Things not to do in England
Search for a Starbucks. A holiday in England should be bereft of brand names, which means resisting the urge to seek out coffee chains and famous fast-food outlets. Fish & chips, cream teas, Cornish pasties, stottie cake, Lancashire hot pots, real ales, locally-run pubs, restaurants and cafes – whatever you’re hoping to find, get out of the identikit high streets and keep going until you’re at least 10 miles from the nearest Greggs.
Tick off the tourist hot spots. It’s tempting to cram too much in whilst on holiday with local attractions getting ticked off as readily as full English breakfasts. Finding the time to relax is just as important as adding to an itinerary and often you’ll find unplanned moments are the ones you remember more fondly. Woodland walks, picnics, collecting freshly laid eggs and keeping the car keys hidden, are all guaranteed to give you and your family an English experience far from the tourist trail.
Forget reading material. England isn’t lacking in history and you’ll find entire forests devoted to documenting its past. Reading about an area prior to visiting will give you a much deeper insight into the country’s heritage as well as helping you piece together just what makes the English such a weird and wonderful mix of cultures. Fictional works will certainly add to the experience with Christie, Austin, Dickens and Hardy, I draw the line at Shakespeare, all helping to place you in England as you lose yourself in words.