Who says you need to leave the UK for a great holiday?! Why not stay in the UK? Especially as we are MEANT to be getting one of the hottest summers on record. Who needs Spain when you have Cornwall, eh? So, they may not be exactly the same but you have the luxury of not needing to deal with airports, security, transfer and queues. Therefore, to make the most of the summer in the UK, myself and Cairn Hotel Group have compiled ten fab things to go in the UK this summer for an amazing staycation. This post is made up of both mine and Cairn Hotel Group’s suggestions for an amazing staycation.
Staying in London? Well, whilst you have your mini-break in the city, it may be a good idea to get away from it all and head to the park for a bit of the sunshine, a picnic and greenery. There is a tonne of parks you could visit such as St. James’s Park, Green Park and Hyde Park, all easy to access.
For London accommodation, Saint George’s Hotel on Regent Street is ideally located whether you’re planning a spot of sightseeing, a serious shopping trip or a night at the theatre.
WALK ON THE SANDS OF AN AWARD-WINNING BEACH
Summer isn’t complete without heading to the beach for some chips (with ALL the salt and vinegar!) Therefore, if you’re unable to have a summer without feeling of sand in-between your toes, why not take a stroll along one of the UK’s Blue Flag beaches? There are 169 award-winning beaches to choose from. you won’t be short of options!
Spills, chills and thrills! Theme parks (especially ones with water rides) are a great way to spend the day with the family, cool down and have fun. Be sure to look online for offers, special deals so you don’t spend a fortune before you get into the park!
A TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE
One of my favourite chocolate brands is Cadbury’s. Who doesn’t love a bar of Whole Nut? Well, guys, Cadbury World allows guests to enjoy a 4D Chocolate Adventure experience, the Bournville Experience museum and visit the World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop and Cadbury Café before or after your main exhibition tour.
Need accommodation? Why not make a weekend of it and stay at Holiday Inn Birmingham? It’s just a 15-minute drive to Cadbury World.
FEEL LIKE ROYALTY ON A DAY TRIP TO A CASTLE
To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday year, Castle Howard in York is showcasing a glittering set of replica crown jewels until Sunday 30th October 2016. The historic house and gardens are also worth exploring whilst you’re there.
Go from one royal experience to another by staying at Elmbank Hotel York, a 19th-century property with a range of room types and its own bar and restaurant – perfect for a spot of fine dining.
EXPLORE A NEW CITY
City breaks don’t always mean you have to leave the UK. Take Liverpool. I often visit there to see my lovely friend Megan! There are heaps of bars and restaurants, an impressive shopping scene and cultural bits too including Beatles tours. Or if you’ve been there and done that, why not head to a city such as Newcastle? Like Liverpool, there is an array of bars and restaurants as well as galleries.
You can Stay right in the city centre of Newcastle too to be in the hub of the action at Royal Station Hotel Newcastle, just stone’s throw away from the train station.
GO TO A FESTIVAL
Friends, live tunes, food and the great outdoors. Music festivals are the place to go to be entertained. And music festivals don’t have to be full of music that you adore. As long as there are one or two artists you can enjoy, what’s around you will be your entertainment. There are a tonne of festivals that have more than just music! Many have fun fairs, movie tents, guest speakers and more.
And if camping isn’t your thing, take a look at 26 UK locations for a nice shower and a good night’s sleep.
IN AN ENGLISH COUNTRY GARDEN
Visit England are celebrating the Year of the English Garden! And who doesn’t like quintessential British days out? You can get involved by having a trip to somewhere like the Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens in Northumberland. The grounds look incredible! The Castle allows you to take a step in back in time and looks like a wonderful experience for us history lovers. It’s definitely somewhere that you need to treat yourself to a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the Victorian tea room – why not!
BECOME PART OF THE ROOFTOP FILM CLUB
Watching movies in the evening just as the sun is going down is a wonderful summer treat (if the weather promises to be good that is!). I’ve been to a drive in to see Grease and also watched Scott Pilgrim VS The World at Somerset house and I loved being outdoors watching two great films. So why don’t you take to the skies and watch iconic films on the rooftop of London’s Bussey Building at the Rooftop Film Club, which also has venues in New York, LA and Chicago.
HOP ON AN OPEN TOP BUS TOUR
Whenever I travel I take advantage of a hop on, hop off bus tour. This is a great way to see the city without walking everywhere. If you fancy a trip to somewhere like Scotland, you can do Edinburgh’s open top tour and see famous sights including Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket and the Old Town. And when you’re all done snapping photographs and Instagramming, head over to the Royal British Hotel on Princes Street where you can fill up and relax at the luxury eatery Twenty Princes Street.