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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Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

Spend a day exploring the sights in the Wiltshire Cotswolds

In the north west of Wiltshire, the Cotswolds encompasses the honey-pot village of Castle Combe and the picturesque market town of Malmesbury.

Wiltshire Cotswolds, Wiltshire

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Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Lose yourself within the majestic rooms of Forde Abbey

Pay a visit to Forde Abbey, which was recently the venue for filming a major scene in the 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd.

Location: Chard, Somerset

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See the stars at Bristol's 3d Planetarium

See the stars at Bristol's 3d Planetarium

Located in the At-Bristol Science Centre, the UK's only 3d Planetarium offers a unique perspective on the night skies including seasonal shows and special events.

Location: Bristol

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From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

From Alice to Potter, scout out Gloucester's famous film locations

Seek out Gloucester’s cathedral and docks to see why the city is becoming such a firm favourite with film and TV producers in Hollywood and the UK.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Take to the waters in South Devon

Take to the waters in South Devon

Salcombe’s sheltered estuary makes it the perfect British watersports holiday destination.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

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Experience a little piece of Island Culture

Experience a little piece of Island Culture

Open air theatre, art and craft galleries, music and history - the Isles of Scilly has a range of attractions and activities for culture vultures.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Don’t be afraid to make a splash at Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park has more than 150 lakes to choose from – offering all kinds of watersports. Take your pick!

Location: The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire

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Sing along to Christmas carols at Hillside Bewery

Sing along to Christmas carols at Hillside Bewery

Enjoy a fun, festive evening at the Hillside Brewery Christmas carol service.

Location: Longhope, Gloucestershire

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Discover the National Trust Killerton Estate by bicycle

Discover the National Trust Killerton Estate by bicycle

Discover the enchanting and historical estate of National Trust Killerton by bicycle.

Location: Broadclyst, Devon

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Go off road trail riding with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre

Go off road trail riding with Pewsey Vale Riding Centre

Take to some of Wiltshire's finest riding trails for superb views of the monuments of the county.

Location: Marlborough , Wiltshire

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Discover Salcombe’s rich maritime and WWII history

Discover Salcombe’s rich maritime and WWII history

From its rich maritime and wartime history to Otto Overbeck’s ‘electrical rejuvenator’, Salcombe is filled with historic gems.

Location: Salcombe, Devon

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Look to the night sky on Exmoor

Look to the night sky on Exmoor

This National Park of diverse landscapes, woven together in a rich tapestry, provides inspiration day and night

Location: Exmoor, Devon/Somerset

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Cycle through Plymouth and Dartmoor

Cycle through Plymouth and Dartmoor

Plymouth is perfectly positioned for the pedalling visitor on the crossroads of National Cycle Network routes and on the foothills of Dartmoor.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Take an enchanting trip on the Dean Forest Railway

Take an enchanting trip on the Dean Forest Railway

Experience the sights, sounds and the smell of traditional train travel on The Dean Forest Railway, a rural branch railway offering rides on steam trains and some heritage diesel services.

Location: Lydney, Gloucestershire

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Take a walking break in north Wiltshire

Take a walking break in north Wiltshire

Enjoy spending some quality time with your loved one on a romantic walking break in the pretty Wiltshire town of Cricklade.

Location: Cricklade, Wiltshire

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Take a trip through the Cotswolds on a steam railway

Take a trip through the Cotswolds on a steam railway

Sit back and relax as you explore the Cotswolds on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway.

Location: Toddington, Cotswolds

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Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Satisfy your inner Willy Wonka at The Chocolate Hotel

Calling all chocoholics: the UK’s only chocolate-themed hotel has 15 rooms, dedicated to all that is tasty and tantalising.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Learn how real ales and single estate vodka are made

Learn how real ales and single estate vodka are made

Book onto a Brewery and Distillery tour and learn more about how real ales and single estate vodka are made.

Location: Ramsbury, Wiltshire

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Forage for a feast with Vale House Kitchen

Forage for a feast with Vale House Kitchen

Gather wild food from the forest floor in the quaint village of Timsbury near Bath on one of Vale House Kitchen’s wild food cookery courses with a difference.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Explore Wiltshire's rich landscape on the Wiltshire Cycleway

Explore Wiltshire's rich landscape on the Wiltshire Cycleway

Cycle along Wiltshire’s quiet country lanes and enjoy rural England at its very best on the Wiltshire Cycleway.

Location: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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