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

Contemporary Apartment In Listed Art Deco Building on the Seafront - Unique

1 bedroom luxury with all mod cons completely renovated and ready for your stay! This is a beautiful well-appointed 1 bedroom apartment, in the highly notable Art Deco Marine Court Building on the seafront of Hastings (St Leonards-On-Sea). ...

The Balcony - The perfect romantic fusion of Regency splendour and views!

Situated along the impressive sweeping Hesketh Crescent, and overlooking formal gardens to the beautiful Meadfoot Beach and dramatic Devon coast line beyond, this wonderfully presented first floor holiday home provides the ideal romantic retreat f...

Ringmore Garden House ~ Luxury Shaldon Home, 4 en-suite bedrooms & river peeps!

A simply spectacular Shaldon retreat! Boasting far reaching views across the rolling Devon hills and the dramatic estuary of the Teign River; this 5* contemporary riverside holiday retreat is the last word in luxury, with optional cookery lessons...

Agatha's Galmpton Cottage ~ a Devon Delight in a village near Brixham

Providing a picturesque holiday scene in which to relax and explore, with all the famous visitor attractions and charms of Devon right on the doorstep, this period farmhouse cottage offers the perfect haven to suit all guests - in all seasons! Th...

Chelston House - Elegant Victorian Villa with original features & lots of charm!

Offering an idyllic setting within easy reach of Torquay, groups of 10 can easily enjoy an exclusive seaside stay within the lavish surroundings of this modernised period retreat. Approached by a flight of steps with handrail from the private str...

Balcony Belle ~ Savour A Regal Seaside Escape!

Offering palatial Regency-style proportions alongside home comforts, this spacious holiday home offers an elegant sea view escape in all seasons! Located in the exclusive setting of Hesketh Crescent, the Grade II* listed apartment, is situated ...

The Dorchesters - A Delightfully Luxurious Devon Getaway!

Are you looking for the perfect holiday retreat? Then look no further! Perfectly situated within easy walking distance of Meadfoot Beach and the popular attractions of central Torquay, The Dorchesters provides the ultimate holiday home for familie...

River View Shaldon - Relish in river views!

Boasting far reaching views of the Teign Estuary and the rolling countryside beyond, this modern 3 bed bungalow maisonette offers the perfect base from which to enjoy the delights of Devon! Enjoying an elevated setting, the bungalow sits in a lar...

Meadfoot Beach Apartment - A heavenly escape in Hesketh Crescent!

Boasting double aspect views of Thatcher’s Rock to the east and the beautiful sands of Brixham Bay and Meadfoot Beach to the south, this splendid sea view home offers a splendid holiday escape in all seasons. Located within the iconic setting of ...

Hope Cove House - A haven in the South Hams!

Enjoying a prime sea view location in the breathtakingly tranquil Outer Hope, part of the timeless fishing village of Hope Cove; guests of up to 4-6 can fully enjoy the full range of outdoor activities and simple delights which surround this best ...

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