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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Get hands-on with an artisan food course in Nottinghamshire

Get hands-on with an artisan food course in Nottinghamshire

Learn pie making, baking, patisserie or butchery on a short course at the School of Artisan Food, on the beautiful Welbeck Estate.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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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

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Stay at the award-winning Lion Quays Waterside Resort

Stay at the award-winning Lion Quays Waterside Resort

The Lions Quays near Oswestry is a renowned hotel which also boasts a five-star Country Club and Spa.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

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Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

You can lounge on a sofa with a drink in hand at the oldest working cinema in the UK.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Frolic in Rutland Water's magical outdoor playground

Frolic in Rutland Water's magical outdoor playground

Rutland Water, one of Europe’s largest man-made lakes, is set in over 4,200 acres of stunning countryside, offering you a great getaway experience.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

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Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Pay a summer visit to the famous Wistow Maze, shops, gallery and model village at the Rural Centre and explore the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wistow, Leicestershire

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Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Be inspired with a visit to Tudor House

Tudor House is one of the most prominent buildings in Broadway which houses objects and artefacts on loan from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

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Enjoy a group getaway at Eaton Manor

Enjoy a group getaway at Eaton Manor

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

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Tuck into autumnal delights on a foodie break in Nottingham

Tuck into autumnal delights on a foodie break in Nottingham

Sample fine Nottinghamshire ales and discover the art behind production on a brewery tour, followed by a taste of locally made produce.

Location: Welbeck, Nottinghamshire

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Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

Discover contemporary Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary

If it’s raining outside head to Nottingham Contemporary art gallery, home to many of the city's world-class exhibitions and a diverse range of events.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Celebrate the written word at the Stoke Literary Festival

Celebrate the written word at the Stoke Literary Festival

The Stoke-on-Trent Literary Festival takes place in June at the Emma Bridgewater Factory.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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Thrills and chills at Alton Towers

Thrills and chills at Alton Towers

Share thrills and relaxation with your loved one on the Thrills & Chills experience at the entertaining Alton Towers resort.

Location: Alton, Staffordshire

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Join Nottingham's famous ghost walk

Join Nottingham's famous ghost walk

The Original Nottingham Ghost Tours will take you on a spine-tingling walk around a city which is steeped in history.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Enjoy four-star dining at Albright Hussey Manor Hotel

Enjoy four-star dining at Albright Hussey Manor Hotel

From the minute you drive over the bridge spanning the Tudor Moat and walk into this impressive Manor Hotel; you’ll be transported into foodie heaven.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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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

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Fish and Chips on the Beach

Fish and Chips on the Beach

Make it a traditional English seaside holiday and have fish and chips on Mablethorpe Beach.

Location: Mablethrope, Lincolnshire

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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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Discover a haven for flowers in the heart of England

Discover a haven for flowers in the heart of England

Wander hand-in-hand along Worcestershire’s Spring Blossom Trail, through field after field, amongst the county’s blossoming flowers and plant life.

Location: Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire

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Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Enter the adrenaline-fuelled world of track cycling on Derby's 250-metre indoor Velodrome, for novice, veterans and elite cyclists.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

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Ride a Venetian gondola along the River Avon

Ride a Venetian gondola along the River Avon

Experience all the romance of Venice in the heart of Shakespeare’s hometown in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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