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

Lanescot Harbor view Apartment - Beautifully appointed with views

Lovely apartment for 2/4 with great views and and easy walk to the harbour and beach. This lovely ground floor apartment has a super location being just a short stroll from the shops, pubs, restaurants and harbour of West Looe and only ten minut...

Beautiful Holiday Home Located In The Heart of Croyde Bay village

The house is a large detached property within it's own gated entrance with a secluded patio garden and first floor sun decking and south facing views. It is arranged over 2 floors with the living accommodation upstairs with beautiful views of the ...

Pierinn House, Magnificent sea & harbour views, close to pubs/restaurants

PierInn House is a 4 Star Visit England Rated house and is situated in a prime position on the original harbour wall of the historic fishing village of Polperro. This beautiful 17th Century cottage enjoys outstanding uninterrupted views of the har...

Rosemary - Delightful cottage close to the beach

Situated in quiet, landscaped gardens yet only five minutes walk to two beaches Rosemary Cottage has been refurbished and now offers stunning accommodation for up to five people. The cottage will provide a perfect base for a Cornish holiday clos...

Fabulously Located Marina Apartment - Superb Waterside Views

Recently refurnished two bedroom south facing first floor apartment overlooking the south harbour and enjoying superb water views. Living/dining room, fitted kitchen, master bedroom with double bed and en suite shower room, twin bedroom and bathro...

Stunning Sea Views, Large Gardens, Parking For Three Cars, Pet Friendly.

Birds-I-Vue is a spacious dormer bungalow perched above the beautiful village of Beer. From the oversized bay window in the large sitting room, the conservatory and the French doors onto the balcony in the master bedroom there are stunning views a...

3 West Quay House - Waterfront apartment with stunning views

Situated right on the edge of the harbour this really well appointed apartment in the heart of West Looe will find favour with those seeking stylish accommodation with all the facilities of the town immediately to hand. Visit Britain 3 Star accom...

Luxury 4 Star - Holiday cottage with Free WiFi close to Burry Port Harbour

We are delighted to announce that this property has been rated 4 Star with Visit Wales again for 2014-2015. This 19th century cottage has recently been upgraded and comprises of two beautifully decorated bedrooms (one king size bed and one set of...

Teglios- stunning riverside apartment with disabled facilities

Arranged on the first and second floors of an ancient harbour-side building this stunning apartment is centrally located and has fine views over Looe harbour and river. The accommodation is a delightful blend of the ancient and the modern with man...

4 West Quay House - Superb views from this harbourside apartment

This gorgeous apartment has stunning views to the harbour and sea. All the facilities of the ancient old port of Looe, the harbour, pubs, restaurants, shops and beach are all immediately available. Saturday changeover. Sleeping 4 in a double and...

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