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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Capture Lincoln’s historic streets on a photo walk

Capture Lincoln’s historic streets on a photo walk

Hone your camera skills – whether you’ve got a smartphone or a DSLR – in Lincoln’s Cathedral Quarter with a guided photo walk.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Midland Railway- Butterley

Midland Railway- Butterley

The Railway’s Footplate Experience provides big kids with all the necessary know-how to drive a steam train.

Location: Ripley, Derbyshire

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Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

Walk barefoot through The National Forest at CONKERS

England’s woodland has always teemed with activity, and you’ll find more than enough at CONKERS.

Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire

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Escape to a romantic penthouse in Nottingham

Escape to a romantic penthouse in Nottingham

Book a room at the penthouse at the St James Hotel in Nottingham for the ultimate luxurious and romantic getaway.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Learn about crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled

Learn about crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled

Experience medieval crime and punishment with Madame Parboiled, as she walks you through Nottingham’s caves and scenes of gruesome torture.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Sizzle in Nottingham’s emerging Curry Quarter

Sizzle in Nottingham’s emerging Curry Quarter

From award-winning Indian fine dining to traditional curry houses, the city has plenty to tempt the taste-buds as the summer nights start to hot up.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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All aboard for trains and tunes at Indietracks

All aboard for trains and tunes at Indietracks

Enjoy old-time steam railways and independent rock ‘n’ roll in the East Midlands.

Location: Ripley, Derbyshire

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Explore the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge

Explore the Industrial Revolution at Ironbridge Gorge

Go to Ironbridge Gorge which created the spark that started the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Ironbridge, Shropshire

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A little taste of heaven at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Resort

A little taste of heaven at Hoar Cross Hall Spa Resort

A Grade II listed stately home retreat that pairs period style with modern luxury and attentive service.

Location: Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

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Get set for family thrills and spills in Skegness

Get set for family thrills and spills in Skegness

Collect your tickets to a mix of exhilarating rollercoaster rides and theme park attractions in East Lincolnshire this summer.

Location: Ingoldmells, Lincolnshire

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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 a camping weekend at the National Water Sports Centre

Enjoy a camping weekend at the National Water Sports Centre

Take advantage of a budget break in Nottingham with a camping weekend at the National Water Sports centre, just 10 minutes from the heart of the city.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Test your head for heights at the Adventure Rope Course

Test your head for heights at the Adventure Rope Course

The Adventure Rope Course is a 17 metre Activity Tower with lots of adrenaline-fueled challenges attached to it.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Have a Teutonic shopping experience, and don't miss the Glüwein!

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Choose from 30 cuisines on a Birmingham foodie break

Choose from 30 cuisines on a Birmingham foodie break

With 4 Michelin star restaurants and nearly 30 cuisines throughout the city, you will never be stuck for food choices in Birmingham.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Raise your glass for a real taste of the Cotswolds

Raise your glass for a real taste of the Cotswolds

Come, see, taste and buy outstanding natural spirits at the Cotswolds Distillery and stay at a renowned inn nearby for more foodie delights.

Location: Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire

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Cycle along a disused railway line in Stratford-upon-Avon

Cycle along a disused railway line in Stratford-upon-Avon

Explore the English countryside saddle side whilst cycling the 5-mile long Stratford Greenway.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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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

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Get on your bike along the Mercian Way

Get on your bike along the Mercian Way

Discover ancient woodland and the Severn Valley Railway cycling from the Wyre Forest to Bridgnorth and back again.

Location: Bridgnorth, Shropshire

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Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Peace and quiet at Belgrave Hall and Gardens

Belgrave Hall was built in the early 18th century, in what was then a small village three miles from the town of Leicester.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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