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 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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Amble in a winter wonderland

Amble in a winter wonderland

Wrap up warm, brave the elements and take a stroll around Derwent Dam in the Upper Derwent Valley, an area renowned for its dramatic scenery.

Location: Bamford, Derbyshire

 
Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Built into a cave system underneath Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (or ‘The Trip’ as locals call it) is a legend among English inns.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
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

 
Enjoy a relaxing & romantic break at Eden Hall Spa

Enjoy a relaxing & romantic break at Eden Hall Spa

Visit Eden Hall Day Spa to refresh and revive your body and mind; then unwind and relax at Kelham House Hotel for a peaceful getaway.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

 
Try some luxury without all the fuss at Dormy House

Try some luxury without all the fuss at Dormy House

You won’t find tractors or pigsties anymore at Dormy House; instead this former farmhouse has all the luxuries of a top hotel without that infernal stuffiness.

Location: Broadway, Worcestershire

 
Herefordshire Cider Route

Herefordshire Cider Route

Cycling and cider makes for a great combination in Herefordshire.

Location: Ledbury, Herefordshire

 
Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

As West Midland Safari Park opens up late for the whole of August, discover the perfect way to enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Location: Bewdley, Worcestershire

 
Discover your inner Bear Grylls on a bushcraft adventure

Discover your inner Bear Grylls on a bushcraft adventure

Try your hand at survival skills on a summer adventure and face your fears on a jungle assault course in the heart of Sherwood Forest.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
December events: Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

December events: Get in the spirit at the Lincoln Christmas Market

Take in the sights, smells and sounds of the Lincoln Christmas Market in the historic Cathedral Quarter.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Experience the medieval romance of Haddon Hall

Experience the medieval romance of Haddon Hall

Grab a loved one and visit one of the oldest and most romantic Tudor houses in Britain.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

 
Explore a living canal village

Explore a living canal village

The Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne is like an outdoor museum with historic canal features to explore.

Location: Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

 
Get stuck in on a working holiday at Clumber Park

Get stuck in on a working holiday at Clumber Park

Immerse yourself in daily life at Clumber Park in Worksop, near Nottingham, with a rewarding working holiday.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

 
Follow in Roman footsteps with a free smartphone app

Follow in Roman footsteps with a free smartphone app

Looking for an immersive and cheap experience? Use mobile technology to delve into the past with Lincoln’s free digital Roman Trail app.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 
Follow King Arthur’s trail in Shropshire

Follow King Arthur’s trail in Shropshire

King Arthur (the real one!) was born, lived and died in Shropshire. No, really. And his Queen Guinevere was a Shropshire lass too.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

 
Exploring rural Herefordshire

Exploring rural Herefordshire

Cider, swans and spectacular views. Three reasons why you’ll love Herefordshire.

Location: Herefordshire

 
July events: Sing along to folk hits at the Warwick Folk Festival

July events: Sing along to folk hits at the Warwick Folk Festival

For four days each summer, Warwick is awash with the sights and sounds of folk music from across the world.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 
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

 
Discover Nottingham's hidden heritage in this city of caves

Discover Nottingham's hidden heritage in this city of caves

Venture beneath the streets to discover a hidden world beneath your feet in the city of Nottingham.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Distill your own Gin at 45 Gin School

Distill your own Gin at 45 Gin School

Have you ever wondered what goes into making the gin in your favourite G&T drink or cocktail?

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
October events: Taste Lincolnshire’s best export at the Sausage Festival

October events: Taste Lincolnshire’s best export at the Sausage Festival

Eat your way around this flavoursome festival on Saturday 12 October, and celebrate one of the UK’s most distinctive foods.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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