FOR A BIT OF EVERYTHING: Go To Bovey Castle
In the wooded hills of Dartmoor national park, Bovey Castle is a grand destination for a varied weekend getaway. If you’re looking for some shared R&R, its ESPA spa has an impressive pool and whirlpool, alongside a full menu of treatments for a restorative afternoon. Elsewhere on its 275 acres, there’s an 18-hole golf course, archery and rifle ranges, tennis courts, a helipad and the chance to go off-road driving. For younger dad-lad duos, there are falconry lessons and a deer park tour. The nearby village of North Bovey is also worth exploring, in all its 13th-century glory.
FOR A TRIP TO THE PAST: Explore the Medieval City of York
York is a sight to behold that quickly immerses visitors in its rich history. The centrepiece of this Roman walled city is its majestic gothic cathedral. Around and about, you can walk the walls and explore the winding, medieval streets that are said to have inspired Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. Depending on the ages of your party, other must-see attractions include the Jorvik Viking Centre, the 11th-century Clifford’s Tower and the excellent Railway Museum. Once you’re done exploring, dining options are plentiful. Best of all, perhaps, is Roots, which showcases the imaginative flavour pairings and homegrown produce of Great British Menu winner Tommy Banks.