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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Get an authentic taste of Cotswolds farm life

Get an authentic taste of Cotswolds farm life

Ever fancied trying your hand at making your own sausages? Be part of a traditional farming experience at Old Farm, near Moreton in Marsh.

Location: Moreton In Marsh , Gloucestershire

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Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

Delve into the dark history of Hexham Old Gaol

If the kids start misbehave, why not 'treat' them to a trip to gaol. Hexham Old Gaol was built in 1330 and is England's oldest purpose-built prison.

Location: Hexham, Northumberland

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Enjoy family fun in the forest

Enjoy family fun in the forest

Enjoy a family trip to Hamsterley Forest for walking and cycling routes, horse riding trails, picnic sites and an adventure play park.

Location: Durham Dales

Walking and hiking
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A weekend in Gloucestershire

A weekend in Gloucestershire

From Double Gloucester to Harry Potter.

Location: Gloucestershire

Countryside
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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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Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Go horse riding in Hyde Park

Saddle up and enjoy a horseback ride in Hyde Park, once Henry VII's favourite hunting spot (when he wasn't ordering "Off with her head!").

Location: Hyde Park, Greater London

Countryside pursuits
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Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Stop for afternoon tea at The Meadowside Farm Café

Grab a bite to eat at this café in rural Frome, famous for its breakfasts, brunches and excellent afternoon teas.

Location: Frome, Somerset

Food and Drink
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Follow filmmakers’ footsteps on a 'Trip' around Lancashire

Follow filmmakers’ footsteps on a 'Trip' around Lancashire

For film fans, visiting Lancashire for the first time can lead to a feeling of déjà vu... Lancashire is no stranger to the small or big screen.

Location: Lancashire

Culture
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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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Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Visit the Cotswolds and discover vintage treasures on a carefully designed retro-themed driving tour.

Location: Tewkesbury or Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Unique Experiences
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Indulge in Michelin star dining in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Indulge in Michelin star dining in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Relax in the luxury of the five-star Whatley Manor Hotel and enjoy fine dining at its very best in this beautiful Cotswold location.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Food and Drink
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Discover the National Trust Killerton Estate by bicycle

Discover the National Trust Killerton Estate by bicycle

Discover the enchanting and historical estate of National Trust Killerton by bicycle.

Location: Broadclyst, Devon

Countryside
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See The National Forest in bloom at Yoxall Lodge

See The National Forest in bloom at Yoxall Lodge

Too many hours indoors during winter’s gloomy days and you’re looking to break out into spring’s fresh air and lengthening daylight hours.

Location: Yoxall, Staffordshire

Walking and hiking
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Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Spend the day playing at Lyme Park, House and Garden

Get transported back to Edwardian times, at the mansion and extensive grounds of Lyme Park.

Location: Disley, Cheshire

Picturesque places
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Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre

A 1920s Art Deco house and garden in the beautiful Devon countryside.

Location: Kingswear, Devon

Countryside
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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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Explore wildlife amidst open heath and rolling farmland

Explore wildlife amidst open heath and rolling farmland

Explore the green open space of Clumber Park to discover an abundance of wildlife, where more than 200 species of bird have been recorded.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Walking and hiking
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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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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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Relax in Trelissick Gardens

Relax in Trelissick Gardens

Okay, so you’ve strolled along the beach and had a couple of surf lessons, what else is there to do in Cornwall?

Location: Truro, Cornwall

Gardens and Parks

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