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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Plan a New Forest adventure

Plan a New Forest adventure

Remember family holidays? The rain hammering down on the caravan roof; the endless games of cards, and interminable bickering? All that can be a thing of the past.

Location: Hampshire

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Stirring parkland and rural heritage at Tatton Park

Stirring parkland and rural heritage at Tatton Park

Spot deer as you wander around ancient parkland, explore richly furnished rooms and see a real working farm at this stately home in the Cheshire countryside.

Location: Knutsford, Cheshire

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Majestic views at a Corfe Castle picnic

Majestic views at a Corfe Castle picnic

Enjoy breathtaking views at the majestic ruins of Corfe Castle in the perfect idyllic picnic spot.

Location: Corfe, Dorset

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Enjoy a cycle ride with sensational views at Sutton Bank

Enjoy a cycle ride with sensational views at Sutton Bank

With Yorkshire at your feet, head out on two wheels from Sutton Bank Bikes, a cycling centre located on the dramatic Sutton Bank escarpment.

Location: Sutton Bank near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Take a stroll around Shearwater Lake on the Longleat Estate

Enjoy the sights and blooms of the Longleat Estate.

Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

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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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Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Green Island Gardens features stunning gardens professionally designed by Fiona Edmond and set within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane.

Location: Colchester, Essex

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Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Escape to the Lake District for a dog friendly weekend break

Head to Coniston in the Lake District for a multitude of dog friendly days out, including long walks, boat rides and lots of cake.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Discover a different Yorkshire on the river

Discover a different Yorkshire on the river

Discover a new world with Shire Cruisers - steering a beautifully fitted narrow boat with everything you need, past ever-changing Pennine scenery.

Location: Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

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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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Be at one with nature at Dyrham Park

Be at one with nature at Dyrham Park

Spend the day navigating nature trails, indulging in a cream tea and exploring 17th century stately home, Dyrham Park.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Make your own apple juice in the heart of the Chilterns

Spend a weekend at Chiltern Ridge and make your own apple juice, and explore the two acre site and surrounding Chiltern Hills.

Location: Chesham, Buckinghamshire

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Flex your green fingers in Derbyshire’s Peak District

Flex your green fingers in Derbyshire’s Peak District

Celebrate the fabulous feats of two gardening giants, Joseph Paxton and Capability Brown on classic country estates and in secret green spaces.

Location: Chesterfield, Derbyshire

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Ditch the tent in favour of glamping at Teversal Campsite

Ditch the tent in favour of glamping at Teversal Campsite

Spend an action-packed day in rural Nottinghamshire before retreating to a luxury tent or log cabin for an evening of al fresco drinking and dining.

Location: Teversal, Nottinghamshire

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Get back to nature at Wootton Park

Get back to nature at Wootton Park

Escape to the countryside and experience the magic of Wootton Park in Warwickshire.

Location: Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

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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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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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See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

See flowers in bloom at The Savill Garden

Enliven your senses with a walk around one of Britain's finest ornamental gardens.

Location: Windsor, Berkshire

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Slow things down in Hidcote Manor Gardens

Slow things down in Hidcote Manor Gardens

Forget about the outside world for a few hours in this perfect spot of Gloucestershire.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

The animals may be wild, the kids can run wild, but parents will be delighted at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Brentwood, Essex.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

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