In the last weeks of summer, will you take a Staycation?
If you’re short on time, a mini break within the UK could fit the bill. Plus there will hopefully be a few weeks of good weather left to make the most of – so why go abroad, when you can enjoy a staycation here in the UK.
To give you a few ideas we’ve put together a mini list of destinations that we recommend you visit.
The Broads National Park - Britain’s Waterland
The Norfolk and Suffolk Broads form one of the most beautiful boating destinations in Britain. The allure of the broads attracts tourists from all over the world, who come not just to take in the stunning landscapes, but to also observe some of the rarest wildlife in Britain. Navigating through the rivers and lakes can be easier compared with other British waterways because you don’t have to operate a lock - which can be a relief for the novice helmsman. There are plenty of stop-off points en route too, from quaint picturesque pubs to ancient market villages - you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d have set foot into a Constable painting. If you’d prefer not to sleep on a boat there are numerous bed and breakfasts, and hotels in the vicinity, which you can use as a base for exploring this enchanting part of Britain.
Cornwall - Where Land Meets Sea
The ancient Celtic Kingdom of Cornwall is blessed with some of the most breath-taking beaches in Britain - from intimate sheltered coves to golden sands, it doesn’t matter if you have the family, plus the dog in tow - the sheer amount of beaches means there is something for everyone. If you don’t want to spend all your time on Cornwall’s magnificent coastline there are plenty of other things to get up to. You could explore unspoilt rivers, like Helford, with its ancient oak forests hidden in deep sheltered valleys. If nature and conservation is a particular interest of yours, visit the Eden Project - the largest indoor rainforest in the world. Plus with lots of affordable hotels and bed and breakfasts, what’s stopping you from visiting Cornwall this summer?
London - Escape To the City
With so much to do in London you’ll certainly wish you had more time on your trip - there are so many things to see and experience. You could visit the world famous Tate Gallery, or go for a spot of retail therapy on Oxford Street, either way almost everything is accessible by public transport. If you’re on a tight budget it’s probably best to avoid hotels in Central London, as they often charge more than hotels in Greater London - you could aim for Zone 3 and beyond. It’s worth keeping in mind that everything to see in London isn’t just located Centrally. If you want to swap the hustle and bustle for a tranquil walk in the forest, Hampstead Heath, Barnes and Richmond Park are renowned for their rich wildlife and green spaces.
Isle of Wight - Jewel of the Solent
The Isle of Wight is a short journey across the Solent - getting to the island is relatively straightforward and is just a ferry trip away from Southampton, Portsmouth, and Lymington. When visiting the Isle of Wight the iconic Needles and Alum Bay should be at the top of your list, the views of the bay and this sheer chalk cliff-face are nothing short of extraordinary. The Isle itself is steeped in natural history, and is rich with dinosaur fossils - in fact there are many museums and galleries you can visit, which are dedicated to this topic. Also if you plan on doing a lot of wining and dining on your trip, there are plenty of eateries that cater to all tastes and appetites. From afternoon tearooms, to country pubs and beachside cafes, you certainly won’t be stuck for choice. The same goes for accommodation, from bed and breakfasts, to hotels and self catered apartments, you name it the Isle of Wight has got it.