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Discover the story behind Sir Loin at Hoghton Tower

Discover the story behind Sir Loin at Hoghton Tower

Take a tour of the same banqueting hall and staterooms visited by James I, where you’ll also see the menu from the famous ‘Sir Loin’ banquet.

Location: Hoghton, Lancashire

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Sip cocktails and soak up panoramic views of Manchester at Cloud 23

Sip cocktails and soak up panoramic views of Manchester at Cloud 23

If you’ve got a head for heights and a taste for good cocktails, go to Manchester’s highest bar with a view.

Location: Deansgate, Manchester

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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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Vintage swimwear, Lewis Carroll’s desk and summer keepsakes

Vintage swimwear, Lewis Carroll’s desk and summer keepsakes

Step back in time and discover British seaside holidays through the ages in the new Summer Holiday Seaside exhibition on Eastbourne’s elegant seafront.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Pick a picnic spot at Wallington House

Pick a picnic spot at Wallington House

When it comes to pretty picnic spots, the Wallington estate sits fairly high up the charts.

Location: Morpeth, Northumberland

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Discover your wild side at 'Beamish Wild' in Durham

Discover your wild side at 'Beamish Wild' in Durham

Swing from the treetops in ancient woodland, but keep your eyes on the prize as a refreshing real ale awaits in the micro-brewery & restaurant below.

Location: Vale of Durham, Durham

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Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Take to the seas at Portsmouth Watersports Centre

Want to get off terra firma onto the high seas? Join Portsmouth Watersports Centre for one of their exhilarating water-based courses and activities.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Discover a tale of forbidden love at Bessie Surtees' house

Discover a tale of forbidden love at Bessie Surtees' house

A tale of forbidden love to rival Romeo and Juliet is immortalised in Bessie Surtees’ 16th century house, tucked behind NewcastleGateshead's quayside

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Retail heaven at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Retail heaven at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Spend the day in the incredible shops with fabulous discounts across hundreds of designers, there’s every reason to splurge.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

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See cult heroes and local gems at Farmfest

See cult heroes and local gems at Farmfest

There's more than cows at Farmfest; tons more given that their spectacular lineup includes acts like Young Fathers, and a host of food and comedy to boot!

Location: Somerset

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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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Enjoy a brass band concert at Hertford Castle

Enjoy a brass band concert at Hertford Castle

Hertford Castle Gatehouse will open its doors to the public free of charge, with a brass band concert on the Castle lawn.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest

Hotel TerraVina in the New Forest

Who says getting close to nature has to involve roughing it? Most of Hotel TerraVina's luxurious rooms have outside space and sun-loungers, so you can sit back in style and soak up the gorgeous countryside.

Location: Netley Marsh, Hampshire

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Go Intergalactic at bluedot festival

Go Intergalactic at bluedot festival

Go stargazing while being star struck by an out-of-this-world line-up of musical talent at bluedot festival.

Location: Blackden, Cheshire

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Sampling England’s national dish in historic Whitby

Sampling England’s national dish in historic Whitby

The traditional taste of fish and chips still comes out on top in the picturesque seaside town of Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Established in the 16th Century Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park must be one of the oldest picnic areas in the country.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Learn to sea kayak in St Austell Bay

Learn to sea kayak in St Austell Bay

Renowned for its kayaking opportunities with its sheltered beaches and harbours, St Austell Bay is the ideal location for family fun on the water.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

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Enjoy country-chic style at No1 Silverbank

Enjoy country-chic style at No1 Silverbank

It’s a bit of an understatement to call No1 Silverbank a cottage. Yes, it has exposed beams, a log fire and a pretty garden filled with perennials – but that’s only half the story.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

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Cycle Through Time

Cycle Through Time

Explore the extensive grounds of Norfolk's fabulous Blickling Estate on two wheels.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

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Spend the day taking in Portsmouth’s soaring city sights

Spend the day taking in Portsmouth’s soaring city sights

With great restaurants, entertainment, accommodation and a super-relaxed atmosphere, there has never been a better time for a break in Portsmouth.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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