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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Feast on plough to plate breakfasts on a Norfolk farm stay

Feast on plough to plate breakfasts on a Norfolk farm stay

Family holidays at Dairy Barns in Norfolk offers breaks on an active working family farm, covering 360 acres of grazing marshes and arable land.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Rock Climb in the Peak District

Rock Climb in the Peak District

With 10,000 recorded climbs the Peak District is widely recognised as having some of the best climbing in the country.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

Low cost
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Enjoy a rural escape at Kitley House Hotel

Enjoy a rural escape at Kitley House Hotel

This 500 year old country house is set in the heart of the South Devon countryside making it the perfect destination for a relaxing and enjoyable break.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

Coast
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Love springs eternal in the romantic spa town of Harrogate

Love springs eternal in the romantic spa town of Harrogate

A beloved destination for romantic breaks, this elegant spa town has luxurious hotels, top restaurants and exotic Turkish Baths.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Fly a Falcon

Fly a Falcon

Ever wondered what it's like to have a falcon land on your arm? Book yourself in for a flying session with Falconry Days at Lady Hill Farm.

Location: Simonburn, Northumberland

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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

Food and Drink
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Celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015 in the proud home of the game

Celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015 in the proud home of the game

With games shown live on a big screen in the city centre, a fun packed Fanzone plus a food and drink festival, Rugby is the place to be this summer.

Location: Rugby, Warwickshire

Festivals and carnivals
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Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

This unique once-in-a-lifetime experience will allow you to get up close to some of nature’s most endangered species for a memory you’ll never forget.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

Courses, Learning and Self Improvement
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Discover Laurie Lee Country

Discover Laurie Lee Country

Explore this gorgeous, unspoiled corner of the Cotswolds on a rural break in The Cotswolds.

Location: Slad Valley, Gloucestershire

Literature, film and TV
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Enjoy an indulgent weekend at Menzies Welcombe Hotel

Enjoy an indulgent weekend at Menzies Welcombe Hotel

Spend quality time together and treat yourselves to a relaxing spa weekend at Menzies Welcombe Hotel –Spa and Golf Club.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Explore a living canal village

Explore a living canal village

The Grand Union Canal at Stoke Bruerne is like an outdoor museum with historic canal features to explore.

Location: Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

Lakes and waterways
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Rekindle your romance in the Peak District

Rekindle your romance in the Peak District

Put a spring in your step with a tete-a-tete in a secluded country house hotel, share a walk with heart-stopping views and chill out in a relaxing spa.

Location: Castleton, Derbyshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Get close to nature at Oxford Botanic Garden

Pack your picnic and plan a day out at Oxford’s Botanic Garden where there is always something interesting to see in the gardens.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Gardens and Parks
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Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, near Preston. Whether you’re a naturalist or a beginner, there’s something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Reignite the flame with a romantic break in Helmsley

Reignite the flame with a romantic break in Helmsley

For a National Park town known historically for its castle and market, Helmsley these days is more about makeovers, macchiatos and boutique beds.

Location: Helmsley, Yorkshire

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Learn about the history of diving at the place it was pioneered.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

Family
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Enjoy a romantic break at Cotswold House Hotel and Spa

Enjoy a romantic break at Cotswold House Hotel and Spa

Chill out and rekindle your romance with a wonderful summer luxury break at the contemporary Cotswold House Hotel and Spa in Chipping Campden.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

Countryside
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Paint your masterpiece amid the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Paint your masterpiece amid the glorious Yorkshire Dales

Get creative at this painters’ paradise – there’s no place quite like it.

Location: Settle, North Yorkshire

National Parks
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Ride a horse across Perranporth beach

Ride a horse across Perranporth beach

Enjoy an exhilarating gallop through the Atlantic waves and three miles of golden sand at Cornwall’s popular Perranporth beach.

Location: Perranporth, Cornwall

Beaches

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