Countryside

Rural retreats

Both genteel and wild, there’s nothing quite like the English countryside for rural escapes with its patchwork hills, dramatic dales, ancient woodlands and winding country roads. All well and good, but what is there to do in England’s countryside exactly? Quite a lot, actually. Admire the grand interiors of a stately home before catching a play in the surrounding gardens, travel back in time with visits to ancient stone circles and crumbling castles, or step into a chocolate box of quaint villages and market towns and live like a local, trying farmhouse cheeses, cream teas and real ales along the way.

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Explore the UK's first safari park, Longleat

Explore the UK's first safari park, Longleat

Feed giraffes by hand and walk on the wildside with lemurs at Longleat.

Location: Longleat, Wiltshire

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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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Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Explore Nene Park in the River Nene Valley

Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland, and the River Nene.

Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Gastro glamping at the foot of Belvoir Castle

Pronounced ‘beaver’ by locals and literally meaning ‘beautiful view’, the Vale of Belvoir offers the perfect place to hideaway.

Location: Near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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Taste your way around Lancashire

Taste your way around Lancashire

Your tastebuds will come alive in this food-loving county – sample fantastic produce and dishes (many royally approved) and enjoy a local ale.

Location: Ribble Valley, Lancashire

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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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Enjoy a taste of farmhouse luxury in Kent

Enjoy a taste of farmhouse luxury in Kent

Luxury accommodation at Alkham Court with four individually styled bedrooms, each with their own charm.

Location: Nr Dover, Kent

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Sing along to Christmas carols at Hillside Bewery

Sing along to Christmas carols at Hillside Bewery

Enjoy a fun, festive evening at the Hillside Brewery Christmas carol service.

Location: Longhope, Gloucestershire

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Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Devon has provided inspiration for a host of literary greats down the centuries. Many of them lived in Devon, or stayed to be inspired for a time.

Location: Exmoor, Lynton & Lynmouth, Taw and Torridge estuaries, Braunton Burrows, Morte Point

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Enjoy an idyllic farm stay escape near Bristol

Enjoy an idyllic farm stay escape near Bristol

Get back to basics away from the hustle and bustle of daily life with a stay in bespoke vintage caravans on a serene farm.

Location: Corsham, Bristol

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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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Discover a perfect rural escape fit for a Queen

Discover a perfect rural escape fit for a Queen

Explore Nottinghamshire's Pilgrim Country before a fireside retreat of afternoon tea, exquisite dining and a secluded courtyard room at Ye Olde Bell.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

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Go off the beaten track on Salisbury Plain

Go off the beaten track on Salisbury Plain

Enjoy an off-road Land Rover Safari onto Salisbury Plain for a spot of puddle hopping, wildlife spotting or history tour.

Location: Wiltshire

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Revel in music at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live

Revel in music at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live

Forest Live’s gigs are well known for turning England’s forests into music venues, offering an eclectic range of artists & an amazing atmosphere.

Location: Westonbirt near Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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Walk with Offa in the Shropshire Hills

Walk with Offa in the Shropshire Hills

Follow in King Offa’s footsteps with 18 way-marked pub walks taking you through border country between England & Wales and along Offa’s Dyke.

Location: Clun, Shropshire

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See the Yorkshire Dales come alive in a myriad of creativity

See the Yorkshire Dales come alive in a myriad of creativity

This summer’s Grassington Festival in June is a popular two-week extravaganza in the Yorkshire Dales, with music, theatre, film, comedy and more.

Location: Grassington, North Yorkshire

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Take a walk through the history of Bath

Take a walk through the history of Bath

Soak up the best view over Bath on the most downloaded National Trust walk in Britain.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Take to the skies for a Wiltshire adrenaline rush

Take to the skies for a Wiltshire adrenaline rush

Jump 10,000 feet (or more) above the Wiltshire countryside for a high adrenaline adventure that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Discover ‘another world of adventure’ in Yorkshire

Discover ‘another world of adventure’ in Yorkshire

Bid farewell to winter and say “hello!” to Another World Adventure Centre in Halifax, with activities that are perfect for the young and restless.

Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire

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Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Stay at Hesleyside Hall, ancestral home of the Charlton family since 1346, and experience 800 years of Northumbrian history in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Bellingham, Northumberland

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