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Christmas in England

Send your wish list up the chimney, feed Santa's reindeer and make sure your stockings are big enough .... a traditional Christmas in England starts early and offers more than just food.

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Listen to Christmas Music

Listen to Christmas music to get in the mood for the celebrations...

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Baconsthorpe Castle

Looking for a day out in Norfolk? Ruined Baconsthorpe Castle is ideal for a picnic and a game of hide and seek.

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Top Ten Christmas Gifts for History Lovers

Top Ten Christmas Gifts: What do you give the person who loves English history? Here are a few ideas...

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Top Ten Christmas Gifts for England Lovers

Top Ten Christmas gifts for England lovers: there's 6000 years of history to choose from!

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Walks in Oxfordshire: Bampton, Downton Abbey, and the River Thames

One of the quieter walks in Oxfordshire, our Bampton walk starts from the Downton Abbey village and follows the River Thames.

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Queen Elizabeth II: Britain's Longest-Reigning Monarch

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, was a skillful diplomat who aimed to bring people together.

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English Desserts: Treats for Autumn and Winter

The English lover their puddings. So there are English desserts for every season. Here are some traditional English recipes to try during autumn and winter.

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English Desserts: Spring and Summer Treats

The English lover their puddings. So there are English desserts for every season. Here are some traditional English recipes to try in spring and summer.

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What Happens Now Queen Elizabeth has Died?

The death of Queen Elizabeth is a time of ending and new beginning, a time for remembrance and looking forward. This article outlines what happens next.

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The longest-serving Kings and Queens of England and Great Britain

Some kings and queens of England seemingly reigned forever. Do you know who they are?

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Binham Priory: A ruined Norfolk Church that's Full of Life

Stroll through the amazing ruins of Binham Priory and explore the surviving medieval St. Mary and Holy Cross parish church.

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Things to Do in England: Exploring Bosworth Battlefield

Things to do in England: we're taking a day out to explore the battlefield of Bosworth, where the English crown changed hands.

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Traditional English Recipes

Want to cook afternoon tea or Sunday lunch like grandma used to? Find out here how to prepare traditional English recipes, the Classics of English Cookery.

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Escorted London Tour Packages

Escorted London tour packages do not get much better than the 8-day London Explorer by Trafalgar.

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Escorted England Holidays

Escorted England Holidays - if you want to see the best of England without having to worry about the logistics!

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Best Tours of Great Britain - The Real Britain

Taking in sights in England, Wales, and Scotland - the Real Britain is one of the best tours of Great Britain available right now!

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Things To Do in Shropshire

Things To Do in Shropshire? From countryside to museums to historical sites, you can spend weeks and not run out of things to see!

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Cragside: a Victorian home ahead of its time.

The home of industrialist and inventor Lord Armstrong, Cragside is a house ahead of its time.

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Sheringham: Steam Trains, Blossom Clouds, and Viking Ships

Sheringham: home to steam trains, blossom clouds, and burning Viking ships. Plus miles of sandy beach and lots to do and see.

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Rothbury: The Capital of Coquetdale.

Rothbury is a small market town in Northumberland that makes an ideal base to explore the National Park and coast.

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North Leigh Roman Villa: three hundred years of Roman Britain

Explore three hundred years of Romano-British life at North Leigh Roman Villa, including a fabulous mosaic floor!

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Alnmouth: A gem of a village on the Northumberland Coast

Alnmouth is a wonderful small coastal village in Northumberland and a great place for a beach stroll.

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Long Mynd: A Favourite with Walkers

Visit Long Mynd for challenging walks and great views.

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Barter Books: A Dream Destination for Book Lovers

Barter Books, based in Alnwick Station in Northumberland, is one of the largest secondhand bookshops in England.

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