London and South East England

The capital is a whirlwind of glitzy West End theatres, energetic East End markets, green swathes of royal parkland and architectural feats. Think gothic spires, Georgian townhouses and abstract skyscrapers resembling razors and shards – even gherkins. Step outside the 'big smoke' and relax in green spaces including Kent's (known as the Garden of England), the undulating Sussex downs and Hampshire's lush New Forest – pack your bike and riding hat. History lessons in the Home Counties transport you back in time with Irons Age forts, motte-and-bailey castles and Jacobean mansions. The scenic southeast coastline is a Hollywood star, making cameos in iconic films like Brighton Rock and The White Cliffs of Dover.

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Engross yourself in dramatic history at the St. Barbe Museum

Engross yourself in dramatic history at the St. Barbe Museum

Your little ones can take the wheel of a boat before being steered through Lymington’s history of smugglers and sailors at the St. Barbe Museum.

Location: Lymington, Hampshire

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Tour Test Valley to discover an inspiring literary heritage

Tour Test Valley to discover an inspiring literary heritage

From The Mayor of Casterbridge to a very special Tank Engine; travel through Test Valley and read between the lines.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Portsmouth- alive with literary history

Portsmouth- alive with literary history

Take a romantic break in the birthplace of Dickens and Sherlock. With exhibitions, festivals and readings, it’s a must for any book lovers.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Explore Portsmouth's history on a free cycle tour

Explore Portsmouth's history on a free cycle tour

Uncover 800 years of Portsmouth's history on a guided tour and discover the famous occupants, landmarks and gems that have made the city so great.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Get lost in the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens

Get lost in the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens

Explore 300 acres of plants in one of the world's leading botanic gardens.

Location: Richmond, London

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An Italianate country house in the Chilterns

An Italianate country house in the Chilterns

West Wycombe Park is 45 acres of landscaped park in the Chilterns countryside and home to the Dashwood family for over 300 years.

Location: West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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Explore Eastbourne’s rich Victorian seaside history

Explore Eastbourne’s rich Victorian seaside history

Embark on a heritage walk for a fascinating insight into Eastbourne’s early beginnings as a Victorian seaside resort.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Set sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

Set sail at Whitstable Yacht Club

If you’re looking for something to blow the cobwebs away this weekend, why not book the gang in for a sailing course in Whitstable?

Location: Whitstable, Kent

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Get your motor running at Cars at the Castle

Get your motor running at Cars at the Castle

Head to Hertford Castle to see an array of cars, from modern to classics.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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Forage tasty mushrooms for your dinner at Fungi Foray

Forage tasty mushrooms for your dinner at Fungi Foray

Get an insight into the wonderful world of mushrooms, and find out what you can pick, and what you should avoid.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Dance ‘til dawn at Standon Calling

Dance ‘til dawn at Standon Calling

Head to Standon in Hertfordshire for a three-day summer party featuring big music acts, an on-site nightclub and bars that never close.

Location: Standon, Hertfordshire

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See stunning views of autumn colour in South Downs’ woodland

See stunning views of autumn colour in South Downs’ woodland

Be surrounded by woodland in glorious autumn colour when you walk in the footsteps of the father of ecology, Gilbert White.

Location: Selborne near Alton, Hampshire

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Eat local and stay in the luxurious rooms at The Pig

Eat local and stay in the luxurious rooms at The Pig

Foraged food and beautiful shabby chic décor are the order of the day at this unusual, but luxurious, country house hotel.

Location: Brockenhurst, Hampshire

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Discover Brighton and Hove’s fresh and exciting foodie scene

Discover Brighton and Hove’s fresh and exciting foodie scene

In recent years restaurants in Brighton & Hove have proved that the city has a lot more to offer gastronomes than just fish ‘n’ chips.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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City of London Information Centre

City of London Information Centre

The CIC is central London’s only official tourist information centre, and overseas visitors are welcomed by a team of professional advisors speaking 13 languages.

Location: London

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Spend the day taking in Portsmouth’s soaring city sights

Spend the day taking in Portsmouth’s soaring city sights

With great restaurants, entertainment, accommodation and a super-relaxed atmosphere, there has never been a better time for a break in Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Follow the Shipwrights Way sculpture trail

Follow the Shipwrights Way sculpture trail

Walk or cycle through beautiful English countryside along the Shipwrights Way, where sculptures tell stories of Hampshire’s history and culture.

Location: Bentley near Farnham to Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Fly back in time at the Museum of Army Flying

Fly back in time at the Museum of Army Flying

Fly back in time and visit the country’s only museum that tells the story of army aviation.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

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Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Discover contemporary art at three leading coastal galleries, all linked by a scenic and historic cycle route though Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Investigate the origins of Sherlock Holmes at Portsmouth Museum

Unravel the Case of the Portsmouth Doctor at A Study in Sherlock in Portsmouth Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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