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Your 2024 South East Adventure awaits whether it's exploring the stunning coastline of Kent, wine-tasting in Sussex, creating literary stories in Hampshire, or experiencing breathtaking views in Surrey, come and discover a destination full of diversity. Embrace the royal heritage of Berkshire, try tantalising local produce on the Isle of Wight, explore the great outdoors of Buckinghamshire, discover the charming towns and villages of Oxfordshire, or take to the waves in Dorset, with over 1900 hours of sunshine a year, the South East is one of the warmest regions in the UK. South East England wraps around London and with its great travel and transport links, it is easy to combine your stay with a day trip, short break, or holiday to the capital. 

Love Holidays

With a choice of styles and budgets to suit, choose from five-star luxury escapes to the countryside, exciting family holiday parks by the sea, or budget-friendly city centre hotels ideal for exploring with friends, you are sure to find the right accommodation for your next holiday in South East England. Special offers mean it doesn't have to cost the earth to visit, and with a host of dog-friendly places to stay everyone can enjoy a getaway. Start looking now, and book the place that's right for you....your next South East adventure awaits.

#lovethis

Discover some of the must-dos and must-see places to visit from around South East England, as we share with you our #lovethis list for 2024. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or X for news and events for your next visit or holiday. We love sharing your photos and stories too, so don't forget to tag us and use the hashtag #lovesoutheastengland. 

Love Pictures

Our YouTube channel is a great way to see what adventures await - home to a host of destination videos that you can take a look at before you travel. Our blog and e-newsletters are another great source of ideas, with regular updates around half-term holidays, themes, and special events. Visit our be inspired pages to link up with many of the tourism websites located in the South East of England.

Love Events

The 2024 South East event calendar is bursting at the seams. From internationally renowned events welcoming thousands of visitors, to art, music, and cultural festivals bringing colour and excitement to the region. Look out for the host of free events, and added-value activities and crafts that all the family can enjoy. Don't miss the chance to taste your way around the region with a visit to one of the many food festivals gracing the event calendar, from chilli and cheese, beer and cider, seafoods and wines, often colliding together art, music, creating festivals to remember.

Love Anniversaries

2024 is the 80th anniversary of D-Day and many of the cities and attractions who were involved will be hosting events to commemorate this occasion. Much of the events will focus on the D-Day Story in Portsmouth, as it is the only museum dedicated to telling the story of the 6th June 1944. 2024 is also the 150th anniversary since the birth of Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, a tribute to his influential life will be celebrated over the year with the chance to meet 'Winstan' on selected dates from May - November.  This year is also 80 years since the world's first large-scale digital computer arrived at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, 75 years since Jane Austen House Museum opened its doors in Hampshire and 50 years since ABBA won Eurovision in Brighton, Sussex.  

2024 also celebrates an amazing 175 years since Hook Norton Brewery was established, keep an eye out for a range of new anniversary beers and special 'ride to the pub' events.  It is also 25 years of the Isle of Wight walking festival which returns for two nine-day festivals in 2024, May and October, and 50 years since Thames Rivercruise started sailings down the River Thames from Caversham. Did you know that this year is also the 25th anniversary of the Gruffalo, so head to the deep dark woods of Bedgebury Pinetum to explore their new party trail or visit Kent and East Sussex Railway as it is 50 years since the passenger services resumed in Tenterden. An anniversary party kicks off the celebrations at Watts Gallery - Artist Village, Surrey as it celebrates 120 years since it opened on the 1st April 1904. Look out for lots of anniversary-related events across the South East in 2024.

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Love New Places

South East England is a destination with discovery at its heart. From family fun, to all-weather year-round attractions, new places to visit, and the countryside that inspired over 7 million literary words, South East England will not disappoint. With 50+ castles, 26 Blue-flag award-winning beaches, 19 piers, 5 cities, and a host of towns and villages each with their own character and feel, you'll never be short of things to do. Mix up your adventures with some free things to do along with pay-for visits, picnics in the rolling countryside, and lunches or dinners out to make the most of your South East visit.

Love Local Produce

Let your taste buds go on a journey of discovery too, try some of the region's refreshing sparkling English wines, with over 140+  wine producers located here, you can enjoy a tasty lunch or dinner overlooking the vines, or indulge a little and discover food choices from around the world when you eat out somewhere new.  Try Oysters from Whitstable or scallops from Rye, locally brewed beer in Oxfordshire or internationally renowned gin in Winchester, you will find a host of tasty foods and drinks made in the South East to experience. Along with pick your own, farm shops, local produce markets, award-winning dining, afternoon tea experiences and more.

Love The Great Outdoors

With its 3 million acres of natural beauty South East England is a walker’s paradise. Choose to explore the two National Parks or nine National Landscapes, all with their outstanding natural beauty. Walk, stroll or saunter along the 11,658 miles of walking trails and paths, discover the 43 nature reserves, or let off steam in the glorious country parks and gardens. If you want to try something new whilst here, the South East is home to some exciting experiences, discover memory-making moments from archery lessons to sunset canoeing, electric bike tours, kayak hire and much more.

Love the Coast

With 400 miles of stunning coastline, there are plenty of coastal towns and cities providing a great backdrop to an escape by the sea. Walk along the stunning white cliffs, skim stones along the shore, enjoy the breathtaking panorama, and mesmerising sunsets as flocks of starlings dance in the sky - murmurations, (November - March), the South Coast is sure to delight. You may not know but southern England is full of sandy beaches, from the beautiful East coastline of the Isle of Wight to the sweeping bays on the Isle of Thanet, the dunes of Camber Sands and West Witterings, to the glorious beaches of Dorset, the gateway between the South East and the South West.     

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