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

J Walk in Rhosneigr.

J Walk is ideally located in the center of Rhosneigr, Anglesey. Just a few minutes stroll from the beach, shops and bars this fantastic family property is a perfect choice for a larger family or group. J Walk is all about the space and room and is...

Sea Haven Cottage, Conwy

Sea Haven cottage is a treat! Recently refurbished to a great standard, it is both comfortable and welcoming. Set within the walls of Conwy on a quiet residential road, the owners have taken great care to appoint this cottage as a stylish but also...

Celyn Y Mor, contemporary beach house, Rhosneigr

Just a short walk to the fantastic, sandy beach in Rhosneigr, Celyn y Mor makes the perfect seaside retreat. It offers superb living accommodation and enjoys excellent views of the sea from its position nestled among the dunes and marram grass. Th...

Ty Coch, Conwy, Snowdonia.

Ty Coch is a wonderful detached house in a superb location. Minutes from historic Conwy, this idyllic little spot is a perfect destination for families and friends to get together and get away from it all and yet be minutes away from shops restaur...

Plas Arfon Cottage, Conwy

Plas Arfon is a superb detached house situated just minutes by car from the UNESCO World heritage site of Conwy. This immaculate house enjoys incredible views out to the Irish Sea, Puffin Island and Anglesey and is situated right next door to awar...

Luxury Cottage nestled in the hills of Snowdonia. Lakefront views and full Sky TV

Nestled in the hills, amidst the stunning scenery of Snowdonia's forests and lakes, is a little piece of heaven. Ty Newydd, is nothing short of idyllic. If you are looking to get away from it all - but without compromising luxurious high standards...

The Treehouse, Stunning sea and castle views, beautiful location.

This is an opportunity for guests to stay in unique, wonderful surroundings. The Treehouse is a modern timber and steel extension to an historic Art Deco style country house. The views are incredible - you will be mesmerised by the sunsets over th...

Estuary View Apartment

Estuary View Apartment is all about the location. If you are looking for an apartment that is in arguably the best location in the whole area, with everything close by then Estuary View is for you. If you are looking for a place with a nice garden...

West End Studio London Covent Garden from £95.00 per night

A charming, spacious studio flat in a beautiful Victorian mansion block in the heart of London's West End. Our flat is literally within walking distance of so many attractions.Our guests will find restaurants ,shopping,cafes, theatres,galleries....

The Ideal Base To Explore The Best London Has To Offer

Welcome to your new home from home in Notting Hill! Located on a quiet street just two minutes from vibrant Portobello Road and close to both Ladbroke Grove and Holland Park tube stations this is the ideal place to spend some time in one of London...
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