Heart of England

Quintessentially English countryside, historic towns, stately homes and castles,there’s so much to see and do whilst staying at one of our caravan parks or holiday parks in the Heart of England. Here’s our guide to the Top Ten Things To Do whilst on one of our caravan holidays in the Heart of England.

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1. Stride out across the Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills rise from the River Severn plain and form a striking landmark visible from afar, although only nine miles long. There is some fine walking on the hills and it is difficult to stroll here without hearing the Enigma Variations by the county’s most famous son – the composer Edward Elgar – playing in your head.

2. Cycle around the Forest of Dean

There is a wide-ranging network of well-constructed cycle paths around the Forest of Dean which are particularly good for families. These routes make use of old railway lines which served the coal mines deep in the forest and therefore offer long stretches of flat, gentle gradients.

3. Go punting in Oxford

What could be finer than punting through Oxford on a lovely sunny day? It is an image often associated with the city of dreaming spires – lazy summer days, champagne picnics, men in straw boaters. To enjoy a quieter and more verdant stretch of the River Cherwell, a small tributary of the Thames, head up to the Cherwell Boathouse in north Oxford.

4. Enjoy a unique shopping experience in Chester

The Rows is one of Chester’s most distinguishing features. Originally built in medieval times these are galleried walkways that run along four streets. The magnificent old black and white half-timbered buildings, raised above street level, are reached by flights of stone steps. Today they house shops, restaurants, little museums and the occasional pub. They are the only known example of their kind in the world although no one is sure why they were built in this way.

5. Walk around the cradle of the Industrial Revolution

It is hard to believe that this beautiful stretch of the River Severn in Shropshire was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Nature has now softened the landscape and reclaimed the riverbanks and a tour around this World Heritage Site on foot is an enjoyable way to appreciate it. There are ten absorbing museums to visit, telling the history of this fascinating place, named after the iconic iron bridge, that can be visited en-route.

6. See where Robin Hood hid from his enemies

Within Sherwood Forest stands The Major Oak, believed to be nearly a thousand years old and England’s most famous tree. Legend has it that Robin Hood hid from his enemies inside it.

7. Watch the Severn tidal wave

The Severn Bore is a naturally occurring tidal wave which sweeps upstream as far as Gloucester when tides are high. It occurs throughout the year with an average speed of 10 miles per hour and has been known to reach two metres in height, although the size of the bore can be affected by seasonal tide levels and weather conditions.

8. Explore the new National Forest

The National Forest is one of the most ambitious and imaginative environmental projects in the UK. Stretching across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire 200 square miles of countryside are being transformed, merging ancient woodland with new planting to form a new national forest. The gently undulating landscape is perfect for walking, cycling or horse-riding. Through the creation of new habitats the National Forest is also an ideal location for bird and wildlife watching.

9. Admire the splendour of Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is one of the true treasure houses of Britain Devonshire and among Britain’s finest stately homes. Standing on the banks of the River Derwent, Chatsworth is set in expansive parkland. Everything is on a massive scale, opulent and designed to impress.

10. Raise a glass at one of England’s largest vineyards

The Three Choirs Vineyard is one of the greatest champions in the resurgence in popularity of English wines. Established in 1973, it is now the second largest commercial vineyard in the UK and produces some of the finest examples of contemporary English wines winning many prizes. The vineyard has developed many commercial aspects, as well as the usual tours, tastings and shop, including an award-winning restaurant and micro-brewery.

If this inspires you, why not browse our selection of holiday parks and caravan parks in the Heart of England, and see what catches your eye?

Holiday Parks in Heart of England

Astbury Falls Lodges

Surrounded by a breathtaking landscape of unspoilt rolling countryside, meandering rivers and a lovely waterfall, these outstanding lodges offer an idyllic retreat....

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£305 - £825 per week

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Lime Tree Park

Ideally placed for discovering the glories of the Derbyshire countryside Lime Tree Park, located next to a thickly wooded limestone gorge with...

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£259 - £629 per week

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Brookside Leisure Park

Enjoying an enviable setting in the secluded grounds just 500 yards from Offa’s Dyke, these superb properties boast fantastic views over a...

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£285 - £1375 per week

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Bluewood Lodges

Bluewood Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, superbly located near to the picture postcard traditional Cotswold village of Kingham....

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£469 - £1329 per week

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Darwin Forest Country Park

Darwin Forest is the perfect woodland setting for you to relax and enjoy your holiday exploring the beautiful Peak District. The park...

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£335 - £2095 per week

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The Ridgeway

Surrounded by mature trees and woodland walks in a designated area of Special County Value for Landscape, this peaceful park is ideally...

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£219 - £665 per week

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Ashlea Pools Lodges

Ashlea Pools Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holidays Collection, enjoying a peaceful lakeside setting in one of the most beautiful...

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£295 - £1095 per week

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Forest of Dean Lodges

Nestling amid lush oak woodland, these superb cabins enjoy a spectacular setting in the heart of England’s first national forest park. An...

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£441 - £3507 per week

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Ashbourne Heights

Commanding breathtaking views of the Peak District National Park from its elevated position, this magnificently situated park offers the perfect place for...

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£349 - £895 per week

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Wickham Green Farm Lodges

Enjoying stunning views across glorious unspoilt countryside, these three superbly located lodges sit in the heart of beautiful Wiltshire on a working...

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£309 - £789 per week

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Sandybrook Country Park

Set in the former grounds of an elegant 19th-century manor house, and boasting an old walled garden, historic pinetum and a beautiful...

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£289 - £1541 per week

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Wayside Lodges

Wayside is an exclusive group of well presented and spacious lodges nestling in 14 acres of privately owned paddocks and woodland, within...

