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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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August events: Discover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

August events: Discover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Head to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s iconic World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace, for BBC Countryfile Live, which will be hosted from the 1 - 4 August.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

 
Sample a selection of wines at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Sample a selection of wines at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Dedham Vale Vineyard is a great place to experience wine tasting whilst enjoying the pristine rolling English countryside.

Location: Boxted near Colchester, Essex

 
Head to the Isle of Wight for Festival of the Sea

Head to the Isle of Wight for Festival of the Sea

For nine days, you'll be spoiled for choice as the island serves up a wide range of sea-related activities.

Location: Isle Of Wight

 
Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

From the reeds to the trees, get up close to nature and see an incredible 11,000 species, the highest concentration of rare wildlife in England.

Location: Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich, Norfolk

 
Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Peel away the layers of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Trace a history that goes back millions of years as you meander Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast, England’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage site.

Location: Dorset

 
Be moved by thousands of red poppies on display at Derby Silk Mill

Be moved by thousands of red poppies on display at Derby Silk Mill

See Poppies Weeping Window by Derby artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper in June and July.

Location: Derby

 
Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Celebrate Ryedale's heritage at the Folk Museum

Discover this hidden gem deep in the North York Moors National Park and uncover English antiques and curiosities.

Location: Hutton-le-Hole, North Yorkshire

 
Uncover a tale of two castles in Nottinghamshire

Uncover a tale of two castles in Nottinghamshire

Discover the intriguing histories of Newark Castle and Nottingham Castle, and enjoy an easy journey between them on the Castle Line railway.

Location: Newark/Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Soak up the atmosphere and changing colours of Durham City

Soak up the atmosphere and changing colours of Durham City

Wrap up warm and enjoy walks amongst a leafy Durham City this autumn, and discover the timeless magic of Crook Hall for a wonderfully English experience.

Location: Durham City, Durham

 
Rainy Day Activities: Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

Rainy Day Activities: Climb the walls of St Werburgh’s Church

Test your strength as you climb up the walls of this 15th-century church on an indoor activity break in Bristol.

Location: Bristol

 
Discover the Cotswolds and Severn Vale by bike

Discover the Cotswolds and Severn Vale by bike

Discover the south Cotswolds on a new bike route from Nailsworth to Frampton on Severn, enjoying Prema Arts Cafe, Uley Bury and the tranquil canal en route.

Location: Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Catch a film at a 1930’s picture house

Rainy Day Activities: Catch a film at a 1930’s picture house

Spend an evening dining in a restored Georgian Chapel followed by an indie film in the art deco-styled Little Theatre - the perfect combination of indoor activities for when it's raining outside.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
June events: Have a wild weekend at Bristol’s Festival of Nature

June events: Have a wild weekend at Bristol’s Festival of Nature

Discover and explore the natural world from the heart of the city of Bristol, the Hollywood of wildlife film-making.

Location: Bristol

 
9 family-friendly Halloween events

9 family-friendly Halloween events

Boil, boil, toil and trouble! The witches are searching for their pointy hats, the dead are stirring in their graves and the pumpkins are turning a fiery orange. Halloween is nearly upon us. Get out and about this October half-term with these spooky yet family-friendly Halloween activities and events.

 
Enjoy a week of fine dining at a brand new food festival

Enjoy a week of fine dining at a brand new food festival

Celebrate the finest of British cuisine at Rockliffe Hall’s new Festival of Food event.

Location: Croft-on-Tees, County Durham

 
Get Invited to the Secret Garden Party

Get Invited to the Secret Garden Party

Wander the wonderful expanse of the Secret Garden Party, with all its quirky attractions and internationally-renowned headline acts to inspire you.

Location: Cambridgeshire

 
Enjoy quality time with the kids at Woolley Grange

Enjoy quality time with the kids at Woolley Grange

Make some everlasting memories with the whole family at this kid friendly hotel on the edge of the picturesque Cotswolds.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Try out Glass Blowing at the National Glass Centre

Try out Glass Blowing at the National Glass Centre

Take a masterclass in glass at this modern museum, which celebrates 1,400 years of a local craft with glittering displays and glassmakers in action.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Glamping in a shepherd’s hut

Glamping in a shepherd’s hut

Find inspiration, learn and relax at Woodspring Farm, a well-hidden jewel on National Trust Land, in the seaside village of Kewstoke.

Location: Kewstoke, Somerset

 
Plunder the Markets of Totnes

Plunder the Markets of Totnes

Combining history, alternative therapies, and breathtakingly beautiful countryside, Totnes is a unique and charming market town.

Location: Totnes, Devon

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