Great English escapes

Great English escapes

We’re not usually the type to boast but seeing as St George’s Day is just around the corner, we think it’s only fair to make a bit of a hoo-hah about this green and pleasant land. Join us as we celebrate the many things that make England great, from the centuries-old tradition of afternoon tea to exploring some of the best-preserved castles and historical sites in the world.

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Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

Taste the decadent afternoon tea at Oulton Hall

There’s nothing so quintessentially English as settling down in the drawing room for sandwiches, scones and a pot of Yorkshire tea.

Location: Oulton, Yorkshire

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Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Take in a show by the world class Royal Shakespeare Company

Visit the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Swan Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon for the chance to see a play performed in the Bard’s own hometown.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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Be seduced by ritzy Blackpool and its mighty Tower

Be seduced by ritzy Blackpool and its mighty Tower

Soar to dizzying heights at Blackpool Tower, whirl around on its famous dancefloor and be dazzled by ‘the greatest free light show on earth’.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Battle it out at Tewkesbury’s medieval festival

Battle it out at Tewkesbury’s medieval festival

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival, with one of the world’s biggest battle re-enactments, brings the town to life with medieval banners and events.

Location: Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire

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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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Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Enjoy a Sunday lunch on the Severn Valley Railway

Setting off from Kidderminster, dine in style on a steam-hauled restaurant car train, along 16 miles of Shropshire’s beautiful Severn Valley.

Location: Kidderminster, Worcestershire

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Get football fever at St James' Park

Get football fever at St James' Park

Experience Premier League football at St James' Park, home to Newcastle United, and go behind closed doors to the players’ changing rooms.

Location: NewcastleGateshead, Tyne and Wear

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Experience England at its most glorious

Experience England at its most glorious

Enjoy a quintessential English break exploring the grounds of the grand Goodwood Estate and grounds.

Location: Goodwood, Sussex

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Enjoy a pint in ‘England’s oldest pub’

Enjoy a pint in ‘England’s oldest pub’

Experience a meal at Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, ‘England’s oldest pub’ according to Guinness World Records, where Oliver Cromwell dined in the 1600s.

Location: St Albans, Hertfordshire

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Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Join in this most colourful of parades at Bristol Pride

Take in some drag queen cabaret or chill out to some pumping tunes; whatever you decide to do at Bristol Pride, it won’t be boring.

Location: Bristol

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Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Enjoy a drink at England’s oldest pub

Built into a cave system underneath Nottingham Castle, Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem (or ‘The Trip’ as locals call it) is a legend among English inns.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Retrace the steps of Jack the Ripper

Retrace the steps of Jack the Ripper

Take a trip down murder lane with a Jack the Ripper walk on a dark winter’s evening and retrace the steps of the infamous Victorian monster.

Location: London, Greater London

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May the force be with you in Puzzlewood

May the force be with you in Puzzlewood

See where scenes of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens were filmed as you explore the enchanting woodlands of Puzzlewood.

Location: Coleford, Gloucestershire

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Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Step inside Hogwarts' Great Hall at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and feel the films magically come to life.

Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire

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Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Discover the majestic Warwick Castle

Explore the spooky towers and frightening dungeons at Warwick Castle, and uncover its gruesome past spanning over 1100 years.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Experience contemporary art in Margate

Experience contemporary art in Margate

Contemporary art is leading the way in Margate alongside retro shops and funky bars framed by the trappings of the classic English seaside.

Location: Margate, Kent

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Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

Enjoy a magical ride across the English countryside

With your day ticket in hand, hop on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and discover some of the best villages in UK between Pickering and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, North Yorkshire

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Pair classical music with strawberries and cream at Proms in the Park

Pair classical music with strawberries and cream at Proms in the Park

A glass of Pimm’s and some top class musical entertainment – it doesn’t get much better than this on an early September evening in London's Hyde Park.

Location: London, Greater London

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Drive through the Lake District in a classic car

Drive through the Lake District in a classic car

Explore the Lake District in style. Only the sexiest sports car will do, the top has to be down, and the roads have to be winding.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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Embark on a two-night classic car break in the Durham Dales

Embark on a two-night classic car break in the Durham Dales

Combine a luxurious stay at Headlam Hall with the use of a superb Jaguar E-type and a luxury picnic hamper with which to explore the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

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