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

Forest Setting Accessible To York And The North York Moors

Treganhawke is set in the stunning countryside of the Hambleton Hills AONB and only two miles away from the North York Moors National park. The village of Yearsley is a quiet farming village surrounded by Yearsley and Newburgh forest. The market t...

Right At The Waters Edge, Raasay

Beautiful stone built cottage at Clachan Bay. Views to die for.

On The Sea Shore, Raasay

Cullen View is a newly refurbished detached bungalow right on the sea shore with stunning views of the Cuillins on Skye. The bungalow has a double bedroom, twin bedroom, lounge with wood burning stove, large kitchen with washing machine and dishw...

Luxury Mediterranean style house, sea & mountain views, pet friendly & garden

Plas Arfon cottage benefits from a large open plan lounge with log burner & dining area, stunning sea views over Conwy bay towards Anglesey & the Irish sea. Large ground floor master bedroom with a 'super king' double bed (6ft), shower, wc & wash ...

10 Minutes Walk To Newquay Town Centre And Beaches

Old Barn Court is a three-bedroom, self-catering holiday property located a few minutes walk from the Gannel estuary. With two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, the house is well-equipped with all your home-comforts and has off-road parking. ...

Four bedroom detached house. SKY / SKY PLUS / Wi Fi Sleeps 8 / 10

Living area * Spacious open-plan living, dining and kitchen area Dining area * Dining table with seating for eight, leading to the large well equipped kitchen * Television Kitchen * Appliances include fridge, freezer and micro...


Enjoy a home from home in this spacious and comfortable 3-bedroom property. The house is arranged over two floors Accommodation comprises: 3 bedrooms, (2 x King size beds, 1 x double bed) 4 x fold-out single beds 1 x single sofa bed in livin...

Higher Tregenna Bungalow. Sleeps 9. Great views. Parking for three cars.

Higher Tregenna is a three-bedroom, self-catering holiday bungalow set in lush, north Cornish countryside on the doorstep of the Atlantic coastline. The property is located just three-miles from Newquay and its beaches, or a five-minute drive to P...

Minutes walk to beach & next to River Gannel Newquay

The house is located at the quietest end of one of Newquay's most sought after roads, It is built a stones throw from the old boat building quay, a place now popular for picnics and barbecues. The accommodation is spread over three floors and has ...

Atlantic Reach 4 bedroom lodges. 3 together sleeping 24

We have three of these four bedroom lodges right next to each other - sleeping upto 24 people! Great for large groups or shared family holidays Each house sleeps upto 8 / 10 people. Prices shown are per house. Atlantic Reach is a truly unique, a...

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