Food and drink in England

Food and drink

A nation that invented afternoon tea to satisfy that long gap between lunch and dinner is clearly a nation obsessed with food. Fresh-from-the-sea fish ‘n’ chips and sizzling Baltis, vibrant street food and Michelin-starred establishments: you’ll find a treat to suit your tastes in England. Tuck into regional specialities, from pikelets to pork pies, stinky cheeses to sizzling sausages. Wash it all down with a carefully crafted real ale, cider, G&T or award-winning wine. England is also famed for its gastro pubs, buzzing food festivals and quirky celebrations of produce – asparagus festival or garlic fiesta, anyone? You’ll find the best food and drink in England.

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Discover the real Downton Abbey

Re-enact your favourite scenes from the much-loved period drama at Highclere Castle before retiring to London Lodge, a Georgian Grade II-listed gatehouse on-site.

Location: Highclere, Hampshire

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Experience the life of a Royal Marine

Train yourself to the peak of physical fitness at an outdoor assault course and see if you've got what it takes, at the Royal Marines Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Bring the kids to family-friendly Victorious Festival

Enjoy a Victorious trip to Portsmouth at this scenic and buzzing music festival.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Rainy Day Activities: Explore history at Winchester’s Military Museums

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and the various battles fought throughout history at Winchester’s six Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Discover Tudor Winchester on foot for free

Thanks to its strong royal links, visitors to Winchester can follow in the footsteps of the Tudors with specialist tours and trails.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Abseil down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Take in Britain's best views whilst scaling down the side of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Enjoy a summer of waterfront events and festivals in Portsmouth

Enjoy a summer of waterfront events and festivals in Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Walk the Hangers Way

Walking route for history buffs along the steep, densely wooded East Hampshire Hangers.

Location: Alton, Hampshire

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Uncover the secrets of the last British WW2 submarine

Be prepared for the horrors of the deep, as you discover what life on board wartime submarines at the Submarine Museum.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

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Travel back in time at Milestones Museum

A trip to Milestones in Basingstoke brings the past to life. The museum is home to over 20,000 objects that were either made or used in Hampshire, and is a record of the county's social, industrial and transport history.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

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Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Discover more about the creator of the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour tour

Get closer than ever to the Royal Navy's ships on a 45 minute guided boat tour of Portsmouth Harbour.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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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Find fabulous free fun by the sea in Portsmouth

If you're looking for a great break that won’t break the bank this summer then Portsmouth is the place to be.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Get up close with the farm animals at Staunton Country Park

Come and meet friendly farm animals, have a rainforest experience in Victorian glasshouses or get lost in the maze.

Location: Havant, Hampshire

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November events: Head to foodie paradise in the New Forest

Celebrate the New Forest’s rich culinary heritage at its annual Food & Drink Fortnight from 3 to 16 November 2019.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Go on safari in the New Forest

Explore the Forest in a unique and exciting way. Hop on and off at villages, attractions and forest walks, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the view…

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Stay in a luxury country house at Lime Wood Hotel

Bed down in one of the luxury rooms and sample the excellent local food at this quirky, luxury hotel and restaurant.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

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Enjoy Hampshire’s coast from the privacy of your very own fort

Experience something different with a stay at the newly refurbished No Man’s Land Fort near Gosport.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

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Have a frightful Halloween with Dark Encounters

Discover a spookier side of Portsmouth on a ghost walk around some of the most haunted spots in the city.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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

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