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Inspirational Ideas for East Midlands Breaks

Whether you’re craving breath-taking views of the Peak District or the buzz of the cities of Nottingham and Leicester, you’re guaranteed unique experiences in the East Midlands.

From shooting arrows in Sherwood Forest to having your head in the clouds in Lincolnshire, the adventures keep on coming…

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Get hands-on at the King Richard III Discovery Centre, Leicester

King Richard III Discovery Centre

Find out more about how the 15th-century king’s skeleton was discovered beneath a car park in the city in 2012. The centre charts the story of the king’s life and death using interactive displays and

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plus Ullesthorpe Court Hotel & Golf Club, Lutterworth

Try archery in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham

Sherwood Forest Archery

Unleash your inner Robin Hood as you have a go at traditional longbow archery in the heart of Sherwood Forest. All ages can do it – you’ll learn how to load the bow and shoot your arrows through the air. But will you manage to hit the bullseye?

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plus West Retford Hotel, Retford

Breathe in the beauty of Surprise View, Peak District

Peak District

As the name suggests, the view here will knock you for six. It stretches out across the Hope Valley towards Chatsworth House. Take the Burbage Horseshoe walk that begins at Surprise View car park and meanders through open moor and woodland.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plus Buxton Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton

Step back in time at the 1620s House and Garden, Leicestershire

Donington Le Heath Manor House

Donington Le Heath Manor House is one of the oldest houses in Leicestershire. Built in around 1290 and updated in the 1620s, it was once owned by Sir Everard Digby, who was involved in the Gunpowder Plot. Don’t miss the maze and gardens.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Sysonby Knoll Hotel, Melton Mowbray

Watch a movie at The Kinema in the Woods, Lincolnshire

The Kinema in the Woods

Looking for a cinematic experience with a difference away from your local multiplex? This charming picture house is tucked away in the Lincolnshire countryside. It shows both new and classic movies, and still has an interval – so you won’t miss the most important bit when you nip to the loo.

Nearest hotel: The Lincoln Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western, Lincoln

Tour the Royal Crown Derby Factory, Derby

Royal Crown Derby Factory Tour

Go behind the scenes of where the famous fine bone china is made, seeing how each piece is lovingly crafted. In the museum, you can see a tea set based on the one used on board the Titanic before it sank in 1912. Afterwards, enjoy tea and cakes in the tearoom.

Nearest hotel: Best Western The Stuart Hotel, Derby

Walk among the treetops in Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire

Salcey Forest Treetops

The amazing Tree Top Way rises to 15 metres above the woodland floor, and you walk up steps to each a crow’s nest platform. It offers stunning views across the forest and the adjacent woodlands of Yardley Chase.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Moore Place Hotel, Aspley Guise

Tee off at The Lost City, Nottingham

The Lost City

More than just your typical crazy golf course, this indoor attraction in the basement of the Cornerhouse complex features two amazing 18-hole courses. They have interactive features such as talking Inca statues and musical landscaping.

Nearest hotel: Best Western Plus Nottingham City Centre Hotel, Nottingham

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