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

Beautifully Renovated French Country Style Property Within Easy Reach Of All Areas Of Brighton

The terraced cottage has been recently beautifully renovated in a French style to create a calm space with muted colour tones and furnishings throughout. A few steps from the street lead into the open plan living/dining room which has a comfortabl...

A Peaceful Location, Overlooking The Water Within Walking Distance To Restaurants, Pubs And Cafés

April Cottage is a delightful, fully modernized 18th century cottage overlooking the entire Fal estuary and harbour, with far reaching views over to the Roseland Peninsular, flushing and countryside beyond.

The Retreat at Waterloo - 1 bed Regency apartment with period features

Stylish and contemporary one bedroom, ground floor apartment with its own sun-trap decked terrace as well as a lower garden. Located just a stone's throw from the sea and the beautiful Hove Lawns, this chic Regency Grade II listed property in the ...

Queen's Garden Cottage - 3 bed homely cottage in the heart of the North Laine

Please note this property is rented as sleeping accommodation only. We unfortunately do not allow organised entertainment or organised events to be held in the property. Pretty 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom terraced cottage, located in the famous North La...

Chocolate Box - 5 bed Grade II listed townhouse in the heart of the city centre

Please note this property is rented as sleeping accommodation only. We unfortunately do not allow organised entertainment or organised events to be held in the property. Beautiful 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom grade 2 listed house in the very centre of Br...

Croyde Sea Breeze | 3 Bedrooms | Croyde | Sleeps 6

CROYDE SEA BREEZE OVERVIEW SEA BREEZE is an attractive chalet-style bungalow situated in the peaceful location of Leadengate Close. This is a prime location just a few minutes walk from the centre of Croyde village with its vibrant pubs, restaura...

CROYDE PATHFIELDS | 4 Bedrooms | Croyde | Sleeps 8

CROYDE PATHFIELDS OVERVIEW PATHFIELDS is beautiful holiday home in a prime location just a few minutes walk from the centre of Croyde village with its vibrant pubs and restaurants, surf and beach shops. A short stroll to the golden sandy beach, g...

Croyde Peach Cottage | 3 Bedrooms | Croyde | Sleeps 6 Ref 26533

CROYDE PEACH COTTAGE OVERVIEW This attractive chalet-style bungalow is situated in the peaceful cul-de-sac location of Leadengate Fields, a prime location just a few minutes walk from the centre of Croyde village with its vibrant pubs and restaur...

Croyde Ocean House | 4 Bedrooms | Croyde | Sleeps 8 Ref 48499

CROYDE OCEAN HOUSE OVERVIEW CROYDE OCEAN HOUSE is ideally situated for the perfect Croyde holiday and for exploring the West Coast of Devon with its many beautiful beaches. Croyde itself is an extremely popular village, renowned for its glorious ...

Croyde Nauwai | 2 Bedrooms | Croyde | Sleeps 4 Ref 26539

CROYDE NAUWAI OVERVIEW CROYDE NAUWAI is a light and airy 2-bedroom bungalow situated in the best part of Croyde, just a 5 minute walk to the beautiful beach and a stone’s throw from the vibrant village centre. Croyde is one of Devon’s most popula...
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