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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Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Enjoy music from around the globe at Rhythmtree

Rhythmtree world music festival offers hippy food and happy faces, alongside some of the top global music stars for festival-goers of all ages.

Shalfleet, Isle of Wight

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Dive into the famous Whitstable Oyster Festival

Dive into the famous Whitstable Oyster Festival

One of the biggest events on Kent’s calendar, the annual oyster festival in trendy Whitstable is far more than a foodie’s fiesta.

Location: Whitstable, Kent

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Hitchcock Walk

Hitchcock Walk

Discover the locations used by England's most famous director throughout London.

Location: London, Greater London

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Experience 19th Century living at Waddesdon Manor

Experience 19th Century living at Waddesdon Manor

Built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, this impressive 19th century estate combines one man’s grand vision of architecture, art and gardens.

Location: Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire

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Discover a foodie’s heaven on the quayside

Discover a foodie’s heaven on the quayside

Enjoy fine dining, traditional pubs and a long history of oyster fishing in Emsworth, near Portsmouth.

Location: Emsworth, Hampshire

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Take a gastronomic trip to China in London’s Chinatown

Take a gastronomic trip to China in London’s Chinatown

Experience Asian cuisine in the heart of London with a trip to Soho's vibrant Chinatown.

Location: London

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Eat delicious seasonal food at the Wild Rabbit Inn

Eat delicious seasonal food at the Wild Rabbit Inn

Pop in for a drink by the fire or a locally-sourced meal, and then stay over at this charming inn in the idyllic Cotswold village of Kingham.

Location: Chipping Norton, Cotswolds

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Experience vibrant sea life at the London Aquarium

Experience vibrant sea life at the London Aquarium

London is probably the last place you’d expect to find tiger sharks, but at Sea Life London Aquarium there’s a whole load of them swimming about happily.

Location: South Bank, London

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Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

Get hands on at the Natural History Museum

See hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings.

Location: South Kensington, London

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Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk there are many routes to choose from at 574-acre Hylands Park.

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

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Find the perfect gift at the City of London Christmas Market

Find the perfect gift at the City of London Christmas Market

Christmas is a time for markets, and the City of London is in no short supply.

Location: London

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Take part in the Portsmouth & Southsea Triathlon Festival

Take part in the Portsmouth & Southsea Triathlon Festival

Take part in a gruelling Olympic distance race over land and sea at the Wiggle Portsmouth Triathlon Festival.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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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Take a peek behind the ancient walls of Christ Church

Take a peek behind the ancient walls of Christ Church

Discover the fascinating history of Christ Church with an exploration of this majestic college, Great Tudor Hall and Cathedral.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Family fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

The appeal of Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens goes way beyond its remarkable wildlife collection to breeding programmes and exuberant gardens.

Location: Burford, Oxfordshire

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Spend a weekend away on a historic sailing barge

Spend a weekend away on a historic sailing barge

Sail away on-board ‘Reminder’, a crewed vintage sailing vessel, for a weekend of relaxation and discovery along the rivers of the East Coast.

Location: Maldon, Essex

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Enjoy a performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Enjoy a performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Take in a show in the City's newest state-of-the-art performance and arts venue, Milton Court.

Location: London, Greater London

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Head to foodie paradise in the New Forest

Head to foodie paradise in the New Forest

Celebrate the New Forest’s rich culinary heritage at its annual Food & Drink Festival.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

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Enjoy a flutter on the horses at Royal Ascot

Enjoy a flutter on the horses at Royal Ascot

Enjoy a quintessentially British day out at Royal Ascot – a pinnacle event in the summer social calendar and a must-attend event of the year.

Location: Ascot, Berkshire

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Discover heritage and luxury in the heart of Oxford

Discover heritage and luxury in the heart of Oxford

Uncover the history of Oxford Castle Quarter, and then relax at the luxurious Macdonald Randolph Hotel on a city break in historical Oxford.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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