Countryside

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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Cycle the Peak District in style at Eroica Britannia

Cycle the Peak District in style at Eroica Britannia

Handlebar moustaches and sepia filters at the ready… Eroica Britannia returns in June for a weekend of vintage road racing and retro recreation.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

National Parks
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Look out towards the beautiful landmarks of the Chilterns

Look out towards the beautiful landmarks of the Chilterns

Ivinghoe Beacon, Coombe Hill and Whiteleaf Cross are prominent landmarks of the Chiltern Hills and perfect spots to have a picnic or watch the sun go down.

Location: Ivinghoe Beacon, Coombe Hill and Whiteleaf Cross, Buckinghamshire

Countryside
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Don your tweeds for the Nottinghamshire County Show

Don your tweeds for the Nottinghamshire County Show

As the season changes, May is your chance to enjoy the spring sunshine with an action-packed day at the Nottinghamshire County Show.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Activities
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Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Pay a visit to Forde Abbey, which was recently the venue for filming a major scene in the 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd.

Location: Chard, Somerset

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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Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Setting off from Kidderminster, dine in style on a steam-hauled restaurant car train, along 16 miles of Shropshire’s beautiful Severn Valley.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Meet and greet the sea life at Hunstanton

Meet and greet the sea life at Hunstanton

Explore rock pools, enjoy the sea and find out for yourself how Hunstanton's beach remains a stunning backdrop to a fantastic seaside summer holiday.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

Coastal towns
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Visit a cinematic favourite at Eastnor

Visit a cinematic favourite at Eastnor

Eastnor’s typical castle architecture has made it the star of many a movie and TV programme over the years.

Location: Ledbury, Herefordshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Cycle to Wiltshire's World Heritage Sites

Cycle to Wiltshire's World Heritage Sites

Join family run business Heritage Cycle Tours on a tour from Salisbury to Stonehenge

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Cycling
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Enjoy a boat trip on Canal River Trust's Waterways

Enjoy a boat trip on Canal River Trust's Waterways

Spend your weekend exploring Cheshire’s incredible waterways, at Anderton Boat Lift and the National Waterways Museum.

Location: Anderton, Cheshire

Boating
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Get close to nature on a glamping break at Mill Farm

Get close to nature on a glamping break at Mill Farm

Enjoy the best of the beautiful English countryside from the comfort of a luxurious canvas lodge on this family-run, organic farm.

Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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New Forest Adventures

New Forest Adventures

A plethora of outdoor activities for all the family.

Location: Hampshire

Forests and woodlands
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Get to work in The Mill

Get to work in The Mill

Quarry Bank Mill and Styal Estate was a filming location for the TV programme The Mill.

Location: Wilmslow, Cheshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Solve the mystery of Norfolk’s historic link with Agatha Christie

Solve the mystery of Norfolk’s historic link with Agatha Christie

Lying in the English countryside, close to medieval Norwich, is an enchanting luxury hotel with a special literary connection with Agatha Christie.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Countryside
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On yer bike and explore Brighton and Hove’s great outdoors

On yer bike and explore Brighton and Hove’s great outdoors

MAMILs (‘middle-aged men in lycra’) and all other cyclists will enjoy exploring Brighton and Hove on an active holiday along the south west coast.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Coast
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Battle it out at Tewkesbury’s medieval festival

Battle it out at Tewkesbury’s medieval festival

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, with one of the world’s biggest battle re-enactments, brings the town to life with medieval banners and events.

Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

Festivals and carnivals
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Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk there are many routes to choose from at 574-acre Hylands Park.

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

Attractions
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White Peak Vs Dark Peak

White Peak Vs Dark Peak

Two contrasting personalities, one national park.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

National Parks
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Reignite the flame with a romantic break in Helmsley

Reignite the flame with a romantic break in Helmsley

For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.

Location: Helmsley, Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes

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