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£280 - £695 per week

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Sherwood Hideaway Lodges

Nestled deep within Sherwood Forest on the magnificent Thoresby Estate, Sherwood Hideaway Lodges offer a luxurious retreat for couples and families alike.Majestic...

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£565 - £1355 per week

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Sherwood Forest Lodges

Set in the largest woodland area in Sherwood Forest, these superbly located lodges enjoy spectacular views of forest and lush green glades....

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£455 - £4205 per week

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Ramshorn Woodland Lodges

Within 3 miles of Alton Towers these impressive two storey lodges are a popular choice with both families and groups of friends...

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£599 - £1825 per week

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Aymestrey Lodges

Nestled in stunning Herefordshire countryside, this small development of luxury lodges offers the perfect retreat for couples and families alike. The lodges...

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£389 - £1035 per week

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Billing Aquadrome

Billing Aquadrome is set within 235 acres of beautiful lakes and parkland and is a popular choice for families and couples looking...

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£255 - £605 per week

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Wigley Orchard

Get away from it all to this perfect hideaway offering nothing but peace and quiet, deep in the Worcestershire countryside. From this...

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£164 - £439 per week

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Woodland Park Lodges

Nestling in tranquil woodland, deep in Shropshire’s unspoilt countryside, this superb collection of traditional real-log lodges offers an idyllic rural retreat. Perfect...

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£262 - £1405 per week

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Whitemead Forest Park

Peacefully tucked away amongst the rolling hills and majestic woodland of the beautiful Forest of Dean, Whitemead Forest Park complements its magical...

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£349 - £1522 per week

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Swainswood Leisure Park and Spa

Enjoying a delightful setting in the heart of the English National Park, this small, exclusive collection of holiday homes and luxury lodges...

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£329 - £1135 per week

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Redbrick Woodland Lodges

Redbrick Woodland Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, nestling in woodland with its own small lake in the grounds...

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£549 - £1345 per week

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Quarry Walk Lodges

Quarry Walk Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, tucked away off the beaten track amidst 46 acres of peaceful...

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£409 - £1465 per week

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Beaconsfield Park

Carefully set amidst the lovely spacious grounds, you enjoy superb accommodation with a touch of luxury. There is an indoor heated swimming...

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£255 - £989 per week

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Rudyard Lake Lodges

Set near Rudyard Lake, these Swedish lodges offer the perfect retreat. Hidden deep in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Rudyard Lake...

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£419 - £999 per week

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Woodside Lodges

These exclusive solid timber Scandinavian lodges offer the perfect retreat to enjoy the 25 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds, which have achieved...

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£349 - £899 per week

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Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest

Sherwood Castle Holiday Forest is part of our Go Active Breaks Collection, nestling deep in 40 acres of woodland in the heart...

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£212 - £1319 per week

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Charlesworth Lodges

Charlesworth Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection and offer a real hidden gem! Nestling in peaceful woodland on a...

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£314 - £779 per week

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Stratford Riverside Lodges

Set on the banks of the River Avon, just a mile from beautiful Stratford, these luxurious lodges create a perfect rural escape...

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£469 - £995 per week

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Hunters Moon

The perfect choice for your peaceful country holiday, these lodges enjoy settings beside or near to a lake – ideal for nature...

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£189 - £869 per week

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Longnor Wood

This small, family run select adult only park is ideally situated for exploring the Peak District National Park.Nearby Longnor has pubs and...

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£405 - £810 per week

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Silver Trees

Silver Trees, awarded the David Bellamy Gold Award for conservation, is set in the heart of Cannock Chase, a designated area of...

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£259 - £849 per week

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St Michaels Caravan Park

Set in an old apple orchard, this small park boasts an enviable setting amidst the glorious unspoilt countryside of the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border,...

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£232 - £459 per week

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Beechwood Park

This peaceful park sits in 30 acres of tranquil grassland and is situated opposite the impressive Elvaston Castle and its beautiful Grade...

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£229 - £799 per week

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Oasis Lodges

Exclusive lodges set in eight secluded acres of woodland and meadows with stunning views of one of the country’s only natural swimming...

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£379 - £1079 per week

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Ford Farm Lodges

If peace, quiet, an idyllic setting and luxurious accommodation are what you are looking for, look no further. Surrounded by unspoilt countryside,...

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£269 - £795 per week

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Fir Trees

Set in beautifully landscaped grounds surrounded by peaceful countryside, this park offers a haven of rural tranquility just a mile from historic...

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£299 - £589 per week

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Ashby Woulds Lodges

Ashby Woulds Lodges is part of our Evermore Lodge Holiday Collection, an exclusive collection of exceptional boutique lodges in an idyllic waterside...

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£415 - £1295 per week

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Weston Wood Lodges

Beautifully situated amidst the undulating hills of southern Derbyshire, this luxurious rural retreat unites picture-postcard views with a fabulous location for exploring....

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£277 - £963 per week

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Henlle Hall Woodland Lodges

Henlle Hall Woodland Lodges is part of our Autograph Lodge Holidays Collection, a small cluster of superior lodges tucked away in 17...

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£544 - £1095 per week

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Wigmore Lakes Lodges

Commanding stunning views across rural Shropshire from its idyllic setting beside two picturesque fishing lakes, this exclusive, luxurious haven of peace and...

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£244 - £795 per week

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Ranksborough Hall Lodges

In the beautiful unspoilt village of Langham sits Ranksborough Hall in Rutland. This large grand house was built in 1893 for Lord...

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£229 - £1799 per week

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