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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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

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Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

Lunch with the deer at Bradgate Park

If you’d like a little history with your sandwiches then take your picnic to Bradgate Park.

Location: Newtown Linford, Leicestershire

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Celebrate the written word at the Hot Air Literary Festival

Celebrate the written word at the Hot Air Literary Festival

The Hot Air Literary Festival is back for what promises to be a third triumphant year when it takes place in June at the Emma Bridgewater Factory.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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Travel through the history of British motoring

Travel through the history of British motoring

Uncover the story of the British motor industry at the British Motor Museum, and come face to face with British motoring icons.

Location: Gaydon / Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

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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

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Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Be inspired in Shakespeare's Schoolroom

Summer 2016 sees the opening of Shakespeare's Schoolroom to the public for the first time.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Enjoy a romantic escape to a secret corner of Lincoln

Enjoy a romantic escape to a secret corner of Lincoln

Escape with your special someone to a medieval palace hidden beside Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln’s Medieval Bishop’s Palace.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Indulge in a luxury forest retreat in Nottinghamshire

Indulge in a luxury forest retreat in Nottinghamshire

Relax in the heart of Sherwood Forest with your own private cabin and outdoor hot tub. Explore ancient woodlands and give archery a shot.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Find yourself down on the farm in the heart of Nottingham

Find yourself down on the farm in the heart of Nottingham

Stonebridge City Farm is a slice of the country in the heart of the city centre, open every day and free to visitors.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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See Quantum Leap, unveiled to mark Darwin’s bicentenary

See Quantum Leap, unveiled to mark Darwin’s bicentenary

Quantum Leap was unveiled in Mardol Quay Gardens, Shrewsbury to mark Charles Darwin’s bicentenary in 2009.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Enjoy a wild night out with bushcraft at Catton Hall

Enjoy a wild night out with bushcraft at Catton Hall

Let Woodland Ways teach you the basics of bushcraft in a fun and safe environment whilst spending time outdoors and sleeping under the stars.

Location: Catton, Derbyshire

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Shop with a difference in medieval Shrewsbury

Shop with a difference in medieval Shrewsbury

Shop in Shrewsbury - one of the few places where the independent shops still outnumber the 'big chains'.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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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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Enjoy a family getaway at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages

Enjoy a family getaway at Upper Rectory Farm Cottages

The idyllic Upper Rectory Farm Cottages in Leicestershire offers a perfect retreat if you’re looking for a luxurious festive getaway.

Location: Swadlincote, Leicestershire

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Go mountain boarding in Wenlock Edge

Go mountain boarding in Wenlock Edge

As the name ‘The Edge’ suggests mountain boarding down Wenlock Edge is both a test of nerves and an adrenalin pumping generator.

Location: Much Wenlock, Shropshire

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Herefordshire Cider Route

Herefordshire Cider Route

Cycling and cider makes for a great combination in Herefordshire.

Location: Ledbury, Herefordshire

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Unlock the secrets of the Tudor queen who never was

Unlock the secrets of the Tudor queen who never was

Step into the treacherous world of Wolf Hall to trace the turbulent life of Arbella Stuart, niece of Mary Queen of Scots, in Derbyshire.

Location: Near Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Celebrate Christmas past in Mortimer Country

Celebrate Christmas past in Mortimer Country

Enjoy a Christmas celebration with a historical twist at Berrington Hall and Croft Castle in Mortimer Country.

Location: Yarpole, Herefordshire

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Brockencote Hall Hotel

Brockencote Hall Hotel

Brockencote Hall Hotel is a country house hotel set in 70 acres of beautiful parkland, complete with a scenic lake.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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See the sawdust fly at the National Forest Wood Fair

See the sawdust fly at the National Forest Wood Fair

With demonstrations, 'have a go' wood craft sessions and children's games, the National Forest Wood Fair will keep adults and children entertained.

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

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