break with a difference and reconnect with the countryside. Stay in a hut by the pond or a unique shepherd’s hut with a cosy log burner.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Family

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