Countryside

Countryside

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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Work with animals on a Cumbrian Hill farm

Work with animals on a Cumbrian Hill farm

Have you ever bottle fed a new born lamb or given a cow a blow dry? Well then, now's your chance to experience both on a working Cumbrian Hill farm.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Ditch the tent in favour of glamping at Teversal Campsite

Ditch the tent in favour of glamping at Teversal Campsite

Spend an action-packed day in rural Nottinghamshire before retreating to a luxury tent or log cabin for an evening of al fresco drinking and dining.

Location: Teversal, Nottinghamshire

Family
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Get your paddle at the ready and canoe the Derwentwater

Get your paddle at the ready and canoe the Derwentwater

Canoe along the Derwentwater and discover there’s something special about being close to the water, seeing the ripples and splashes and the odd fish jumping.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Watersports
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Swing from the rafters at the Hundred House Hotel

Swing from the rafters at the Hundred House Hotel

Shropshire’s Hundred House Hotel has always prided itself on being a bit different – its rooms come with swings.

Location: Telford, Shropshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Feel one with the road on Northumberland’s rugged cycle-scape

Feel one with the road on Northumberland’s rugged cycle-scape

Experience Northumberland’s history and geology whilst catching the 120-mile Sandstone Way mountain bike route between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Hexham.

Location: Between Berwick and Hexham, Northumberland

Activities
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Get hands-on with an artisan food course in Nottinghamshire

Get hands-on with an artisan food course in Nottinghamshire

Learn pie making, baking, patisserie or butchery on a short course at the School of Artisan Food, on the beautiful Welbeck Estate.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Cookery courses
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Spot Wiltshire’s unique flora and fauna on a nature trek

Spot Wiltshire’s unique flora and fauna on a nature trek

Let yourself be guided around some of Wiltshire’s hidden nature spots, including the extensive grasslands and nature trails of Salisbury Plain.

Location: Wiltshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Explore the Hanson Way on National Cycle Route 5

Enjoy a gentle bike ride along cycle tracks or quiet country roads in the fresh air to discover the delights of Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot.

Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Cycling
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See the light at the end of the tunnel

See the light at the end of the tunnel

Standedge Tunnel, in the heart of the Pennine countryside, is the longest canal tunnel in Britain - the setting for a great experience in the Yorkshire Peak District.

Location: Marsden, Yorkshire

Boating
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Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Spend the night in Peverell's Tower

Pack your suitcase for a hair-raising and luxurious stay in Dover Castle’s former prison tower.

Location: Dover, Kent

Unique Experiences
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Cotwolds pudding club

Cotwolds pudding club

Indulge with The Pudding Club

Location: Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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A weekend of champagne and romance at The Chester Grosvenor

A weekend of champagne and romance at The Chester Grosvenor

Spend a romantic break at The Chester Grosvenor in the heart of the ancient city of Chester. Enjoy a couple’s massage, drink champagne and eat spectacular food in this beautiful hotel.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Discover why notorious romantic poet Lord Byron was 'mad, bad and dangerous to know', with a sumptuous stay at his former home.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Delve into an adventurous world of make-believe, inspired by local children’s author, Tom Blofeld.

Location: Hoveton, Norfolk

Forests and woodlands
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Hone your culinary skills at a leading fine dining restaurant

Hone your culinary skills at a leading fine dining restaurant

The Michelin starred Northcote Kitchen’s new cookery school offers the chance to hone new culinary skills and dishes right in the heart of Lancashire.

Location: Blackburn, Lancashire

Food and Drink
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Celebrate 125 years of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Celebrate 125 years of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Spend the day on the stunning North Devon coastline in the picturesque towns of Lynton and Lynmouth, enjoying a taste of their industrial heritage.

Location: Lynton and Lynmouth, North Devon

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Join the Bat Patrol at Cheddar Gorge

Join the Bat Patrol at Cheddar Gorge

As the sun sets, the silvery moon lights up Cheddar Gorge making it the perfect time to join a bat walk.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, near Preston. Whether you’re a naturalist or a beginner, there’s something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

The tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottingham set the landscape for discovering and watching wildlife at its best.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Visit the UK’s largest outdoor festival in Keswick

Visit the UK’s largest outdoor festival in Keswick

Grab your Gore-Tex, pack the tent and amble over to Keswick’s big family adventure.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Forests and woodlands

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