East England

Golden miles of traditional pleasure beaches, cities pinpricked with cathedral spires and wide open countryside: you have arrived in East England. Fun-filled trips start on the refreshing North Sea coast between Victorian piers and pastel beach huts. Inland, bustling market towns spring up in vast expanses of Fens’ marshland. Navigate between windmills on The Broads' network of sleepy rivers and lakes. Warblers and cranes also like to paddle here. Vales and mills in John Constable’s landscape paintings come to life in Suffolk. The low-lying villages and woodlands on the Painter's Trail are easily explored by bike. Giggle at gargoyle carvings on university colleges or cheer thoroughbreds on race days.

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East England

Golden miles of traditional pleasure beaches, cities pinpricked with cathedral spires and wide open countryside: you have arrived in East England. Fun-filled trips start on the refreshing North Sea coast between Victorian piers and pastel beach huts. Inland, bustling market towns spring up in vast expanses of Fens’ marshland. Navigate between windmills on The Broads' network of sleepy rivers and lakes. Warblers and cranes also like to paddle here. Vales and mills in John Constable’s landscape paintings come to life in Suffolk. The low-lying villages and woodlands on the Painter's Trail are easily explored by bike. Giggle at gargoyle carvings on university colleges or cheer thoroughbreds on race days.

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Stay in a 200-year-old tower

Stay in a 200-year-old tower

Book a stay in a converted 19th century fort, where sea views and dreamy skies are all part of the décor.

Location: Shingle Street, Suffolk

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Authentic heritage with a smoky aroma and a scenic twist

Authentic heritage with a smoky aroma and a scenic twist

Discover Great Yarmouth’s finest merchant house, shipwrecked treasure in a former smoke house and ride one of England’s oldest wooden rollercoasters.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Drink where the Black Prince once dined at the Maids Head

Drink where the Black Prince once dined at the Maids Head

With its origins as a guest house built by the early Bishops of Norwich, the Maids Head has been welcoming guests for more than 900 years.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Toe tapping & hip wiggling at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival

For 17 days during May, Norwich becomes a hotbed of international art and performance creating a plethora of entertainment for all ages.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Try out a variety of family-friendly watersports on the broads. Discover rare animals from Asia on a tiger walk, all close to Great Yarmouth.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Cycle, sail or swim in the Norfolk Broads

Cycle, sail or swim in the Norfolk Broads

Sense the sounds, smells and colours of spring at Waveney River Centre in Norfolk, a serene countryside retreat with plenty of outdoor activities.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Stay in an eco-lodge at Somerleyton Estate

Stay in an eco-lodge at Somerleyton Estate

Wake up surrounded by nature in an eco-lodge on the banks of tranquil Fritton Lake.

Location: Lowestoft, Suffolk

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TEST Dads Army Halls, One Railway and Gallopers

TEST Dads Army Halls, One Railway and Gallopers

Bressingham repeats its February Half Term opening again in 2015.

Location: Diss, Norfolk

Price: £4.25 Adults, £3.25 Children

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Learn prehistoric skills with Norfolk’s resident ‘caveman’

Learn prehistoric skills with Norfolk’s resident ‘caveman’

Norfolk’s resident ‘caveman’ Will Lord will teach you the long-forgotten skills of fashioning tools out of flints and even how to make deerskin clothes.

Location: Thetford, Norfolk

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Go otter spotting in Norfolk

Go otter spotting in Norfolk

When it comes to big game spotting in the Broads National Park, there is no prey more sleek, more rare and more exciting than the otter.

Location: The Broads, Norfolk

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Family summer holidays at Oulton Broad

Family summer holidays at Oulton Broad

If you’re looking for inspiration about where to go with the family this summer, might we suggest the rather lovely town of Oulton Broad.

Location: Oulton Broad, Suffolk

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Discover ghostly goings-on at Languard Fort

Discover ghostly goings-on at Languard Fort

Mix ghost hunting with bird watching along an unspoilt stretch of Suffolk’s coastline.

Location: Felixstowe, Suffolk

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Listen out for the booming call of one of the UK’s rarest birds

Listen out for the booming call of one of the UK’s rarest birds

Spot some of Springwatch’s wildlife stars, including the famously elusive bittern, before the BBC programme returns to RSPB Minsmere in Suffolk.

Location: Aldeburgh, Suffolk

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Experience Somerleyton Hall’s romance, history and grandeur

Experience Somerleyton Hall’s romance, history and grandeur

Step back in time with a visit to one of Suffolk’s best-preserved stately homes and gardens, near the town of Lowestoft.

Location: Somerleyton, Suffolk

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Get close to the deer at the Red Deer rut

Get close to the deer at the Red Deer rut

The majestic red deer is our largest land mammal: a beautiful creature, from hoof to antler, whose iconic silhouette has captivated us for centuries.

Location: Minsmere, Suffolk

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Go on a Swallows and Amazons style adventure

Go on a Swallows and Amazons style adventure

Explore the sparkling, lock-free waterways of the Broads National Park, get up close to wildlife and kick back at a waterside pub for lunch.

Location: Stalham, Norfolk

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Catch the sunset at The White Horse on Brancaster Staithe

Catch the sunset at The White Horse on Brancaster Staithe

Stop for a fresh seafood lunch overlooking the tidal saltmarshes of the North Norfolk coast.

Location: Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

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Discover a wealth of maritime history in King’s Lynn

Discover a wealth of maritime history in King’s Lynn

Trace the maritime trail through the ancient streets to the historic quayside and immerse yourself in 900 years of seafaring history.

Location: King's Lynn, Norfolk

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Immerse yourself in art, music and culture in Bury St Edmunds

Immerse yourself in art, music and culture in Bury St Edmunds

Enjoy a great cultural holiday in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, this year celebrating 800 years since Magna Carta was signed.

Location: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Run wild on Holkham Beach

Run wild on Holkham Beach

Miles of white-gold sand with dunes and sandpits along the Norfolk coast.

Location: Holkham, Norfolk

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