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By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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If you are tired of theme parks, find educational entertainment exasperating and consider chasing events featuring children's TV characters a real chore, fear not; you are not alone.

Apparently parents across the country are getting sick to the back teeth of modern-day family life which requires them to keep the kids constantly amused.

According to a survey adults are getting nostalgic for the childhoods of a bygone age when the great outdoors was considered the ultimate family tonic.

And overall, they chose the South West as the best area in the country to enjoy the kind of simple pleasures Winnie the Pooh and his friends experienced in the Hundred Acre Wood.

From eating fish and chips by the sea to enjoying a stroll in stunning surroundings, parents said they enjoyed the small things in life far better than action-packed, expensive days out.

Nearly half of parents claim they have fond memories of English holidays, with having a picnic, taking a walk and building sandcastles coming out as the most memorable activities.

Inspired by the findings of the survey, VisitEngland have used the spirit of the nation's favourite children's character to produce an illustrated guide of 25 quintessentially English family activities to enjoy this bank holiday.

Dining out features heavily with a fish supper in Blackpool top of the list, followed by afternoon tea in Devon. Exploring rock pools in Cornwall, gazing at Stonehenge in Wiltshire and stargazing in Dorset are some of the recommended activities that do not involve food. But to do all 25 on the illustrated list you would have to travel the length and breadth of Britain, which completely defeats the object of making life simple.

So the Western Daily Press has come up with West Country alternatives so you can enjoy doing all the things on the list without jamming the kids in the back seat for torturous car journeys to attractions hundreds of miles away.

You don't have to travel across the country to enjoy everything in the guide, which is llustrated by Mark Burgess to recreate the look of A. A. Milne's best-selling books.

Bob Smart of the Somerset Tourism Association supported the campaign tapping into the simple pleasures people remember from childhood, but agreed that West Country people do not have to travel far to experience them.

"The beauty of this area is that you have everything you could want close to where you are," he said. "If you go further afield you will not get any better and you will only be putting yourself to more time, trouble and expense. Even if you want a bit of a change, there's still plenty to do on the doorstep."

James Berresford, Chief Executive, VisitEngland, said: "It's great that respondents' fondest holiday memories are from time spent in England and we are thrilled that Pooh's simple pleasures can be experienced across the country. We hope the guide will inspire families to discover, explore and enjoy the best of England this bank holiday."

Sarah Bates, Publishing Director, Egmont, which carried out the survey, commented: "Winnie the Pooh shares many a simple adventure with his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood so he is the perfect character to remind us how to enjoy the simple pleasures that England has to offer."

To download the guide, visit www.VisitEngland.com/WinnieThePooh

Janet Hughes @JanetHughesNews

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