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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Go wild at Trentham Monkey Forest

Go wild at Trentham Monkey Forest

This is the only place in Britain where you can walk amongst 140 Barbary macaques roaming free in 60 acres of forest.

Location: Trentham , Staffordshire

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Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

Discover where the 18th century’s greatest minds would meet

This lavish Georgian house in Birmingham was once the home of the industrialist and entrepreneur Matthew Boulton, leading member of the Lunar Society.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Discover the secret garden of Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

Pay a visit to Anne Hathaway’s family home - the place William Shakespeare courted his future wife.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Explore Richard III's Leicester with a Blue Badge guide

Explore Richard III's Leicester with a Blue Badge guide

Come along on a Blue Badge guided walk and find out about all of Leicester's many connections to King Richard III.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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A shopping weekend in Birmingham

A shopping weekend in Birmingham

Enjoy great shopping and cutting edge art on a break to this buzzing city.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Become a Master Potter for the day

Become a Master Potter for the day

Treat yourself to some beautiful pieces in the Capital of Ceramics, and 'have-a-go' at creating your own ceramic masterpiece.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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Add Stratford Literary Festival to your list of things to do in April

Add Stratford Literary Festival to your list of things to do in April

Be in the company of celebrity authors and best-selling writers at this lively literary event in the UK.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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See The National Forest in bloom at Yoxall Lodge

See The National Forest in bloom at Yoxall Lodge

Too many hours indoors during winter’s gloomy days and you’re looking to break out into spring’s fresh air and lengthening daylight hours.

Location: Yoxall, Staffordshire

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Discover a rich heritage at Middleport Pottery

Discover a rich heritage at Middleport Pottery

Visit the newly regenerated site at Middleport Pottery, famed for its production of Burleighware pottery since the 18th century.

Location: Burslem, Staffordshire

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Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Swing through the treetops in Sherwood Forest

Connect with your inner monkey as you swing through the trees at Go Ape in Sherwood Forest.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

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Discover a hidden gem in the heart of Warwickshire

Discover a hidden gem in the heart of Warwickshire

Come and visit Stoneleigh Abbey - a medieval masterpiece buried deep in the village of the same name.

Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

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Pubs, beer and Robin: Drink in Nottingham's brewing heritage

Pubs, beer and Robin: Drink in Nottingham's brewing heritage

Explore the rich beer and brewing offer in Nottingham, from historic pubs to modern craft beers, and a brewery tour guided by Robin Hood himself.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Unwind with a hotel stay boasting 'England’s best view'

Unwind with a hotel stay boasting 'England’s best view'

Sitting perched on the side of the magnificent Malvern Hills, with panoramic views across the Severn Valley and beyond, The Cottage boasts ‘England’s best view’.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

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Take the cultural quarter trail in Leicester

Take the cultural quarter trail in Leicester

Absorb yourself in rich performances and visual arts in Leicester’s cultural quarter and enjoy architectural splendour and fine dining.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Unravel hidden clues at Make Your Escape in Derby

Unravel hidden clues at Make Your Escape in Derby

Gather a team of friends, family, colleagues or even your partner to solve clues to an unfolding story and escape a locked room in less than an hour.

Location: Derby

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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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Ride and seek on a summer holiday in Nottinghamshire

Ride and seek on a summer holiday in Nottinghamshire

Get off the beaten track and discover the woods and wilds of Nottinghamshire with an adventure holiday on two wheels.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Get clued up on healthy cooking at Harborne Food School

Get clued up on healthy cooking at Harborne Food School

Learn how to cook healthy, sustainable food at Birmingham’s newest food school.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Discover the two sides of the Peak District

Discover the two sides of the Peak District

Two contrasting personalities, one national park... White Peak Vs Dark Peak.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

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Visit the Dorothy Clive garden

Visit the Dorothy Clive garden

The Dorothy Clive Garden was created as a demonstration of love. Discover the intimacy and tranquillity of this special garden.

Location: Market Drayton, Shropshire

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