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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Visit the home of stinky cheese at Colston Bassett Dairy

Visit the home of stinky cheese at Colston Bassett Dairy

If you’re a cheese connoisseur then a trip to Colston Bassett is a must when you are in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire

Regional specialities
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Follow King Arthur’s trail in Shropshire

Follow King Arthur’s trail in Shropshire

King Arthur (the real one!) was born, lived and died in Shropshire. No, really. And his Queen Guinevere was a Shropshire lass too.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

Budget
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Star in your own screen romance in the pretty village of Lacock

Star in your own screen romance in the pretty village of Lacock

Wander hand-in-hand around Lacock in Wiltshire and see for yourself why this pretty medieval village has been used in many a romantic movie scene.

Location: Chippenham, Wiltshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Hit the right royal notes this summer

Hit the right royal notes this summer

This August, Alnwick International Music Festival celebrates four decades of hosting music, whilst Bfestival in July is a fresh face on the scene.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

Castles and Historic Properties
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Enjoy a reunion of family or friends at Eaton Manor

Enjoy a reunion of family or friends at Eaton Manor

Stay at the award-winning 4 and 5-star gold Eaton Manor Country Estate near Church Stretton in the Shropshire Hills, specialising in luxury accommodation for groups.

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

Lifestyle
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Stay at a historic country estate fit for royals

Stay at a historic country estate fit for royals

Tucked away in Cumbria’s rolling countryside, between the Lakeland fells and the Pennines, discover the charming village of Askham.

Location: Askham, Cumbria

Castles and Historic Properties
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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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Toast marshmallows over the fire on a family glamping break

Toast marshmallows over the fire on a family glamping break

Love the great outdoors? Then get close to nature on a glamping break near Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

Family
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Enjoy being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Enjoy being pampered in your own moorland lodge retreat

Indulge in a full range of spa treatments in the comfort of your own luxury Scandinavian lodge before setting off to explore the English countryside.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Relive your childhood at the Loogabarooga Festival

Relive your childhood at the Loogabarooga Festival

This exciting new annual event will feature ‘incredible illustrations and brilliant books’, and will showcase new and existing illustrated children’s literature.

Location: Loughborough, Leicestershire

Festivals and carnivals
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Put your cycling skills to the test at Hamsterley Forest

Put your cycling skills to the test at Hamsterley Forest

Grab your bike and take on ‘The Loop’ - a circuit which includes features such as rock gardens and obstacles along the way.

Location: Durham Dales

Forests and woodlands
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Indulge in a boutique break

Indulge in a boutique break

The 16th-century Bull Hotel was a former coaching inn that has been lovingly restored to a stylish hotel.

Location: Bridport, Dorset

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Explore Lancashire’s waterways with Canal Boat Cruises

Explore Lancashire’s waterways with Canal Boat Cruises

Abandon the hustle and bustle of everyday life and head for the peace and stunning scenery of Lancashire, with Canal Boat Cruises of Riley Green.

Location: Hoghton, Lancashire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy a guilt-free weekend away with serious green credentials

Enjoy a guilt-free weekend away with serious green credentials

Going green can be romantic... so spoil your other half with a romantic weekend break at Battlesteads, ‘Northumberland’s greenest hotel’.

Location: Wark, Northumberland

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the country’s largest private tree collections with 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams to explore.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Gardens and Parks
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Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Learn about the history of diving at the place it was pioneered.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

Family
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Raise your glass for a real taste of the Cotswolds

Raise your glass for a real taste of the Cotswolds

Come, see, taste and buy outstanding natural spirits at the new Cotswolds Distillery and stay at a renowned inn nearby for more foodie delights.

Location: Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire

Breweries and distilleries
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Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Enjoy dog friendly days out at Belsay Hall

Explore the magnificent gardens of this dog friendly attraction with your four legged friend.

Location: Belsay, Northumberland

Attractions
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Go wild with your cheeky monkeys in Dorset

Go wild with your cheeky monkeys in Dorset

Let off steam at the famous Monkey World and Ape Rescue Centre, or watch the fluffy cygnets hatch at Abbotsbury’s famous Swannery.

Location: Dorset

Coast
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Uncover Cliveden's unique past

Uncover Cliveden's unique past

A country house with a chequered past.

Location: Maidenhead, Berkshire

Gardens and Parks

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