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

Half a mile from beautiful Blackpool Sands...

Yew Tree Cottage, just half a mile from beautiful Blackpool Sands, South Devon is a most attractive period stone holiday cottage, tucked away in a quiet corner of this charming old village, in the shadow of the local church and close to the Gre...

An ideal spot for two...

Set in six acres in a beautiful sheltered valley this ancient farmstead is now a small group of charming cottages that hug the side of a gentle slope extending down to the tidal creek of Goodshelter. Here you can wander through the apple orchar...

Holiday home along the river Pol...

Nestled in the heart of the historic fishing village of Polperro along the river Pol and amongst the array of pubs, cafes and restaurants is Watersmeet, a comfortable, homely and well-equipped holiday home perfect for families with the benefit ...

Nestled in the heart of the village...

Threshing Cottage Garden Apartment, nestling in the heart of East Prawle village only a short walk to the stunning coastline is a well presented, great value holiday cottage, perfect for couples.  The cosy and very private apartment is l...

Spacious and charming conversion...

The two cottages at Locks farm are charming, spotless and extremely comfortable, a positive oasis from which to explore this stunning area. Both cottages and the farmhouse are within an attractive gated courtyard area, the original former far...

Contemporary 5 star converted chapel...

Built in 1876 and recently imaginatively and tastefully renovated this 5 star converted chapel overlooks the village green in the quiet Dorset village of Sturminster Marshall and is just a short walk from a welcoming pub. The sophisticated acco...

Picturesque 18th Century Cottage...

This is a wonderful detached 1700’s period property and superb holiday home that exudes quality, charm and character. Located in an elevated position on Barbican Hill the property is a set in a quieter area of town with ample parking an...

Detached conversion with superb views...

The two cottages at Locks farm are charming, spotless and extremely comfortable, a positive oasis from which to explore this stunning area. Both cottages and the farmhouse are within an attractive gated courtyard area, the original former far...

Delightful cottages on a working farm...

These two delightful holiday retreats are in a secluded location, nestled amongst the soft hills of the picturesque Avon valley in Devon, close to the river that flows through this beautiful part of the South Hams and conveniently just a few mi...

Luxury house with countryside views…

Situated in the hamlet of Galmpton, less than a mile from the sandy beaches at Hope Cove is a converted from a livestock barn into a stunning holiday home providing comfortable and luxurious accommodation. The large terrace is a perfect place...

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