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We're spilling the beans on the coolest places to visit in England and sharing expert advice from those in the know. Stick with us as we get under the cobbled streets, rolling fields and beaches that make up this fine country, showcasing the country's hidden gems and reminding you about the famous sites and experiences that are on your doorstep.

Get your relationship back on track…

by Emma Field

January 10 2014 in Expert insights

Need to inject some romance into your love life? Is your bedtime simply snoresome? Or is your relationship just stuck in a rut? In February, VisitEngland will be working with relationships expert Sarah Abell to tailor romantic getaway itineraries designed…

Ilam Hall, Peak District

Stay in a posh hostel

by KatieRowe

January 6 2014 in Expert insights

You don’t have to spend a fortune to sleep in a mansion you know. Save money but splurge on style with a money-saving break at one of these posh hostels or 'poshtels' recommended by the YHA (Youth Hostel Association). YHA Whitby Combining a rich and…

Ilam Hall, Peak District

Stay in a posh hostel

by KatieRowe

January 6 2014 in Expert insights

You don’t have to spend a fortune to sleep in a mansion you know. Save money but splurge on style with a money-saving break at one of these posh hostels or 'poshtels' recommended by the YHA (Youth Hostel Association). YHA Whitby Combining a rich and…

Theatre Royal Winchester

The history of panto

by KatieRowe

December 30 2013 in Culture vulture

We catch up with James Barry, Pantomime expert (oh no he's not, oh yes he is) and Director of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs – showing at the Theatre Royal Winchester until 5 January – to talk about the origins of the traditional Christmas show, men…

Children playing at A Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth. © DRM Images

Dickens and the story of Christmas

by KatieRowe

December 18 2013 in History & heritage

Charles Dickens’ great-great-great granddaughter, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, tells us all about the man who “invented” Christmas, and how the Dickensian Christmas became a part of our culture. When writing my biography of Dickens’ artist daughter Katey…

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