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Coasteering on the south coast: one of Visit England’s 101 top activities (Photo: VisitEngland/English Riviera)


In true patriotic style, tourism board Visit England took the opportunity of St George’s Day last week to launch its Top 101 Things To Do Before You Go Abroad list. Visit England asked users of its Facebook app to nominate their favourite activities; the long list of 800 was then whittled down by a panel of experts. The latter included Bill Oddie, a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London, and – with typical British eccentricity – Wallace & Gromit.


The list is intended to inspire the nation to take more holidays in England, and there’s certainly plenty on it to do just that: activities include touring a gin distillery on the south coast, shopping at Birmingham’s Bullring, riding on the Settle-Carlisle steam train, and going ice skating on the Fens. The list in split into categories including food and drink, arts and culture, wildlife and nature and more, and it’s also possible to download a handy map. It’s great for helping you plan your next tour.


The entire list is viewable now – including the sole entrant in the ‘Because it’s Awesome’ category – via Visit England’s new Facebook app, which you’ll find by clicking here. Simply ‘like’ the page to see the whole Top 101.

Sarah Wakely


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Take a trip to Blackpool to see the Illuminations on your next tour (Photo: VisitEngland/VisitBlackpool)