Countryside

Rural retreats

Both genteel and wild, there’s nothing quite like the English countryside for rural escapes with its patchwork hills, dramatic dales, ancient woodlands and winding country roads. All well and good, but what is there to do in England’s countryside exactly? Quite a lot, actually. Admire the grand interiors of a stately home before catching a play in the surrounding gardens, travel back in time with visits to ancient stone circles and crumbling castles, or step into a chocolate box of quaint villages and market towns and live like a local, trying farmhouse cheeses, cream teas and real ales along the way.

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Go Wild in the Cotswolds

Go Wild in the Cotswolds

Experience the wild autumn beauty of Batsford Arboretum and the amazing sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Cotswolds

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Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Ever marvelled at a soaring bird of prey and wondered how they are trained? Find out on a special Advanced Entry visit to Millets Farm Falconry Centre.

Location: Frilford, Oxfordshire

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Cosy winter breaks at The Pheasant Inn

Cosy winter breaks at The Pheasant Inn

Pay a visit to Cheshire’s most picturesque country inn, The Pheasant Inn whilst on an idyllic rural break this winter.

Location: Tattenhall, Cheshire

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Bushcrafting in the Lake District

Bushcrafting in the Lake District

Learn to live off the land on a bush crafting course with Woodsmoke.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Fall in love with your loved one again…but don’t lose your head

Fall in love with your loved one again…but don’t lose your head

Sneak away to Hever Castle, where one of history’s greatest love affairs blossomed when Henry VIII courted the young Anne Boleyn.

Location: Hever, Kent

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Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Unleash your inner Paddington Bear on a visit to the World’s Original Marmalade Festival, which will be held in the historic town of Penrith.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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Taste Cumbria’s traditional flavours with a fine dining twist

Taste Cumbria’s traditional flavours with a fine dining twist

Indulge in the best foods this side of the Cumbrian border with a stay at Hipping Hall, a restaurant-with-rooms that’s passionate about local produce.

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

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Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Retrace Turner's footsteps in Durham

Durham’s landscapes and iconic buildings have inspired several of England’s great artists and writers, including the master painter JMW Turner.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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Escape to Winchcombe- the Walking Capital of the Cotswolds

Escape to Winchcombe- the Walking Capital of the Cotswolds

Explore an undiscovered side to the north Cotswolds by combining a tranquil stay in the ancient town of Winchcombe with some fantastic walking routes.

Location: Winchcombe, Gloucestershire

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Enjoy a relaxing break in the Saxon town of Bradford on Avon

Enjoy a relaxing break in the Saxon town of Bradford on Avon

Perfect for family breaks, a stay at Church Farm Country Cottages in Bradford on Avon offers an ideal countryside retreat.

Location: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Explore the woodland gardens of Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Explore the woodland gardens of Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Lose yourself on the trails in this secret garden packed with rare trees and blooming shrubs.

Location: Bedale, North Yorkshire

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Explore the heart of Shakespeare's England

Explore the heart of Shakespeare's England

Get out of the town and explore the romantic countryside and luxurious hotels of Shakespeare’s England in the heart of rural Warwickshire.

Location: Warwickshire

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Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Soak up the sights of Hampshire on a canal trip

Float away on a scenic cruise along the Basingstoke Canal. With 29 locks, the canal is a boaters’ paradise and a great family experience.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

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Sleep in the treetops & with wild beasts in Kent

Sleep in the treetops & with wild beasts in Kent

Get in touch with your wild side in Kent this spring with a true African experience that the whole family will rave about.

Location: Lympne, Kent

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See the Historic Majesty of Stonehenge

See the Historic Majesty of Stonehenge

Explore the history and mystery of Stonehenge for a cultural break, and step into a prehistoric world.

Location: Stonehenge, Wiltshire

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Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

Meet a legendary outlaw at the Robin Hood Festival

The Robin Hood Festival is a celebration to all things medieval and associated to Robin, taking place annually within his home of Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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View the Beauty of the Quantock Hills

View the Beauty of the Quantock Hills

Experience an area of wilderness and tranquility, and find peace in the quiet beauty of the Quantock Hills.

Location: Quantock Hills, Somerset

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Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges

Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges

Wheatland Farm Eco Lodges is an inspirational and reviving place to stay with friends or family.

Location: Winkleigh, Devon

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Set out on a family cycling break in the Heart of Devon

Set out on a family cycling break in the Heart of Devon

Enjoy a cycling break with friends or family and discover the windswept scenery of the Exe Estuary, just south of Exeter, and its abundant wildlife.

Location: Exeter and East devon, Devon

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