With summer coming up, and the new Government ‘Green List’ limits options for international travel, meaning it’s likely that many of us will be embarking upon the iconic ‘staycation.’ This year particularly has seen many of us perfect the art of the staycation, myself included. For those of you looking for inspiration as to this year’s UK-based summer holiday, you’ve come to the right place. Here is my rundown of the top places to spend a weekend, or more, with your loved ones (in advance, you’re welcome).
1) Bourton-on-the-Water, The Cotswolds
Last year, my best friend and I packed the car with enough snacks, hoodies and books to make the most of a long weekend in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds. The area is beyond gorgeous and has so much to do. If you prefer a town environment, check out the nearby Cheltenham Literary festival, and perhaps follow it with a brunch at The Ivy, a firm favourite of ours. For a wholesome day out, choose any of the small historic towns; Bourton-on-the-Water happens to be a childhood favourite of ours. Boasting quaint teahouses, views to die for and perfect picnic spots, this really is the place to relax and unwind.
On the flip side, for a busy city break, try visiting Bristol. One of the coolest cities in the UK, Bristol has a large student population, excellent bars, pubs and restaurants. The enormous Downs mean you’ll never go without a picnic spot, an absolute essential in the post-Covid world. For some exquisite views, check out the Clifton Suspension bridge.
Located not far from Bristol, the Roman town of Bath is a whole different world. The magnificent architecture, coupled with little shops and even a fudge-making store, make for a day well spent meandering through cobbled streets. You will feel transported back in time. Even if the Roman Baths remain closed in the summer, you won’t even notice: the architecture of the town itself is just as magical.
4) The New Forest National Park, Hampshire
Reminiscent of childhood holidays spent hiking in the woods, the New Forest National Park spans acres, making it a great place to get away from reality for a little while. If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing better than drinking coffee in a cosy log cabin with loved ones, which you can do in one of the many cafes and restaurants. If you’re prone to boredom, take a collection of baking supplies, cards, classic movies and a good book, the recipe for the best long weekend away.
5) St Ives or Penzance, Cornwall
Cornwall is not exactly the most unknown UK holiday destination, but it’s a classic for a reason. I personally adore the small shops, galleries and beautiful streets of St Ives, whilst most of my family members prefer the parks and beach in Penzance. Alternatively, head to Sennen cove near lands end for clearer waters. There really is something for everyone in Cornwall.