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Celebrate 100 Years of the BBC with Exhibitions and Interactive Experiences across England

07 September 2022 16.00

The BBC centenary – known as 'BBC 100' – has spanned the entirety of 2022 with sports, events and landmark commissions for TV, radio and online. The broadcaster was founded on 18 October 1922 and became one of the world’s most important platforms for news and entertainment, having broadcast to over 200 countries in more than 40 languages. This autumn, there are plenty of ways to experience the BBC beyond the sofa, including special centenary exhibitions in Manchester, London and Bradford, as well as immersive Peaky Blinders theatre shows, Sherlock escape rooms and Fawlty Towers dinner parties.

Celebrate 100 Years of the BBC with Exhibitions and Interactive Experiences across England

England’s 2022 Autumn News – Free Events, Food Festivals and New Openings

23 August 2022 10.00

As England’s spectacularly sunny summer draws to a close, autumn brings along a host of new attractions, free events and anniversary celebrations. Here are some of our autumn highlights, from brand new launches, such as foraging retreats in Herefordshire, a science and discovery centre in Merseyside and a Peaky Blinders stage show in London, to regional food festivals focussing on specific produce, such as Lincolnshire sausages, Whitstable oysters and Yorkshire puddings.

England’s 2022 Autumn News – Free Events, Food Festivals and New Openings

August Bank Holiday Events in England 2022

3 August 2022 10.00

As summer continues to bring long warm days and high spirits, England is all set to celebrate the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 27 – Monday 29 August 2022) with a host of events and experiences across the country – many of which are free to attend. 

August Bank Holiday Events in England 2022

Experience England for less this summer

5 July 2022 16.00

Spending time exploring with friends and loved ones can often add up, but with the milder weather and a range of festivals, city celebrations and low-cost experiences there’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy days out on the cheap.

Experience England for less this summer

Lavish locations to celebrate English Period Drama’s contribution to tourism

9 June 2022 14.00

Films and TV series are powerful motivators for travel, and the incredible impact of ‘The English Period Drama’ on tourism has led to it being crowned with the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism accolade on 8 June at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022, presented by Clare Balding CBE.

Lavish locations to celebrate English Period Drama’s contribution to tourism

England’s Responsible Travel Experiences to Celebrate World Environment Day 2022

24 May 2022 13.00

This year, World Environment Day (5 June 2022) is calling for collective, transformative action to celebrate, protect and restore our planet and England offers plenty of responsible travel experiences for holidaymakers to put this into practice.

England’s Responsible Travel Experiences to Celebrate World Environment Day 2022

England’s 2022 Summertime News

17 May 2022 12.00

As England gets set to host landmark celebrations, major sporting events and immersive experiences galore, summer 2022 is tipped to be one to remember. Here are some of our summertime highlights, including the launch of new attractions, accommodation, festivals, trails and ground-breaking exhibitions all across the country.

England’s 2022 Summertime News

Rewilding England – Ways to Help Nature Recover and Flourish on your Travels

11 May 2022 15.00

Each June, the Wildlife Trust encourages the nation to reconnect with nature every day as part of its 30 Days Wild campaign. Rewilding is the practice of restoring landscapes and habitats to their natural state, and England offers plenty of opportunities to incorporate the 30 Days Wild ethos by connecting with nature on your next adventure.

Rewilding England

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Spring and Summer Celebrations Across England

13 April 2022 10.00

Events to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are taking place across the country throughout the spring and summer months. Here’s a selection of events, experiences and activities on offer across England to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Spring into Easter

04 April 2022 10.00

With Spring in the air, flowers starting to bloom, the nights drawing out, and the whiff of chocolate around the corner, we’ve curated some of the best ways to spend the holiday across the country.

Spring into Easter

New ways to Escape the Everyday in England in 2022

06 December 2021 14.00

From a world-class year of sport and landmark Jubilee celebrations to a nationwide festival of creativity, new outdoor adventures and brand new family and cultural attractions; 2022 in England has all the ingredients for a holiday or break to remember. Here’s our (tip of the iceberg) round-up of England’s top new offerings for 2022.

New ways to Escape the Everyday in England in 2022

Christmas events in England 2021

05 November 2021 12:00

Christmas events are back for 2021; from mouth-watering markets and magical illuminated trails to family festive train rides, Christmas craft workshops and everything in between. Here’s our pick of the happenings across the country.

Christmas events in England 2021

England’s Halloween Horrors for all the family

06 October 2021 17:00

With our freakiest time of the year just around the corner it’s time to start conjuring up a concoction of spooky experiences to enjoy this Halloween. England’s full of pumpkin patches, spooky trails, haunted castles and after dark experiences to give everyone a little fright …

England's Halloween Horrors for all the family

Olympic inspiration on home soil

19 July 2021 10:00 

Hot on the heels of Wimbledon and the Euros, the summer of sport will continue with the delayed Tokyo Olympics kicking off on 23 July. What’s more on 28 July it’s only one year to go until Birmingham plays host to the Commonwealth Games, 10 years on from the iconic London Olympics 2012.

With new sports on the Tokyo schedule including surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing, here’s a round-up of ways to try your hand on home soil this summer. Plus, for those feeling nostalgic for 2012, we’ve included ways to plan an Olympic or Commonwealth Games themed day out.

Olympic inspiration on home soil

Family Fun times in England’s cities this summer…

15 July 2021 14:00 

With school bells about to ring summer holidays in, it's time to start planning your family fun time. England’s cities are packed full of festivals, events, new openings and endless experiences to keep all ages entertained, our only worry…how we’re going to fit it all in...

