What type of UK holiday do I want?

Travel advice from Sykes Cottages

There’s a reason that the UK is named Great Britain and it’s because you’ll find great places to visit from Land’s End in the south to John o’ Groats in the north.  Choosing a holiday in the UK is a great way to discover the great attractions on our doorsteps as well as saving money and reducing our carbon footprint; what could be better?  So if you’re thinking of a holiday a little closer to home this year, here is some inspiration to get you started.

A weekend by the sea

Living on an island means there’s no need to jet off somewhere exotic for golden beaches and turquoise waters as the UK is home to many award-winning beaches.  Why not recreate a traditional seaside holiday with a trip to Cromer in Norfolk or Weymouth in Dorset where you can look forward to deck chairs, donkey rides and picnics on the beach.  Listen to the band strike up a tune and enjoy a portion of fish and chips as you watch the sun sink lower in the sky.  If you’d rather a more remote seaside break, try the deserted Scottish beaches along the Thurso coast for a relaxing holiday where you’ll find miles of unspoilt golden sand.  If you’re taking the dog on holiday too, where better than here for walkies?

A foodie break

Regional food isn’t just about Cornish pasties and Bakewell Tarts (though make sure you don’t miss out on these) but the UK is home to a wonderful array of delicious local produce.  No matter where you choose for a holiday in the UK, you won’t be far from excellent regional fare.  Ludlow is the foodie capital of Shropshire with plenty of award-winning restaurants and local delicacies like Fidget pie to tickle your tastebuds.  The annual Food Festival held in the impressive Norman castle is a highlight with the famous Sausage Trail a major attraction.  The Lake District is also a must for those on a culinary tour of the UK where you should stock up on Grasmere gingerbread, Cumberland sausages and delicious Cartmel sticky toffee pudding.

History and culture

For history buffs and those looking for a dose of culture, you couldn’t choose a better holiday destination than the UK.  Discover Roman settlements in Bath and Chester, relive York’s Viking years at the Jorvik Viking Centre and experience the UK’s industrial heritage in Shropshire and Cornwall.  Wherever you choose to go on holiday and whatever type of history you’re into, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained in the UK.  For more recent history, explore the Olympic legacy for a sporting break in London or retrace Harry Potter’s footsteps at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland.

An exhilarating weekend

Despite the stereotypes, a UK holiday isn’t just about afternoon tea and a stroll through a quaint country village.  There’s plenty to get your heart pumping in the UK and with world-class instructors on hand it’s the perfect place to learn a new sport of skill.  Try coasteering in Cornwall or Pembrokeshire for the best way to appreciate the stunning beauty of the UK’s coastline.  Rock climbing to rival that found in some of the world’s best climbing destinations can be found in the Peak District where beginners and those looking to challenge themselves will be spoilt for choice with more than 10,000 climbing routes.  For an invigorating break in the Lake District, test your mettle with open water swimming in Lake Windermere, Ullswater or Buttermere for the perfect way to raise your adrenaline levels.