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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Learn a craft and hone your skills in rural Lincolnshire

Learn a craft and hone your skills in rural Lincolnshire

Stay in beautifully restored 18th century stables in rural Lincolnshire and learn something new on a day-long course during your visit.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Discover one of England's last remaining ancient woodlands

Discover one of England's last remaining ancient woodlands

Take your bicycle to the Wyre Forest and see more of this ancient woodland than by foot.

Location: Bewdley, Worcestershire

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Get your head in the clouds at Cloud Bar

Get your head in the clouds at Cloud Bar

Calling all cumulo-lovers: Lincolnshire is home to the world’s first ‘Official Cloudspotting Area’.

Location: Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire

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See Nottingham’s sights on a budget this winter

See Nottingham’s sights on a budget this winter

Keep a tight rein on the purse strings as you explore Nottingham by tram, and discover a string of free attractions that are perfect for those on a tight budget.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Get chilled at the Cold War Exhibition at RAF Museum Cosford

Get chilled at the Cold War Exhibition at RAF Museum Cosford

The National Cold War Exhibition is the only place in the UK where you can see Britain’s V Bombers: the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant.

Location: Cosford, Shropshire

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Wander a tranquil 1920s garden

Wander a tranquil 1920s garden

The 10-acre gardens of Coton Manor sit in peaceful Northamptonshire countryside.

Location: Coton, Northamptonshire

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Enjoy a farmhouse stay with a difference this summer

Enjoy a farmhouse stay with a difference this summer

Herefordshire’s rolling countryside is abundant with beautiful farmhouses, lovingly converted into wonderful places to stay and sample a bit of real country living.

Location: Herefordshire

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Geocaching in the Clent Hills

Geocaching in the Clent Hills

Discover your new favourite places.

Location: West Midlands

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Sample seasonal flavours with a taste of fine local cuisine

Sample seasonal flavours with a taste of fine local cuisine

In Rutland good food is a real passion and the county is widely regarded for its range of quality pubs and restaurants.

Location: Rutland

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Enjoy a taste of Lincolnshire in Lincoln’s Castle Square

Enjoy a taste of Lincolnshire in Lincoln’s Castle Square

Meet local food producers, try something new and take home a taste of Lincolnshire at the Farmers’ Market in Lincoln's historic Castle Square.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

Watch Britain's top cycling teams race around Leicester

Get close to the action as some of Britain’s top professional cyclists contest the Leicester Castle Classic cycle race.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Explore the Medieval walls of Lincoln Castle

Explore the Medieval walls of Lincoln Castle

With stunning city views and 1,000 years of history to take in, a walk around Lincoln Castle’s medieval walls is an unforgettable experience.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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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: Loughborough, Leicestershire

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Soak up the sun in Nottingham’s buzzing Castle Quarter

Soak up the sun in Nottingham’s buzzing Castle Quarter

Discover Nottingham’s Castle Quarter, a hive for excitement and particularly atmospheric in the summer with alfresco dining and outdoor events.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Get back to bread basics at Green's Mill

Get back to bread basics at Green's Mill

Discover England’s only city centre working windmill, whose sails are an unmissable sight on Nottingham’s skyline.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Revel in Nottingham’s romantic park life

Revel in Nottingham’s romantic park life

Stay in Nottingham’s newest luxury hotel and enjoy a relaxing weekend taking in beautiful parks and outdoor cinema.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Learn the art of laughter at Birmingham’s Comedy Festival

Watch stand-up from some of the world’s top comedians and then learn how to be funny yourself at the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Enjoy an active Halloween at Oaker Wood

Enjoy an active Halloween at Oaker Wood

Treat the family to quad trekking, high ropes and zip wires during the autumn half term holidays with special Halloween themed activities at Oaker Wood.

Location: Kingsland, Herefordshire

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Hop over stepping stones across the River Dove at Dovedale

Hop over stepping stones across the River Dove at Dovedale

Follow an easy walking route through Ilam Park and into the spectacular gorge of Dovedale in the southern Peak District.

Location: Ilam, Derbyshire

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Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Immerse yourself in Byron's Nottinghamshire

Discover why notorious romantic poet Lord Byron was 'mad, bad and dangerous to know', with a sumptuous stay at his former home.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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