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

Beautifully Renovated French Country Style Property Within Easy Reach Of All Areas Of Brighton

The terraced cottage has been recently beautifully renovated in a French style to create a calm space with muted colour tones and furnishings throughout. A few steps from the street lead into the open plan living/dining room which has a comfortabl...

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...

Croyde Peach Cottage | 3 Bedrooms | Croyde | Sleeps 6 Ref 26533

CROYDE PEACH COTTAGE OVERVIEW This attractive chalet-style bungalow is situated in the peaceful cul-de-sac location of Leadengate Fields, a prime location just a few minutes walk from the centre of Croyde village with its vibrant pubs and restaur...

Croyde Ocean House | 4 Bedrooms | Croyde | Sleeps 8 Ref 48499

CROYDE OCEAN HOUSE OVERVIEW CROYDE OCEAN HOUSE is ideally situated for the perfect Croyde holiday and for exploring the West Coast of Devon with its many beautiful beaches. Croyde itself is an extremely popular village, renowned for its glorious ...

Croyde Nauwai | 2 Bedrooms | Croyde | Sleeps 4 Ref 26539

CROYDE NAUWAI OVERVIEW CROYDE NAUWAI is a light and airy 2-bedroom bungalow situated in the best part of Croyde, just a 5 minute walk to the beautiful beach and a stone’s throw from the vibrant village centre. Croyde is one of Devon’s most popula...

Heddon Mill Honeysuckle Cottage | 1 Bedroom | Braunton | Sleeps 2 Ref 83176

HEDDON MILL HONEYSUCKLE COTTAGE OVERVIEW HONEYSUCKLE COTTAGE is a charming 1 bedroom rural retreat situated in the peaceful hamlet of Heddon Mill. The perfect all-year round holiday cottage for couples with a wood burning stove for cooler months a...

WOOLACOMBE PEBBLES COTTAGE | Sleeps 6 | Golf course | Outdoor swimming pool

WOOLACOMBE PEBBLES COTTAGE OVERVIEW PEBBLES COTTAGE is a gorgeous home situated within the quiet Willingcott Valley Resort and is a wonderful combination of a family holiday park in a great location, but without the chaos which so often accompanie...

WOOLACOMBE DUCKS COTTAGE | 3 Bedrooms | Sleeps 6 | The best of coast and country

WOOLACOMBE DUCKS COTTAGE OVERVIEW DUCKS COTTAGE is a gorgeous home situated within the quiet Willingcott Valley Resort and is a wonderful combination of a family holiday park in a great location, but without the chaos, which so often accompanies a...
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