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Forget Spanish villas or long-haul flights to Thai beaches – we've got everything you need right here to have a terrific summer holiday, from culture and leisure to family fun, and from top food and drink to sites of natural beauty. But don't just take our word for it: right across the UK, and in every possible industry, there are awards to celebrate the things we do well. Holly Williams reveals the latest crop of winners and list-toppers that have been officially recognised in their field, to give you the insider's view of what really makes Britain great

Song of the forest: Grizedale’s musical tree

Charmed by the chimes on the wild side of Cumbria

Tales from the trees: Grizedale Forest, Lake District

By George! A period staircase inside Union Place

B&B and Beyond: Union Place, Whitby - bed down amid Georgian flair in North Yorkshire

This grand Grade II-listed property combines historic detail with modern touches. Tina Walsh settles in for the night

High and mighty: Edinburgh Castle and city skyline

48 Hours In: Edinburgh

Scotland's beautiful capital is packed with culture and intrigue, says Simon Calder. To see it at its best go now, before the festival crowds take over

The national trust Holy island castle from Lindisfarne Priory

Walk of the Month: Bamburgh, Northumberland - a thousand tales lurk among these dramatic cliffs and crags

There’s plenty of history to discover on this dramatic walk along the Northumberland coast, says Mark Rowe

Suspend disbelief: Clifton's landmark bridge

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Sixty degrees of separation in Shetland

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Rock stars: the summer soltice at Averbury, Wiltshire

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Tales from the Trees: St Mary's Vale, Abergavenny - On the magical frontier between fantasy and reality

I think the wood is moving. Maybe it's just blurred vision brought on by the exertion of hiking up its sloped sides at a good lick on a hot day, but I could swear the trunks are closing in on me.

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