Family Fun times in England’s cities this summer…

England’s football frenzy experiences

23 June 2021 17:00 

With UEFA EURO 2020 finally kicking off & England off to a winning start there’s never been a better time to explore our football heritage and experiences. From a visit and pint at the birthplace of modern football, to stadium tours and of course the best places to catch a match and soak up the atmosphere, here’s our roundup of great ways to join in on the football frenzy sweeping the nation right now.

England’s football frenzy experiences

Raise a glass to England’s breweries, distilleries and vineyards this summer

25 May 2021 17:00 

Recent VisitEngland research* shows that the feeling of a cold drink in hand and a visit to a pub garden were amongst the activities most missed by Brits during lockdown, so with a host of alcohol themed celebration days coming up over the summer months there’s no better time to plan a trip around your favourite tipple. Head to a vineyard to mark English Wine Week (19-27 June); say cheers to beer for Beer Day Britain (15 June) and International Beer Day (6 August), or try your hand at crafting your own blend at an English distillery to mark World Gin Day (12 June).

Raise a glass to England’s breweries, distilleries and vineyards this summer

What's New in England cities this summer

18 May 2021 10:00 

Whether you’re after a long overdue culture fix or some new family adventures to add to the memory bank, England’s cities are coming up trumps this summer with a host of new experiences, attractions and new accommodation on offer.

Visitors are advised to always check individual websites and government guidance for the latest information. National restrictions are currently in place. Check out www.visitengland.com for the latest guidance on how to Escape the Everyday responsibly.

What's New in England cities this summer

Lace up your shoes for National Walking Month

17 May 2021 11:00

May is National Walking Month and to mark the occasion we’ve rounded up some walking holidays, day-trip ideas and themed walking tours from across the country to get you inspired for your next walking adventure. See below for more information.

Visitors are advised to always check individual websites and government guidance for the latest information. National restrictions are currently in place. Check out www.visitengland.com for the latest guidance on how to Escape the Everyday responsibly.

Lace up your shoes for National Walking Month 

Brits’ lockdown longings revealed with our taste buds set to guide our travel plans

06 Apr 2021 11:00

With just days to go until al-fresco dining and the first phase of staycations are allowed across the country, new VisitEngland research shows that it’s foodie experiences that are top of the agenda for sensory-starved Brits.

Brits’ lockdown longings revealed with our taste buds set to guide our travel plans

Hop into Easter

26 Mar 2021 16:30

While we can’t venture too far this Easter, there’s plenty of egg-citing Easter entertainment to have at home, from kids bake off competitions to virtual campfires and sing-a-longs; Easter egg hunts in local parks and gardens and energising walks and outdoor activities to burn off egg-cessive eating.

Hop into Easter

Mother's Day Musings

4 Mar 2021 11:26

Whether you share the same household or live a hundred miles apart, mum definitely deserves some love and appreciation – now more than ever.

Mother's Day Musings

England’s Wildlife Escapes

1 Mar 2021 10:23

World Wildlife Day takes place on 3rd March and with England’s countryside and coast home to some of the world’s most amazing animals you don’t need to go far or put on virtual reality goggles to have a close encounter.

England’s Wildlife Escapes

Escape the Everyday in the UK this Autumn with some inspiration from First Dates’ Fred, Claire Balding and AJ Odudu

6 Oct 2020 09:33

Claire Balding, Fred Sirieix and AJ Odudu have been out filming across the country to help inspire Brits to take an autumn break, from fishing in Southwold and biking in Yorkshire to rediscovering our cultural icons in London.

Escape the Everyday in the UK this Autumn with some inspiration from First Dates’ Fred, Claire Balding and AJ Odudu

What’s New in England – September 2020

21 Sep 2020 17:52

School’s back and summer may be (nearly) over but there’s plenty of activities and experiences happening across the country to ease us into September and make the most of fresh, crisp autumnal days.

What’s New in England – September 2020

22 ways to Escape the Everyday in England this Autumn

17 Sep 2020 17:24

Autumn Equinox is around the corner (22nd September) bringing with it a host of new season treats, from wildlife wonders and golden landscapes to the chance to explore our landmarks, icons and coastal gems without the crowds.

22 ways to Escape the Everyday in England this Autumn

What’s New in England in August 2020

17 Sep 2020 17:16

August offers a month of jam-packed new offerings, with exhibitions, experiences, eateries, accommodation and activities, there’s lots to keep us entertained and make the most of the last month of summer and a bank holiday weekend.

What’s New in England in August 2020

What’s New in England in July 2020

13 Jul 2020 13:58

As we begin to enjoy a sense of normality with our pubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries throwing open the doors to welcome us back, we’ve highlighted many of the new offerings we’ll have the chance to experience over long summer days and beyond.

What’s New in England in July 2020

Know before you go: It’s time to explore your England

24 Jun 2020 11:17

With many of our favourite attractions now beginning to reopen their doors, we’ve rounded up some ways to enjoy outings across the country.

Know before you go: It’s time to explore your England

Get a taste of England’s brilliant breweries, dazzling distilleries and vibrant vineyards

4 Jun 2020 17:10

Summer is coming and there is no time like now to sip a glass of wine, drink ‘a pint of your finest’, or enjoy some gin to celebrate England’s vast array of breweries, vineyards and distilleries.

Get a taste of England’s brilliant breweries, dazzling distilleries and vibrant vineyards

What’s New in England in May 2020

27 Apr 2020 17:05

It’s a case of armchair travel, planning for later, mastering those gardening skills and supporting your favourite local foodie hotspots this month.

What’s New in England in May 2020

Staycation whilst staying IN

3 Apr 2020 11:17

It’s a case of armchair travel in this month’s bulletin as we stay in and stay safe.

Staycation whilst staying IN

 

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