With the summer vacation season well and truly upon us, we thought now would be the ideal time to provide you with some inspiration of places to see and things to do on your travels.
If you’re planning a family holiday to the UK for the very first time, let us help make sure your inaugural visit to Britain is everything you hoped it would be by recommending three fantastic holiday destinations you may not have previously considered.
- East Anglia
The East of England really does have it all in terms of everything you look for in a holiday. It’s got beaches that are as clean and as pure as you will find elsewhere in the UK. The East Suffolk coastline of Southwold and Aldeburgh, along with the North Norfolk coastline at Holt and Blakeney offer quintessentially British seaside escapes, with boating, crabbing and even a spot of sunbathing on available (on a sunny day!)Further inland and the beauty of East Anglia’s rich heritage continues, with quaint villages lining the narrow roads and undulating countryside – each with their own welcoming country pubs serving local ales and locally sourced produce. If you’re looking to kick back and unwind without a care in the world, East Anglia truly is the place to do it.
That’s not to say that East Anglia doesn’t have its moments of entertainment. With two leading professional football teams – Ipswich Town and Norwich City – and the UK’s home of horse racing – Newmarket – there’s plenty for sports fans to savour too. When you’re online in your holiday resort, it’s never been easier to check the form of horses running at Newmarket on the day on your smartphone or tablet to make sure you’re in the know before you have a bet. The internet is now awash with websites offering well-researched daily horse racing tips, which is great news for your wallet!
- The Lake District
It’s nigh-on impossible to write a review about British holiday destinations without a nod to the UK’s latest addition to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Lake District. Arguably home to Britain’s finest panoramic scenery, the Lake District National Park spans a combined area of 885 square miles, with a melting pot of fells, woodlands, lakes and valleys that are just waiting to be explored.The landscape is the closest thing you’ll find to the jaw-droppingly haunting scenery in the Harry Potter films – unless you take a trip of a lifetime to New Zealand, of course! The region’s most popular bolt holes for Lake District explorers include Windermere and Ambleside, which are closely linked to the main views of the central Lakes: Lake Windermere and Coniston Water.
For those enchanted by the literary prowess of historic British poets, William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin, the Lake District provides a wonderful pilgrimage for those wishing to retrace their artistic and literary roots to the source of where it all began. One minute in the Lakes and it’s easy to understand just how these fantastic writers drew much of their poetic inspiration.
- North Devon
For those that enjoy life’s simple pleasures, you should look no further than a visit to North Devon. Tucked away in the south-west of England, like East Anglia, Devon is home to some of the finest stretches of sand in the UK – perfect for those that like to surf or want to learn. Woolacombe and Ilfracombe are excellent locations for a holiday cottage, with the beach within walking distance.Fanatical foodies will simply adore staying here. Whether it’s the fresh seafood caught locally or a delicious Devon cream tea that’s ideal for those with a sweet tooth, North Devon is jam-packed with delicious eateries specialising in sumptuous local produce. If you find that you enjoy the local fare that much you won’t struggle to find local farm shops that will sell you more of what you love!
North Devon also benefits from some spectacular scenery of its own, with Exmoor nestled on the border between the counties of Devon and Somerset. Whether you’re happy donning your hiking boots for a walk across miles of unspoilt countryside, or you’d prefer to explore the historic sites nearby, North Devon will keep you entertained far longer than you would imagine.
While these parts of the UK aren’t London, Birmingham or Manchester, they certainly offer an insight into local life in Britain. You could always finish your visit with a city break in the capital before you fly home – what a perfect mix!