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

Huge House, reasonable tariff, free parking, dog friendly, stunning sea views

SOUTH FACING with sun shinning in the garden from early morning until the evening. Located in the heart of Polperro, overlooking the Harbour and the gentle goings with the PRICES HELD AT 2013 RATE. Property has INFINITY BROADBAND AND BT SPORT!. Co...

Barn in Weymouth - GOLFI

1 OF 3 SINGLE STOREY BARN CONVERSIONS A SHORT DRIVE TO BEACHES These delightful barn conversions nestle in a quiet spot yet close to many amenities their location makes an ideal base to explore a wide variety of places of interest amongst the wond...

Coffee with a seaview, explore beaches and pubs from this cosy cottage

Bwthyn Trefdraeth is adjacent to the owners dwelling and in its own spacious grounds. Once you arrive at Bwthyn Trefdraeth you could leave the car parked for the week as Newport beach, further coves/beaches and an assortment of restaurants and fri...

Abbey Mews - Super 3 Bedroom House with parking

Abbey Mews is a holiday home in Torquay Devon. This delightful mews house is set in a quiet location yet is just a short level walk to the extensive local amenities of St Marychurch and Babbacombe. These include a fine selection of shops and eater...

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...

Gordon Hyman House: 1 bed - parking - central

A charming, bright split-level apartment accommodating 4 people, in a great central location right next to both Norfolk Square Gardens and Hove Lawns and moments from the seafront. Open Plan Kitchen/Living/Dining Area Kitchen Modern kitchen area w...

Dorset Gardens - 1 bed modern apartment in Kemptown

A bright, modern one-bedroom apartment right in the heart of Kemptown with its independent cafes, bars and restaurants. Sleeping up to 4 people, you will be fully self catered and enjoy the stylish decor and cleverly designed furniture. Spot the B...

Cosy stone cottage overlooking stream and field,close to village pub

A two bedroom cosy four star terraced stone cottage with contemporary interior design and secure front and back gardens. Price includes bed linen and towels,WiFi,Sky TV,Movies and Sport.The cottage overlooks a stream and field in the heart of Reyn...

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