Places to visit in The Cotswolds

Museums that transport you back to the Domesday Book, yellow-stone Cotswold villages straight from a chocolate box and manors perched on rolling, emerald hills. If you like the great outdoors, you'll love The Cotswolds, a region that spans central England and the south west. If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds – well, there’s plenty. Potter around Broadway or Bilbury, spot buzzards sweeping across the hilltops, raid farmers markets for local culinary delights like single Gloucester cheese or treat the kids to a day out at Cotswold farm park. After trekking escarpments, you can even swap hiking boots for top hat and tails at race days in elegant regency Cheltenham. Top that off with a stay at a choice of cosy Cotswolds cottages and hotels, and you’ve got a staycation to remember.

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Peep into Durham’s locomotive past

Discover Durham’s role in the development of the railways at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Location: Vale of Durham

 

See the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

See the stunning Crown Jewels on display at the historic Tower of London, and learn about their profound religious and cultural importance.

Location: Tower Hill, Greater London

 

See the golden sun set over the world-famous Sherwood Forest

Rekindle your romance and stay in a luxurious cabin within tranquil, secluded woodland, ideal for romantic escapes.

Location: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

 

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

 

See nature come to life on the Somerset Levels

See the Red Arrows equivalent for starlings in stunning Somerset countryside.

Location: Somerset

 

Travel through the history of British motoring

Uncover the story of the British motor industry at the British Motor Museum, and come face to face with British motoring icons.

Location: Gaydon / Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

 

Have a frightful Halloween with Dark Encounters

Discover a spookier side of Portsmouth on a ghost walk around some of the most haunted spots in the city.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

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

 

Indulge in all things vintage in York

‘York Does Vintage’ better than anyone else as the city’s affordable vintage fair in Merchant Adventurers’ Hall transports you to bygone eras.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

 

October events: Celebrate all things foodie at the Forest Showcase Food Festival

Head to the Forest of Dean this autumn for the best in local, seasonal and speciality food and drink at the Forest Showcase Food Festival.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

 
Close up of human hand picking blackberries from branch in garden.

Where to go fruit picking in England

Check out fruit picking locations in England where the whole family can get hands-on with harvesting their own fruit and vegetables.

 

Bag some bon bons at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Evoke happy childhood memories with hundreds of retro sweets at The Oldest Sweet Shop in England.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

 

September events: Experience arts and culture at Hull's Freedom Festival

Hull’s annual festival, Freedom, features torchlight processions, flaming installations, street dance, pop up galleries, aerial acrobats and music.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 

Enjoy countless attractions with one ticket at Beaulieu

Set in the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is an award winning day out where one ticket grants access to many of the village’s attractions.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

 
Best food festivals in England

Autumn's tastiest food festivals

Celebrate the great tastes and smells of the autumn's food festival season at one of these fabulous foodie locations.

 

October events: Enjoy local produce at Broadstairs Food Festival

Fresh, local, award-winning produce, live demonstrations and more in October. Simply delicious.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

 
A family watching chocolate being made at Cadbury World, Birmingham.

Go chocolate crazy at Cadbury World

A must-visit destination for chocoholics of all ages, Cadbury World in Bourneville near Birmingham is full of fun indoor activities and things to do when it rains.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Rainy Day Activities: Explore Earth and space at Liverpool’s World Museum

Need ideas on things to do when it rains? Visit one of North West England’s oldest museums and get a hands-on look at our planet from the oceans to the stars.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Explore the picturesque Lake District on an activity holiday

If you're looking for a heart-bumping adventure weekend, then a trip to the Lake District is a must. Adrenaline junkies sign up here...

Location: Borrowdale, Cumbria

 

Step back in time on the Severn Valley Railway

Enjoy a combination of rolling countryside views and hints of a bygone era on a superb day of steam-hauled splendour.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Get spooked at Tudor World

Delve into Tudor life with a series of rainy day activities at this interactive indoor museum, found in one of England's most haunted buildings.

Location: Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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