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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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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Unleash your inner explorer at Hatfield Forest

Unleash your inner explorer at Hatfield Forest

No other venue provides a better backdrop for young budding explorers than Hatfield Forest.

Location: Takeley, Essex

Forests and woodlands
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Take an animal-themed weekend in Devon

Take an animal-themed weekend in Devon

Find you inner horse whisperer.

Location: Bideford, Devon

Family
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Keep it real by the sea in Staithes

Keep it real by the sea in Staithes

Climb aboard a family boat and learn how to catch, clean and cook mackerel on the beach with Real Staithes.

Location: Staithes, Yorkshire

National Parks
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Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

Spend a day at The Dower House Garden

The Dower House Garden occupies a 1.5 acre site within the grounds of the National Trust’s Morville Hall, near Bridgnorth in Shropshire.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks
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Experience rock climbing in the picturesque Wye Valley

Experience rock climbing in the picturesque Wye Valley

The spectacular Wye Valley cliffs offer a unique and beautiful playground for what is now one of the UK's largest participation sports.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Extreme Sports
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Find inspired artists, literary genius and musical conundrums

Find inspired artists, literary genius and musical conundrums

Head to Cumbria on a well-deserved break and let the Lake District landscape’s cultural brilliance capture your imagination and sweep you away.

Location: Grizedale, Maryport, Lowther, Kendal; Cumbria

Culture
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Enjoy a remote retreat the heart of the Cumbria’s mountains

Enjoy a remote retreat the heart of the Cumbria’s mountains

Book your place at YHA Black Sail, the perfect rural retreat for lovers of the great outdoors.

Location: Cleator, Cumbria

Walking and hiking
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Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Rediscover England’s mining past at the Woodhorn Museum

Journey through England’s 800 year coal mining history and experience what life was like for pitmen at Woodhorn Colliery.

Location: Ashington, Northumberland

Countryside
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Explore the myths and mysteries of Stonehenge

Explore the myths and mysteries of Stonehenge

To really take in the prehistoric wonder of Stonehenge hop on board one of Salisbury’s Magical History Tours.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Historic sites and icons
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Treat your partner to an unforgettable date at Colchester Zoo

Treat your partner to an unforgettable date at Colchester Zoo

Have you found the perfect partner to celebrate a landmark wedding anniversary with or even to propose marriage to this Easter?

Location: Colchester, Essex

Countryside
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Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

See the ruins of the castle and take a peak at 130 acres of rediscovered gardens, now one of the largest restoration projects in Europe.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy countless attractions with one ticket at Beaulieu

Enjoy countless attractions with one ticket at Beaulieu

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is an award winning day out where one ticket grants access to many of the village’s attractions.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Climb up Tegg's Nose

Climb up Tegg's Nose

Climb to the summit of Tegg’s Nose, admire the views, cycle the routes and even try your hand at rock climbing.

Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire

Walking and hiking
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Visit the home of stinky cheese at Colston Bassett Dairy

Visit the home of stinky cheese at Colston Bassett Dairy

If you’re a cheese connoisseur then a trip to Colston Bassett is a must when you are in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire

Regional specialities
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Witness a spectacular sporting double in Exmoor National Park

Witness a spectacular sporting double in Exmoor National Park

June sees back-to-back competition from the world of eventing and triathlon with British Eventing and Ironman 70.3 both happening in the same weekend.

Location: Wimbleball Lake, Somerset

Events
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Peak District Mining Museum

Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

Going underground
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Take to the skies for a Wiltshire adrenaline rush

Take to the skies for a Wiltshire adrenaline rush

Jump 10,000 feet (or more) above the Wiltshire countryside for a high adrenaline adventure that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Activities
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Head to Stourhead for hedgerow harvests and bushcraft workshops

Head to Stourhead for hedgerow harvests and bushcraft workshops

Join the National Trust for hedgerow harvests, foraging and bushcraft workshops on the beautiful Stourhead estate.

Location: Wiltshire

Castles and Historic Properties

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