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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Fall in love with picture perfect Lavenham

Fall in love with picture perfect Lavenham

With its winding streets lined with thatched cottages and medieval timber-framed buildings, it’s very easy to fall in love with – and in – Lavenham.

Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Step back in time in a 17th Century merchant's house

Step back in time in a 17th Century merchant's house

A rare opportunity to view a 17th century house of the type many of us might have lived in.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth Kite Festival

Skies are filled with colour at the Portsmouth Kite Festival

Take a kite to Southsea Common and get involved in one of the world's biggest and best kite festivals.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Events
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Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Celebrate the Golden Age of Steam in Shropshire

Journey back to the days of train whistles and locomotives as the Severn Valley Railway celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Be inspired at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Be inspired at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen

Visit the largest contemporary crafts venue in the South West, located in Bovey Tracey at the Grade II listed Riverside Mill.

Location: Bovey Tracey, Devon

Attractions
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Escape on a seaside holiday where the beach is never far away

Escape on a seaside holiday where the beach is never far away

Explore the magnificent Yorkshire coastline, just a stone’s throw away from the Flower of May Holiday Park with its gold-standard caravans.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coastal towns
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Experience gold standard treatment at Stapleford Park

Experience gold standard treatment at Stapleford Park

Set in 500 acres of magnificent Leicestershire countryside near Melton Mowbray, Stapleford Park is one of the most luxurious spa hotels in the UK.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Spa breaks and pampering
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Find the perfect outfit at Trentham Shopping Village

Find the perfect outfit at Trentham Shopping Village

Situated on a beautiful estate you’ll experience shopping in a charming timber lodge village.

Location: Trentham, Staffordshire

Shopping and fashion
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Meet the residents of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Meet the residents of The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

Make friends with the equine residents of Sidmouth’s Donkey Sanctuary and see the great work that the charity does for yourself.

Location: Sidmouth, Devon

Countryside
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Enjoy a family adventure break in Leicestershire

Enjoy a family adventure break in Leicestershire

From heart-pumping tobogganing to laid-back crazy golf, visit Leicestershire on an activity holiday to suit the whole family this summer.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Family
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Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Experience the Bristol Harbour Festival on the water or dry land

Celebrate all things maritime, from mermaid dances to pirate treasure hunts, and test out your sea legs on historic vessels at the Bristol Harbour Festival.

Location: Bristol

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Retail heaven at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Retail heaven at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Spend the day in the incredible shops with fabulous discounts across hundreds of designers, there’s every reason to splurge.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

Shopping and fashion
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Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Enjoy good food at Ludlow Food Festival

Take one historic town, an enviable food culture, passionate local chefs and food producers and you get the perfect recipe for Ludlow Food Festival.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

Food markets
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Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Snack by the Sea on Southsea Common

Pack up a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy the sea air on Southsea Common, the perfect place to spend a sunny Portsmouth afternoon.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

City parks
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Discover the Ellesmere Sculpture Trail

Discover the Ellesmere Sculpture Trail

The Ellesmere Sculpture Trail is a series of sculptures by contemporary artists who took their inspiration from the landscape.

Location: Ellesmere, Shropshire

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Action packed watersports at Camber Sands

Action packed watersports at Camber Sands

Kite-flyers and windsurfers of all ages and abilities should head to Camber Sands - a dramatic sandy beach on the south coast, and the perfect spot to catch the waves.

Location: Camber Sands, East Sussex

Watersports
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Eat, drink, shop and play till late at Camp and Furnace

Eat, drink, shop and play till late at Camp and Furnace

Camp and Furnace is all about fun: whether you want to play a game of Monopoly, go vintage shopping or sing-a-long with the music.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Activities
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Experience Gloucester’s festival favourites

Experience Gloucester’s festival favourites

Bring the whole family along to experience Gloucester’s festival favourites this summer. There is a huge range to do and see so join in the fun.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

City
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Get married in nautical style aboard the HMS Warrior

Get married in nautical style aboard the HMS Warrior

Have your wedding and reception aboard an ex-naval ship and tie the knot in the Captain's cabin.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Lifestyle
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Uncover a Magna Carta at the Bodleian Libraries

Uncover a Magna Carta at the Bodleian Libraries

Spring’s ‘Marks of Genius’ exhibition in Oxford features treasures from the Bodleian Libraries’ vast collections, including a Magna Carta.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Castles and Historic Properties

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