Regional specialities

From the rich, savoury Cornish pasties eaten by tin miners to the raisin-filled, sugar-speckled Eccles cake of Manchester banned by Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century for tasting so indecently good, traditional English food has a delicious history. Local producers take pride in their regional specialities, using recipes passed down through the years and only the very best ingredients. Get comfy in the inviting teashops of Derbyshire for a slice of jammy Bakewell tart, buy a Melton Mowbray pork pie for a picnic on a perfect Leicestershire day, or book a table at a city’s smart gastropub to enjoy an enormous Sunday roast lunch.

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A weekend in Gloucestershire

A weekend in Gloucestershire

From Double Gloucester to Harry Potter.

Location: Gloucestershire

Countryside
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 Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

Shop at a market that dates back to Saxon times

The first written record of a market in Norwich is in the 1086 Domesday Book - that’s quite a history of wheeling and dealing.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Budget
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Sample oysters at Portsmouth Fish Market

Sample oysters at Portsmouth Fish Market

Visit Viviers Fish Market located in the picturesque Camber Dock fishing marina and try some of the freshest seafood on the south coast.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Food markets
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Visit England’s only thatched brewery

Visit England’s only thatched brewery

Beer has been produced at Palmers Brewery for more than 200 years using ancient techniques.

Location: Bridport, Dorset

Breweries and distilleries
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Ice-cream galore at Cheshire Farm

Ice-cream galore at Cheshire Farm

Kids are kept happy with more than 40 delicious flavours of ice creams, an outdoor play area, animal corner, quad bikes, mini golf and more...

Location: Tattenhall, Cheshire

Regional specialities
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Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Spend a weekend at Chiltern Ridge and make your own apple juice, and explore the two acre site and surrounding Chiltern Hills.

Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire

Regional specialities
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Thornton Le Dale

Thornton Le Dale

When we tell you that this place is a chocolate box village, we’re really not joking.

Location: Thornton Le Dale, North Yorkshire

Low cost
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Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Calling all food lovers to Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival

Holmfirth’s Food and Drink Festival in September is a jam-packed weekend with cookery demonstrations, food markets, live music and entertainment.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

September events
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Sample a proper Cornish Pasty

Sample a proper Cornish Pasty

There may be a plethora of pasty shops in the country but there’s only one place in the world where you can get the authentic pasty experience and that’s Cornwall.

Location: Redruth, Cornwall

Low cost
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Cadbury World

Cadbury World

The next best thing to visiting the fictional Charlie’s Chocolate Factory is the real thing at Cadbury World.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Biddenden Vineyards in Kent

Making wine in the Garden of England.

Location: Biddenden, Kent

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Visit a family run vineyard in the heart of the Chilterns

Explore the vineyard and sample the wine and beer produced in this truly independent brewery in Buckinghamshire.

Location: Henley-on-Thames, Buckinghamshire

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Eat chocolate in York

Eat chocolate in York

The city that was once host to a Roman emperor, Viking warriors and Saxons also proudly revels in its long history with the cocoa bean, which dates back to the early 18th century.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

Food and Drink
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Taste fresh seafood fished straight out of the harbour

Taste fresh seafood fished straight out of the harbour

Overlooking Scarborough’s harbour, this spacious restaurant serves the very best seafood dishes and the finest fish and chips on the seafront.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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Oysters in Whitstable

Oysters in Whitstable

The chic and compact town of Whitstable is one of England’s coolest seaside hangouts and its oysters are to die for.

Location: Whitstable, Kent

Coastal towns
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Don’t leave Holcombe Inn without trying the cider

Don’t leave Holcombe Inn without trying the cider

Unwind with a typical Somerset tipple, an apple crumble and a long soak in the bath at this 17th century country inn.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Food and Drink
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Enjoy fine wines at Denbies Wine Estate

Enjoy fine wines at Denbies Wine Estate

Plan your day out to this famous English vineyard overlooking Box Hill and taste some great wines on its wine tours.

Location: Dorking, Surrey

Vineyards and wine tasting
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Explore Devon’s countryside on a mushroom foray

Explore Devon’s countryside on a mushroom foray

Join Riverside Cottage mushroom expert John Wright as you forage in Devon’s woodland fields to identify, gather responsibly and cook some wild fungi.

Location: Axminster, Devon

Activities
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Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Experience a celebration of Dorset seafood

Celebrate Dorset’s finest seafood, with cooking demonstrations and tasting opportunities. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Weymouth & Portland, Dorset

Coast
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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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