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As South East England’s official tourism website, it is fantastic to be able to welcome visitors and see everyone enjoying days out, weekend's away and holidays in the South East once again.  With all restrictions lifting on the 19th July, all of the remaining tourism and entertainment businesses in the South will now be able to open and return to full capacity, which is a big boast for the industry.  We understand that many businesses will be continuing to ask visitors to wear face masks when indoors, so please continue to check the specific websites before visiting and continue to plan ahead.

Love South East England

Its diversity makes for an ideal destination for a day trip, short break or holiday.  Stretching from Kent in the east to Dorset in the west and up to Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire in the north, South East England wraps around and includes London.

Love the Sea

With 400 miles of stunning coastline and its blue flag award winning beaches, the South East makes for a great escape by the sea.  Whether you choose to walk along the white cliffs, feel the golden sands between your toes, skim stones along the shore, or enjoy the breath-taking panorama and evening sunsets, South East England is sure to delight.

South East England is blessed with over 1900 hours of sunshine a year, making it the sunniest destination in the UK.  Our tourism businesses provide the sunniest welcome too. From family friendly cottages, camping and caravanning sites, hotels and luxury spa resorts, you are sure to find the accommodation that is right for your budget and style.

Love the countryside

With its 3 million acres of natural beauty South East England is a walker’s paradise.  Choose to explore its two National Parks or nine areas of outstanding natural beauty.  Walk along one of its many National trails or paths, discover one of its many nature reserves, country parks or gardens.  Find windmills, ancient forests, lakes, rivers and beautiful outdoor spaces, on your very own South East outdoor adventure.

South East England is home to a host of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Cathedrals, churches, Palaces, castles and more.  It is the weekend home of the British Royal Family and the gateway to the world-famous Jurassic coastline.  With 185 million years of history to discover, what to do first is the hardest decision.

Blenheim Palace, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Oxfordshire

Love Local Produce

South East England is also the wine capital of the UK, producing award winning English sparkling wines by the barrel full. With over 140 vineyards, and with new one’s popping up all of the time, a visit to the South East is not complete without some time spent at one of the many offering tours, tastings, accommodation, lunches and dinners.  Get those taste buds tingling and discover why the chalk that whitens our cliffs, and the sun that brightens our day, makes the South East the top producers of English wines in the UK.

Whether you 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 great cookery schools, creative workshops, pick your own, farm shops, local produce markets, award winning restaurants, afternoon tea experiences and more..... your sure to find something to tickly your taste buds or enrich your experience whilst here in South East England.

Windsor & Eton Brewery, Visit Windsor

Love New Discoveries

South East England offers the unique chance to follow in the footsteps of Royalty.  Not only because the British Royal family spend their weekends here at Windsor Castle, but there are many other palaces, manor houses, castles and country homes that where once lived in or built for royalty.  From the exotic Royal Pavilion at Brighton to Osbourne House on the Isle of Wight, Hever Castle in Kent, and Polesden Lacey, near Guildford to name but a few.

Inspiring over 7 million literary words, you can follow in the footsteps of some of the literary greats in South East England.  From Jane Austen to Ronald Dahl, Charles Dickens to Kenneth-Grahame, many famous authors lived, worked and took their creative inspiration from the South East.  Experience it for yourself and create your own story.

The South East is a fantastic spot for a family fun filled day out or staycation whatever the weather, sunny or rainy.  With a mix of award winning indoor and outdoor attractions to enjoy including Drusillas Park, Winchester Science Centre Planetarium or Kent and East Sussex Railway.

Love Events

South East England is home to a host of internationally renowned events celebrating the British Social Season including Royal Ascot, Goodwood Festival of Speed and Cowes Week, along with a host of other acclaimed music festivals, re-enactments, and family friendly school holiday activities to enjoy. With many events now confirmed for 2021, you can look forward to a summer of festivals, events and family fun.

Love Sharing

We love to see your photos and stories from your visits and experiences around South East England, please tag us in and use the hashtag #lovesoutheastengland.  Sign up now for our e-newsletters and enjoy all the latest news and events from in and around the South East.  Let your planning begin for a fantastic 2021. 

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