Painshill Landscape Garden

Painshill Landscape Garden

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Autumn/Winter Staycations & Days Out

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Autumn/Winter is such a fantastic time to head out and explore. Often less crowded than summer, with more availability, the ever-changing colours and weather can make every day a different adventure. If you’ve still got a holiday to use, or are you planning an Autumn/Winter staycation, find out why we think South East England is the place for you.  

Why book your next Staycation in South East England? 
 
Rich in history and heritage, a wealth of all-weather and all-year-round attractions, and beautiful ancient woodlands, parks, gardens, and nature reserves, the South East has variety and accessibility at its core.  

Whether you are looking to indulge yourself with a little bit of luxury, seeking an off-the-beaten track intimate bed and breakfast or cosy traditional inn, or searching for that perfect family-friendly self-catering cottage, you will find plenty of options to escape within the region. 

Why not combine your stay with the one many events and activities on offer and you can make the most of your break.  

South East Staycation - 5 great places to stay

Touring the Region - Bunk Campers
One of the largest campervan hire companies in the UK, escape for a minimum of 3 nights (low season) and 7 nights (high season), and create your own stories and adventures.

Hampshire – Oakley Hall Hotel
Nestled in the middle of a 315 acre private estate, with plenty of safe space for you enjoy, this luxury hotel is ideal for a romantic getaway, relaxing with family or friends, or just an escape from everyday life. 

Surrey – Denbies Vineyard Hotel 
Imagine waking up to views over acres of vines! This could be your reality at the Denbies Vineyard Hotel near Dorking. Situated in the heart of the estate offering bed and breakfast plus a host of wine & vineyard experiences to compliment your stay.

Isle of Wight - Whitecliff Bay 
Head across to South East England’s very own island paradise and stay at this beautiful beachfront woodland park. Choose from lodges with hot tubs, well-stocked caravans, or even get back to nature with a spot of glamping.   

Buckinghamshire - Crowne Plaza Marlow 
Discover this beautiful newly refurbished lakeside hotel set in 5 acres of countryside, just 8 minutes from Marlow train station.  Ideally located for trips to London, Windsor and Henley  

Can’t find what you are looking for?  Take a look here to find more accommodation throughout the South East of England - use the drop down menu or search bar, or visit our special offers page  for more inspiration.

For those rainy days - 5 great wet weather attractions

Kent, Canterbury - Visit England’s First Cathedral 
This stunning UNESCO World Heritage site tells over 1400 years of history all under one amazing roof.  Take time to marvel at the dramatic stained-glass windows, explore the secrets of the Crypt and discover stories of Kings, Queens and Princes long since passed. 

Gosport – Last Surviving British World War II Submarine
Head to the former site of HMS Dolphin, home to the submarine service for 100 years. Climb onboard HMS Alliance with a submariner and discover what life was like, before heading into the rest of the museum to discover thousands of photographs, artefacts and some of the first submarines every made and used. 

Brighton – British Airways i360 
An ideal start or finish to your visit to Brighton.  Glide gently to 450 feet and enjoy breath-taking views of the city and the South Coast. Why not add a glass of local sparkling wine to your visit, and celebrate your new South East experiences? 

Visit 1066 Country – Hastings Contemporary
Located between the beach and Hastings Old Town, the gallery hosts a range of contemporary exhibitions.  Currently showing (until at least 31 October) Seaside Modern: Art and Life on the Beach.

Isle of Wight – Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Settle back onboard the vintage steam train and journey through the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside, before taking time to visit the interactive 'Train Story Discover Centre'.  Service days change throughout the year check before visiting.

For those crisp days - 5 great places to enjoy a Autumn/Winter walk

West Sussex - Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens
Explore this magnificent Grade I listed woodland gardens as they come alive with brilliant shades of red, orange and burgundy in autumn, whilst looking out for the colony of winter hardy wallabies and visiting wildlife. 

OxfordshireAutumn at Britain’s Greatest Palace, Blenheim Palace
Crunching leaves, vibrant views and the red-tinted golden hues of autumn make this earthy season the perfect time to visit Blenheim Palace's parks and gardens. Put on your wellies and walk through our peaceful parkland, with trails and wildlife boards for guests of all ages to get involved.

Surrey, CobhamFairy Doors and autumn colour at Painshill 
The beautiful landscape garden Painshill, in Cobham Surrey, is full of stunning autumn colour during Oct and Nov. Visit between Sat 23 Oct and Sun 14 Nov and families can also spot all the wooden fairy doors hidden round the gardens. 

