With the current uncertainty surrounding foreign holidays remaining for the foreseeable future, thousands of brits are opting to stay in the UK this Summer. 

Few places in the world can rival the beauty of a quaint English village in the Summer. From indulgent afternoon teas on sun-drenched terraces to soft sandy beaches and waterfront restaurants, England can be truly glorious throughout the Spring and Summer months. 

When visiting any popular tourist destination this year you will undoubtedly be accompanied by thousands of fellow visitors and should be prepared to make plans and reservations in advance to combat the masses of people. 

From charming stone cottages to rustic seaside towns, England boasts such a wide variety of landscapes that there is sure to be somewhere for your family to fall in love with this year. 

 

 

The Cotswolds

Perfect for unwinding

 

The Cotswolds is one of the most popular choices for brits when holidaying domestically. This picture-perfect area of quintessentially British villages boasts charming cottages, luscious green countryside, and more idyllic National Trust sites than you can visit. 

Explore honey ham stone buildings, bustling market towns, and spectacular palaces in castles. For nature lovers enjoy an abundance of wildlife and natural reserves with your choice of breathtaking landscapes. 

This beautiful part of the country is composed of five counties including Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, and Worcestershire. 

Highlights within the Cotswolds include the postcard-worthy Castle Combe, a splendid lunch at Bourton On The Water, and a visit to the seasonal Snowshill lavender fields. 

 

Our favourite things to do

 

Lunch in Bourton-On-The-Water

Visit Hidcote National Trust

St. Edwards Church Stow-On-The-Wold

Daylesford Farm Shop

 

 

 

Whitby

Perfect for families 

 

First and foremost when planning a trip to Whitby be well aware this rustic and red-roofed seaside town is busy every single day of the year. In our humble opinion Trenchers serves the best fish and chips in the country and a walk up the 199 steps to the abbey can take your breath away for multiple reasons.

With countless restaurants, harborside pubs, and coast-to-coast walks there is something for everyone in Whitby and the adjoining seaside villages and towns. If you love the sea and all things North Yorkshire, Whitby is the perfect base for a coastal escape this Summer. 

Whitby is the ideal destination for families who are looking for entertainment during a mini-break. In addition to scenic walks, visitors can explore the ruins and inspiration behind Dracula as well as visit the local old-fashioned sweet shops and cobbled streets. 

 

Our favourite things to do

 

Fish and Chips at Trenchers

Walk the steps up to the Abbey

 Coast to Coast to other local bays

Paddle in the Sea

Visit Hunters Ye Olde Sweet Shop

Take a picture of the whale bones

 

 

 

 

Cornwall

Perfect for walking 

 

From white sandy beaches to quaint fishing villages, Cornwall is notably one of the most popular destinations for brits in the UK. Each summer thousands of tourists flock to the South coast to enjoy Michelin star cuisine, sunbathing, hiking and exploring. 

Although the weather can be slightly temperamental even in the Summer months, not much can rival lazing on a Cornish beach with a picnic or in anticipation of a fish supper after a long day of discovering the local landscape.

Within Cornwall, there is a huge variety on offer depending on your destination of choice. For those looking for a bustling surfer-friendly base, Newquay and St Ives would be a perfect choice. For those looking for a calmer but equally picturesque location Truro is always a great choice. 

 

Our favourite things to do

 

Picnic on the beach

Walk along the South West Coastal Path

A fish supper by the sea

Visit Trebah Gardens

Kynance Cove

St. Michaels Mount

 

Dorset

Perfect for sightseeing 

 

Home to the infamous Lulworth Cove and rows of sweet thatched cottages, Dorset is the ideal trip for walkers and those who enjoy picnics and sightseeing. 

Many of the most beautiful sites in Dorset require steep walks in order to fully take in the views, the wonderful Durdle Door is on many people’s bucket lists but will need to be visited on foot after a couple of miles worth of walking. 

There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Dorset from the stunning natural attractions of the Jurassic Coast to family favourites such as Monkey World. Awash with heritage and history dating back to prehistoric times Dorset like Whitby has many castles, abbeys, and historic houses to venture to. 

If you love blue waters the Jurassic coast is the perfect base for exploring seaside villages and landscapes and there will always be somewhere lovely to stop for lunch to refuel along the way.

 

Our favourite things to do

 

Swim through Durdle Door

Visit the thatched houses in West Lulworth

Visit Corfe Castle

Monkey World

Sherborne Castle & Gardens

 

 

The Lake District

Perfect for camping

 

Stunning, striking and simply one of a kind are three more than apt ways to describe the Lake District. From lodges with hot tubs to grand stately homes, there’s an abundance of beautiful accommodation throughout the lake district. With Windermere, Kendal, and Ambleside being popular choices for visitors all over the country, there is plenty for all ages and tastes to enjoy during a Summer stay.

The Lake District is particularly popular with walking and nature enthusiasts who love nothing more than a challenging hike followed by a pub lunch. A truly unique landscape, the Lakes boasts awe-inducing valleys, thrilling sharp ridges in addition to  England’s highest mountain and deepest and longest lakes.

 

Our Favourite things to do

Enjoy gingerbread in Grasmere

Rent a canoe in Windermere

Scafell Pike

Visit Lakeland’s Superstore

Grab provisions in Booths

 Rydal Water

 

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