Things to do

Things to do in England

The words ‘I’m bored’ aren’t welcome here. Especially when we have heaps of holiday ideas and things to do in England for you discover based on your interests. We’ve got fun-fuelled breaks for families, holidays for flocks of friends, romantic getaways for love birds, city breaks for culture vultures and rural escapes for tree huggers - think of us as your England travel guide. Get filtering to find your perfect holiday in England.

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Enjoy some adrenaline-fuelled cycling in Whinlatter Forest

Enjoy some adrenaline-fuelled cycling in Whinlatter Forest

Whinlatter puts the mountain into mountain biking, making full use of its landscape to offer some fantastic trails.

Location: Whinlatter, Cumbria

Cycling
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Get a taste of the Yorkshire Wolds

Get a taste of the Yorkshire Wolds

Sample artisan baking, pies, pickles and jams, golden Wold oil and award-winning ales at one of the many food festivals in the area.

Location: East Riding of Yorkshire

Food and Drink
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Join the A List on a narrow boat holiday

Join the A List on a narrow boat holiday

You just can’t beat messing about in boats and travelling at just 4 miles an hour you are sure to unwind.

Location: Chirk, Shropshire

Boating
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Behind the scenes magic at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Behind the scenes magic at Sunderland Empire Theatre

Providing entertainment since 1907 Sunderland Empire has seen big stars grace its stage, from Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin to Billy Connolly.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Literature, film and TV
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Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

Soak up the autumn colours in Greenwich Park

There is no better place to take in the change of the seasons than London’s Greenwich Park, home to the Royal Observatory and the Prime Meridian Line.

Location: Greenwich, London

Budget
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Tree top adventures and forest segways at Go Ape

Tree top adventures and forest segways at Go Ape

Take to the trees for breath-taking views of the Chilterns and Black Park.

Location: Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Activities
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Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Hone your detective skills at the Agatha Christie Festival

Be inspired by the Queen of Crime’s world on the English Riviera at the annual Agatha Christie Festival.

Location: Torquay, Devon

Low cost
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See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

See the gardens in bloom in Bournemouth

Head down to Bournemouth to see the extensive collection of gardens and enjoy the wide range of facilities on offer.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

City parks
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Food lovers’ heaven at The Hollies Farm Shop

Food lovers’ heaven at The Hollies Farm Shop

Spend a weekend at The Hollies Farm Shop where you can shop, eat and sleep.

Location: Little Budworth, Cheshire

Lifestyle
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See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Budget
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Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Observe the trout on Esthwaite Water from the Tale of Jeremy Fisher and fields that inspired the Tale of Peter Rabbit and much more at Hill Top.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Join a mass cycle ride in Central London with RideLondon

Join a mass cycle ride in Central London with RideLondon

Get on your bike and enjoy two days of special cycling events as part of the RideLondon festival – including a public FreeCycle through London.

Location: Central London, Greater London

Cycling
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Take a relaxing boat ride along the River Avon

Take a relaxing boat ride along the River Avon

Enjoy the tranquil waters of the River Avon by boat, as many have been doing for over 100 years.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Boating
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Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Attractions
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Indulge in life’s simple pleasures in Nidderdale

Indulge in life’s simple pleasures in Nidderdale

Stunning countryside, pretty villages, pubs with roaring fires; Nidderdale is the perfect escape for spending quality time with each other.

Location: Pateley Bridge/Masham, North Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Experience the Southampton Boat Show this autumn

Experience the Southampton Boat Show this autumn

This unique event is the biggest marine show in the south of England and it will be showcasing over 300 boats.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

City
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Take a walk on the wild side in East Lincolnshire

Take a walk on the wild side in East Lincolnshire

Explore salty and sandy nature reserves as you seek out wildlife on the beautiful Lincolnshire coast.

Location: Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Navigate your way to nautical success with Heron Sailing

Navigate your way to nautical success with Heron Sailing

Take to the helm from England’s only Royal Harbour and master the art of sailing.

Location: Ramsgate, Kent

Boating
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Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

If you're a culture vulture then you'll absolutely love Portsmouth's annual festival of culture, arts and heritage, spread out over two weeks.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Culture
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Soak up the sunsets and seascapes of Turner’s Margate

Soak up the sunsets and seascapes of Turner’s Margate

See ‘the loveliest skies in Europe’ whilst drinking in the Kentish landscapes that inspired the great Romantic artist’s paintings.

Location: Margate, Kent

Coastal towns

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