With only a few short weeks left until many of us reach that day that either fills us with happiness or fills us with dread…. the last day of the summer holidays! What for many is seen as an opportunity to spend time with our children can seem like a punishment or pleasure, well, the 6 week period full of kids is nearly over!
So have you taken them away? Holidays abroad are expensive and can cause more stress than you’d prefer so why not try a staycation? The UK is one of the most visited countries in the world yet we seem to forget what amazing locations and experiences are on our own doorstep. So why not take your children on a mini-break or holiday that they’ll never forget before school starts?
Starting at the top we thought we’d take a look at Scotland. Full of beautiful countryside there are many things to do including walking holidays, cycling trips, shopping in Edinburgh or even searching for the Loch Ness Monster. One of our favourite activities is visiting the Royal Yacht Britannia in Glasgow, which offers a unique maritime adventure for everyone.
Next, we head to Ireland where according to legend the sun shines around 1400 hours a year which means you can visit many outdoor attractions such as the Giant’s Causeway, kiss the Blarney Stone or visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare. There’s also the chance to take part in a Bounce & Slide in Kilrush or take a duck boat tour on the River Liffey in Dublin. Easy to fly or even take a boat via Holyhead (passing through Liverpool)
Or would you prefer mountain climbing in Snowdonia, going ape in Margam, being a spy in Cardiff or fancy a break on the beach in Barry Island? Famed for its rugged coastline, national parks and of course, Sir Tom Jones, Wales has plenty to offer every generation and many hotels to suit any trip.
Finally, we land in England, the home of fish and chip suppers, cream teas, fantastic music and of course, many many landmarks. If you’re visiting the south there is so much to choose from such as Legoland or Thorpe Park for a fun day of rides, or how about heading to Brighton or Chichester for a day on the beach? Or head to the capital and visit landmarks including Westminster, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye. There are also many little cafes and restaurants as well as street entertainment, particularly in Covent Garden, Soho and Piccadilly.
The North of England also has some amazing activities including a walk along Hadrian’s Wall, a trip to the Forbidden Corner in Middleham or even seal spotting at Spurn Point. Another great day out is a trip to Beamish in Stanley, Durham where you can step back to a time where trams and steam engines ruled the roads, and take part in a variety of activities such as going down a coal pit or attending a Victorian school. The Lake District is absolutely beautiful this time of year and offers great deals on self-catering or caravan holidays.
Wherever you plan to spend the remaining summer holidays we have accommodation in over 170,000 hotels worldwide at the best prices meaning you can have a great vacation wherever you are.