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

Amazing Sea & Harbour Views, Spacious Refurbished Apartment

Located in West Looe, St Crispin is the middle flat of a converted house which dates back to the late 1890's. Uninterrupted views of the Harbour, East Looe, Beach and out to Sea can be seen from both bedrooms and the Large bay window in the Lounge...

Brand New 3 Bedroom Cottage Only 5 Mins Walk To The Beach

Situated on the edge of the atmospheric sheep studded Romney Marsh and just a few minutes walk from the beautiful Camber Sands, Anglers Rest is the perfect place from which to explore the diverse natural landscapes and historic attractions in this...

Wake In Comfort To The Sound Of The Sea, Explore The Misty Brooding Romney Marsh

Wake in comfort to the sound of the sea, explore the misty brooding Romney Marsh, then warm up in the many atmospheric pubs with intriguing histories, resident ghouls, roaring fireplaces, cracking ales and tasty pub grub, walk along our pebbled be...

Sea views and log burning stoves. The perfect seaside retreat.

Wake in comfort to the sound of the sea, explore the misty brooding Romney Marsh, then warm up in the many atmospheric pubs with intriguing histories, resident ghouls, roaring fireplaces, cracking ales and tasty pub grub, walk along England’s fine...

Stunning pet friendly cottage next to Camber Sands

Sandy Paws is a modern character cottage in Camber Sands, just five minutes from the beautiful sandy beach. This pretty weather boarded Camber Sands holiday cottage in East Sussex is perfect for a family holiday discovering the local history and r...

Discover the Uk's finest Sandy Beach as seen in The Monuments Men!

Tauranga (maori for ‘Place of rest’) is just that. This stylishly decorated modern holiday cottage, located on the award winning White Sand development nestled between the epic Camber Sands and internationally significant grassland is ideally situ...

Affordable luxury next to the iconic Camber Sands

Seascape in Camber Sands is located just a few minutes walk to the wonderful sandy beach. With so much to do on your doorstep in the historic 1066 country, this duplex holiday apartment is the perfect location for a family holiday or short break t...

Spacious 4 bed seaside holiday house in Swanage, 400m from beach

A short stroll from Swanage Beach, this bright, spacious, seaside holiday cottage has views over Swanage bay. Spacious living, bright rooms and a large balcony make this Dorset holiday cottage in Swanage a dream for extended families. The location...

Ten Seconds Walk To The Beach

The Cabin has been newly refurbished to a high standard (VisitEngland 4 stars) andis an ideal holiday home with sea views from the upstairs bedroom - it is almost on the beach and provides excellent family accommodation. It is homely, has stunning...

House in Gairloch - RC632

SET IN A BEAUTIFUL VERY PEACEFUL LOCATION EJOYING SEA AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS SLEEPS 8 2 This bright and spacious detached house has been built in a traditional Scottish style and stands in 1 acre of garden grounds where guests can relax and soak up th...
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