Central England

Central England has the wow-factor when it comes to dramatic countryside. Clamber craggy peaks and moors in the Peak District National Park, bike deep through the National Forest or turn back the clock to the industrial age on the Grand Union Canal. Step into the West Midlands’ cities in style in shoppers' paradise Birmingham and cathedral city Coventry. Enjoy Shakespearean plays at the theatres, discover the Bard’s quaint family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon, and head to Sherwood Forest for adventures with England’s favourite outlaw. Be prepared for a culinary adventure too. Central England has a mouth-watering plethora of specialities from sticky Bakewell tart to sizzling balti curries and Stilton cheese.

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Central England

Central England

Central England has the wow-factor when it comes to dramatic countryside. Clamber craggy peaks and moors in the Peak District National Park, bike deep through the National Forest or turn back the clock to the industrial age on the Grand Union Canal. Step into the West Midlands’ cities in style in shoppers' paradise Birmingham and cathedral city Coventry. Enjoy Shakespearean plays at the theatres, discover the Bard’s quaint family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon, and head to Sherwood Forest for adventures with England’s favourite outlaw. Be prepared for a culinary adventure too. Central England has a mouth-watering plethora of specialities from sticky Bakewell tart to sizzling balti curries and Stilton cheese.

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Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Boat through the history of a worldwide treasure

Enjoy a trip through the heart of Birmingham via its watery wonders.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Explore Derby's picturesque parks this spring

Explore Derby's picturesque parks this spring

Discover Derby's many lovely parks this Spring-time, including Britain's first ever public park and the inspiration of New York's Central Park!

Location: Derby

 
July events: Watch a live opera at the Buxton International Festival

July events: Watch a live opera at the Buxton International Festival

Take your seats and enjoy a summer celebration of music, art, opera and literature on the edge of the scenic Peak District.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

 
Take a bite out of a Nottingham Pie on a heritage break

Take a bite out of a Nottingham Pie on a heritage break

Embark on a journey of revolt to explore the riots of 1831, and how a protest in a sleepy Nottinghamshire village exploded into the Luddite Movement.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: See the creative process at The Other Place

Rainy Day Activities: See the creative process at The Other Place

Learn more about the Royal Shakespeare Company's working processes or simply soak in the atmosphere at this cozy indoor theatre and cafe.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
Enjoy a 360-degree Champagne view of Birmingham

Enjoy a 360-degree Champagne view of Birmingham

Luxury and fizz, at the top an icon of Birmingham's exciting modernity.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Stay in a secret chalet in rural Nottinghamshire

Stay in a secret chalet in rural Nottinghamshire

Enjoy a romantic stay in a beautiful chalet in the grounds of Langar Hall, and explore the surrounding area including country walks and walled gardens.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

Celebrate English literature at Leicester's Literary Festival

November welcomes Leicester’s annual Literary Festival organised by the School of English at the University of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
Explore Shropshire’s castles by bike

Explore Shropshire’s castles by bike

Cycle back through time on idyllic quiet country lanes with Wheely Wonderful Cycling on the Shropshire Castles Cycle tour.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

 
Discover the home of modern day liberty and democracy

Discover the home of modern day liberty and democracy

Worcestershire has had a fair few battles fought in the name of freedom on its soil, as well as the infamous King John buried in Worcester Cathedral.

Location: Worcester and Evesham, Worcestershire

 
Escape to the Dandelion Hideaway

Escape to the Dandelion Hideaway

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

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

 
Explore England’s smallest historic county on foot, bike or bus

Explore England’s smallest historic county on foot, bike or bus

Rutland is a wonderful place for walking and cycling all year round and each season brings its own rich palette of colours to the rolling countryside.

Location: Rutland

 
Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Explore the spooky towers and frightening dungeons at Warwick Castle, and uncover its gruesome past spanning over 1100 years.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 
Have a punt at Warwick Races

Have a punt at Warwick Races

Plan your day at the racecourse to see one of the horse races taking place all year round.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 
Take time to unwind at the Mill Wheel Spa

Take time to unwind at the Mill Wheel Spa

Shake of the winter blues and relax with a weekend of pampering at the Mill Wheel Spa.

Location: Blackshaw Moor, Staffordshire

 
Enter chocolate heaven at Bittersweet Chocolate

Enter chocolate heaven at Bittersweet Chocolate

Roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty at this tasty chocolate workshop... and then lick them clean.

Location: Breedon-on-the-Hill, Leicestershire

 
Take a tour round Stokesay Court

Take a tour round Stokesay Court

Stokesay Court was the setting for the mansions scenes in the film version of Ian McEwan's best selling novel, “Atonement”.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

 
Enjoy a foodie break at Fishmore Hall's Hotel

Enjoy a foodie break at Fishmore Hall's Hotel

Fishmore Hall is a privately-owned boutique country house hotel that is loved by foodies, and has unrivalled views over stunning Shropshire countryside.

Location: Ludlow, Shropshire

 
Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Learn the history behind the birth of the tank - the machine that broke the stalemate of World War 1 – at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
On the trail of the Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson

On the trail of the Poet Laureate Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Follow a trail through Lincolnshire and learn about Tennyson's life and verse and discover the places which gave him so much inspiration.

Location: Louth, East Lincolnshire

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