Winnie the Pooh's simple things to do for Bank Holiday weekend

Sinead Moore
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh

Need some inspiration to keep the kids happy for the Bank Holiday weekend? Why not let Winnie the Pooh make a few suggestions?

VisitEngland has teamed up with Egmont Publishing, the publishers of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, to create a brilliant shortlist of the most life-affirming simple things for families to do and places to go in England.

Enjoying a fish supper on Blackpool Pier, negotiating Hampton Court Maze and taking a stroll beside Hadrian's Wall have been named as some of England's greatest 'simple pleasures' in a new study, which asked 2,000 parents to vote for the traditional activities, attractions and days out.

The results provide a fascinating overview of activities, which hark back to a bygone age when the great outdoors was considered the ultimate family tonic.

'Winnie-the-Pooh's 25 Simple Pleasures' include a variety of traditional activities from learning to skim stones to fossil hunting, exploring castles and forests reaching from Northumberland to Treyarnon Bay.

The top 10 inspired a new illustrated guide for families featuring brand new artwork by Mark Burgess, who coloured the original E.H Shepherd Black & White art and the latest book 'Return to the Hundred Acre Wood'.

Have a look at the beautiful illustrations that go with some of Pooh Bear's top simple pleasures below. And don't forget to tell us what your favourite simple pleasures are in the comments box.

Download the full guide at or see the top 25 below:

  1. Enjoying a fish supper on Blackpool Pier, Lancashire

  2. Indulging in afternoon tea, Devon

  3. Picnicking on the shores of Windermere in the Lake District, Cumbria

  4. Rock-pooling in Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall

  5. Camping in the New Forest, Hampshire

  6. Marvelling at Stonehenge, Wiltshire

  7. Getting lost in the maze at Hampton Court Palace, Greater London

  8. Taking a stroll beside Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland and Cumbria

  9. Boating day out on the Broads, Norfolk and Suffolk

  10. Watching the puffins on the Farne Islands, Northumberland

  11. Stargazing in Exmoor National Park, Somerset and Devon

  12. Taking in the vista from the peaks at the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire

  13. Trying to make the Queen's Guard laugh at Buckingham Palace

  14. Watching the changing of the Guards at Windsor Castle, Berkshire

  15. Fossil-hunting on Brook Beach, Isle of Wight

  16. Exploring the famous White Cliffs of Dover

  17. Playing Pooh Sticks at 100 Acre Wood, East Sussex

  18. Rolling down the hills around Corfe Castle, Dorset

  19. Visiting a honey farm in Devon

  20. Skimming stones at Holy Island, Lindisfarne, Northumberland

  21. Picking blackberries on Box Hill, Surrey

  22. Riding a narrow boat through the canal ways, Birmingham

  23. Taking in the grandeur of Chatsworth House from the park, Chatsworth, Derbyshire

  24. Seeking out the deer at Richmond Park, London

  25. Admiring Bamburgh Castle from the beach, Northumberland

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