Summer holidays in England

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Ronnie McCluskey

Ronnie McCluskey
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Kynance coveDuring spring’s tumult to secure cheap flights to the Med, people often forget just how beautiful England is; it's a land characterised by verdant meadows, lush vegetation, towering mountains, crisp beaches and ancient cities. It really is a marvellous place in which to spend your time during the summer. If you do decide to stay put in England over the holidays, you shall be met with what can only be described as a near infinite variety of pursuits. Shun those who express the notion that holidaying within our small island is a waste of time; ignore the fickle protests of those who can do nothing but bemoan the lack of anything interesting to do within our shores: you could have the time of your life, and save yourself a bundle in the process.

I shall, in this article, convince you, courteous reader, that England has more to offer than many others may think – and by the end, you’ll surely be waving your mini Union Jack flag with all the fervour of an entrenched resident of Henman Hill! Read on for five locations that are, by all means, well worth the time, money and effort to visit this summer.

 

Five choice destinations for summer holidays in England:


   

Summer holidays in the Lake District Summer holidays in the Lake District

During the early 19th century, poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge did much to popularise the beauty of the English countryside – first to the educated elite, then to the everyday reader. The Lake District was chief among those untouched locations with its wild, rugged and majestic mountain scenery. The village of Grasmere, situated within the Lake District and bordering Lake Windermere, is one such magical locale; as Wordsworth's home town, it’s the very definition of a quaint English country village. In it, you’ll find delightful thatched cottages, a number of top restaurants and cafés, friendly locals and organised tour events from which you can behold, study and admire the picturesque surrounding landscape.

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Summer holidays in London Summer holidays in London

The commercial and cultural hub of Britain, London really does have something for everyone. Here you’ll find rather a large number of things to do – virtually anything you could care to imagine, actually. Summer is an especially fine season to visit, though. Many major events are held in the full glare of the sunshine, with Royal Ascot and the Hampton Court Palace Festival taking place in June, and Wimbledon getting under way at the back end of the month. Meanwhile, in July, there’s a varied programme of outdoor events to enjoy, from the Hampton Court Flower Show to concerts at Hyde Park. Make the most of the weather if you can, but be assured that if things do turn chilly, the city’s indoor treasures – from the Royal Opera House to the British Museum – are certain to keep you entertained.

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Summer holidays in Blackpool Summer holidays in Blackpool

Blackpool is one of the UK’s premier seaside resorts, situated on a range of cliffs fronting the Irish Sea. The Pleasure Beach amusement park is the most visited attraction in town, with an estimated 5.5 million guests per year; it goes without saying that the busy time is during summer months, so why not grab yourself a 99 and join in the fun? On Blackpool Promenade, you’ll hear a ceaseless clacking of shoes, as tourists from all over Britain come to sunbathe, play the arcades and soak up a joyous atmosphere; a range of summer shows, including the Blackpool Tower Circus and musicals and plays in the Winter Gardens and Grand Theatre, round off the entertainment.

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Summer holidays in York Summer holidays in York

How about a summer holiday in York, once the seat of Roman and Viking power in England? Rightly credited as one of England’s finest holiday destinations, it is best seen when the sun is splitting the trees – or, in York’s case, the city’s famous fortifications. Forming an agreeable promenade around the city is the ancient Old Wall; stretching for 2.5 miles, it makes for an interesting walk for history buffs and even those who just enjoy the great outdoors. Other areas of historical interest include the York Minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and, of course, the York Dungeon. In 2014, though, York will be famous for something a little more modern: the city hosts stage two of the Tour de France in early July! As well as your fix of world-class sport, expect no end of street performers, live music and bustling food kiosks.

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Summer holidays in Torquay Summer holidays in Torquay

Torquay – often dubbed the Montpellier of England – is an exceedingly popular seaside resort. And for good reason, too. Given its location on the south-west coast, the climate is especially balmy during its long summer days. Home to Kents Cavern, one of Britain's most important Stone Age archaeological sites, Living Coasts, a coastal zoo, and Babbacombe Theatre, the town has plenty of attractions to delight visitors at any time of year. Summer, though, is when the place truly comes to life. The brilliant free food festival TorqEat kicks off on the May Bank Holiday Weekend; a fantastic line-up of chefs, plus 40+ local food and drink producers, will be showcasing their skills. The English Riviera Wheel also comes to town, while the Babbacombe Festival, in June, promises to be as popular as ever; it concludes with a ‘Fish and Chips Day’ on June 22.

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Summer Holiday Homes for Rent in the UK

4-Star Self Catering Holiday Apartment

A very well appointed 4-Star holiday apartment in a modern block of just 14 apartments. Contemporary open plan living room/kitchen/diner with integrated kitchen appliances. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room, twin single bedroom - all beds a...

Award winning, pet friendly 18th century stone cottage.Fabulous views of Snowdon

Self catering Anglesey cottage set in 7 acres of quiet, peaceful surroundings with panoramic views of the Snowdonia Mountains. This pet-friendly Anglesey holiday cottage was originally an 18th century stable on the grounds of the owners’ home – th...

Stunning coastline and countryside from this gorgeous cottage.

What better place for your family or group get-together than this large, luxurious holiday cottage. Llyn Peninsula’s beautiful coastline forms a stunning horizon to the peaceful countryside views enjoyed from Stabal Lleuddad, with the nearest sand...

Lovely cottage in Abersoch- don't miss an ice cream on the lovely sandy beach

Stabal y March holiday cottage is brilliantly located, 1 mile from Abersoch on the beautiful Lleyn Peninsula. Based on a traditional family run beef and sheep farm, it has been lovingly converted into a family-friendly cottage. Amongst the finest ...

5 Star Cottage with a Games Room on site. 0.5 mile to Fabulous Beach

Sgubor Madrun holiday cottage is where the straw and feed were stored for the past 250 years. It has recently been restored to a luxurious holiday accommodation with as much of the original features left visible as possible. The cottage has a chil...

Almost on the beach this lovely large property. Don't miss dolphins in the Bay.

A large self catering house in the delightful resort of New Quay, West Wales. Just a stone's throw from an award winning beach, cafes, restaurants and bars. This child friendly self catering has a playroom, terraced garden & fabulous sea views. Ta...

Lovely cottage with great access to Coed y Brenin for mountain biking and walks

Beautiful Snowdonia holiday cottage, recently refurbished to a high standard throughout and based in a small village 2 miles from the historic town of Dolgellau in Snowdonia National Park. Penygroes holiday cottage, Dolgellau enjoys beautiful view...

Enjoy private grounds and fabulous braches from this lovely converted mill.

This luxury self catering Pembrokeshire accommodation is within a newly converted 17th century water mill in Pembroke. Located in 30 acres of private grounds in Pembrokeshire National Park, the cottage provides a fantastic base to explore all that...

Converted 17th century mill in private grounds. Don't miss the fabulous beaches

Rockpools, dolphins and sand, glorious sand. Just some of the things to discover during your stay at Pembroke Mill Holiday Apartment, set within a newly renovated 17th century water mill in 30 acres of private grounds in Pembrokeshire National Par...

Converted mill in with a large secluded private garden. Don't miss the beaches.

Only 4 miles from Criccieth, self catering cottage Melin Chwilog is an attractive converted mill with a large secluded garden. Located in a private, peaceful setting in the little village of Chwilog, the local pub, village stores and butcher’s sho...
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