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54 Ferry Meadows is a 500-acre country park at the heart of Nene Park, near Peterborough. Its lakes, meadows, woodlands and riverside make it perfect for exploring with energetic little people.

55 Pack a picnic and head to one of Cambridge's parks for live jazz and brass bands on selected Sundays. See the line-up at

56 The RNLI Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer tells the story of the lifeboat charity's most decorated lifeboat man. You can see interviews with crew members, try on kit, model boats and practise Morse code.

57 Dunwich Heath near Southwold, Suffolk, is a patchwork of pink and purple heather beside the beach, and home to birds such as the Dartford warbler, nightjar and woodlark. Charge for parking.

58 Find out about the American invasion during the Second World War at The 100th Bomb Group Memorial Museum in Thorpe Abbots, Norfolk, which is housed in the original control tower where bombing raids were launched from. Open weekends 10am-5pm, plus Wednesdays in summer.

59 Explore a 1.2km play trail with giant seesaw, climbing forest, tyre swings and sandpits at Great Notley Country Park near Braintree in Essex. It's a great spot to watch birds, cycle or fly a kite.


60 The skies will come alive during the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta at Ashton Court Estate from August 10-14. The schedule includes several mass ascents when more than 100 hot air balloons take to the sky. There are nightglow events, with fireworks on Thursday and

61 Reconnect with farming, food and the countryside at Occombe Farm in Paignton, Devon. Meet the animals on this working farm then walk the nature trail. countrysidetrust.

62 Follow in Jane Austen's footsteps with a trip around her favourite city, Bath. Download a free audio tour from make your way around this handsome Georgian city.

63 Maiden Castle near Dorchester in Dorset is an enormous Iron Age hill fort with ditches and ramparts galore. If you take the steep(ish) climb to the top, you'll be rewarded with magnificent views.

64 The Royal Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail near Cinderford, Gloucestershire, features stunning artworks set in beautiful woodland. Open from dawn until dusk daily.

65 Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm not far from Truro makes an award-winning array of drinks and preserves. Head down to try samples, meet the farm animals, explore the jam factory and take a tractor ride through the orchards.

66 Make your own masterpieces at Doodle Time, every Saturday during the summer at Falmouth Art Gallery in Cornwall. Drop in any time 10am-5pm.

67The House of Marbles in Bovey Tracey in Devon has been manufacturing a range of traditional games for more than 40 years. Explore its glass, games, marble and pottery museums, then try out the interactive marble runs. Open 9am-5pm daily.

68 Travel back to 1943 at Tyneham, an isolated Dorset village where residents were evacuated for D-Day preparations and never returned. Stuck in a time warp, it is now part of Lulworth Range and only accessible for visits on weekends.


69 There are more than 4,800 acres of parkland, woodlands and forest trails to explore at Windsor Great Park, which has a thousand years of Royal history. Open daily.

70 Faversham Hop Festival is a two-day family event on September 2-3 to commemorate the golden days of hop-picking. There'll be live music, street theatre and morris dancing.

71 See humans attempt to take flight under their own steam at the International Bognor Birdman competition on August 12-13. The annual event at the seaside resort raises thousands for charity.

72 Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival is 11 days of delicious events, including a Children's Food Festival on August 26-28 at Hove Lawns. More info at

73 Put on your eye patch and raise the Jolly Roger at Hastings Pirate Day, a annual gathering of the pirate clans in the old town. Takes place July

74 Rye Harbour Nature Reserve is a scenic site of special scientific interest, with sands to explore and birds to spot. Open daily.

75 Cycle the Viking Coastal Trail in Kent, and in Ramsgate to see Viking Ship Hugin, a replica of a ship which sailed from Denmark to Thanet in 1949 to mark the 1,500th anniversary of the invasion of Britain.

76 Eastbourne Lammas Festival is a pageant of Morris dancing, carnival giants and live music on the town's Western Lawns. July 29-30.


HIGH LIGHTS Up, up and away at the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta

TIME WARP Tyneham village

Hastings pirates


PURPLE PATCH Dunwich Heath in Suffolk

WING MAN Bognor birdman

HIGH ENERGY Ferry Meadows in Nene Park, Peterborough
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Date:Jul 9, 2017
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