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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Murder Mystery Weekend

Elaborate plots, professional actors and the chance to play detective.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Visit Derby's three National Trust treasures

Derby has a trio of National Trust treasures all within a 10 mile radius, so use the city as your base to explore Calke, Sudbury and Kedleston.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

 

Elegance and nature at University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

See how The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden enhances the beauty of an already breath-taking place.

Location: Oadby, Leicestershire

 

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

 

Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Where would you expect to see a sheep duo, rock character, miniature train and fairy castle, all carefully carved out of wood?

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

 

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

 

Delve into the life and loves of Sir Edward Elgar

Worcestershire really is 'Land of Hope and Glory' with the music and talent of Sir Edward Elgar engrained into the county's cultural heritage.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

 

August events: Discover Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

Join the annual Leicester Caribbean Carnival in August for a celebration of culture and tradition full of music, colour and dance.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Be inspired by the grand Malvern Hills

Enjoy great views on top of the Worcestershire Beacon and follow in the footsteps of writers and composers including Sir Edward Elgar and C.S Lewis.

Location: Malvern, Worcestershire

 

Visit Europe's largest library

The Library of Birmingham houses a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Rainy Day Activities: Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

Lounge on a sofa with a drink in hand and watch the latest blockbusters at the UK's oldest working cinema.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

August events: SO Festival

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

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

 

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

 

Experience life the Shakespearian way

Visit the historic attractions of Shakespeare’s England and see the places that played a role in the playwright’s life.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Enjoy a romantic escape in Shakespeare’s England

Shakespeare’s England, home to Romeo and Juliet - the greatest love story of all time, is the perfect place for a romantic escape.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Discover the Ellesmere Sculpture Trail

The Ellesmere Sculpture Trail is a series of sculptures by contemporary artists who took their inspiration from the landscape.

Location: Ellesmere, Shropshire

 

Plan your day out at The British Ironwork Centre

Buy goods made from metal work at The British Ironwork Centre.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

 

Take a tour round Stokesay Court

Stokesay Court was the setting for the mansions scenes in the film version of Ian McEwan's best selling novel, “Atonement”.

Location: Craven Arms, Shropshire

 

Meet the Romans at Wroxeter Roman City

See the city that the Romans built for us - once the fourth largest city in Roman Britain.

Location: Wroxeter, Shropshire

 

A stately experience at Weston Park

See what it is like to live like an Earl in this beautiful stately home.

Location: Weston under Lizard, Shropshire

 

Unlace Nottingham’s lacemaking heritage

Nottinghamshire was once the heart of the world’s lace making industry, and it has a proud industrial heritage still strong today.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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