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Days Out in England

West Midlands

What better way to spend a sunny day than by getting out and about at one of our properties? Complete your day with a range of events to entertain, gorgeous gardens for walks and if it's a bit overcast, tasty tea room offerings.

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Audley End House and Gardens
Audley End House and Gardens

Essex | East of England

One of England's finest country houses, Audley End is also a mansion with a difference. Enjoy a great day out.

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Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens
Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

Northumberland | North East

With so much to see and do, a trip to Belsay is one of the best value family days out in north-east England. Explore the medieval castle, the Grecian inspired Hall and acres of impressive gardens.

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Dover Castle
Dover Castle

Kent | South East

For a great family day out visit Dover Castle! New: Operation Dynamo: Rescue from Dunkirk. Explore the Secret Wartime Tunnels deep beneath the castle to see, hear and feel - as never before!

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Eltham Palace and Gardens
Eltham Palace and Gardens

London

When millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld built their 1930s Art Deco mansion by the Great Hall of medieval Eltham Palace, they created a masterpiece of 20th-century design.

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Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden
Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden

Warwickshire | West Midlands

Robert Dudley created this ornate palace to impress his beloved Queen in 1575. The newly re-created Elizabethan Garden, lost for 400 years, is now open to visitors. Vast grounds perfect for exploring.

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Wrest Park
Wrest Park

Bedfordshire | East of England

Explore the evolution of the English garden and take a stroll through three centuries of landscape design at Wrest Park.

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Down House Garden Tours
Venue: The Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Every Weds and Sun in July and August

Enjoy an hour long tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Summer Tours of Charles Darwin’s Garden
Venue: Home of Charles Darwin (Down House), Kent
Date: Wed 2 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014 (Every Wednesday and Sunday in July and August)

Enjoy a tour of the gardens of Down House. Hear about the experiments Darwin carried out to help prove his theories on evolution and see how the grounds have been restored to their original Victorian layout, complete with authentic planting.

Story Time
Venue: Stokesay Castle, Shropshire
Date: Sat 5 Jul - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Hear tales of the Stokesay Giant, heroic knights and brave princesses within the fairy tale setting of Stokesay Castle.

We Will Remember Them: London's Great War Memorials
Venue: Quadriga Gallery, Wellington Arch, London
Date: Wed 16 Jul - Sun 30 Nov

2014 sees the start of the Great War commemorations. This display will show rarely seen working drawings of the designs for the London First World War memorials.

Hands on History - Wild Crew
Venue: Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland
Date: Sat 19 Jul - Summer Bank Holiday Mon 25 Aug 2014

This summer, discover myths and legends at Belsay, including that of the Wildman, a mythical character who was a symbol of strength and the untamed.

Castle Comes Alive - Campaign!
Venue: Dover Castle, Kent
Date: Sat 19 - Fri 25 Jul 2014

Are you ready to join Henry II’s army and fight for the King? Equip yourself with bow, sword or spear and practice battlefield manoeuvres. Perform well and you may be rewarded by the greatest king in Christendom!

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