The August bank holiday is nearly upon us, so we have come up with some must-see UK destinations (that might well be on your doorstep.) Leave the passport at home and save money by booking a last minute deal in the UK…
1. The Peak district has a real sense of British heritage- visit Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall and the National Park for some great days out.http://www.peakdistrict.gov.uk
2. Snowdonia- offering breathtaking views, and over 23 miles of unspoilt scenery, Snowdonia is a stunning treasure of Wales. Choose from plenty of affordable B&Bs or if you are feeling brave why not try camping? http://www.snowdoniatourism.co.uk
3. Norfolk- with the offerings of Great Yarmouth and The Brecks and Thetford Forest this place wont disappoint. Book in September and you might catch the Tour of Britain! (12/09/15)
4. Isle of Wight… okay so this one does involve a ferry – but it is well worth the journey! Some beautiful beaches, along with festivals and outdoor activities- its fab! http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
5. Cotswold’s- if you are looking for idyllic English country villages and hearty pubs this is the place to go. Hire a cottage or check into a quaint B&B http://www.cotswolds.com
6. Lake District- Cycling, walking and watersports are just some of the activities to partake in surrounded by the breathtaking backdrop of the lakes http://www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/home
7. Brighton, for a vibrant, cool break this place has a lot to offer. From the iconic Brighton Pier, and the Royal Pavilion- to the bohemian North Laine there is something for everyone. http://www.visitbrighton.com
8. Cornwall- From the buzzing town of Newquay to the beautiful seaside town of St Ives there’s a holiday to suit all tastes … and of course the opportunity to have a Cornish pasty at every turn https://www.visitcornwall.com
9. Yorkshire offers an abundance of places for a great day out, including the attractive city of York and the seaside village of Whitby http://www.yorkshire.com
10. Edinburgh is a stunning historical city with endless things to see and do. Don’t forget to try the famous ‘deep fried mars bar’ (yes its a tradition!) http://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/edinburgh-lothians/
Fill the car up before you go at your cheapest local petrol station (motorways tend to charge a premium).
Camping is incredibly cheap – but it’s not for everyone and having the right equipment is a must. A good alternative is renting a mobile home or caravan. Not so weather dependent!
If you are planning a day out try booking in advance online. It could save you £££ – also look to buy family tickets rather than individual.
Book a cottage with friends and make sure you fill every bedroom. You can cook up big evening meals together and save the cost of dining out.
Make up a picnic to take with you for lunches on beach days or trips to parks- Any touristy places will usually add a hefty price tag and anyway, picnics are great fun!