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 the magic of film and TV within the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

Discover a gateway to the far-away worlds of star warriors, magicians and the ancient lands of legendary, mythic heroes and villains.

Location: Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

 

Explore the Regency spa town of Cheltenham

This pretty spa town in Gloucestershire is the perfect place to explore and base yourself for a Cotswold sojourn.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

 

Visit a Victorian Gothic house and estate

The house near Wraxall in North Somerset is built of two types of Bath Stone, and is bristling with turrets and topped with a gorgeous elaborate roof.

Location: Tyntesfielsd, Wraxall, Somerset

 

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

 

Animal-inspired family fun at Wild Place Project

Travel through habitats of the world on the edge of Bristol with safari-style animal encounters and child-friendly activities at Wild Place.

Location: Bristol

 

Brean Sands

A beautiful sandy beach, home to stonechats and jackdaws, with an 1860s fort too.

Location: Brean, Somerset

 

Enjoy a relaxing break in Bradford on Avon

Perfect for family breaks, a stay at Church Farm Country Cottages in Bradford on Avon offers an ideal countryside retreat.

Location: Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

 

Explore the iconic Roman Baths

See one of the best preserved Roman remains with your very own eyes on an exploratory trip to the Roman Baths.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Admire nature at the University of Bristol Botanic Gardens

As well as being an key part of the University teaching, the Botanic Gardens welcome visitors and feature flora and fauna unique to the Bristol area.

Location: Bristol

 

Rainy Day Activities: Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover the incredible and diverse collection of museums, galleries and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of one another, on a rainy day in Bath.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Grab your paddle for an exploration of Bristol’s Harbour

Set out on a water sports adventure in Bristol’s beautiful, historic Harbour - the perfect setting for learning to paddleboard, canoe or sail.

Location: Bristol

 

Escape with the family to a Cotswolds hill farm

Walk with donkeys, cook alfresco pizza, picnic in an arboretum, enjoy an indoor skate-park and become a Roman for the day at Westley Farm.

Location: Chalford, Gloucestershire

 

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.

Location: Wiltshire Cotswolds, Wiltshire

 

Retreat to Ruthern Valley

Get some peace and quiet in a wooded valley inhabited with squirrels and wild rabbits.

Location: Bodmin, Cornwall

 

Indulge in a pampering Ila Chakra Wellbeing Couples Experience

Rekindle the flames of love on a romantic break at the luxury five-star Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa near Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Location: nr Malmesbury, Wiltshire

 

Discover Devon's Literature Scene

Devon has provided inspiration for a host of literary greats down the centuries. Many of them lived in Devon, or stayed to be inspired for a time.

Location: Exmoor, Lynton & Lynmouth, Taw and Torridge estuaries, Braunton Burrows, Morte Point

 

Step back in time on a Cotswolds Guided Train and Tower Tour

Time travellers will be delighted with this historic, iconic and nostalgic six hour tour of the Cotswolds.

Location: The Cotswolds

 

Explore the rooms and grounds of Snowshill Manor

From suits of Samurai armour to antique bicycles of all shapes and sizes, there are about 22,000 reasons to take a nose round Snowshill Manor.

Location: Snowshill, Gloucestershire

 

Explore the English Riviera Global Geopark

Spot rare wildlife, go coasteering, and discover stories of drowned forests at South Devon's Global Geopark, a fascinating area with rich historical and geological heritage.

Location: Torquay, Devon

 

Stretch Your Legs Hiking Dartmoor National Park

Dartmoor National Park is a walk to remember. Follow a suggested route in the leaflets; join guided walks with an expert, or set yourself a challenge.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Visit one of Capability Brown’s finest landscapes

Celebrate Capability Brown’s tercentenary as you explore 42 acres of Sherborne Castle's beautiful gardens and soak up the beauty, peace and tranquility of this natural setting.

Location: Sherborne, Dorset

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