Rural escapes in summer

Rural retreats in summer

Enter a world of peace and tranquility on a rural break in the English countryside, where a world of historic castle grounds alive with colour, unspoilt woodlands, lush landscapes and quaint English villages await you. Be pampered from head to toe in your own moorland lodge on a spa break in Bradford, explore quaint market towns and walk alongside awe-inspiring waterfalls in the Durham Dales, or hop aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a luxurious train ride through picturesque moorlands.

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Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

As West Midland Safari Park opens up late for the whole of August, discover the perfect way to enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Location: Bewdley, Worcestershire

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See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

See breath-taking vistas at Beth Chatto Gardens

Explore these breath-taking and inspirational gardens created by 10 times Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Enjoy a rural escape at Kitley House Hotel

Enjoy a rural escape at Kitley House Hotel

This 500 year old country house is set in the heart of the South Devon countryside making it the perfect destination for a relaxing and enjoyable break.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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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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Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable and explore Dedham Vale and Stour Valley an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Dedham, Colchester

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Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Visit Jesmond Dene, a little green in the City

Do you love to picnic? Visit NewcastleGateshead to experience the beautiful wildlife corridor that leads to the centre of Newcastle.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Wander a tranquil 1920s garden

Wander a tranquil 1920s garden

The 10-acre gardens of Coton Manor sit in peaceful Northamptonshire countryside.

Location: Coton, Northamptonshire

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Luxury camping in idyllic North Yorkshire

Luxury camping in idyllic North Yorkshire

Enjoy the great outdoors in style at this luxury campsite where life is particularly good.

Location: Buttercrambe Moor Wood, near Stamford Bridge, Yorkshire

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Enjoy a relaxing break at Alveston Manor Hotel

Enjoy a relaxing break at Alveston Manor Hotel

Enjoy England’s beautiful countryside at its rural best, along with great hospitality at Billesley Manor.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

Visit the hidden hedged gardens of Hill Close Gardens

See the rare survivals of Victorian gardens, which were used by townsfolk who wanted to an escape from the busy town centre.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Walk and picnic amongst the prehistoric landscape at Avebury

Walk and picnic amongst the prehistoric landscape at Avebury

Step into the largest stone circle in the world, standing for over 4500 years, and the site of a host of archaeological excavations.

Location: Marlborough, Wiltshire

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Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Dandelion Hideaway’s canvas cottages offer family-friendly simplicity and the chance to ‘muck in’ with farming activities.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

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Discover olde world Lincolnshire

Discover olde world Lincolnshire

The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the city.

Location: Lincolnshire

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Take a cruise on the Grand Union Canal

Take a cruise on the Grand Union Canal

Get on-board for a leisurely cruise into the heart of the Chiltern Hills, enjoying impressive views of the Buckinghamshire countryside.

Location: Pitstone, Buckinghamshire

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Take a steamboat cruise on Coniston Water

Take a steamboat cruise on Coniston Water

See the Coniston Old Man in a different light.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

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Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest

Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest

Who says getting close to nature has to involve roughing it? Most of Hotel TerraVina's luxurious rooms have outside space and sun-loungers, so you can sit back in style and soak up the gorgeous countryside.

Location: Netley Marsh, Hampshire

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Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Walk along the riverside & picnic on top of Penshaw Hill

Washington is home to acres of beautiful green spaces, from sheltered woodland, open fields, riverside landscapes; all laden with walk and cycle ways.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Have a picnic in Cardingmill Valley

Have a picnic in Cardingmill Valley

Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd offer breathtaking views across Shropshire but watch out for the sheep.

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

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Enjoy an idyllic farm stay escape near Bristol

Enjoy an idyllic farm stay escape near Bristol

Get back to basics away from the hustle and bustle of daily life with a stay in bespoke vintage caravans on a serene farm.

Location: Corsham, Bristol

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