We are heading towards the last precious bank holiday of the summer and some of you may fancy making the most of that extra day by packing up the car and taking to the roads.
Cornwall is defined by its magnificent coastline with 300 miles of dunes and cliffs, medieval harbours and oak-forested creeks. This is a beach -lovers and surfers paradise and perfect for balmy summer days. Explore the Eden Project or take the little ones to Newquay Zoo. Get a selfie moment at Lands End or visit the Tate Gallery in picture perfect St Ives. Get back to nature at Trebah Garden – a valley garden full of tropical flora. For picture postcard fishing village head to Polperro where you can listen to a traditional fishermans choir some summer evenings.
The south coast is delightful in the summer and you are assured of two things here; wonderful food and the great outdoors. Spend long days on Woolacombe beach and learn to surf. Explore the quaint towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe and indulge in a cream tea. If its hiking and walking you’re after head inland to Dartmoor and if your tastes are more urban Totnes and Torquay will offer plenty to do. This can be a real getaway from it all break as mobile phone reception isn’t great so switch it off for a few days and relax. Rent a cottage or book a boutique hotel – there is so much choice here you will definitely be coming back.
If you are looking for an active few days then the New Forrest won’t disappoint. There is so much to do here from forest walks and hikes to kayaking and cycling. Spend a few hours walking around a town market – there’s one most days in Lymington, Hythe and Ringwood. The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu holds some great exhibitions and of course there are some beautiful places to stay from country cottages to small B&Bs, country houses and top notch hotels. If you are bringing little ones Paultons Park theme park is home of Peppa Pig world.
Stay in a quaint pub and wander the quintessentially English towns of the Cotswolds. Such a beautiful area brimming with history, you could meander around Gloucester Cathedral or Tewksbury Abbey. The kids will love Cotswold Wildlife Park and of course a hearty pub lunch will be just the ticket for refuelling you. Bourton on the Water is picture perfect and big Downtown Abbey fans can head to Bampton, Swinbrook and Cogges that you’ll recognise easily or even book yourself a Downton Abbey themed tour.
Not your typical destination for a few days away, but on the train it can make for a wonderful cultural few days. Scotland is beautiful in the summer and historical Edinburgh is no exception. Wander the streets, enjoy shopping, culture and a little fine dining or check out who is on at Glasgow Sumer Session. Find a quaint guesthouse or upmarket hotel and if you are here for a few days around the Edinburgh festival you’ll not be disappointed. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is something to experience though always pack a raincoat just in case!