We know the costs of a summer holiday abroad can add up to an unaffordable sum. Flights, unless you live near a big airport in somewhere like London or Manchester, are often limited and expensive. The UK is filled with unexplored corners, often overlooked as people jet off to other countries. Whether you’re looking to chill out, experience history and culture, or have an active adventure, the perfect holiday is right on your doorstep.
It has to be said that most people know about Centre Parks. Filled with activities like sports, aqua parks, wildlife, aerial courses, crafts, canoeing baking – you name it, they’ve got it – it’s a haven for families or groups who like to keep active on holiday. With 5 locations across the UK, Centre Parks is an easy option with cheap and speedy traveling. The accommodation options offered are comfortable wooden lodges, all with cooking facilities so you aren’t forced to splash out on restaurant food every night and the more luxury lodges have saunas and hot tubs. For summer 2018, the Centre Parks at Woburn Forest have just opened Treehouses for accommodation; you don’t have to go abroad to have a unique and new experience.
Isle of Skye
If you live in Southern England, then the Isle of Skye is not so easy to get to and you may end up having to fly there. However, for those further North, Scotland’s magically scenic island is a fantastic getaway destination. Skye is famous for its rugged landscapes, medieval castles, and welcoming villages. It’s the largest of the Inner Hebrides and has a coastline like you won’t imagine. You can camp on Skye and enjoy walking or cycling through the wilderness. Or, stay in a country lodge, a little seaside cottage or an old castle. The Scottish culture is rich in Skye and there’s always something going on, be it music or arts festivals.
Surfing in Newquay
If you love surfing, or you just want a new experience, then head to Cornwall’s seaside town Newquay. Waves from the Atlantic Ocean create strong surf in Newquay, and over the years it’s become the most-famous place in the UK for surfing. The stunning dramatic cliffs offer walking or cycling routes, and there are seven miles of sandy beaches so you can explore a new area every day. Newquay is perfect for families, offering the usual ice creams and body-boarding as well as an aquarium. However, it’s also a remarkably trendy town, with plenty of laid-back bars, shops and culture. Early August, Newquay gets taken over by music fest Boardmasters, so you can combine surfing and music in one cheap getaway.
The Lake District
It’s surprising how many British people have never visited the Lakes. Stretching across the north-west of England, the Lake District is home to 12 of the largest lakes in the country. A scenic patchwork of lakes, valleys, fells and woods covers over 885 square miles and allows the true experience of the great outdoors. Canoeing, sailing, cycling, climbing, walking: it offers endless activities in a picturesque setting. The Lakes is also rich with history, as it was here William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Ransome and many other famous writers were inspired to write their memorable works. You can explore their pasts in any of the local museums, or wander their houses which have been preserved in their memories. The Lakes is vast, meaning it’s literally impossible to get bored there, and there’s a welcoming pub round every corner for when the unpredictable British weather strikes.
Longleat is a getaway for animal lovers. It’s the no. 1 safari park in the country, set in a beautiful grounds and it’s always hosting new events. Tigers, zebras, elephants, gorillas, meerkats, snakes, anteaters and every other animal you can dream of resides in this incredible site. Longleat house, sitting in the middle of the grounds, is a gigantic Elizabethan manor with gorgeous gardens. It has cafes, restaurants, tours, and often hosts interesting exhibitions like wildlife photography shows. This summer the main events are a predators exhibition and a pop-up panda display. The countryside surrounding Longleat offers a variety of accommodation and other activities. Not too far away is the charming city of Bath, so you can get a taste of culture as well as wildlife all in one trip.
Brighton offers a beach getaway as well as some city life. Ice cream, fish and chips, swimming off the pebble beaches and walking along the pier offer relaxed holidays vibes. Further into the city however, in the historic quarter you can shop in the Lanes, the winding cobbled alleyways. There’s plenty of art exhibits, theatre, music, clubs, bars and fantastic restaurants. Brighton is picturesque and bustling with exciting culture so you get the best of both worlds without having to travel very far.
Here’s some stylish but affordable eyewear to keep you protected on your UK getaway…
Polaroid are leading designers in high-quality eyewear. The flat top style is very on trend this season and the lenses are polarised which prevents glare and offers ease of wear. These sunnies are only £41.
These Suuna sunglasses are a bargain at only £36. Suuna create innovative and unusual designs that can be worn comfortably every day. The crystal brown frames are elegant but playful and the oversized square style is an ever-flattering design.
These Ray-Ban frames will keep your children’s eyes protected in the sun all holiday. They are literally a miniature version of Ray-Ban® most iconic frame the Aviator, so will never go out of style.
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