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

Peaceful Location, Stunning Views, Fantastic Countryside

The cottage is in a farm location on the side of the Taw Valley with magnificent views of the valley and Exmoor. The coast and beaches are just 25 minutes drive away. The warm indoor pool is fed from spring water. There is only one holiday cottage...

Magnificent 17th Century timber framed barn set in lovely countryside

Wandering William is an ancient farmstead comprising a magnificent timber-framed barn dating back to the 17th Century which provides fabulous self-catering accommodation for up to 16 people, and an adjoining stone barn (Owl Barn) which provides ve...

Traditional Hilltop Shepherd's Hut,peaceful,far Reaching Views,tennis court

Come and get away from it all in this lovely shepherd's hut - (he's called Tom Putt's) In a quiet spot on an old Devon hilltop Farm with far reaching views and the occasional sheep! There is the Shepherd's cottage (prop number 1046935/E6907 4 bed...

Clovelly Cottage Z47, granite cottage with fine long views out to sea

A mile inland from Mousehole by hedgerow lane is the hamlet of Sheffield (cluster of sturdy granite cottages surrounded by farmland), perched high looking seaward. Recently discovered artefacts reveal this area has been inhabited since Mesolithic ...

The Queach Z45, traditional, stone and slate cottage with stunning sea views

150 yards up from Mousehole’s bustling little centre of shops, pubs, cafés and pretty harbour is The Queach, a very traditional, stone and slate cottage with stunning right-out-to-sea views. A few granite steps and a pretty bit of front garden rai...

The Old Watch Tower Z44, comfortable detached house with spectacular views

100 yards from Pendeen lighthouse, with spectacular views down the coast and right out to sea, The Old Watch Tower has been restored, spruced up and made into a comfortable detached house with a difference. Its sturdy frame has been a landmark sin...

Venwyn Manor Z442, single-storey, stone-built cottage, well-decorated

1½ miles inland from both Carbis Bay and St Ives but peacefully in farmland, a single-storey, stone-built cottage, semi-detached from the owners’ house. Plenty of space outside; own patio and garden area looking on large courtyard with fishpond an...

Courtyard Apartment Z429, ground floor apartment with sea views

One mile seaward of Rosudgeon is Acton Castle, commanding the peninsula between Stackhouse Cove (200 yards walk away, low-tide sand) and Prussia Cove, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. While on St Michael’s Mount in 1772, the romantic but ...

Lamorna Studio Z432, ground-floor apartment, brilliant for a car-less holiday

In the historic heart of St Ives, a short walk from Porthgwidden and Porthmeor beaches and from the harbour, a ground-floor apartment for two, once the pilchard cellar of an early 19th cent. fisherman’s house. Neatly renovated; small, but an excel...

Tregwynne Z41,semi-detached,19th cent.,slate and granite cottage with long views

In Rinsey, ½ mile from the cove beach and coastal path and ¾ mile from a good food pub, a semi-detached, 19th cent., slate and granite cottage with long views across farmland to the sea and along the coast. At the front, hedge and parking; at the ...
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