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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Get to grips with nature & play in the trees at Tree Runners

Get to grips with nature & play in the trees at Tree Runners

Get Dad out of the house, take the kids off the computer and climb, swing or hug a tree at Tree Runners.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Head to Scilly for a rural retreat

Head to Scilly for a rural retreat

Head to England's remotest and most southwesterly islands of the Isles of Scilly, and experience English countryside with a twist.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Shrewsbury says it with Flowers

Shrewsbury says it with Flowers

Flowers, fireworks and two fun-packed days of celebrity chefs, floral displays and family attractions at the Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Up, up and away...

Up, up and away...

Take a hot air balloon flight and drift along with the breeze enjoying stunning landscapes from a new perspective.

Location: Tissington, Derbyshire

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Go horseriding in the Lake District

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Live like a mediaeval knight at Warwick Castle

Live like a mediaeval knight at Warwick Castle

Experience an exclusive sleepover in your very own themed Lodge, set in a picturesque woodland grove on the river bank within the Knight's Village of Warwick Castle.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Discover an artistic legacy in West Yorkshire

Discover an artistic legacy in West Yorkshire

The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire’s inspiring art gallery, exploring the work of major contemporary artists in a thoughtfully laid-out setting.

Location: Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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Fly or freewheel through the trees in the Forest of Dean

Fly or freewheel through the trees in the Forest of Dean

Hire bikes and go exploring, fly through the air on a zip wire or paddle down the river on a watery adventure.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Dandelion Hideaway’s canvas cottages offer family-friendly simplicity and the chance to ‘muck in’ with farming activities.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

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Full steam ahead on a loco driven by you

Full steam ahead on a loco driven by you

Many would love the chance to drive a steam engine, well now's your chance: become a train driver for the day at Telford Steam Railway.

Location: Telford, Shropshire

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Enjoy the ultimate free flying experience over North York Moors

Enjoy the ultimate free flying experience over North York Moors

If you’ve got a head for heights and the being ratcheted up to a thousand feet fills you with excitement, a gliding lesson might be just the ticket.

Location: Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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Explore the cobbled lanes of Clovelly

Explore the cobbled lanes of Clovelly

This ancient fishing village clings to the cliffs on the North Devon coast and tells a magical tale of living history.

Location: Clovelly, North Devon

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Experience Wiltshire's magical woodlands in spring

Experience Wiltshire's magical woodlands in spring

Witness a transformation of spring’s colours in West Woods, near Marlborough, from late April as the green woodlands are carpeted with bluebells.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

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Enjoy spectacular displays of feather and flight in Lancashire

Enjoy spectacular displays of feather and flight in Lancashire

From the rugged moorlands of Bowland to the dramatic sands of Morecambe Bay, Lancashire is renowned for its birds and wildlife.

Location: Lancashire

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Trip-trap along the troll’s trail

Trip-trap along the troll’s trail

This family-friendly cycle and walking path encompasses an exciting trail of artwork, sculpture and trolls under bridges.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

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Stimulate your senses at Myddelton House Gardens

Stimulate your senses at Myddelton House Gardens

Myddelton House was once owned by the one of Britain’s most famous self-taught gardeners, artists and expert botanists – Edward Augustus Bowles.

Location: Enfield, London

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Take a tour of Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Take a tour of Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Mountain Goat offer superb minibus tours of the Lake District – discover much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s favourite countryside on a half-day trip.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Explore Bronze Age England at Lordenshaws Fort

Explore Bronze Age England at Lordenshaws Fort

Explore the ancient heath and rolling farmland of Northumberland National Park.

Location: Northumberland National Park, Northumberland

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Take on the South West Coast Path National Trail

Take on the South West Coast Path National Trail

Wander the South West Coast Path and see the trail that allowed officials to catch smugglers in their coves and hideouts.

Location: Somerset

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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

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