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Enjoy the best of both worlds on this London Plus Parks suggested tour which combines bright city lights with the rural idyll of Broads National Park and South Downs National Park. There are new skills to be learnt, creativity to be stirred and food and drink aplenty, not to mention glorious views, masses of culture and rich heritage.
Touch down at London Heathrow and take in the bustling atmosphere before swapping the high-energy city vibe for a slower pace of life by heading to the Broads National Park, approximately three hours’ drive away. Stunning Norfolk countryside and over 200km of lock-free waterways collide here creating a haven for wildlife and a huge natural playground framed by coastal skies. Hook up with a professional local photographer in a Capture the Broads photography experience and enjoy the picture-perfect landscape through the lens of your camera. You’ll learn different photography compositions and techniques, fill up on local info and master new skills to practice over the following days, in addition to achieving a memory card full of stunning photos.
Say goodbye Broads and hello South Downs for a day of words, inspiration and creativity. Famed for rolling hills, ancient woodland and picture perfect villages, the South Downs National Park has fired the imagination of writers and poets for centuries. Explore the rich literary connections of the National Park by following in the footsteps of one of its most renowned authors, Jane Austen. In The Dancing Years Experience, a passionate guide will bring Austen’s 18th-century world to life as you visit the north Hampshire places that she loved and was inspired by. As well as her birthplace and the church where her father was rector, you’ll visit the beautiful Hampshire villages and churches mentioned in her letters, see the country houses where she danced, and step inside the Jane Austen House Museum at Chawton where she spent her last years.
Wrap up your London Plus Parks tour in the best way possible, by drinking in the beauty of the South Downs National Park on a fizz and food experience. Wander among the vines at the UK’s oldest commercial vineyard, enjoy lunch and a beer-tasting at a traditional pub, then tour a distillery and taste craft gins paired with locally-made artisan chocolates. The Sparkling South Downs tour is a delicious pairing of local knowledge and local produce served up by an expert guide.