Pack your bags for ad­ven­ture – but leave your pass­port at home

You don’t have to spend a for­tune or en­dure air­port queues to have a gen­uinely world-class time, in­sists Sarah Bax­ter

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It seems stay­ing close to home is, well, here to stay. Visit Bri­tain re­ported a four per cent in­crease in trips taken by Bri­tons in Eng­land in 2017, and book­ings sug­gest that 2018 will be an­other Bri­tish boom year as trav­ellers re­main cau­tious with their cash and per­haps even nos­tal­gic for the fam­ily hol­i­days of the past.

For­tu­nately, that doesn’t mean deny­ing your­self world-class ex­pe­ri­ences. You can ad­mire rare arte­facts, go on safari, watch a World Cup, tour award-win­ning vine­yards and mar­vel at an­cient Rome with­out leav­ing the UK thanks to an ar­ray of ex­cel­lent home-grown at­trac­tions – many new for 2018.

SOAK UP CHI­NESE CUL­TURE LIVER­POOL

No need to head to China. Ear­lier this year more than 180 arte­facts from the coun­try ar­rived in Liver­pool – ap­pro­pri­ately enough, as the city is home to one of Europe’s old­est Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties. The World Mu­seum is show­cas­ing an ar­ray of ob­jects span­ning al­most 1,000 years of Chi­nese his­tory, in­clud­ing a col­lec­tion of ter­ra­cotta war­riors and a life-size ter­ra­cotta horse from the burial com­plex of the first em­peror, Qin

Shi Huang.

From £14.50 adult/£5.50 child, un­der-fives free. Un­til Oct 28 2018 (0151 478 4393; liv­er­pool­mu­se­ums. org.uk/wml)

SLEEP IN A LOG CABIN CUMBRIA

Forgo Canada for a luxe log cabin stay in one of Eng­land’s big­gest pro­tected places. Three new lodges at Artle­garth, near Kirkby Stephen, nes­tle into the hills of the re­cently ex­panded York­shire Dales Na­tional Park. Sus­tain­ably built and green­pow­ered, each cabin has a wood-burn­ing fire, woollen rugs (cour­tesy of the lo­cal sheep), fresh flow­ers, pri­vate

CAIRNGORMS MS

Scot­land’s High­land and Wildlife Park has s the world’s largest po­lar olar bear zoo en­clo­sure ure and is home to the he UK’s only fe­male po­lar bear. In Jan­uary it was an­nounced that

Vic­to­ria had given en birth to the first Bri­tish-born cub for 25 years, and ju­nior made a first pub­lic ap­pear­ance arance last month. Join the daily keeper talk (1.15pm) pm) to learn about the park’s pi­o­neer­ing ap­proach oach to bears in cap­tiv­ity. y.

From £15.90 adult/ £12 child, un­der-threes r-threes free (01540 651270; 270; high­land­wildlifepark. fepark. org.uk)

MARVELL AT ANCIENTT ROME BATH

The Ro­man Baths s give a flavour of what the he Ro­mans did for us when they

ISLE OF MA­MAN

Trav­ellers are per­haps nos­tal­gic for fam­ily hol­i­days of the past

EX­MOOR

Travel to out outer space from Ex­moor, Eur Europe’s first

DIN­ING OUT Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons; a terracotta war­rior, right

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