21 things you can now do after lockdown… that you couldn’t do before it

Stay in a horse hut and slip into a Lotus Elan spa car

Nestled in the corner of a field where shire horses once grazed, there’s an opportunity now to book a stay in a Horse Hut – and then relax in a Lotus Elan sports car turned jacuzzi. Located on the outskirts of the village of Medstead in Hampshire, the hut has been converted into luxury holiday accommodation for two. http://bit.ly/2NaMtYU

See the world’s first factory reopen as the Museum of Making

Past. Present. Future. Derby is set for a year of celebration, marking its creative and manufacturing history that helped make the city. Central to this, the Museum of Making will be opening its doors to the public for the very first time in 2021. https://bit.ly/35YZnAu 

Begin your understanding of The D-Day Story at LCT 7074

When it re-opens, a visit to The D-Day Story in Southsea, Hampshire, will now start with LCT 7074 – the last surviving Landing Craft Tank (LCT) from D-Day, which – having played its part in transporting men and supplies across the English Channel has now been restored to its former glory. https://bit.ly/3gZMHN7

Take off with a visit to Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent isn’t just famous for its world class pottery manufacturers. The designer of the Spitfire Reginald Mitchell also hails from the city; and the city’s very own Spitfire is set to be officially unveiled in a stunning new, £6m home, at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery this summer. https://bit.ly/2HJLxrA

Tackle England’s oldest horse ‘racecourse’, by bike

England’s oldest horse race – The Kiplingcotes Derby in The Yorkshire Wolds, dates back to the reign of Henry VIII. For a different experience, riders can now get in the saddle to tackle the race route…on two wheels. https://bit.ly/3bil29B

Visit England’s 2020 Best Small Visitor Attraction

Soon after the pandemic closed the nation’s attractions, Gladstone Museum in Stoke-on-Trent was named as the Best Small Visitor Attraction in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence in 2020. https://bit.ly/3a4GcWp

Celebrate the ‘Great Outdoors’ in Lincolnshire

A new Lincolnshire Wolds Outdoor Festival is set to launch May 2021. Celebrating the great outdoors, the new event will run for the whole month of May featuring traditional outdoor pursuits such as walking, cycling and horse riding, but also plenty more besides, from fishing to yoga. http://bit.ly/30pTrwl

Enjoy a safari-style stay in a new Forest Retreat

Escape to a Forest Retreat is a new development for 2021, at Green Hill Farm, a peaceful hideaway set over 50 acres in the beautiful countryside of the New Forest, in Hampshire. The stylish new Safari Tents are designed for luxurious holidays for all the family, and perfect for retreating back to after a long day exploring. http://bit.ly/3csPJcr

Drive Dad’s Car

A new classic car visitor attraction is set to open in Derbyshire later this year. Great British Car Journey also features Drive Dad’s Car – giving visitors the chance to drive a Great British classic from £49. https://bit.ly/36Zs6VD

Stay on a luxury yacht… without ever setting sail

Head to the picturesque Burton Waters Marina on the outskirts of the heritage city of Lincoln and enjoy the celebrity lifestyle aboard a 42ft luxury yacht for the night… with no sailing skills necessary. https://bit.ly/2LzJUiE

Discover a forgotten heroine of history

Staffordshire’s Tamworth Castle is set to unveil a new state-of-the-art gallery celebrating the town’s Anglo-Saxon history – including a forgotten ‘warrior queen’. Its story will be brought to life like never before, including that of Aethelflaed, daughter of Alfred the Great, one of the most powerful figures of her time. http://bit.ly/2yjOSbA

Visit the National Trust’s first coastal reserve in the Midlands

A former golf course between Sutton on Sea and Chapel St Leonards is now a new all-year nature reserve, part of the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park, and the National Trust’s first coastal land in the Midlands. https://bit.ly/2WPJgiA

Enjoy beachside drinks and rooftop viewing

A new beachfront attraction, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a café and rooftop viewing deck is set to open this summer on Lincolnshire’s less well-known Natural Coast. The striking new building will sit less than 50 metres from the beach at Huttoft, offering views towards the sea and The Wash, as well as inland to the Wolds. http://bit.ly/381Le6C

Stir up a storm in Hampshire

Be among the first to see the brand-new world at top family theme park Paultons Park. Tornado Springs is set in a mid-west desert town in the American heyday of the 1950s with eight new rides, including two new rockin’ rollercoasters. http://bit.ly/30jQ3TP

Discover dragonflies and stroll a cherry orchard

Hampshire’s Exbury Gardens is a spectacular collection of landscaped woodland and gardens in a riverside location. Visit in 2021 and rediscover nature, including a new Dragonfly Pond (designed with the help of the UK’s leading dragonfly experts), as well as see the Sakura Cherry Orchard, which has never been open to the public. http://bit.ly/2HfZXzO

Unearth historic garden’s stately surprises

Lincolnshire’s Burghley House will be offering a few fresh sights in 2021. New planting in the historic and contemporary gardens include a chance to discover secret features like the recently landscaped ‘Swallows’ Rill’, a garden embedded in the natural limestone gully that acts as a waterfall overflow for the lake above. http://bit.ly/3v4hFKH

Bridge the gap in Hull

Cross Hull’s striking new footbridge for a fresh view of the maritime city and a traffic-free route to its regenerated waterfront area. The long-delayed bridge finally opened this spring, and now provides a pedestrian link from the city centre to Hull marina, waterfront and trendy fruit market area, filled with cafes and restaurants. http://bit.ly/3dkfhHp

See hidden history at Lincoln Cathedral

New visitor facilities at Lincoln Cathedral, one of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings and once the world’s tallest, are set to open in 2021. The Old Deanery has been transformed into a visitor centre, with a shop and café. On display will be some of the Cathedral’s many treasures, including some unearthed during renovation works. https://bit.ly/3f0KTB6

Go on a solar-powered boat ride – through a UNESCO World Heritage Site

A zero-emission riverboat will set sail through historic waters in Derby in 2021, offering a new perspective of the city. The fully accessible boat will provide scenic tours along the River Derwent, a World Heritage Site marking its 20th anniversary in 2021. https://bit.ly/3cfL7F7

Tuck into these two new restaurants at Trentham Shopping Village

Much has happened at the award-winning Trentham Estate during lockdown, including the announcement of the post-lockdown opening of two new restaurants within the Shopping Village. Can Do Cocina will bring a Spanish tapas menu to the Staffordshire venue; while a local gastro-pub group also plans to open a stylish new eaterie. https://bit.ly/3engYWM

Follow the Ram Trail in Derby

The Derby Telegraph is set to work closely with Derby Museums to help promote the Derby Ram Trail, which will be coming to the city in May this year. The free discovery trail will run from May 27 to August 22, when 30 stunning 5-foot Ram sculptures, each designed and painted by a different artist, will pop-up all over the city. http://bit.ly/328SU3j


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    The Horse Hut and Lotus Spa, Hampshire

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    Stoke's new Spitfire gallery

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    New Hull footbridge. Photo: Hull City Council

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    The Silk Mill, Derby. Photo: Derby Museums Trust

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    Lincolnshire's Natural Coast

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    Burghley Garden of Surprises. Photo Lee Hellwing