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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Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst is known to green-fingered enthusiasts world-over as the epitome of an English country garden.

Location: Sissinghurst, Kent

Picturesque places
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Take an autumnal River Thames cruise on a chartered boat

Take an autumnal River Thames cruise on a chartered boat

Cliveden Reach, the most picturesque section of the river Thames, is spectacular during autumn on a private boat cruise from Windsor to Marlow.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Lakes and waterways
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A foodie break in the forest

A foodie break in the forest

Get a taste of the New Forest where locally produced and caught food takes pride of place on the menu.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

Eating out
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Find treasures at Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens

Find treasures at Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens

Delve into the fascinating story of Major Powell-Cotton’s adventures at Quex House and Gardens.

Location: Birchington, Kent

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Get close to the deer at the Red Deer rut

Get close to the deer at the Red Deer rut

The majestic red deer is our largest land mammal: a beautiful creature, from hoof to antler, whose iconic silhouette has captivated us for centuries.

Location: Minsmere, Suffolk

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes that inspired Turner

Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes that inspired Turner

Durham’s beautiful landscapes and iconic buildings have inspired several of England’s greatest artists, including the master painter JMW Turner.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover Suffolk’s Towers and Spires on a free cycling tour

Discover Suffolk’s Towers and Spires on a free cycling tour

Spend a cycling holiday in the Suffolk’s unspoilt countryside. You won’t travel far without seeing the soaring tower or spire of an ancient church.

Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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‘Chocks away’ in Lincolnshire

‘Chocks away’ in Lincolnshire

Discover East Lincolnshire's extensive aviation heritage and experience the sights, sounds and smells of wartime Britain.

Location: Spilsby, East Lincolnshire

Military history
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From barons and boutiques to the Magna Carta in historic Helmsley

From barons and boutiques to the Magna Carta in historic Helmsley

History is far from horrible in this picturesque market town within the North York Moors National Park.

Location: Helmsley, North Yorkshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Step into a midsummer night’s dream at Port Eliot Festival

Culture galore, plus the beautiful Cornish countryside make the Port Eliot Festival a truly magical summer event.

Location: Port Eliot, Cornwall

Culture
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Potholing and Caving

Potholing and Caving

An underground Yorkshire adventure

Location: North Yorkshire

Activities
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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

Countryside
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See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

See beautiful blooms at Howick Gardens and Arboretum

Rated by BBC Gardener's World Magazine as one of England’s top 5 coastal gardens, Howick Hall Gardens and Arboretum is a garden lover’s paradise.

Location: Howick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Discover a more romantic era at Wolds Village

Discover a more romantic era at Wolds Village

Founded on Valentine’s Day, this fully restored farmstead offers historically inspired luxury accommodation with sweeping, unspoilt views.

Location: Driffield, East Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Just a few small snowdrops bring cheer to the colder, shorter days of England’s winter, and seen at Dimminsdale, they’re simply breathtaking.

Location: Staunton Harold, Leicestershire

Free
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Cycle Through Time

Cycle Through Time

Explore the extensive grounds of Norfolk's fabulous Blickling Estate on two wheels.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Castles and Historic Properties
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Vintage campers bursting with character

Vintage campers bursting with character

Get behind the wheel of a VW camper van and things change. Sat nav isn’t cool anymore, only wimps use power steering and cruise control is reserved solely for poseurs.

Location: Devon

Coast
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RHS Garden Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley

The Royal Horticultural Society's flagship property.

Location: Woking, Surrey

Gardens and Parks
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The Savill Garden

The Savill Garden

Enliven your senses with a walk around one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

Gardens and Parks
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Eat delicious seasonal food at the Wild Rabbit Inn

Eat delicious seasonal food at the Wild Rabbit Inn

Pop in for a drink by the fire or a locally-sourced meal, and then stay over at this charming inn in the idyllic Cotswold village of Kingham.

Location: Chipping Norton, Cotswolds

Countryside

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