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Explore more of ‘Hidden England’ in 2013 – but don’t forget to ask for your passport!

Explore more of ‘Hidden England’ in 2013 – but don’t forget to ask for your passport!

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Published by Mark Hibbert
Tucked away in the heart of the country, ‘Hidden England’ offers a treasure trove of family days out, stunning heritage sites and quintessential English countryside.
Tucked away in the heart of the country, ‘Hidden England’ offers a treasure trove of family days out, stunning heritage sites and quintessential English countryside.

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Explore more of ‘Hidden England’ in 2013 – but don’t forget to ask for your passport!
Tucked away in the heart of the country, ‘Hidden England’ offers a treasure trove of family days out, stunning heritage sites and quintessential English countryside. Stretching across Rutland, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, ‘Hidden England’ brings together everything from centuries-old heritage sites to gorgeous gardens. And for 2013, there’s a varied line-up of events at the 15-or-so attractions that make up the ‘Hidden England’ consortium – with something to suit all tastes. Among highlights is ‘Hidden England’ becoming the new home for the Brigstock International Horse Trials while during summer visitors can ‘Walk with Capability Brown’ around beautiful parkland surrounding a castle built for a visit by King Henry VIII. At the heart of ‘Hidden England’ are five historic houses (Belvoir Castle, Burghley House, Doddington Hall, Grimsthorpe Castle and Rockingham Castle), each of them unique and which together offer 1,000 years of living history, most within an hour's drive of one another. All are privately owned and many are still family homes, while partner attractions include amazing gardens and stunning architecture. Mix and match from everything from the burial place of two queens, the birthplace of a great poet and England’s greatest Elizabethan house - with hotel partners ranging from one of Britain’s finest country house hotels to a quirky coaching inn. There’s great value-for-money too. Pick-up a ‘Hidden England’ Passport and when you pay full admission at any attraction, your passport is stamped allowing you to obtain ‘two-for-the-priceof-one’ entry at all the other partner attractions. Plus there are other exclusive treats, including at hotel partners where stamped passports earn special discount rates and free room upgrades. Hambleton Hall, a country house hotel with a spectacular setting overlooking Rutland Water, offers a bedroom upgrade plus a complimentary glass of house champagne or aperitif for those staying overnight and booking dinner for two, while at the The Bull & Swan, a historic coaching inn on the edge of the Georgian stone town of Stamford, holders of a stamped Passport can enjoy a free pint or glass of wine if they stay and dine, plus a free room upgrade when available.

Other hotel partners – each of which offers their own Passport discounts – include Barnsdale Lodge, a converted farmhouse set across the shores of Rutland Water; Best Western Rockingham Forest Corby, just 300yrds from Rockingham Castle, and Greetham Valley, a 45 hole golfing estate set amidst 276 acres of rolling Rutland countryside. New events for 2013 include the relocation of the Brigstock International Horse Trials to Rockingham Castle (17th - 19th May), built by William the Conqueror and standing on the edge of the Welland Valley. Internationally acclaimed designer Phillip Herbert, who has a reputation for imaginative courses enjoyed by riders and spectators alike, is creating the new course. While Grimsthorpe Castle - an imposing building amidst rolling Lincolnshire countryside - is introducing a series of guided summer walks and talks, including Walking with Capability Brown, Walking with Wild Flowers and Walking with Monks. They will be free, but must be pre-booked (normal park admission charges apply, see website for full details). Other Hidden England partners include Barnsdale Gardens, created by Geoff Hamilton for BBC Gardeners' World, Easton Walled Gardens, Lincolnshire's 'lost' gardens, John Clare Cottage, birthplace of the English poet, Lincoln Cathedral, one of Europe’s finest gothic cathedrals, and Peterborough Cathedral, with its spectacular West Front and the burial place of two queens (Katharine of Aragon and of Mary Queen of Scots). For more details of all attractions and hotels visit www.visithiddenengland.com

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