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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Enjoy old-fashioned fun on the beach in Skegness

Enjoy old-fashioned fun on the beach in Skegness

Pick up your bucket and spade and take to the sand on a family holiday on the Lincolnshire coast.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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Forage for fungi in Sherwood Pines Forest Park

Forage for fungi in Sherwood Pines Forest Park

Plunge the depths of the Sherwood Forest and discover penny bun mushrooms and oyster fungus at their best.

Location: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

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Indulge in a foodie break in Shakespeare's England

Indulge in a foodie break in Shakespeare's England

Indulge at quintessentially English tearooms, Michelin starred restaurants and traditional coaching inns set amidst glorious Warwickshire countryside

Location: Warwickshire

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Rejuvenate your body and soul at Church Spa

Rejuvenate your body and soul at Church Spa

Set in a beautiful former 19th Century Methodist church, this is a unique setting for a spa and is nestled in the enchanting village of East Markham.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

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Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse in the Shropshire Hills

Experience the great outdoors with a stay at All Stretton Bunkhouse, nestled deep in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Discover 650 million years of history in 1,000 objects

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery offers an inspiring mix of the very old and the very now and is just one of many cultural delights in Shrewsbury.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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A luxury B&B for you and your horse

A luxury B&B for you and your horse

Tugford is a family run working farm that has both a B&B and holiday cottages as well as a purpose built stabling and livery.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

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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

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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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Take time to unwind at the Mill Wheel Spa

Take time to unwind at the Mill Wheel Spa

Shake of the winter blues and relax with a weekend of pampering at the Mill Wheel Spa.

Location: Blackshaw Moor, Staffordshire

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Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Dare you walk the tar tunnel where a black treacle-like substance oozes from the brick walls? Don a hard hat and go underground.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

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Get festive this Christmas skating around Lincoln's outdoor ice rink

Get festive this Christmas skating around Lincoln's outdoor ice rink

Break away from the Christmas shopping with a whizz around Lincoln's 25m outdoor ice rink.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Walk the breadth of spectacular Stanage Edge

Walk the breadth of spectacular Stanage Edge

Follow in the footsteps of your literary heroes on Stanage Edge, a dramatic rocky outcrop with equally dramatic moorland views in the Peak District.

Location: Stanage Edge, South Yorkshire

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Enjoy the great outdoors at Cannock Chase Forest

Enjoy the great outdoors at Cannock Chase Forest

Cannock Chase is the UK’s smallest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can ride, hike, climb or just wander at your own pace.

Location: Rugeley , Staffordshire

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Wig wam your way to Clumber Park

Wig wam your way to Clumber Park

Camping in tents is so last year – why not try sleeping in a yurt or wigwam in the beautiful surrounds of Clumber Park?

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Chase the Lincoln Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

Chase the Lincoln Imp at Lincoln Cathedral

Hear the story of the mischievous Imp that has been a symbol of Lincoln for centuries.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Cocktail mixology masterclasses at Maiyango

Cocktail mixology masterclasses at Maiyango

The intimate setting of Maiyango is perfect for re-igniting or kindling a romance. Learn how to make your own cocktails with a resident mixologist.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Celebrate at the SO Festival

Celebrate at the SO Festival

Lincolnshire’s coastal district of East Lindsey is transformed into an international arts venue during this annual festival.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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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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Enjoy a visit to Beechenhill Farm

Enjoy a visit to Beechenhill Farm

Beechenhill Farm is an organic dairy farm within the beautiful Peak District National Park.

Location: Ilam, Staffordshire

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