January 16, 2021

7 Of The Best Places For A Late Summer Staycation

7 Of The Best Places For A Late Summer Staycation

Whilst Ibiza may be off the cards this year and an all-expenses-paid trip away with your family feels like a far-off fantasy, that doesn’t mean that a summer spent in your hometown is all there is. Let us introduce you to the beauty of a staycation: as it turns out, there are plenty of places here in the UK you and your friends can head off to for a long weekend away. To help you plan ahead for when we can finally get planning, we picked seven of the best places that will still give you that holiday feeling we’re all craving…

1. The Cotswolds


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For a real taken-from-a-storybook destination right in the heart of England, discover the unimaginably pretty villages in the Cotswolds that will always leave you with more to explore. Think quaint chocolate-box cottages, cobbled streets and nearly 800 miles of pure countryside that make for a perfect, relaxing escape. You’ll quickly understand why it’s a real celebrity-favourite with the likes of Kate Moss, Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet…

Best thing to do:  Don’t miss a trip to Hidcote – one of the best-known arts and crafts gardens in Britain – complete with rare trees and ‘rooms of hedges’, it’s pretty much identical to something you’d see in Alice in Wonderland.

2. Isle of Wight


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This place is like something out of a fairytale 🦋✨

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Known to be Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday retreat, the Isle of Wight is truly somewhere special. Just a three-hour journey South-West of London, introduce yourself to a slower pace of life surrounded by sandy beaches and high soaring cliffs for a seaside trip you’ll always remember.

Best thing to do: We’d recommend talking a walk along the coastal footpath when taking a trip here, the views are spectacular – but remember to watch your step as you’ll be very close to the cliff edge!

3. Cornwall


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Cornwall or the Caribbean? For a real taste of paradise you didn’t think was possible here in the UK, take yourself to Cornwall when the weather starts to brighten up again (a beach is never as fun in the rain). With turquoise seas and picturesque backdrops, you’ll really begin to feel as though you’ve travelled somewhere far, far away.

Best thing to do:  Take a trip to St. Ives as it’s considered one of the most beautiful gems in all of the Cornish resorts. We’re talking cosy restaurants, stunning beaches, art galleries, you name it.

4. Bournemouth


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Another seaside destination that is on our bucket list for late summer 2020 is Bournemouth, located on the South coast. It’s got a great balance of attractions to see and miles of seafront walks if you’re looking for something a bit more low-key. Don’t forget to take a look at all the different beach huts on your visit, as Bournemouth is home to the world’s oldest!

Best thing to do: Poole Harbour is a great place to explore when visiting Bournemouth – it’s Europe’s largest natural harbour and a great destination for all sorts of watersports if that’s what you’re in to.

5. The Lake District


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Famous for its lakes (of course), forests and home to the highest mountain in England, The Lake District is an ultra scenic spot great for a calming-of-the-soul sort of trip. Walk, cycle or sit back and take it all in – however you want to enjoy it, we’re sure this holiday favourite has something to offer.

Best thing to do: The Lake District actually gets dark quite early in the evenings, so when the sun sets, find yourself a remote fell top or somewhere else secluded to take in the starlit sky for a whole different perspective on the scenery.

6. New Forest


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If cycling and walking in the great outdoors is your thing, then this summer the New Forest is undoubtedly the place for you. Pack your bikes, helmets and your comfiest shoes and experience something a tad more active. Trust us, this will beat the hour walk you’ve been taking at home these past few weeks.

Best thing to do:  One of the last places you can actually see some wildlife in it’s natural habitat, alongside plenty of other rare plants and tranquil landscape, is the New Forest’s National Park. Thank us later…

7. York


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When restrictions start to ease and we have a little more freedom, heading up north to York is going to be our first port of call. The preserved medieval city has loads to see and discover – with a special mention to York Minster Cathedral, one of the most beautiful of its kind in the world.

Best thing to do:  Known as York’s prettiest street, The Shambles has a real Harry Potter feel to it with a maze of twisting, narrow lanes bordered with charming shops and houses. In some parts it’s actually possible to touch both sides of the street with your arms stretched out wide!


What to wear when planning all these trips? Discover 5 Colourful Outfits To Brighten Up A Rainy Day… 

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