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Canoeing in Cumbria

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Enjoy culture by the coast in Portsmouth

Enjoy culture by the coast in Portsmouth

Discover magnificent theatres, live music venues, two cathedrals, a rich literary heritage, galleries, nightclubs, events and seasonal festivals on a cultural break in Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Tuck into a home cooked meal at The Kirkstile Inn

Enjoy a delicious menu made from the best Cumbrian produce, washed down with a pint of freshly brewed ale at the Kirkstile Inn in the heart of the North Lake District.

Location: Loweswater, Cumbria

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Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, near Preston. Whether you’re a naturalist or a beginner, there’s something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

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Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy culture, heritage and shopping sprees in Leeds

Enjoy culture, heritage and shopping sprees in Leeds

Visit the cosmopolitan Leeds gateway to the north of England and explore the city’s fascinating family museums, luxury shopping and West Yorkshire country houses.

Location: Leeds

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Immerse yourself in West Country farm life

Immerse yourself in West Country farm life

Take a farm and food tour to discover North Devon’s best local produce and experience life on a working farm in Exmoor.

Location: Porlock, Somerset

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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

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Rediscover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Rediscover 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 between the 4 - 7 August.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

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Explore Eastbourne’s rich Victorian seaside history

Explore Eastbourne’s rich Victorian seaside history

Embark on a heritage walk for a fascinating insight into Eastbourne’s early beginnings as a Victorian seaside resort.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Learn how to cook rhubarb with British chefs

Learn how to cook rhubarb with British chefs

Take part in live cookery demonstrations at the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, celebrating the heritage of this quirky pink vegetable.

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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Fly back in time at the Museum of Army Flying

Fly back in time at the Museum of Army Flying

Fly back in time and visit the country’s only museum that tells the story of army aviation.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Kayak the North York Moors Coast with the National Trust

Kayak the North York Moors Coast with the National Trust

Paddle a sea kayak from Boggle Hole to Ravenscar to see the North York Moors’ Coast from a different perspective.

Location: North York Moors, North Yorkshire

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Snap up a bargain at Gunwharf Quays

Snap up a bargain at Gunwharf Quays

Head to Gunwharf Quays for a day of shopping, riverside lunches and fun-packed entertainment from bowling to catching the latest blockbuster.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Brockencote Hall Hotel

Brockencote Hall Hotel

Brockencote Hall Hotel is a country house hotel set in 70 acres of beautiful parkland, complete with a scenic lake.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Country fair fun at the Cheshire County Show

Spend the day tasting delicious local produce and meeting birds of prey at the Cheshire County Show.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

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Relax in Thermae Bath Spa’s open air rooftop pool

Relax in Thermae Bath Spa’s open air rooftop pool

Float in the open air rooftop pool at Britain’s only natural mineral-rich thermal spa and soak up the spectacular views over Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Uncover the remains of a Roman town

Uncover the remains of a Roman town

Travel through every era in Cirencester's history, from Stone Age to Civil War.

Location: Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Travel back to Roman times on a visit to Hadrian's Wall

Travel back to Roman times on a visit to Hadrian's Wall

Explore Roman life along the most magnificent of Rome’s great frontiers set in the dramatic landscape of Hadrian’s Wall Country.

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne / Carlisle / Hexham

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Travel the Isle of Scilly Vineyards

Travel the Isle of Scilly Vineyards

Why not come to Scilly and sample some excitingly delicious wines made right here on the islands?

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Put your faith in a Harrods’ personal shopper

Put your faith in a Harrods’ personal shopper

Find the perfect outfit with a personal shopper at Harrods, followed by dinner in Kensington.

Location: London

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