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

19/9 £795 Sep Fest ST IVES WAVE5 OCEAN BREEZE PENT APT AWESOME BAY VIEW(GARAGE)

Awake to sunshine an absolute luxury. Penthouse apartment with fantastic views of the harbour and bay.(Surf's Up, next door is also available. 2 properties together giving 360 degree views of St Ives. Property no 68415). Accessed by spiral stairca...

Discover the art of relaxation in the peaceful heart of Cornwall.

A beautiful rural location for three cozy modern barn conversions with PRIVATE DECKING. The three TWO BEDROOM barns are the prefect base from which to enjoy Cornwall. Spending your days on the many beaches of the North coast (5 miles) or South Coa...

Harlequin is your seaside home from home situated at the award winning 'The Bay'

Furnished and decorated to a high standard 'Harlequin' offers comfortable accommodation with a spacious open-plan lounge/kitchen/ diner with TV / DVD, downstairs cloakroom and understairs cupboard. It has 1 double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe an...

Wagon House a stunnng property in a fantastic location.

Wagon House is stunning holiday cottage set in a beautiful village location deep with in the rolling Southern Cotswolds. Located in the grounds' of the owners' home, this delightful holiday house has been recently renovated to a very high standard...

Tew Cottage, a stunning property in a perfect location.

Tew Cottage is probably what we all imagine when thinking of a classic Cotswold cottage - a gorgeous building under a thatched roof with period features everywhere: large open fire, beams, flagstone floor and a magnificent 2 acre garden all within...

South Hill Farmhouse

South Hill Farmhouse (22) is an enormous Grade Two Listed holiday home capable of accommodating up to 22 people in spacious surroundings. Once s local farmhouse, the property has been converted to provide 11 bedrooms and a wealth of bathrooms maki...

South Lodge Cottage

South Lodge Cottage is a truly classic Cotswolds' property situated in an idyllic spot on the edge of one of the region's most delightful villages Great Rissington. The cottage, which has a history dating back hundreds of years, has been careful...

Robbie's Barn

Robbie's Barn is a high quality holiday cottage set a peaceful hamlet on the edge of the northern Cotswolds, very close to Shakespeare's Stratford upon Avon. The cottage was recently modernised and has many ECO friendly modifications incl solar pa...

Pine Cottage

Pine Cottage is the largest in a quiet row of Cotswold stone cottages set in a private courtyard on the site of the old original bakery. This spacious, light cottage has a high spec, is very warm and welcoming and is only a short walk from the cen...

Kitebrook House, the perfect setting for a family break.

Kitebrook House is a magnificent Cotswold Country House set in glorious countryside, yet convenient for the market towns of Stow on the Wold and Moreton in Marsh. This detached Cotswold stone house is located on the edge of a little village calle...

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