Every family needs a break, but like most, you might be worried about being able to afford a holiday this summer. We say that’s hogwash! Don’t believe that a nice beach holiday is only possible abroad. Here are five incredible destinations to visit in the UK that are well within budget!
Did you know — Bournemouth beach has been crowned the best beach in the UK and also the fifth best in Europe! This just goes to show, weather permitting, that you can still get an amazing coastal holiday without leaving the country.
Bournemouth has a huge seven-mile soft sandy beach with a calm tide, meaning it’s very safe the little ones to go in for a paddle. The pier also has a zip line, arcade and other activities to keep the family entertained.
In August there is a free firework display every Friday during that month, you can catch a great view of the display from cliff tops!
If you’re keen for a bit of natural history, look no further than the Jurassic Coast, a short drive away from Bournemouth. This unique landscape features lots of unique geography such as the famous Durdle Door, and there are also lots of ancient fossils to find!
Edinburgh is home to the World’s largest Art Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which happens every August. There are over 50,000 performances at the three-week festival. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, the city has many hidden gems to see, including the Royal Observatory, and Edinburgh castle, which sits atop an extinct volcano!
If you want to get out and about there’s also the Royal Botanic Gardens to take a stroll around. If you’re more of a hiker then you could walk up to the top of Arthur’s Seat, the city’s other extinct volcano. From the top, you can see right across the top of the city.
Sometimes we are fixated on the European city break, with budget airlines opening up a whole new world. But we shouldn’t forget that there is so much to see here. Take Bristol, for example, every year there is the fabulous Balloon Fiesta that goes on for four days and is absolutely free! There are around 150 air balloons taking to the skies with arts & crafts stands and fairground rides to keep you entertained in between.
Bristol itself has hundreds of things to year-round, including the natural history museum or a tour of the SS Great Britain. You can get a nice photo of the Clifton Suspension Bridge for Instagram!
The Lake District
Perhaps you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city, then look no further than the Lake District! As England’s largest national park, the picturesque mountains and lakes are surrounded by quiant villages museums to explore.
A key sight is Windermere, England’s largest lake, which stretches over 10 miles. You can even catch boat trip around the large expanse and visit some of the 18 islands on it.
If if it’s not such a nice day then you could explore Brockhole, where you can explore a cave system.
Cornwall is a classic summer destination for British holidaymakers, and for a good reason! Cornwall is an excellent part of the world for camping, with a variety of chilled out sites in the West of Cornwall near The Lizard. Try some of these!
Perhaps you fancy trying something new? Cornwall has some of the better watersports in the UK and is a hotspot for surfers all year round. The most popular surfing beaches are in Newquay. You can hire out surf equipment and also get a few lessons for as little as £30!
Whatever type of holiday you are looking for this summer there is always an offer or deal to be found. Keep your eyes peeled and think about saving some cash this summer without losing the enjoyment of a summer holiday.