The rolling hills of Nidderdale.
A row of colourful beach huts at Minnis Bay near Margate on the Isle of Thanet in Kent., Minnis Bay, Birchington, Kent, England. Additional Credit: Thanet District Council
Jane Austen’s House Museum, Chawton, Hampshire, England, UK. Additional Credit: Hampshire County Council
There’s a lot to be said for staying in England this year. No airport delays, no poor currency exchange rates or language barriers to contend with – you can just jump in the car (or on the coach or train) and let the holiday begin. It’s easy to get there, your credit cards work and mobile phone data won’t cost a fortune – and overall, it’s not bad value for money.
And at least with your weather expectations will already be set– so if it does rain all week, you’ll have waterproofs and wellies at the ready.
There are plenty of interesting reasons to take a break nearer home aside from the financial implications. England is a rich and diverse land with plenty to revisit and explore. It has a unique selection of cities, towns and villages with unique architecture, atmosphere and geography. Combined with entertainment, theatres, and museums there are lots to keep you entertained, refreshed and relaxed.
Check out English Tourism Week (25 March – 2 April 2017) a weeklong celebration of the diversity England has to offer. During the week there will be a wide variety of local and national events, discounts and special offers being made available by tourism businesses around the country including museum events, exhibitions, sports experiences and lots more.
We have picked ten ideas to inspire you for this year’s doorstep adventures.
Roam the Yorkshire Dales
Ramble in rolling hills, beautiful valleys and delightful stone built villages. The Dales is one of the jewels of the north and sometimes lost in the shadow of the more famous Lake District.
Enjoy a walk along the Ingleton waterfalls trail, which will lead you through ancient oak woodland and breath-taking scenery via a series of stunning waterfalls. Head off to Gunnerside in Upper Swaledale and marvel at the classic Dales landscape. Why not take a trip on the Settle to Carlisle railway, which cuts through the National Park using tunnels and iconic Ribblehead Viaduct.
Take a Trip to the Timeless Seaside of Kent
Here sandy beaches meet surf schools, fishermen’s cottages meet Charles Dickens connections and retro ice-cream parlors meet chic shops. This is the perfect place for family-friendly fun.
New events and anniversaries for 2017, including exhibitions at Turner Contemporary, nostalgic events at Dreamland Margate and the 80th anniversary celebrations of Broadstairs’ Dickens Festival.
Exciting things are happening in the coastal resorts of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.
Go Out and About in Buckinghamshire
Discover interesting villages such as The Vicar of Dibley’s Turville and the famous windmill used as Professor Potts house Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Great Missenden, a wonderful curving high street with half-timbered houses and Georgian shops is the home of the delightful Raold Dahl Museum
There is also an abundance of walks from the Ridgeway trail along the back of the Chilterns to the Thames Path.
Stargaze in Northumberland
You will find the Northumberland National Park is out of this world for stargazing and astronomy. It has the darkest skies in England. Here, on a clear night, you can see millions of stars, the Milky Way and even the Andromeda Galaxy (2.5 million light years away) with the naked eye. Every night, there is something different to see, from meteor showers to the Northern lights.
Join in events in Jane Austen’s Hampshire.
Jane Austen, one of the world’s most famous authors, spent most of her life in the historic and beautiful county of Hampshire. Its houses, countryside and people provided the inspiration for many of her novels.
2017 will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and Hampshire Cultural Trust is working with Jane Austen’s House Museum and many other partners across the county to celebrate Jane’s creativity and talent. The year will be packed with exhibitions, talks, walks, writing competitions and performances
Soak up Beautiful Bath
Relinquish those worries, rejuvenate, become inspired, and leave Bath feeling truly happy. Set in rolling hills in the southwest, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bath is renown for its hot springs and beautiful honey-stone architecture. Take a tour of the original Roman Baths or get a real taste of life gone by at the Thermae Bath Spa, where you can bathe in the natural hot springs deep beneath the city.
Capture the Castle in Lincoln
Navigate paths first built by William the Conqueror as you walk along the entire medieval walls of Lincoln Castle – built in 1068 – giving stunning views over rural Lincolnshire or across the city to the beautiful Lincoln Cathedral.
There is a wealth of history to discover inside the English castle too. Living history in the Victorian prison, amongst other heritage attractions, will bring to life the ways the castle has been used over the years – including stories of prisoners that have spent time in its cells.
Cycle the Oxfordshire Countryside
Enjoy a gentle bike ride along the ancient drovers’ road, the Ridgeway in the fresh air to discover the delights of Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot.
Encounter mysterious earth works such as the White Horse, perhaps the emblem of a local tribe; ancient tombs like Waylands Smithy and strange creations such as Dragon Hill. Lets go fly a kite from Uffington Castle, amid the sweet scented meadow flowers and humming bees.
Blast off to Leicester’s National Space Centre.
Your whole family will enjoy this adventurous day out. Will you choose to pilot the “Eagle” onto the moon’s surface? Why not be one of 17 astronauts in the UK’s only Spaceflight Induction Module and fly on a white knuckle ride from the moon, past meteorite showers and an ice canyon and onto Europa?
Watch the first ever sci-fi movie and see a dog spacesuit. Accept the ultimate water rocket challenge and blast off into space inside the Vostok Capsule. And don’t miss seeing the last piece of genuine moon rock to be returned to Earth on display at the National Space Centre.
Step into the pages of an Enid Blyton novel in Dorset
Explore the rugged landscapes for a sniffing adventure.
Enjoy glorious views, beautiful sunsets and wander wildlife and butterfly havens stumbling upon grazing goats and rich arrays of wildflowers. Steeped in maritime history and heritage, there are museums, castles and lighthouses to explore, folklore and tales of pirates and smugglers to discover and arts to admire.