North West England

Landscapes filled with lakes, estuaries buzzing with birdlife and revolutionary cities with sporting histories: the North West has something for everyone. Explore iconic cities that are as famous for their music scenes as their grand industrial buildings and museums. Hear The Beatles resonate from street corners in Liverpool and the Stone Roses and Oasis rock in fashionable Manchester. Switch off the sound in the Lake District as you retrace trails between ethereal peaks, fells and tarn lakes. Or head for the bright lights of the seaside under hedonistic Blackpool's blazing seafront illuminations. Welcome to a sports lovers' paradise with county crickets grounds, iconic horse races and Premiership football clubs to boot.

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See what’s new at Sound City Music Festival

See what’s new at Sound City Music Festival

Get to Liverpool as the city sets the stage for the summertime festival scene with its focus on breakthrough artists.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Immerse yourself in The Whitworth Art Gallery

Immerse yourself in The Whitworth Art Gallery

Manchester’s Whitworth gallery is a must-see, home to one of the North of England’s most internationally renowned collections of modern art.

Location: Manchester

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Sample local treats at Bents Garden and Home

Sample local treats at Bents Garden and Home

Spend an afternoon sampling delicious local treats, tour the beautiful gardens and try a workshop. Everything you need for beautiful living.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

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Experience lakeside theatre in Cumbria

Experience lakeside theatre in Cumbria

Inspiring and international performances in a charming lakeside setting.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

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Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

Enjoy exquisite art at Abbot Hall

An amazing range of art in a beautiful Georgian setting makes Abbot Hall, one of the finest small galleries in Britain.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

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Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Uncover the history of this former court and prison, including it most famous “residents”, the Lancashire Witches.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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Take a wander around Brotherswater

Take a wander around Brotherswater

The Lake District in Cumbria is famous for its stunning landscapes of lakes and fells and is the perfect place for family walks of all ages.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

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Eat, drink, shop and play till late at Camp and Furnace

Eat, drink, shop and play till late at Camp and Furnace

Camp and Furnace is all about fun: whether you want to play a game of Monopoly, go vintage shopping or sing-a-long with the music.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Discover Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter

Discover Manchester’s bohemian Northern Quarter

The Northern Quarter offers a truly alternative experience with its array of unique independent retailers, retro boutiques, cafés and bars.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Enjoy family fun among the flowers

Enjoy family fun among the flowers

The RHS Flower Show is the North’s greatest garden party. Get inspiration, listen to the bands and pick up a few plants for your own garden.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

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Experience the beauty of art outdoors in Blackpool

Experience the beauty of art outdoors in Blackpool

The Great Promenade Show is a series of outdoor art installations set on the 2km sea defences along Blackpool's South Shore.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Experience the excitement of the Aintree Grand National

Experience the excitement of the Aintree Grand National

Experience the excitement of the Aintree Grand National.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Enjoy a canal boat adventure on Lancashire's Waterways

Enjoy a canal boat adventure on Lancashire's Waterways

Enjoy the stunning Lancashire countryside in all its winter glory on a slow, dreamy holiday cruise along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal as featured on ITV’s Barging Round Britain.

Location: Lancashire

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Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Go ice-skating, visit Santa, sip on mulled wine and spend the weekend celebrating all things festive in the beautiful city of Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

See how the Chinese party as they usher in the New Year

Manchester’s Chinatown is transformed as lanterns, food stalls and a Dragon Parade take over the streets of the city.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Explore Manchester on a budget break this summer

Explore Manchester on a budget break this summer

See lots, do lots and spend very little in Manchester with a visit to the city’s many budget-friendly festivals and events this summer.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Discover the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales

Discover the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales

A photographer’s dream, the Yorkshire Dales has many moods – from wild and windswept to quietly tranquil – each dramatically beautiful.

Location: Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy a romantic city break at Oddfellows

Enjoy a romantic city break at Oddfellows

With its gorgeous Georgian architecture, Oddfellows is the perfect place to have a romantic break away.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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Take a walk with the wildlife in the Lake District

Take a walk with the wildlife in the Lake District

Keep your eyes peeled and cameras at the ready for some serious Cumbrian wildlife spotting.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Go Ghyll Scrambling in Cumbria

Go Ghyll Scrambling in Cumbria

Test your metal in Cumbria as you wade, climb, scramble and (sometimes) swim along its rivers, streams, pools and ponds.

Location: Cumbria

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