If there are two things you can’t trust, it’s estate agents and the British weather. At least with estate agents you know they’re lying. Whatever they’re saying, the opposite is probably true. So while you can’t trust them, you can at least pre-empt them. Not so the meteorological conditions in this fine country of ours, though. The weather here is like a lottery where millions and millions of pounds are replaced with torrential rain. Still, let’s pretend that’s not true. Let’s imagine a United Kingdom where it’s sunny all Summer long…
Cor, it’s bright out there, isn’t it? Lovely. So warm too! Right – where shall we go?
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland
If you like surfing, but hate crowds, we’d recommend Giant’s Causeway as the place to head for. A little place called Portrush is known for the best waves. It’s surf might not quite hit the peaks of say, Newquay, but it’s a beautiful area. There are also top golf courses and even the world’s oldest whiskey distillery for when you wipeout and fancy a change of pace.
Camping might not sound like your idea of fun, but the folks down in Cornwall certainly make it that way. They take holiday camps very seriously indeed and the five star Trevornick Holiday Park is a revelation in home-spun holiday-making. We’re talking heated outdoor pools, adventure parks, fishing lakes, saunas, jacuzzis, 18 hole golf courses and spa treatments. Nice.
Elveden Center Parcs, Suffolk
Found on the Norfolk/Suffolk border in the sleepy rural village of Elveden, this massive Center Parcs is an ideal break for active families, regardless of the weather. The purpose built site has a plethora of activity choices; from cycling to rock-climbing to swimming and classes. Prefer to relax a little more? No worries, enjoy a meal at one of the many on-site restaurants, relax with a drink, play a game of snooker, do as you wish… Center Parcs’ are fantastic, but do expect to pay for what you get – they’re not cheap.
The River Thames, Oxfordshire and Berkshire
When you see the murky and bendy waters of the Thames on EastEnders, it doesn’t instantly scream, ‘Holiday!’, does it? But rent a deceptively roomy canal boat out and spend a few days idling down the thames and you may soon change your mind. Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of ‘driving’ a boat – it’s surprisingly easy and you’ll pick it up in no time. Moor up overnight along the way in the lovely Henley, Caversham, Sonning or Windsor and check out the fantastic pubs along the way…
The Fringe, Edinburgh
If riding a bike, surfing on relaxing on a boat doesn’t tickle your holiday bone, then perhaps a trip to the Scottish capital for some culture might. Sample the Fringe festival for all the best in stand-up comedy, drama, dance and performing arts. Though be warned, accommodation is at an absolute premium throughout festival season.
Those are our top tips for a British getaway this Summer. Any suggestions of your own? We’d love to hear them…Author's Google+ Page