Back to basics

Autumn’s a great time to enjoy a change of pace. It’s the chance to step away from the rat race and seek out a connection with the simpler things in life that are all too often lost in our busy lives. With this in mind, we have put together ideas for weekend breaks in England that will get you back to basics, as well get your creative juices flowing too. From helping to haul in the harvest on a budget working holiday to wild camping getaways, they’re not only good for the environment, they’re also pretty darn good for the soul.

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Watch cheese making at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

Watch cheese making at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company

Observe Cheddar’s last remaining cheesemakers as they go about their work and learn the tricks of their trade.

Location: Cheddar, Somerset

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Perfect your photography skills on a course in Canterbury

Perfect your photography skills on a course in Canterbury

Get the most out of that new digital camera on a guided photography course in Canterbury.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

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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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Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Experience the great outdoors with a stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse, nestled deep in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Camp next to Hadrian's Wall

Camp next to Hadrian's Wall

This isn't just any wall, this is an impressive piece of roman architecture.

Location: Melkridge, Cumbria

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Make your own cheese in rural Somerset at Hagley Bridge Farm

Make your own cheese in rural Somerset at Hagley Bridge Farm

Learn how to fill your fridge with cheese, yoghurt and butter made by your own fair hand.

Location: Watterow, Somerset

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See the world under one roof at Great North Museum

See the world under one roof at Great North Museum

Explore the world around us, both natural and manmade in this fascinating museum.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

Be inspired by the Earthship Brighton

The Earthship Brighton was the first to be built in England.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Walk with Offa in the Shropshire Hills

Walk with Offa in the Shropshire Hills

Follow in King Offa’s footsteps with 18 way-marked pub walks taking you through border country between England & Wales and along Offa’s Dyke.

Location: Clun, Shropshire

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Family friendly arts and crafts at Chapel Gallery

Family friendly arts and crafts at Chapel Gallery

Chapel Gallery is a family friendly gallery which offers a visitor experience that is fun and engaging for all ages.

Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire

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Get back to bread basics at Green's Mill

Get back to bread basics at Green's Mill

Discover England’s only city centre working windmill, whose sails are an unmissable sight on Nottingham’s skyline.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Get to grips with 19th-century silk weaving

Get to grips with 19th-century silk weaving

Can you tell your taffetas from your twills? At Whitchurch Silk Mill you’ll learn everything there is to know about silk weaving.

Location: Whitchurch, Hampshire

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Wig wam your way to Clumber Park

Wig wam your way to Clumber Park

Camping in tents is so last year – why not try sleeping in a yurt or wigwam in the beautiful surrounds of Clumber Park?

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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