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The weather may not be at its best but there's still loads to do in England... Walk among dinosaurs on a fossil hunting tour or put nerves to the test at a thrilling theme park. Get close to nature and camp in protected woodland or stay aboard a lighthouse or a barge on your family holidays. Bike rides and picnics in a national park, long afternoons at the beach exploring rockpools, baffling mazes and hide and seek in the grounds of a stately home: England is packed with inspiring child friendly holidays and activities. If you think learning is for stuffy school rooms, think again. Discover the secrets of the Tudors and Victorians, marvel at Roman remains and re-live bloody battles and beheadings on days out with the kids.

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See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

See art in Birmingham’s free galleries

Discover how arty Birmingham is, from the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite works to a creative hub packed with new artists.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Watch illuminated floats at Bridgewater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Watch illuminated floats at Bridgewater Guy Fawkes Carnival

Experience the West Country tradition of ‘squibbing’ at the UK’s largest winter carnival.

Location: Bridgwater, Somerset

Culture
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Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Get the kids active as you explore River Lee Country Park by bike on a circular cycle ride, perfect for all the family on the Farm and Wetland Trail.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

Price: From £5.50 per adult

Cycling
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Go wwoofing in the Eden Valley

Go wwoofing in the Eden Valley

Wwoofing in the Eden Valley is a chance to get your hands dirty and learn about organic food, farming, and ways of life on a real life working farm.

Location: Armathwaite, Cumbria

Family
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Take a walk around Low and High Force Waterfalls

Take a walk around Low and High Force Waterfalls

Experience the sights of the Low and High Force Waterfalls, and discover the breath-taking landscapes of the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Price: Four star country house hotel from £109 per room, per night

Walking and hiking
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Explore the story of Bede like never before

Explore the story of Bede like never before

Bede’s World is the gateway to the 7th-century genius – the Venerable Bede.

Location: Jarrow, South Tyneside

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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

Festivals and carnivals
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Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, Words by the Water A Festival of Words and Ideas, which is set by a lake surrounded by the Northern Fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Picnic at Lanhydrock

Picnic at Lanhydrock

Head to finest house in Cornwall for a relaxing picnic with magnificent panoramic views and 900 acres of parkland and woodland.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

Castles and Historic Properties
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Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Follow in the footsteps of Jane Austen

Explore the city that inspired one of England’s most famous novel writers.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Tours and trails
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Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Share your love of books at the Stratford Literary Festival

Celebrity authors, great thinkers and best-selling writers come together at this lively literary event.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Low cost
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Visit York's top attractions at a great price with a York pass

Visit York's top attractions at a great price with a York pass

Buy a York Pass and you can experience all the city of York has to offer without breaking the bank.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Price: From £36 for one day

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Experience a taste of country living at Derehams Farm

Experience a taste of country living at Derehams Farm

Derehams Farm is a small working farm with four comfortable self-catering cottages open year round.

Location: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Price: From £350 per week

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Tour de France- Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

Tour de France- Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate

Follow the Tour through some of England’s most dramatic scenery, and take in some shopping, a stroll and a spa treatment along the way.

Location: Yorkshire

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Build up your calf muscles at the National Cycling Centre

Build up your calf muscles at the National Cycling Centre

Race a world champion in the Velodrome or brush up on your BMX skills at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Cycling
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Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Bekonscot is the world’s oldest and original model village and model railway, and a tribute to one man’s eccentricity.

Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Unicorn Theatre for kids

Unicorn Theatre for kids

The first purpose-built theatre for children.

Location: South Bank, London

Performing arts
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Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Calling all chocoholics: the UK’s only chocolate-themed hotel has 15 rooms, dedicated to all that is tasty and tantalising.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Unique Experiences
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Delve into the brewing process at Robinsons Brewery

Delve into the brewing process at Robinsons Brewery

At the Robinsons Brewery Visitor Centre, you can explore the beer-making journey; meeting Old Tom, Unicorn and a Dizzy Blonde along the way.

Location: Stockport, Cheshire

Breweries and distilleries
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Camp at Rocks East Woodland

Camp at Rocks East Woodland

Hone your survival skills in a stunning West country setting.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

Activities

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