Berkshire, Windsor - Savill Garden Art in the Park Exhibition
Running from the 22nd September to the 2nd November, this exhibition offers the chance to combine wonderful art and horticulture on the same visit.  Explore the colourful gardens and encounter 66 sculptures, inspired by the natural world, on your wanders. 

East Sussex - Bedgebury National Pinetum
Explore beautiful forest, stroll amongst the 12,000 trees, see the world leading collection of conifers.  Try your hand at orienteering on one of the four trails within the park, or head up into the canope on a Go Ape tree top adventure, or visit the family friendly adventure playground - watch out though, you might find a Gruffulo hiding in the woods.

Autumn/Winter events to enjoy both indoor and out

East Sussex, Eastbourne - Eastbourne Walking Festival 
Eastbourne Walking Festival is a ten day celebration of the great outdoors. The event acts as a springboard to promoting the health and wellbeing benefits of discovering walking as a way of life. 17 - 26 September. 

East Sussex, BrightonHomeward Bound Festival  
Homeward Bound is taking place at sites across Brighton and The Living Coast on the 2 & 3 October 2021. It’s a celebration of the fishing and maritime industries, as well as the region’s rich folk music tradition and ocean-bound cultural heritage.

Oxfordshire, Henley-on-ThamesSkyscape: The limitless art of the sky at River & Rowing Museum 
Showcasing 500 years of artists’ fascination with the sky, this new exhibition explores aerial landscapes as a means of emotional expression and escape for both artist and viewer. 30 September 2021 - 16th January 2022.

West Sussex, Haywards Heath - Glow Wild at Wakehurst 
As darkness falls, let the magic begin with hundreds of glowing lanterns, mesmerising projections, immersive soundscapes, and glistening torches of fire. Returning for its eighth year, Glow Wild is an unmissable evening, packed full of surprises and home to UK’s tallest living Christmas tree decorated with 1,800 lights. 25th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Kent, Royal Tunbridge WellsRide Dr Frankenslime's Trick or Treat Express at the Spa Valley Railway 
Bring the whole family along to the Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells to laugh at Dr Frankenslime, the mad scientist, as he builds himself a bride! 30 - 31 October. 

Discover more activities or places to visit here , or take a look at our special offers page to help your budget go a little further.

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Inspiration

  1. Dover
    Known as the ‘Gateway to England’, Dover in White Cliffs Country, Kent is an active, adventurous and authentic English town. From fascinating history and heritage to beautiful countryside and fantastic coastal views – there is plenty to discover and explore!
  2. Isle of Wight
    Pack up the family and embark on your voyage of discovery on the Isle of Wight. Just a short hop and a skip across the Solent and you’ll discover an island paradise, waiting you on the other side.
  3. Brighton
    Whether you're looking for accommodation or information on Brighton attractions, what's on in Brighton or some culture, you'll find the latest tourism information for Brighton & Hove on the official Brighton tourist information site
  4. 1066 Country
    1066 County's official website for tourism and travel information. Not far from the capital, on England’s south coast, is 1066 Country. From earliest times to today it has been a place of creativity and escape
  5. Portsmouth
    Crowned by Windsor Castle and linked by the River Thames, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has a rich mix of history, culture, heritage and fun.
  6. Hampshire
    A county offering the perfect blend of coast, city and countryside. Home to two National Parks, the three cities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester and iconic attractions like Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) and Beaulieu Motor Museum. There is so much to do in Hampshire.
  7. Eastbourne
    Stroll along three miles of pristine palm-lined promenade or take in a show at the elegant art-deco inspired Bandstand. Explore the iconic Victorian Pier or the breath-taking beauty of the coastal landmarks at Beachy Head and along the Heritage Coastline to the world-famous Seven Sisters.
  8. Southampton
    If you're looking for what to do in Southampton, a short break in this Hampshire City means time for serious shopping in the West Quay Shopping Centre or exploring the cities history with links to the Titanic and Mayflower. This is the cruise capital of the UK.
  9. Windsor & Maidenhead
    Crowned by Windsor Castle and linked by the River Thames, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has a rich mix of history, culture, heritage and fun.
  10. South East Destinations
    Discover the destinations throughout South East England, from historic market towns to coastal cities, bustling seaside towns and rural escapes. With 400 miles of coastline, history and heritage at every turn and acres of natural beauty, discover the South East for your next holiday, day out or staycation.

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