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Great British Holiday Magazine - Tradition & Heritage


In times when the world is moving at a rapid pace, everyone seems to be eyes down to the device they have in their hand and thoughts are on what’s next, take a step back, enjoy the beauty that’s on offer in the UK, look at where we’ve come from and how our world today has been shaped and celebrate our tradition and heritage!

Visit Guildford in the Heart of Surrey
With excellent shopping, heritage sites, art and culture, and the beautiful River Wey, all just 35 minutes from London.  Close to Heathrow and Gatwick and a well-positioned base to explore the South East including Windsor, Portsmouth and London.Ramble the famous cobbled high street or head for The Friary Guildford or White Lion Walk – especially if it’s raining!  Enjoy sampling local food and drink – especially Hogs Back Beer, Silent Pool Gin, and Denbies or Albury sparkling wines.
Step back 1000 years into Guildford’s past on a Guildford Town Guides free walk.  Visit the Castle Keep with its stunning gardens and Guildford Museum with its collection of Lewis Carroll objects. The beautiful countryside on your doorstep is ideal for walking or visiting homes, gardens, vineyards and more!
Bressingham Gardens
The Summer Garden planted with Miscanthus sinensis, a Japanese ornamental grass, it is now the National Collection of Miscanthus. In late summer these grasses, are a spectacular backdrop to a ‘river’ of Geranium ‘Rozanne’.
Adrian’s Wood. The Fragrant Garden is designed and planted with an interesting range of plants with fragrant flowers and foliage. The Winter Garden on a winter’s day, the coloured stems of Cornus ‘Midwinter Fire’, flowers of snowdrops, early bulbs, hellebores and winter-flowering heathers will lift your spirits.
Tilbury Fort 
Explore English Heritage’s Tilbury Fort on the Thames Estuary, protector of London’s seaward approach from the 16th century through to the Second World War.
Originally built by Henry VIII, and where Queen Elizabeth I rallied her army to face the threat of the Spanish Armada, the present fort is one of the best examples of a 17th-century bastioned fortress in England.
Delve into the magazine houses used to store vast quantities of gunpowder and enter the underground passages to feel what it was like for the soldiers who lived here. Discover the fort’s colourful past in our exhibition.
Tiverton Canal Company 
Philip and Jacquie Brind, follow in their family’s footsteps as they operate one of the last remaining horse-drawn barges in Great Britain, on the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton, Devon. Wearing old style bargee costume they take people back in time, long before steam was invented, where heavy horses were both a true family friend and the engine of the day. At a peaceful, slow pace, canal wildlife and beautiful countryside pass by along the canal that opened in 1814 to carry limestone to the kilns. 
Today the canal is a haven for wildlife and is a Country Park and Local Nature Reserve. There is also rowing boat hire, meet the horses, a visitor centre and refreshments aboard The Ducks Ditty – a floating cafe bar.
Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre
The Willows & Wetlands in the heart of the Somerset Levels is really unique. Owned and run by the Coate family, who have been growing willow here since 1819, you can find out how willow is grown, harvested and processed before it is crafted into baskets. Watch our skilled basket-makers at work, take a walk through the woods to the “withy beds” and the river beyond and discover this tranquil corner of the Somerset moors.  
The fascinating museum is packed to the willow ceiling with baskets to evoke memories of a time before plastic. Sparrow traps and bee hives sit alongside theatre baskets and baby weighing scales.  
South Somerset District Council 
South Somerset is the ideal place for a short break or holiday. Explore stunning classic gardens, historic country houses, local museums with bygone crafts and innovations. Spend time at the world renowned Fleet Air Arm Museum and Haynes International Motor Museum. Take a stroll through picturesque villages, and explore the market towns with their weekly markets, books and antique shops. There is something for everyone.
Somerset means “land of the summer people”, but the welcoming locals know how to enjoy life at any time of year. With many festivals, fairs and concerts throughout the spring and summer, there is fun every weekend. In the autumn and winter months, the streets are taken over by carnivals and Christmas street markets. Soak up the atmosphere with great events all year round.
130 acres of ancient woodland garden set in the heart of the Broads National Park, Fairhaven is one of Norfolk’s best kept secrets and this wild garden is habitat for many of Nofolk’s iconic species such as Swallowtail Butterfly, Marsh Harriers, Otter and Kingfishers.  The whole family, including the dog, can take a boat trip on the broad; a must for the first time visitor to the Broads!  The garden is open all year and each season has its own appeal.

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