Exploration is a big theme this weekend with all sorts of activities and events to discover across England, from a literature festival in Oxford to the far reaches of space...in Lancashire. We’re also still celebrating English Tourism Week with some great events for all the family, says Danielle Jones.
ITV’s Victoria was the series that had everybody talking. Featuring some of England’s most beautiful buildings it also had a vast array of dazzling costumes. If you visit Harewood House in Leeds you can see some of these glorious gowns and garments first hand, plus you can explore the beautiful filming location itself. Entrance to Harewood is £16.50 for adults and £8.50 for children. (24 March – 29 October)
With the spring sun (hopefully!) shining, why not head to the glorious Isles of Scilly for their annual Walk Scilly event. There are more than 29 different walks to choose from, including a trip to the uninhabited Sampson Island and a wildlife walk on sub-tropical Tresco. Each walk is individually ticketed. (1 – 7 April)
Head to the coast and be sure to bring a bucket and spade, as there is an entire world waiting to be unearthed. Visit the rock pools of St Michael’s Mount and learn about what lives in these little seaside pockets at this special spring event. Make sure you wear trainers as the rocks can be a bit slippery! This event is free of charge. (2 April)
Take a trip to Cambridge this weekend to hunt for an elusive golden bunny rabbit at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Search high and low for the golden rabbit to win some chocolate, plus take in amazing gardens at the same time. Entrance is £5.50 for adults and free for under 16s. (1 – 17 April)
Nowhere would be more apt for a festival celebrating great literature than Oxford, a place that cultivated the likes of Lewis Carroll, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. With events and workshops for adults and children featuring renowned authors and poets, it’s a great way to learn more about some of your literary favourites or discover someone new. Events are individually ticketed. (25 March – 2 April)
Don your detective hat and get ready to rummage, as the Fairhaven hosts an exciting scavenging event for all the family. Discover the beautiful Broads National Park as you search for special items. You can also enjoy a boat ride and a cup of tea whilst you’re there. Adult entry is £6.75 and children aged 5-16 are £3.85. (1 – 17 April)
See a steam railway like no other this weekend as the East Lancashire railway gets intergalactic. With themed journeys from Star Wars and Dr Who, plus a range of space and sci-fi events, this is an ideal treat for big kids as well as small ones. There’s even a discount if you dress up. Adult tickets are £14.80 and children are £9.40. (1-2 April)
Forget muddy fields, head into Derby’s city centre this week for the exciting 2q Festival. Spread across twelve venues, this day-long event has names like Milburn, Temples and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. Wristbands start at £24.75 and get you entry to all venues across the day. (1 April)
Get ready to descend into (organised) chaos at this fun event at Metrodeco in Brighton. Join Alice and the gang for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party packed with fun, games and a certain element of quirkiness. Your ticket will get you a glass of punch, scones, cake and unlimited tea, all served on vintage crockery. Adult tickets are £20 and children are £7. (2 April)
Try a scrummy chicken and waffle sandwich from Stateside or a gourmet cheese toastie complete with vintage Westcombe Cheddar, as Bishop Auckland celebrates its annual food festival. Bringing together the greatest food from the North of England, plus a range of fun kids activities, this is a tasty way to spend your weekend. Entrance is free (1-2 April)
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