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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Discover Exeter's maritime past at Custom House

Discover Exeter's maritime past at Custom House

Uncover 2000 years of Exeter’s history with audio-visual presentations and fascinating displays at the new Custom House Visitor Centre on the city’s Quayside.

Location: Exeter, Devon

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Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

Enjoy a fairytale stay at Truro’s Water Tower

You’ll feel like a hero or heroine in your very own fairy story as you mount the stairs of Truro’s Victorian Water Tower.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

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Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

Enjoy a festive family day out at Perrygrove

Enjoy a truly magical experience with the family this Christmas at Perrygrove Railway.

Location: Coleford, 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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Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Take a walk through history in Cranborne

Explore the landscape of Cranborne Chase which inspired the father of modern archaeology, William Fox Pitt.

Location: Cranborne, Dorset

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Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Get your ‘blues’ fix at Broadstairs Blues Bash

Aint’ nothin’ but the blues - not the winter ones, but the music type in Broadstairs every February for one weekend.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

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Absorb the art of Lundy Island

Absorb the art of Lundy Island

Artists of all kinds are attracted to north Devon, and currently it is the perfect location to view works by Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley

Location: Ilfracombe and Lundy Island, Devon

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Admire the works of Alphonse Mucha at Russell Cotes

Admire the works of Alphonse Mucha at Russell Cotes

One of the most fascinating historic houses in England, Russell Cotes is a treasure trove of Victorian splendour.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Catch art-house gems at Martin's Film Festival

Catch art-house gems at Martin's Film Festival

Enjoy art house movies to box office blockbusters at the St Martin's Film Festival.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

All the fun of the fair with Dorset’s summer festivals

Dorset entertains the whole family all summer long hosting an array of amazing events and festivals that are unique, nostalgic or just plain fun!

Location: Dorset

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Discover the Cotswolds Way

Discover the Cotswolds Way

Escape to the country and walk the Cotswold Way with friends, stopping over along route at unique accommodation sites nestled in tranquil locations.

Location: Gloucestershire

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Test your Bravery and Try Sleeping with Sharks

Test your Bravery and Try Sleeping with Sharks

Are you brave enough to spend the night with sharks at the National Marine Aquarium?

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Enjoy a romantic weekend retreat on Scilly

Enjoy a romantic weekend retreat on Scilly

Experience real island life and hunker down for the ultimate romantic coastal retreat this winter.

Location: Isles of Scilly

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Take a canal walk across Wiltshire’s heartland

Take a canal walk across Wiltshire’s heartland

Relax and enjoy a slower pace of life on a Wiltshire break by walking along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Location: Wiltshire

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Step back in time on a heritage visit to Dartmoor

Step back in time on a heritage visit to Dartmoor

Become immersed in Dartmoor’s heritage as you explore its historic attractions, a modern day castle and old stannary town.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

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Make waves on a water sports holiday in Bournemouth

Make waves on a water sports holiday in Bournemouth

Bournemouth has a vast array of water sports on offer throughout the year for both the novice and professional.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Try a Tipple at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Tour the Distillery and see how Plymouth's unique smooth gin is made first hand in the oldest working distillery in England.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Take an exhilarating boat ride along Dorset’s stunning coastline

Take an exhilarating boat ride along Dorset’s stunning coastline

Explore the inaccessible parts of Dorset’s beautiful coastline, and its native wildlife, with a rip-roaring boat ride at 30 knots.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

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Beckford's Tower

Beckford's Tower

Climb the 154-step spiral staircase within the walls of this gild-topped tower.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Go bonkers for conkers in Bristol’s nature-rich Downs

Go bonkers for conkers in Bristol’s nature-rich Downs

Celebrate autumn’s bounty with a game of conkers in beautiful Bristol parkland.

Location: Bristol

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