With everything going on at the moment, the main thing is that you keep yourself and your family safe. But if you had big holiday plans for this summer, you’re no doubt going to be feeling a little dejected. Whether you were going to be jet setting or staying in the country, the whole world is on hold for now – but what better way to give your mood a boost than thinking about where your next excursion is going to be.
You may feel safer thinking about a UK based holiday, and if this year’s weather is anything to go by, it could be as hot as Spain. You may be wondering where to start with a UK holiday, so here are 3 ideas to get you started.
Devon and Cornwall
Two fantastic options for holiday destinations are Devon and Cornwall. Bordering each other, you can even mix up a few different locations if you’re prepared to drive around a bit.
Let’s start with Cornwall. You’ve probably heard of or seen Rick Stein – he’s a massive name in the food world – and he has left his mark in Padstow with four restaurants. There are a number of great places to go out to eat and if you’re a cyclist, it’s a great place to go.
If you have a small family and your aim is rest and relaxation, Looe is a great place to visit. You can grab a bucket and spade and spend the day on the beach or travel by boat to Looe Island, which is a thriving nature reserve. You have the option of varied family days out with the option of Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary and Seaton Valley Country Park.
Like a lively atmosphere, water sports, busy bars and beautiful beaches? Look no further than Newquay. It’s a great place to go if you want to celebrate a special occasion with a group of friends or even for a stag or hen do. Surfers are attached to Newquay due to its stunning beaches and consistent waves. They hold regular surfing events and an annual festival boasting varied musical line ups.
If you did want to spend your days on a bit of a tour of both Cornwall and Devon, Bude is a great option for a place to stay, as it’s located right on the border, giving you the best of both worlds. It’s packed with shops, cafes, attractions and has a gorgeous beach – and surfing is popular too if that is your thing!
Moving on to Devon, if you are after a seaside break, look no further than Torquay. Nicknamed the ‘English Rivera’ for its impressive beaches, it also has many other attractions, such as Compton Castle and Berry Pomeroy Castle. There is a great deal of beautiful nature to spot – you can also visit Living Coasts which is a zoo and aquarium.
If you like sailing, Salcombe is a great option. The beaches are filled with golden sands and surrounded by deep turquoise waters. The local food is a highlight with plenty of beach view restaurants.
For traditional English coastal scenery, head to the corner of Exmoor National Park to find Ilfracombe. There are many beautiful walks to enjoy and a natural harbour dotted with the elegance of the Victorian architecture. You can get your culture on at the Landmark Theatre which overlooks the seafront.
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The Lake District
There really is no beating The Lake District National Park. Cumbria has been the inspiration for a number of writers, so there’s no surprise that it attracts a large number of visitors year on year. There’s lots of things to see and so many different spots to choose from, whether you are after walks to take in the scenery or even to learn about its history.
Keswick is a lively market town with a number of attractions and events all year round for all ages. It has many public parks, museums and galleries, and the market is packed full of local fresh produce (if you’re a foodie) as well as locally made arts and crafts.
If you fancy yourself as a historian and would like a calming break, consider Grasmere. Whilst considered the “cutest village” in the Lakes, it’s also rich in history. It’s beautiful grey stone buildings are centuries old and the church is said to date back to the 13th century. Famous poet William Wordsworth and his wife were both teachers at the village school and are remembered by a tombstone at St Oswald’s Church.
Cartmel is another great place for history with many traditional pubs and shops – perfect for winding down after a day walking in the hills.
Bowness-on-Windermere has an array of shops and cafes (you must try the ice creams) and is a fabulous spot if you enjoy sailing and other watersports. If that isn’t your bag, there are many other attractions such as the Beatrix Potter museum and lots of great dining spots to enjoy the sunset from.
Keen photographer? Ambleside is the place for you! This idyllic village is quiet with a lot of great sights and nature. There’s a waterfall at the top of Stock Ghyll beck which is one of the highest in England, and if you like traditional English architecture, you need to check out the 17th Century Bridge House.
If your aim is walking and climbing, Coniston is a firm favourite due to the surrounding beauty of Dow Crag and the Furness Fells. It’s also a great place to rent a boat!
Isle of Wight
If you are a lover of outdoor activities, the Isle of Wight is a great option for you. With a stunning coastline, it’s a great playground for outdoor lovers! Just some of the activities available include cycling, walking and horse riding. If you fancy something more extreme, there are many water sports or climbing, sailing and paragliding.
The Isle of Wight has the highest number of award-winning beaches in England so if beaches are your forte, it’s a great option for your next family holiday. You could even charter a boat or if you like stargazing, it’s also a fantastic place to do that.
If you have small children there’s a huge zoo and also it is a fun outing as you can get there by ferry.