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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A weekend of champagne and romance at The Chester Grosvenor

A weekend of champagne and romance at The Chester Grosvenor

Spend a romantic break at The Chester Grosvenor in the heart of the ancient city of Chester. Enjoy a couple’s massage, drink champagne and eat spectacular food in this beautiful hotel.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Theatre by the lake

Theatre by the lake

Inspiring and international performances in a charming lakeside setting.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Performing arts
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TE Lawrence's Clouds Hill

TE Lawrence's Clouds Hill

Follow in the footsteps of an Arabian hero.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

Activities
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Enjoy an elegant rural escape at The Gunton Arms

Enjoy an elegant rural escape at The Gunton Arms

Treat yourself to The Gunton Arms’ gourmet menu before bedding down in a luxury room for the night.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Food and Drink
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A luxury stay that’s a Wold away from the everyday

A luxury stay that’s a Wold away from the everyday

Leave it all behind in a quirky, cosy Shepherd Hut hideaway. Enjoy long country walks and relax together in a hot tub under the stars.

Location: Bishop Wilton, York

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Explore the dark side of Northumberland National Park

Explore the dark side of Northumberland National Park

If you love stargazing and want to experience the Milky Way against a pitch-black sky, then Northumberland International Dark Sky Park, near Rothbury, is a must-see.

Location: Rothbury, Northumberland

National Parks
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Enjoy romantic cathedral views in Salisbury

Enjoy romantic cathedral views in Salisbury

Relax on a break at the Legacy Rose & Crown Hotel set in a peaceful riverside garden with stunning views overlooking Salisbury Cathedral.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Cycling across Hayling Island

Cycling across Hayling Island

An easy, flat 4.5-mile off-road bike trip for older families using the Hayling Billy Coastal Path.

Location: Hayling Island, Hampshire

Countryside
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See unusual sculptures in Grizedale Forest

See unusual sculptures in Grizedale Forest

Discover the unexpected, the quirky, the confounding and the confusing in Grizedale Forest with a whole host of art inspired by the landscape.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

Outdoor art and sculpture
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Discover the inspiration for J.M.W. Turner’s painting ‘Ruskin’s View’

Discover the inspiration for J.M.W. Turner’s painting ‘Ruskin’s View’

Tucked away between Cumbria’s iconic Lake District landscapes and the rolling Yorkshire Dales is the ancient market town of Kirkby Lonsdale.

Location: Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

National Parks
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Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

England’s woodland has always teemed with activity, and you’ll find more than enough at CONKERS.

Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire

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Porlock

Porlock

Go back in time in this sleepy Somerset idyll.

Location: Porlock, Somerset

Picturesque places
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Reignite the flame with a romantic break in Helmsley

Reignite the flame with a romantic break in Helmsley

For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.

Location: Helmsley, Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Discover ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ in Yorkshire

Tour Yorkshire writer and vet James Herriot's original home, recreated to look just as it did in the 1940s, in the picturesque town of Thirsk.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon for the chance to see a play performed in the Bard’s own hometown.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Culture
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Take a wander around Brothers Water

Take a wander around Brothers Water

The Lake District in Cumbria is famous for its stunning landscapes of lakes and fells and is the perfect place for family walks of all ages.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Tours and trails
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Visit a movie star house

Visit a movie star house

Discover Bathsheba's 'Everdene Farm' from Far From the Madding Crowd in Dorset.

Location: Beaminster, Dorset

Castles and Historic Properties
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Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Admire the picturesque views from Housesteads Roman Fort

Housesteads is the most iconic of all the Wall sites and the views and Roman remains are spectacular.

Location: Housesteads, Northumberland

Archaeological sites
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Cruising the Rochdale Canal

Cruising the Rochdale Canal

Lock, stock and swing bridge.

Location: Rochdale, Lancashire

Lakes and waterways
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Frolic in the Follies at Hawkstone Park

Frolic in the Follies at Hawkstone Park

Hawkstone Historic Park is a unique place, with an intriguing mix of follies, caves and grottos.

Location: Weston-under-Redcastle, Shropshire

Gardens and Parks

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