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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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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Rainy Day Activities: Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Rainy Day Activities: Be an engine driver for the day at STEAM

Try your hand at changing the signals, drive a model steam engine and walk under an 80 ton train at STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway.

Location: Swindon, Wiltshire

 
A weekend in Gloucestershire

A weekend in Gloucestershire

From Double Gloucester to Harry Potter.

Location: Gloucestershire

 
Uncover Wareham’s southern charm and civil war past

Uncover Wareham’s southern charm and civil war past

Wareham is packed with old red-brick houses and wonky, half-timber cottages that'll have your trigger finger reaching for the camera button.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 
Admire sculptures under blue skies in Dorchester

Admire sculptures under blue skies in Dorchester

Get up close to beautiful works of art while exploring the glorious Dorset countryside at Sculpture by the Lakes.

Location: Dorchester, Dorset

 
December events: Wander through a Bavarian-style village in Bristol

December events: Wander through a Bavarian-style village in Bristol

Bristol is brimming with free events, festivals and markets during the winter.

Location: Bristol

 
Heart-pumping mountain biking in the Forest of Dean

Heart-pumping mountain biking in the Forest of Dean

Feel the adrenaline flow through you as you experience downhill mountain bike tracks in the Forest of Dean.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 
Be a big cat keeper for a day at Dartmoor Zoo

Be a big cat keeper for a day at Dartmoor Zoo

Join the Big Cat Keepers at Dartmoor Zoo for this hard work, hands on, all day experience.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
May events: Tuck into a three day food festival in Exeter

May events: Tuck into a three day food festival in Exeter

Celebrate the best food and drink from the South West at this event in May.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Pop the question on a Palladian bridge

Pop the question on a Palladian bridge

The Palladian Bridge, nestled in the beautifully landscaped gardens of Prior Park, offers a memorable spot for a proposal.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Get the teenagers active on an action-packed family break

Get the teenagers active on an action-packed family break

Enjoy a weekend of abseiling, cycling and horse riding and country walks with the whole family on the moor.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 
Explore Lyme Regis

Explore Lyme Regis

Wander round narrow streets and along the South West Coastal Path.

Location: Lyme Regis, Dorset

 
Enjoy street food beside the river in Exeter

Enjoy street food beside the river in Exeter

Choose from an impressive line-up of different cuisines at this regular night market, set against the stunning backdrop of Exeter's historic quayside.

Location: Exeter, Devon

 
Rummage for antiques in an old railway station

Rummage for antiques in an old railway station

Those with a passion for all-things vintage will feel at home in Bath, a chic Georgian city bursting with vintage markets and retro shops.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 
Rainy Day Activities: Take a television tour of the BBC

Rainy Day Activities: Take a television tour of the BBC

Step inside the exciting world of broadcasting on one of the BBC’s award-winning tours - a rainy day idea that all the family can enjoy.

Location: Bristol

 
Lose Yourself in Cotswolds Beauty

Lose Yourself in Cotswolds Beauty

Discover charming villages and beautiful countryside on a visit to the Wiltshire Cotswolds.

Location: Wiltshire

 
October events: Scare yourself silly at Longleat this Halloween

October events: Scare yourself silly at Longleat this Halloween

Longleat’s infamous Halloween Ghost Tours are back and they're bigger and eerier than ever.

Location: Longleat, Wiltshire

 
Discover the home of Banksy on a Bristol Street Art Tour

Discover the home of Banksy on a Bristol Street Art Tour

Street art tours are a ‘must do’ cultural experience in the city, thanks to Bristol-born Banksy and many other famous artists

Location: Bristol

 
Explore the myths and mysteries of Stonehenge

Explore the myths and mysteries of Stonehenge

To really take in the prehistoric wonder of Stonehenge, hop on board one of Salisbury’s Magical History Tours.

Location: Salisbury, Wiltshire

 
Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Spot Poldark at Chavenage House

Come and see 'Trenwith', the Poldark family home, actually 'played' by Chavenage House in Tetbury and you may spot Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark!

Location: Tetbury, Gloucestershire

 
Take the Pinkery Challenge at Exmoor’s Chains

Take the Pinkery Challenge at Exmoor’s Chains

There are few locations more stunning than Exmoor but if its wilderness you are after, then places don’t get much wilder than Exmoor’s Chains.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

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