Countryside

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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Discover the UK's only crocodile zoo

Come face to face with some of the most feared predators on the planet - Nile crocodiles, American alligators, black caiman and more!

Location: Brize Norton, Oxfordshire

 

Walk across 650-million-year-old rocks

The Malvern Hills is a range of ancient rocks that straddle the Herefordshire and Worcestershire border.

Location: Malvern Hills, Herefordshire

 

December events: Enter an underground Christmas cave

Follow the story of Archie and the Unicorn, told through glittering lights in an underground cavern.

Location: Clearwell Caves, Gloucestershire

 

Get the kids active at Mendip Snowsports Centre

Set in the beautiful Mendip Hills, action never stops at Mendip Snowsports Centre with kayaking, climbing, caving, archery, snowboarding, and more.

Location: Churchill, North Somerset

 

October events: Taste the best of the Peak District this autumn

Eat, drink and be merry as you make your way around the stalls at the Great Peak District Fair and Buxton Beer Festival.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

 

Discover a romantic paradise in the Peaks and Pennines

From long walks to lazy lunches, the Fleece Inn at Holme is the perfect base for your romantic break in the Yorkshire countryside.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

 

June events: Revel in music at Westonbirt Arboretum for Forest Live

England’s forests turn into atmospheric music venues for Forest Live, offering an eclectic range of artists & an amazing night out.

Location: Westonbirt near Tetbury, Gloucestershire

 

Relax and romance in the Peak District and Derbyshire

Treat your loved one to a summer weekend of pleasure and pampering in a five-star rural retreat between Matlock and Bakewell.

Location: Darwin Forest Country Park, Derbyshire

 

All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

Dorset entertains the whole family all summer long hosting an array of amazing events and festivals that are unique, nostalgic or just plain fun!

Location: Dorset

 

Cycle across two national parks

The new Lakes and Dales Loop takes in two National Parks and some of the most scenic landscapes across Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria

 

Get Active in Chevin Forest Park

Get outdoors and blow those cobwebs away in some beautiful Yorkshire countryside.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

 

Tales of intrigue, love and war at Ripley Castle

Discover over 700 years of English history through one of the country’s oldest families, and the fascinating castle that they call home.

Location: Ripley Village, North Yorkshire

 

Follow in the footsteps of great artists in Constable Country

Explore the Suffolk landscape that has inspired artists for centuries, rambling across dramatic open spaces backed by huge skies.

Location: Flatford Mill, Suffolk

 

Take a tour of Beatrix Potter's Lake District

Mountain Goat offer superb minibus tours of the Lake District – discover much-loved author Beatrix Potter’s favourite countryside on a half-day trip.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 

Enjoy a relaxing rural break at Goldstone Hall Hotel

Indulge in a countryside break at Goldstone Hall Hotel, winner of "The Small Hotel of the Year for The Heart of England West Midlands Region".

Location: Market Drayton, Shrosphire

 

Go on a ‘legless ramble’ through East Sussex’s countryside

Escape to the English countryside and explore Beachy Head in East Sussex, first on a brewery tour and then on foot.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

October events: Be wowed by Abbotsbury's Enchanted Illuminations

Discover an illuminated wonderland and Halloween display between 19 October and 3 November, at one of Dorset’s finest annual events.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

 

Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Down on the farm there are tents that think they’re cottages, roll-top baths, proper beds, fresh food, plenty of fresh air, and plenty to see and do.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

 

Rest and romance in the iconic Lake District landscape

Leathes Head Country House Hotel is the ideal spot to spend some much-needed time for two in the heart of the Lake District.

Location: Borrowdale, Cumbria

 

Capture the Wye Valley springing to life

Visit the Wye Valley in spring and admire its beautiful flowers as they emerge.

Location: Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

 

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

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