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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Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

If you’d like a little history with your sandwiches then take your picnic to Bradgate Park, a medieval park where herds of red and fallow deer still roam.

Location: Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Try your hand at archery and falconry in Sherwood Forest

Try your hand at archery and falconry in Sherwood Forest

Get merry with your gang with an experience Robin Hood himself would have approved of, right in the heart of Nottingham’s famous Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

Forests and woodlands
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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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Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Relax in a day's birding at Langford Lakes

Open bodies of water are a rarity in south Wiltshire, making Langford Lakes nature reserve an attractive stopping-off point for a host of wild birds.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Experience Somerleyton Hall’s romance, history and grandeur

Experience Somerleyton Hall’s romance, history and grandeur

Step back in time with a visit to one of Suffolk’s best-preserved stately homes and gardens, near the town of Lowestoft.

Location: Somerleyton, Suffolk

Castles and Historic Properties
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Picnic on a former colliery site in the National Forest

Picnic on a former colliery site in the National Forest

A location with a difference, Oakthorpe Colliery closed in 1990 and has become a 3-hectare, prime picnic site in naturally-regenerated woodland in The National Forest.

Location: Donisthorpe, near Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

Forests and woodlands
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Trevase Cottages

Trevase Cottages

Trevase Cottages provide two separate large luxury self-catering cottages set within the stunning Herefordshire countryside.

Location: Nr Hereford, Herefordshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Try some luxury without all the fuss at Dormy House

Try some luxury without all the fuss at Dormy House

Try some luxury without all the fuss at Dormy House.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Coast to Coast Cycling

Coast to Coast Cycling

A challenging route from one side of England to the other.

Location: Whitehaven / Whitby

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Feast on plough to plate breakfasts on a Norfolk farm stay

Feast on plough to plate breakfasts on a Norfolk farm stay

Family holidays at Dairy Barns in Norfolk offers breaks on an active working family farm, covering 360 acres of grazing marshes and arable land.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Travel through the history of British motoring

Travel through the history of British motoring

Uncover the story of the British motor industry at the Heritage Motor Centre, and come face to face with British motoring icons.

Location: Gaydon / Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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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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Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Escape to Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds

Explore an undiscovered side to the north Cotswolds by combining a tranquil stay in the ancient town of Winchcombe with some fantastic walking routes.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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All aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

All aboard for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Revel in the romance of steam with a trip through spectacular landscapes on this popular heritage railway line.

Location: Pickering, North Yorkshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Say I do in Sherwood Forest

Say I do in Sherwood Forest

Tie the knot within Robin Hood's magical forest...

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Lifestyle
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A luxury stay that’s a Wold away from the everyday

A luxury stay that’s a Wold away from the everyday

Leave it all behind in a quirky, cosy Shepherd Hut hideaway. Enjoy long country walks and relax together in a hot tub under the stars.

Location: Bishop Wilton, York

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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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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Wallington House

Wallington House

When it comes to pretty picnic spots, the Wallington estate sits fairly high up the charts.

Location: Morpeth, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

In the north west of Wiltshire, the Cotswolds encompasses the honey-pot village of Castle Combe and the picturesque market town of Malmesbury.

Location: Wiltshire Cotswolds, Wiltshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Visit the home of the Bramley Apple in Nottinghamshire

Visit the home of the Bramley Apple in Nottinghamshire

Discover the apple of Nottinghamshire's eye: The Bramley Apple. Visit its home in Southwell for a mouth-watering apple escape this autumn.

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Food and Drink

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