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Our picks for February
It might be the shortest month of the year, but February is packed with things to do and places to visit. Whether you're looking for ideas for half term or a romantic day out for Valentine's Day, we've got plenty of ideas.
To make it easy, we've rounded up the key dates for your diary and a few February facts and longer-reads to impress your friends with. There's also a round up of 'On This Day' in history events for February and instagram inspiration.26 inspiring ideas for February
5 CASTLE BREAKS IN ENGLAND
Don't settle for a hotel when you can stay on a historic site with a castle in your own backyard. Here are our top picks to help you time travel to some of England's most historic sites in 21st century style and comfort.
9 enchanting winter gardens
There's still plenty to admire in our gardens through the winter months - if you know where to look. Here's our pick of the best gardens to visit this winter, with their seasonal highlights.
Places to go for a walk
We have two brand new guides for walks between Dover Castle and Deal, and Bolsover Castle and Sutton Scarsdale. Plus inspiring blogs for walks around Stonehenge and near Bath.
Interactive Animation: the Story of 1066
1066 was the year that changed England's story forever. Navigate your way through our interactive graphic novel animation, looking out for 10 hidden items to collect as you go.
Once you've scrolled through the story of 1066, there's one final test... Will you be an Saxon Farmer? Or perhaps a Chronicler? Or will you conquer all as William, Duke of Normandy himself?Go to the animation
Stories from our blog
HOW DID THE ROMANS COPE WITH SNOW?
The Hadrian’s Wall landscape around Housesteads Roman Fort is relatively unchanged since Roman occupation. It’s easy to imagine the winter conditions endured by the Romans 1,800 years ago – because our visitors and staff face them today!
Luckily, the Romans had a number of ways to ensure they kept warm. Find out more about how they managed and find out what our site team love about Hadrian's Wall in winter.Winter on Hadrian's Wall
Why you should volunteer in 2017
Every day, hundreds of people up and down the country help us to tell the story of England. Here are seven reasons why you should give volunteering a go too.
Capability Brown: the man who changed English landscapes
Moving from formal to functional with sweeping lawns and key focal features, Brown revolutionised gardening in England. We look back at his legacy in the final post of his 300th anniversary year.
What happened to the #Battle1066 characters?
Some of the characters we've been tweeting as this year met their fate on 14th October at the Battle of Hastings. But what happened to the real people who inspired our #Battle1066 accounts?
Impressive interiors: places to visit for beautiful wallpaper
Discover two very different wallpapers at Wrest Park, the tastes of a renowned satirist, and murals that spark memories of travel.
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