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Canoeing in Cumbria

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Canoeing in Cumbria

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The words ‘I’m bored’ aren’t welcome here. Especially when we have heaps of holiday ideas and things to do in England for you discover based on your interests. We’ve got fun-fuelled breaks for families, holidays for flocks of friends, romantic getaways for love birds, city breaks for culture vultures and rural escapes for tree huggers - think of us as your England travel guide. Get filtering to find your perfect holiday in England.

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Rainy Day Activities: Scale the walls of Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre

Rainy Day Activities: Scale the walls of Exeter’s Quay Climbing Centre

With over 200 climbing lines, training walls and an abseil tower, there are plenty of indoor activities to suit everyone.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Immerse yourself in 800 years of Border history

Stay at Hesleyside Hall, ancestral home of the Charlton family since 1346, and experience 800 years of Northumbrian history in luxurious surroundings.

Location: Bellingham, Northumberland

 
July events: All aboard for trains and tunes at Indietracks

July events: All aboard for trains and tunes at Indietracks

Celebrate the best of old-time steam railways and indie rock in the East Midlands.

Location: Ripley, Derbyshire

 
Walk the Pennine way and explore Durham’s countryside

Walk the Pennine way and explore Durham’s countryside

Celebrate 50 years of the Pennine Way with the North Pennines Walking Festival, and explore some of Durham’s most scenic routes on a rural escape this autumn.

Location: Durham Dales

 
Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Visit Birmingham's famous Christmas market

Have a Teutonic shopping experience, and don't miss the Glüwein!

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 
Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon for the chance to see a play performed in the Bard’s own hometown.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 
Choose your adrenaline fix at Karting North East

Choose your adrenaline fix at Karting North East

Choose from an array of activities, including karting, paintballing, archery, tomahawks and off road rage buggies, all on one large site.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Luxuriate at Kedleston Country House Hotel

Luxuriate at Kedleston Country House Hotel

Indulge in B&B luxury at the Kedleston Country House Hotel and visit Kedleston Hall for afternoon tea.

Location: Derby

 
Short breaks: 24 hours in Cambridge

Short breaks: 24 hours in Cambridge

Here’s a taste of what you can experience in the world-famous university city less than an hour from London.

 
September events: Go to the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

September events: Go to the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships

This annual competition between Lancashire and Yorkshire, which dates back to the 1980's, sees black puddings hurled at a pile of Yorkshire puddings on a 20-foot-high plinth.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 
Follow in the footsteps of William Wilberforce

Follow in the footsteps of William Wilberforce

The Wilberforce Trail explores the politician’s fascinating past, from his early life and politics to his passionate campaign against the slave trade.

Location: Hull, East Yorkshire

 
October events: Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

October events: Experience Leicester's Festival of Light

Wrap up warm for Leicester’s spectacular Diwali lights switch on, or join in with a wealth of activities and celebrations leading up to the epic finale on Diwali Day.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 
Take a free walking tour of Bath with a local

Take a free walking tour of Bath with a local

Let the Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides show you the city of Bath with free daily walking tours.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Quirky by name, delicious by nature

Quirky by name, delicious by nature

Explore the Peak District National Park around Meltham in West Yorkshire then settle down to a relaxed fine dining experience at The Quirky Corner.

Location: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire

 
Fish and Chips on the Beach

Fish and Chips on the Beach

Make it a traditional English seaside holiday and have fish and chips on Mablethorpe Beach.

Location: Mablethrope, Lincolnshire

 
Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Discover secret roman sites in London

Discover secret roman sites in London

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Roman London; see an exquisite bathhouse, Roman amphitheatre and other remarkable artefacts.

Location: London

 
Experience gentle bike rides and outstanding natural beauty

Experience gentle bike rides and outstanding natural beauty

Explore the Howardian Hills on two wheels and three rides, with enticing back-roads and country lanes that show you a hidden side of North Yorkshire.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

 
Follow the trail of the Brontë sisters in Birstall

Follow the trail of the Brontë sisters in Birstall

Visit Red House and Oakwell Hall in Birstall, both frequented by the Brontë sisters and which featured in Charlotte Brontë’s famous novel Shirley.

Location: Birstall, West Yorkshire

 
Visit the Papplewick Pumping Station

Visit the Papplewick Pumping Station

The pumping station was designed in the 1880s to pump gallons of clean, fresh water every day to the rapidly growing population of Industrial Britain.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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