The getaway not faraway

Room to breathe. Whether soaking up the scenery or walking a long-distance footpath, the English countryside summer soothes the soul. It’s the chance to see how the land lies and admire the view. The cobwebs get blown away on walks across wild windswept moors and heather-clad hills. Weekends spent clambering round castles or hidden coves, pottering in antique shops and village tea rooms, or dipping into farmers’ markets and trying local produce. Then it’s time to rest those bones with a well-earned pint in hand. Just a stone’s throw away, yet a world apart, there are so many recuperating things to do in the countryside. We can stand and stare, listen to the silence. And relax.

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Unearth your hidden talents in the Cotswolds Hills

Unearth your hidden talents in the Cotswolds Hills

Learn, laugh and liven up your weekend at one of numerous lifestyle courses offered at the glorious Farncombe Estate.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Down on the farm there are tents that think they’re cottages, roll-top baths, proper beds, fresh food, plenty of fresh air, and plenty to see and do.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Stay in an eco-lodge at Somerleyton Estate

Stay in an eco-lodge at Somerleyton Estate

Wake up surrounded by nature in an eco-lodge on the banks of tranquil Fritton Lake.

Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk

Unique Experiences
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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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Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

Spend a day exploring the sights of Tisbury

With art and beauty steeped in history, Tisbury is an excellent base from which to explore Wiltshire’s countryside.

Location: Tisbury, Wiltshire

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Reconnect with nature at Dunwich Heath

Reconnect with nature at Dunwich Heath

Tucked away on the coast, Dunwich Heath is one of the more remote and dramatically beautiful parts of Suffolk.

Location: Dunwich , Suffolk

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

Discover ‘The Good Life’ amongst Kent’s farmyards and gardens

There’s no better time to visit Kent than in the spring so why not follow your nose and discover the county’s fragrant countryside and gardens?

Location: Maidstone, Kent

Gardens and Parks
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Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Shop for antiques in a charming market town

Thanks to pretty market towns like Oakham and Uppingham, England’s smallest historic county is spoilt with independent boutiques and antique shops.

Location: Rutland

Shopping and fashion
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Be a zookeeper for the day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

Be a zookeeper for the day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

Spend some quality time with the family with an up-close animal encounter at South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria.

Location: Dalton In Furness, Cumbria

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

Get crafty using old skills at Ryedale Folk Museum

With 20 heritage buildings, centuries of history, and 40,000 objects and antiques, this celebrated open-air museum is just the place to get crafty.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Burleigh Court

Burleigh Court

Burleigh Court is one of the Midlands largest four star accredited residential conference centres and hotels, combining outstanding meeting facilities with first class accommodation.

Location: Loughborough Leicestershire

Romance
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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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A weekend in Gloucestershire

A weekend in Gloucestershire

From Double Gloucester to Harry Potter.

Location: Gloucestershire

Countryside
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Bed down to romantic views of England’s longest lake

Bed down to romantic views of England’s longest lake

With scenery that’s inspired poets and artists for generations, Lake Windermere, in Cumbria, is one of England’s most renowned romantic settings.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Picturesque places
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Luxury camping in idyllic North Yorkshire

Luxury camping in idyllic North Yorkshire

Enjoy the great outdoors in style at this luxury campsite where life is particularly good.

Location: Buttercrambe Moor Wood, near Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire

Forests and woodlands
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Drink where the Black Prince once dined at the Maids Head

Drink where the Black Prince once dined at the Maids Head

With its origins as a guest house built by the early Bishops of Norwich, the Maids Head has been welcoming guests for more than 900 years.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Pubs and cocktail bars
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Trot into Notts on a horse-themed rural break

Trot into Notts on a horse-themed rural break

Book a rural escape in Nottinghamshire and discover the county’s horsey history before cantering across the English countryside on horseback.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

Activities
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Channel your inner artist in the South Downs

Channel your inner artist in the South Downs

Create your own artistic masterpiece at one of the South Downs’ most scenic locations, with stunning views of the Seven Sisters and Cuckmere Valley.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coastal towns
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Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Spot red squirrels, adders and bog plants at Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park in the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Walking and hiking
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A camping getaway in the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside

A camping getaway in the idyllic Hertfordshire countryside

Enjoy the great outdoors at Lee Valley Caravan Park, Dobbs Weir - a campsite nestled in an idyllic and tranquil spot in the Hertfordshire countryside.

Location: Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire

Forests and woodlands

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