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Things to do

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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Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

Location: Chatham, Kent

 
Ballroom dancing in Blackpool

Ballroom dancing in Blackpool

It's strictly dancing...

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 
Take a tour of Hadrian’s Wall and hidden Cumbria

Take a tour of Hadrian’s Wall and hidden Cumbria

Spend the day discovering the Romans’ most significant monument in Britain, Hadrian’s Wall, and some of Cumbria’s most scenic spots.

Location: Hadrian's Wall, Cumbria

 
Midland Railway- Butterley

Midland Railway- Butterley

The Railway’s Footplate Experience provides big kids with all the necessary know-how to drive a steam train.

Location: Ripley, Derbyshire

 
Explore the city with Oxford Official Walking Tours

Explore the city with Oxford Official Walking Tours

The fantastic walking tours are the perfect way to explore and learn about the history, famous residents and odd traditions of this unique city.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Calling all chocoholics: the UK’s only chocolate-themed hotel has 15 rooms, dedicated to all that is tasty and tantalising.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
Rekindle your love with a romantic weekend break in Chester

Rekindle your love with a romantic weekend break in Chester

Stroll hand in hand around the ancient Roman Walls, take a romantic boat trip along the River Dee and go for a delicious dinner in Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 
Enjoy baby animals this Spring in the Peak District

Enjoy baby animals this Spring in the Peak District

Treat your family to a four-star break in luxury log cabins, enjoy safe cycling and feed the animals on a working Derbyshire farm.

Location: Brassington, Derbyshire

 
Take a trip through the Cotswolds on a steam railway

Take a trip through the Cotswolds on a steam railway

Sit back and relax as you explore the Cotswolds on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Location: Toddington, Cotswolds

 
Paddle through living history on the Heritage Canoe Trail

Paddle through living history on the Heritage Canoe Trail

This brand new route leads to the edge of the Peak District, and features special markers to guide canoeists along the 20-mile canal-based route.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

 
See A-listers perform at Europe’s largest open air theatre

See A-listers perform at Europe’s largest open air theatre

Elton John, Jessie J; you might think you’re reading the line up for a big city gig, think again.The stars flock to Scarborough.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 
Watch the Battle of the Brass Bands in Durham

Watch the Battle of the Brass Bands in Durham

Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop at BRASS Durham International Festival.

Location: Durham

 
Delve in to the past of Hadrian’s Wall

Delve in to the past of Hadrian’s Wall

Home to the longest visible stretch of Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbria is one of the best places to start exploring Roman Britain.

Location: Cumbria

 
Rainy Day Activities: Explore the spectacular Science Museum

Rainy Day Activities: Explore the spectacular Science Museum

Known around the world for its historic collections and inspirational exhibitions, London's Science Museum is a treat for all the family.

Location: South Kensington, London

 
Discover UNESCO World Heritage site at Masson Mills

Discover UNESCO World Heritage site at Masson Mills

Experience what life was like to work in an 18th-century mill at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

 
Take a look inside Shakespeare's family farm

Take a look inside Shakespeare's family farm

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a real Tudor farm at Mary Arden's Farm.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
Stylish budget accommodation by the sea

Stylish budget accommodation by the sea

Travelling on a budget doesn't mean you have to cut back on style; enjoy a relaxing break in one of Brighton’s chic and cosy hotels and hostels.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 
Plan a picture perfect picnic in Yorkshire

Plan a picture perfect picnic in Yorkshire

Picnic in beautiful rolling parkland or by a woodland river and enjoy a free museum visit.

Location: Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

 
August events: Soak up sights and sounds at Castle Howard Proms Spectacular

August events: Soak up sights and sounds at Castle Howard Proms Spectacular

Be wowed by one of the best events in August, as fireworks light up the Howardian Hills at the Castle Howard Proms Spectacular.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 
A guide to England's hidden gems

A guide to England's hidden gems

Discover some of England's lesser-known, but equally interesting places to visit, including a historic Kent city with gorgeous river views and charming market towns in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

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