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Set in a magnificent mansion within 170 acres of Hertfordshire parkland on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, just mention the word Champneys and others such as "health" and "pampering" spring to mind.

The Grove

Once a weekend retreat for Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and Lord Palmerston, The Grove is an 18th-century mansion, set in 300 acres of parkland, with a fully-equipped Ayurvedic spa, a pay/play Championship golf course, three restaurants and lovely formal gardens. What's more, you don't need to be a guest at the five-star hotel to make the most of the facilities. 2006 world Golf Championship were held at the Grove. 

Tring natural History Museum

The fantastic range of animals collected by keen zoologist Lionel Walter Rothschild is on show at the Tring Natural History Museum. Intriguing exhibits include the petrifying black angler fish and the fleas dressed as Mexican dancers

Whipsnade Wild Animal Park

Conceived as an extension of London Zoo and the first open zoo in Europe, Whipsnade Wild Animal Park is set in 600 acres of parkland and is home to around 3000 animals from 150 different species, as well as a dedicated conservation programme and top class education facilities

Cassiobury Park

A splendid vista of English greenery, Cassiobury Park was once the estate of the Earls of Essex, as restored by Charles II. It is now administered by Watford Borough Council, offering a variety of natural habitats on either side of the Grand Union Canal for sporting and leisure pursuits. A mixture of flowerbeds, shrubberies and meadowland, the park is a haven for cycle riders, locals and visitors alike to escape the urban hustle and bustle

Watford Museum

Watford Museum tells the story of Watford past and present. Housed in the former offices of Benskins Brewery, it has displays of local history and industry, as well as paintings and sculpture

The Haunted Museum

Ghoulish goings-on and spooky sights await any child courageous enough to enter Watford Museum this Halloween. Under cover of darkness it opens its chambers and holds a night-time tour through its creepy corridors - with plenty of surprises

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is set in the village of Great Missenden where the author lived and worked. It celebrates the extraordinary life and imagination of the creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and aims to inspire children to create their own stories

Hatfield House

Chosen as the home for Henry VIII's children, Hatfield House is a gem in Hertfordshire's crown. Visitors can see tapestries, furniture and works of art in the house and explore the extensive gardens

Buckingham County Show

This long-established traditional agricultural show at Weedon Park offers cattle, sheep and horse classes, domestic and horticultural classes and nearly 200 trade stands. Weather permitting, visitors can take a hot-air balloon ride or even try parachuting

Stanley Spencer Gallery

The Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham showcases paintings and memorabilia from this local and celebrated painter of the interwar years. Have a look at his locally set New Testament and the pram in which he wheeled around his painting equipment.</

Battle of Britain Weekend

London's RAF Museum commemorates the bravery of those who took part in the Battle of Britain with a weekend of special activities. Bringing history to life, actors present the story of RAF pilots, while a living-history area shows the struggles they endured

Knebworth House

Mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1085 as "Chenepeword", meaning a village on a hill, Hertfordshire's Knebworth House has been in the Lytton family since 1490. Once a huge red-brick Tudor house, it is now a towering gothic mansion


The Sonisphere festival, on tour in Europe, comes to the UK's stately home of rock music - Knebworth in Stevenage. Camping is available from Thursday and the bill is firmly rooted in out and out rock music

Slough Firework and Bonfire Spectacular

Guy Fawkes fireworks displays take place up and down the country this month, so of course the good people of Slough are staging their own celebration. The annual event takes place this year in Upton Court Park

The Thames Path

What could be more pleasant than an afternoon spent strolling along England's greatest river. The well-worn Thames Path path follows the length of Father Thames for 184 miles from close to its source in Gloucestershire, through several rural counties and on to London where it comes to an end at the Thames Barrier and spills into the Thames estuary. Strike out by foot, cycle, ride or cruise the calm water on a narrow boat

Eton College

Eton College was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI and has become one of the most exclusive schools in the world. Tours of the college include the cloisters, the chapel, the oldest classroom and the Museum of Eton Life

Dorney Court

Dorney Court is one of the finest Tudor manor houses in the country. Built in 1440, it has been lived in by the same family for over 450 years, and is still lived in today

All Saints Church

All Saints Church in Maidenhead town centre is surrounded by the vicarage, clergy houses, former school and almshouses. Don't miss the stained glass, marble columns and huge brass eagles on the lectern at this Victorian church, built with multi-coloured bricks.</

Old Boys Toys

Collectors of model cars, buses and bikes are in their element at Old Boys Toys. Filled with road vehicles, and some dinky toys, this is the place for serious collectors. Highlights include 1960s VW microbus complete with hippy decoration

St Georges Chapel

St George's Chapel is one of the most beautiful ecclesiastical buildings in England. The building was started in 1475 by Edward IV and took 50 years to construct. It is the Chapel of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Britain's highest order of chivalry founded by Edward III in 1348

Big Wheel

Berkshire's answer to the London Eye, Windsor's Big Wheel in Alexandra Gardens gives spectacular views over the battlements of Windsor Castle, the River Thames and the local countryside. For those who want to impress, a champagne gondola can be booked