Literary Inspired Weekends

England’s literary landscapes and locations are as diverse as the writers they stirred. We love following in the footsteps of our favourite authors on literary holidays and seeing the places they knew and loved spring to life. Genteel strolls around elegant cities conjure up images of petticoats and parasols. Clambering to the top of a windswept crag brings dreams of dark, brooding heroes and love torn asunder. From organised trails to self-guided literary trips, there are chances for inspiration all over the country.

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Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

November welcomes Leicester’s annual Literary Festival organised by the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

November events
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Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

Visit the home of the Dymock Poets in the Forest of Dean

In the quiet village of Dymock, literacy history was being made by six of the finest poets of the early 20th century.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Literature, film and TV
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Discover Laurie Lee Country

Discover Laurie Lee Country

A gorgeous, unspoiled corner of the Cotswolds.

Location: Slad Valley, Gloucestershire

Literature, film and TV
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Have Dickens of a time in Allonby

Have Dickens of a time in Allonby

Discover the trials and tribulations of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins which formed the basis for the novel ‘The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices’.

Location: Allonby, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Tour Test Valley to discover an inspiring literary heritage

Tour Test Valley to discover an inspiring literary heritage

From The Mayor of Casterbridge to a very special Tank Engine; travel through Test Valley and read between the lines.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

Literature, film and TV
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Splendiferous fun at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Splendiferous fun at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

Ever wondered where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory started or what a Bogtrotter cake might taste like? Then pay a visit to the Roald Dahl Museum.

Location: Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire

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Celebrate the written & spoken word at the Literary Festival

Celebrate the written & spoken word at the Literary Festival

You can spend a whole weekend in October honouring the great literature that was inspired on the island.

Location: Cowes, Isle of Wight

October events
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Visit Shrewsbury Abbey, fictional home of Brother Cadfael

Visit Shrewsbury Abbey, fictional home of Brother Cadfael

Follow in the footsteps of the monastic sleuth, Cadfael, by visiting the Abbey where the books and TV series were set.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Abbeys, cathedrals and sacred places
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Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Travel back in time, and experience the spa town through the eyes of its famed literary daughter.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Culture
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Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Visit the home that inspired Milton’s Paradise Lost

Milton’s Cottage is located in Chalfont St. Giles and is the only surviving home of the great poet and parliamentarian John Milton.

Location: Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire

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Walk in the footsteps of Phillip Larkin

Walk in the footsteps of Phillip Larkin

Trace Phillip Larkin’s footsteps across the city of Hull where you feel that wherever he was, Larkin was simply 'here'.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Tours and trails
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Take a 'Christmas Carol’ Guided Tour

Take a 'Christmas Carol’ Guided Tour

Join a Christmas Carol guided tour to see some of the film’s most memorable locations.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Tours and trails
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Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Enjoy great views on top of the Worcestershire Beacon and follow in the footsteps of writers and composers including Sir Edward Elgar and C.S Lewis.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

Forests and woodlands
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A literary delight in Buckingham Old Gaol

A literary delight in Buckingham Old Gaol

This 18th century prison is now home to the Flora Thompson collection, renowned author of the semi-autobiographical trilogy, Lark Rise to Candleford.

Location: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Heritage
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Experience the locations that have inspired great literature

Experience the locations that have inspired great literature

The constantly changing scenery, dramatic landscapes and distinctive character of Yorkshire’s people have all been sources of literary inspiration.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Tours and trails
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See Housman's Blue Remembered Hills

See Housman's Blue Remembered Hills

A.E. Housman is best known for his book of poems ‘A Shropshire Lad’, in which he captured the essence of Shropshire.

Location: Clun, Shropshire

Unique Experiences
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Uncover the mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes

Uncover the mysterious world of Sherlock Holmes

Spend a day on the trail in London of the world’s most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes, and his sidekick, Dr Watson.

Location: London

Rainy day ideas
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Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Celebrate the birthday of the Bard

Head to Shakespeare’s home town and join in the annual party that marks the anniversary of the playwright’s birth.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Budget
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Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Go Walrus hunting at Sunderland Museum

Discover the inspirational statue behind the Lewis Carroll poem Walrus and the Carpenter.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Literature, film and TV
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Discover DH Lawrence country

Discover DH Lawrence country

Discover DH Lawrence country on the edge of Nottingham and follow in the footsteps of the county's most controversial literary hero.

Location: Eastwood, Nottinghamshire

Literature, film and TV

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