There is more to the UK than rolling green hills and historical landmarks, as the nation offers many beautiful spots that are ideal for embracing the summer sunshine. After all, what could be better than soaking up the sun while indulging in fish and chips and strolling across an attractive British beach? If you want to enjoy sun, sea and sand when the warm weather arrives, here’s a rundown of the best summer destinations in England.
If you are looking for a summer break that’s bursting with colour and energy, Brighton should be at the top of your bucket list. The seaside resort town is well-regarded for its scenic beach, which is complemented with many fun amusement arcades, so it’s an ideal option for couples, families and groups of friends. Not to be missed is Brighton Pier, which offers superb funfair rides and delicious food kiosks, which will ensure you have a memorable summer.
St Mawes, Cornwall
Instead of booking a trip to busy St Ives or overrun Padstow, book a relaxing break in St Mawes. While the coastal town might be small in size, it makes up for it in attractive beaches, an idyllic bay and the mildest climate in the UK. It is also home to the famous St Mawes Castle, which was built for Henry VIII and offers striking views of Carrick Roads. If that wasn’t enough, you could choose to stay in a wide array of comfortable, charming cottages from Portscatho Holidays.
There is more to Whitby than meets the eye once you arrive. While it is well-regarded for offering amusement arcades, donkey rides and delicious, fresh fish ‘n’ chips, the coastal resort is steeped in history. Visitors should spend a day at Whitby Abbey, which is a 7th–century Christian monastery. It might also surprise you to learn that the town served as inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as its medieval cobbled streets inspired the author. For this reason, you should time your trip for the popular Whitby Goth Weekend, as the town comes alive with fun costumes and events twice a year. It’s no secret that Whitby is one of my favourite places, it’s not too far from where I live! Check out my other favourite destinations on the Yorkshire Coast.
Southport offers all the beauty of a seaside resort mixed with the atmosphere and ease of a bustling town. When you’re not building sandcastles on the beach, playing amusement games, indulging on rock, and screaming on a variety of fairground rides, you can explore its many shops, bars and restaurants, which will ensure you have a superb time with your nearest and dearest.
The charming seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea is the ultimate destination for those looking for a fun family holiday in England. Once known for its smuggling activities in the 18th century, the town is now starting to carve a name for itself for surfing, arts and fresh food. There are also plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay, as you can take a short but scenic ride on the Saltburn Miniature Railway. Also, if you want to make the most of the summer sun, grab your walking shoes and embark on the 9-mile long Cleveland Way National Trail.
Do you have any UK Staycations planned for this Summer?