Lifestyle breaks in summer

Lifestyle in summer

Take a step back from the everyday and enjoy summer holidays outside the box, from conservation holidays in the middle of a forest to short weekend breaks in the watchtower of a castle. Enjoy a weekend break at the former home of Victorian inventor Lord Armstrong in picturesque Northumberland; become a zookeeper for a day and get up close and personal with some of nature’s more endangered species in Hampshire, and pick up a paint brush and get creative on an art holiday in Brighton.

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Retrace the Cotswolds’ Arts and Crafts movement

Explore William Morris's Cotswolds as you relive the area's arts and crafts movement in Chipping Campden and Broadway.

Location: Chipping Campden & Broadway, Gloucestershire

 

Discover the Secrets of Castle Combe

Step onto the big screen on a visit to Castle Combe, where you are following in the footsteps of the stars.

Location: Wiltshire

 

September events: Pop-up galleries and festival arts in North Yorkshire

The Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage in North Yorkshire invites visitors to experience a unique weekend featuring 130 artists in 90 pop-up galleries.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

 

Follow the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle trail

Celebrate 200 of the world's greatest artists at four leading cultural venues in Yorkshire.

Location: Wakefield and Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Get beside the seaside for the Coastival arts festival

Be part of Scarborough’s three-day celebration of all things music, theatre, dance, film and art.

Location: Scarborough, Yorkshire

 

Take a London Film Locations Tour

A whizz around London's famous film backdrops, visiting around 40 different locations.

Location: London, Greater London

 

Discover the Gardens of Cornwall

With over 70 gardens Cornwall is often described as the garden capital of the world, visit for yourself to see the greenery at its finest.

Location: Cornwall

 

Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

This museum offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the men, women and animals who have guarded the City since 1839.

Location: London, Greater London

 

See musical legends at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Swing into springtime in style at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, one of the leading Jazz events in England.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 

Uncover the story of West Midland’s industrial heritage

Go back to the where it all started, the Black Country Living Museum – home of the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Dudley, West Midlands

 

Discover secret Bristol on a budget

Uncover Bristol’s hidden treasures as the city’s most beautiful and quirky buildings open their doors to the public for free.

Location: Bristol

 

Woo your true love in Stratford-upon-Avon

Relax by the river, recite a romantic sonnet, indulge yourself in Shakespeare’s England. It is a heavenly break for you and your true love.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Britain’s national museum of arms and armour is home to a fascinating and unique collection, including the only existing suit of armour built for an elephant.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

 

November events: Eyes on the sky for Light Up Lancaster

See the skies over Lancaster light up this autumn at the North’s biggest firework display.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 

Lose Yourself in Cotswolds Beauty

Discover charming villages and beautiful countryside on a visit to the Wiltshire Cotswolds.

Location: Wiltshire

 

From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

Seek out Gloucester’s cathedral and docks to see why the city is becoming such a firm favourite with film and TV producers in Hollywood and the UK.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 

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

 

Rainy Day Activities: Get hands on at the National Football Museum

Explore the world's largest football collection, learn about the history and culture of England's national sport and take part in other footy-related indoor activities at Manchester's National Football Museum.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Pay homage to the written word in South Shields

Step inside The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, a state-of-the-art venue in South Shields.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

 

Step into a Jane Austen novel at Hartland Abbey

Visit the historic house and filming locations of classic TV adaptations of Jane Austen and Rosamunde Pilcher novels, and step into the romance.

Location: Hartland, North Devon

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