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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Soak up spectacular sights and sounds at Castle Howard

Soak up spectacular sights and sounds at Castle Howard

Be wowed by one of the best events in August, as fireworks light up the Howardian Hills at The Castle Howard Proms Spectacular.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

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Get hands on with history and admire the views

Get hands on with history and admire the views

Cultural gem Kirkleatham Museum combines wildlife, Anglo-Saxon finds and local heritage with stunning grounds to unwind in.

Location: Kirkleatham, North Yorkshire

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Enter a 'Gateway to Paradise' at Muncaster Castle

Enter a 'Gateway to Paradise' at Muncaster Castle

Visit Muncaster Castle and experience the 'Gateway to Paradise', as described by John Ruskin, with views over to Ravenglass and over the Esk Valley towards Scafell Pike.

Location: Ravenglass, Cumbria

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See nature come to life on the Somerset Levels

See nature come to life on the Somerset Levels

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

Location: Somerset

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Fall in love with picture perfect Lavenham

Fall in love with picture perfect Lavenham

With its winding streets lined with thatched cottages and medieval timber-framed buildings, it’s very easy to fall in love with Lavenham.

Location: Lavenham, Suffolk

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Discover spectacular Lundy Island

Discover spectacular Lundy Island

A rare experience is to be found on the beautiful and wild Lundy Island just 12 miles off the North Devon Coast in the Atlantic Ocean.

Location: Lundy, Devon

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Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Relive the past at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

Peel back 900 years of history at this UNESCO World Heritage Site of majestic monastic ruins, water gardens and medieval deer park.

Location: Near Ripon, North Yorkshire

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Go wild camping on Dartmoor

Go wild camping on Dartmoor

When it comes to experiencing the unspoiled and unique environment of the wilds of Dartmoor, nothing compares to wild camping.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Celebrate the golden age of beer in Kent

Celebrate the golden age of beer in Kent

The Faversham Hop Festival is a unique family event that commemorates the golden days of hop-picking with two days of live music, dancing, great food and hops, hops, hops!

Location: Faversham, Kent

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Tour the West Dorset countryside by electric bike

Tour the West Dorset countryside by electric bike

Explore an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) by electric bike in West Dorset.

Location: Morcombelake, Dorset

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Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Take a tour of the Peak District Mining Museum

Discover the cramped and hazardous world of a Derbyshire lead miner.

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

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Explore Hawkstone Park Follies fantasy land

Explore Hawkstone Park Follies fantasy land

Spend the day exploring an historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and towers built hundreds of years ago.

Location: Weston under Redcastle, Shropshire

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Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Go wild for the nature and wildlife of the Cotswolds

Experience the wild beauty of Batsford Arboretum in Moreton in Marsh and the sight of rare birds of prey soaring over the surrounding Cotswolds hills.

Location: Moreton In Marsh, Gloucestershire

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Escape to a country cottage in picturesque Oxfordshire

Escape to a country cottage in picturesque Oxfordshire

Oxford Country Cottages are situated on Lower Farm in Noke in a stunning courtyard garden.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Get Romantic on a Break to Scilly

Get Romantic on a Break to Scilly

Stay in a 16th Century castle, a 19th Century Townhouse or a harbourside inn and enjoy a romantic break on the stunning Isles of Scilly.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Come and see 'Trenwith', the Poldark family home, actually 'played' by Chavenage House in Tetbury and you may spot Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark!

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

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Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Small pleasures come free at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve

Just a few small snowdrops bring cheer to the colder, shorter days of England’s winter, and seen at Dimminsdale, they’re simply breathtaking.

Location: Staunton Harold, Leicestershire

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Walking in the New Forest

Walking in the New Forest

Twist and turn through vibrant gorse, imposing woodland and bubbling streams as you stroll through the Forest’s 143 miles of trails.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Push your Limits at Adrenaline Quarry

Push your Limits at Adrenaline Quarry

Adrenaline Quarry. Throwing people off cliffs since 2009. Come and get your heart racing at Cornwall's high-flying adventure park.

Location: The Tamar Valley, Plymouth, Devon

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Walk alongside Roman history at Hadrian’s Wall

Walk alongside Roman history at Hadrian’s Wall

Stretching across the North of England, Hadrian’s Wall is the best-preserved Roman monument in Britain. Get right up beside it in Northumberland.

Location: Tyne Valley, Northumberland

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