Summer holidays in the UK

Have fun in the sun in Blighty with a 2014 UK summer holiday


Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
HomeAway travel expert


Eastbourne, East SussexIt's all so tempting to stay within our shores this summer, isn't it? The thought of bypassing the misery of delayed flights, horrid drives to the airport, and the potential for embarrassment when chatting to foreigners in their native tongue (well, perhaps the last should be revealed as a fear of my own!) is all too inviting. Besides, if you were to go abroad this summer you may just miss out entirely on what our green and leafy little country has to offer.

Here I look at five varied British locales, from the beaches of Cornwall to the ancient city of Edinburgh, to convince you that a summer spent in the UK is a summer well spent. Save cash, do your bit for the British economy, have a memorable break – everyone’s a winner.

 

Top five destinations for England summer holidays


   

Summer holidays in Cornwall Summer holidays in Cornwall

Cornwall, in south-west England, is one of the most inviting English counties, a fact accentuated by its warm weather and rugged coastline. There's a great many events to attend here during summer; June alone is crammed full of festivals and shows. Head along to the Royal Cornwall Show in Wadebridge, on June 5, for a delightful family outing, or check out the Maker Festival in Torpoint on the weekend of the 21st; there’s live music, cabaret, workshops and light shows spread across four stages. Away from the events, Cornwall has plenty of beaches for you to soak up the sun – or venture into the sea for a spot of surfing. Kynance Cove is perhaps the pick of the bunch.

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Summer holidays in Brighton Summer holidays in Brighton

Brighton is a common pilgrimage for Britain's pleasure seekers, with its majestic beach, busy promenade and famous pier. Aside from sun bathing, you can also enjoy a number of high-profile events, such as the Kemp Town Carnival on June 7, a jamboree known for its live bands, samba music and magician shows. The Brighton Fringe, England’s premier arts festival, is another that’s well worth attending: it runs for the entire month of May and includes multiple free events. Being on the coast, summer frolics can of course include kayaking, paragliding, sailing – or stay on dry land and while an afternoon at Brighton Racecourse.

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Summer holidays in Aberystwyth Summer holidays in Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth, in western Wales, is home to a superb seaside resort; you’re sure to be taken aback by the view of the sea against the curved inlet lined with beautiful Victorian buildings. In summer, it’s also the venue for the International Ceramics Festival, where you can potter about (pun intended!) and behold the work of the world’s most talented ceramic artists. Constitution Hill is a special attraction that's worth a mention; it provides the most scenic view of the area via the old funicular railway. Another, somewhat more curious attraction is the Camera Obscura, an optical device allowing tourists to view the world outside from within the confines of a building, using clever trickery involving a mirror and a table. Lost me? Solve the puzzle by going along to see for yourself!

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Summer holidays in Edinburgh Summer holidays in Edinburgh

Scotland’s historic capital, Edinburgh has many attractions to delight visitors during the summer months. In June, the Meadows Festival draws music fans from all over – not just because it’s free, but because this volunteer-run event features artists to suit every taste. The famous Edinburgh Film Festival, recognised as the world’s oldest continually running film festival, is another one to mark in your diary. If you wish to quench your thirst, meanwhile, the Scottish Real Ale Festival comes to town in July. Yes, you’ll never be at a loss for something to do in this city, and its signature café culture is best enjoyed in summer, when the sun is – probably – slanting gloriously down over the behemoth that is Edinburgh Castle. 

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Summer holidays in Yorkshire Summer holidays in Yorkshire

Yorkshire is a great place to spend summer. Sandsend is particularly beautiful during this time: its handsome stretch of beach is quieter than others in the area, and the village is home to a notable pub and restaurant – Estbek House. If you want to test your mettle, the Three Peaks Challenge will certainly do that. This popular trial involves traversing three peaks: Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The trek can be completed in 12 hours – feel free to drink in the sublime beauty of the landscape along the way. Several notable festivals are also due to take place over summer, namely the Taste of Yorkshire Festival and the Dentdale Music & Beer Festival, both of which are held in June.

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UK Summer Holiday Homes

Delightful Private Bath & Breakfast 1

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New luxury holiday home in the Scottish Highlands

Welcome to Lanna a new luxury holiday home in the Scottish Highlands, situated in the Black Isle in the village of Rosemarkie on the sea front with spectacular views across the Moray Firth an ideal location to tour the Highlands with many attracti...

Superb Flat Trafalgar Square from £250 per night

Our large luxurious two bedroom split level flat will appeal to those wishing to stay in one of the best locations in Central London.The flat is directly opposite Trafalgar Square with a direct view of Nelson's Column .This really is located in th...

Tastefully Converted Cider Farm with indoor pool

Primrose is situated on a converted Cyder Farm that now consists of a number of high quality privately owned cottages and apartments(with indoor pool). The complex Stancombe Manor is approximately 5 minutes from Kingsbridge and is close to many be...

SEVI VILLA - SET IN 2 ACRES OF PRIVATE GARDEN & WOODLAND NEAR ST IVES

Cornish Villas are proud to present Sevi Villa a luxury contemporary private & secluded detached Villa with an amazing & very large loft conversion from which to take in the breathtaking views of Hayle, the Estuary, St Ives & beyond. Set in two ac...

Spacious Villa in Largs, North Ayrshire Coast

The villa is located in a quiet part of the town only 200 metres from the beach. It has 5 roomy double bedrooms (two located on the ground floor), separate lounge, dining room and kitchen. There are bathrooms on the ground floor and upper floor...

Around the Corner from St Paul's Cathedral

A MINIMUM OF 4 NIGHTS CAN BE BOOKED AT THE OWNER'S DISCRETION TO FILL IN GAPS. PLEASE, MAKE AN ENQUIRY, THANK YOU. The flat has a contemporary look. It is spacious and with plenty of natural light. It is on a 1st floor which you can access thro...

Stunning 5* Beachfront Apartment/Panoramic Sea Views, Freshwater Bay

Bay Side is stunningly located right on the beach at Freshwater Bay, with panoramic sea views. Rated 5* by Visit Britain this luxury modern apartment boasts 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), fully fitted luxury kitchen and the most amaz...

Cotswolds - peaceful luxury character country cottage retreat

Uniquely situated on the former Cotswolds estate of the Spencer-Churchill family, Summer Cottage is surrounded by 35 acres of formal gardens, rose gardens, ponds and parkland of this private estate which has featured on the BBC programme 'Escape t...

2 Bed Victorian split level in Fitzrovia//Oxford St/Terrace/ From £150- £180

A beautiful and generously sized duplex maisonette with a large private south facing terrace in the heart of Fitzrovia, Central London.The street is free of any traffic allowing our guests to enjoy a quiet relaxing stay in the middle of London! ...

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