South West England

Landscapes that melt together rambling moors, rolling hills and postcard-shot beaches dotted with medieval market towns and cathedral spires. South West England shouts 'picturesque' from every corner. Hiking and biking trails criss-cross valleys and ridgeways, wind between stone-built villages and traverse towering gorges. Legends of mystical moorland beasts and stone circles lead you through endless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Foodies should fast well in advance for a gourmet trip stuffed with cream teas, fruity cider and crumbly cheeses.

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A family watching chocolate being made at Cadbury World, Birmingham.

Go chocolate crazy at Cadbury World

A must-visit destination for chocoholics of all ages, Cadbury World in Bourneville near Birmingham is full of fun indoor activities and things to do when it rains.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Chainsaw sculptures capture the eye at Beacon Hill

Where would you expect to see a sheep duo, rock character, miniature train and fairy castle, all carefully carved out of wood?

Location: Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire

 

July events: Experience Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival

Stratford-upon-Avon’s River Festival in the summer is a two-day extravaganza on the banks of the River Avon.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Visit New Place, Shakepeare's final home

Walk in Shakespeare's footsteps in the site of his final home, New Place.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

July events: Sing along to folk hits at the Warwick Folk Festival

For four days each summer, Warwick is awash with the sights and sounds of folk music from across the world.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 

See a host of military aircraft at Newark Air Museum

Located on a former Second World War airfield, Newark Air Museum is the ideal place to find out about the history of aviation.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

 

Discover UNESCO World Heritage site at Masson Mills

Experience what life was like to work in an 18th-century mill at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

 

June events: Celebrate the written word at Stoke Literary Festival

Housed within a working factory, the Stoke Literary Festival is a surprisingly scenic spot for a literary celebration.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

 

Become a Master Potter for the day

Treat yourself to some beautiful pieces in the Capital of Ceramics, and 'have-a-go' at creating your own ceramic masterpiece.

Location: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

 

Take an autumn walk along the Great Ridge

Enjoy a scenic hike along the Great Ridge walk, a Peak District classic with spectacular panoramic views.

Location: Mam Tor, Derbyshire

 

Fall in love at the Lion & Pheasant Hotel

Enjoy a relaxing stay at the Lion & Pheasant Hotel whilst on a short break with your loved-one in stunning medieval Shrewsbury.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 

Follow in the footsteps of the real King Arthur

Discover the stories behind the sword in the stone, the Holy Grail and Camelot, and the Lady Guinevere, on the King Arthur Trail in Shropshire.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

 

Accessible Peak District

You'll be surprise by the wheelchair-friendly trails in the Peak District.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

 

Meet the new arrivals in Birmingham

There are bundles of new baby animals to make the acquaintance of from all corners of the globe at Sea Life UK Birmingham and Dudley Zoological Gardens.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Underground & over ground adventures at Go Ape

Release your Tarzan and journey to the centre of the earth on an epic double adventure in Derbyshire’s beautiful Buxton.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

 

Combine culture with Warwickshire’s great outdoors

Celebrate the Arts and Crafts movement at Compton Verney in Warwickshire.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Experience the medieval romance of Haddon Hall

Grab a loved one and visit one of the oldest and most romantic Tudor houses in Britain.

Location: Bakewell, Derbyshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Watch films in style at The Electric Birmingham

Lounge on a sofa with a drink in hand and watch the latest blockbusters at the UK's oldest working cinema.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

 

Discover a haven for flowers in the heart of England

Wander hand-in-hand along Worcestershire’s Spring Blossom Trail, through field after field, amongst the county’s blossoming flowers and plant life.

Location: Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire

 

Discover the two sides of the Peak District

Two contrasting personalities, one national park... White Peak Vs Dark Peak.

Location: Peak District, Derbyshire

 

Enjoy a camping weekend at the National Water Sports Centre

Take advantage of a budget break in Nottingham with a camping weekend at the National Water Sports centre, just 10 minutes from the heart of the city.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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