The south east coast of England has some of the best weather and warmest sea temperatures in the UK, so where better to have a dip in the salty deep? For desert island white sands and sapphire water head to Botany Bay between Margate and Broadstairs, edged with mysterious sea caves that the kids will love exploring!
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Haute couture camping in Cornwall
Set within six miles of the golden beaches of north Cornwall, the Belle Tent campsite offers the great outdoors for people who prefer the feeling of carpet under their feet. Inside their brightly coloured circus tents you will find a fitted kitchen, dining table and chairs and proper beds. The stunning rural location means there’s plenty of places to explore and the Eden project is just 50-minute drive away.
For more information visit www.belletentscamping.co.uk
Adventure break in Scotland
Explore your wild side with an adrenalin-fuelled kayak adventure on Scotland’s beautiful west coast. Beginners and families with children over 10 are welcome on Wilderness Journey’s four-day package, which includes learning to kayak in the crystal waters of Sound of Arisaig.
For more info see www.wildernessjourneys.com
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Go for a romantic break in a chocolate box cottage in the charming countryside of the Cotswolds. Bracing walks down country lanes lead to ancient thatched pubs and quaint little villages, then after a day of exploring curl up next to a roaring log fire.
For a selection of cottages see www.ruralretreats.co.uk
A steamy affair in Snowdonia
Take a trip back to the glory days of Victorian invention on one of Wales’ miniaturised steam trains. Once employed to transport coal and slate from the mines to the ports the route invariable take in the best of the Welsh landscape running through rolling hills to the pristine coastline. Try the Lamberts lake railway for a breathtaking waterside view of Snowdonia or Ffestiniog along the Pembrokeshire coast.
For more information see www.greatlittletrainsofwales.co.uk
Seaside holiday in Morcambe
Take a stroll down the pier with a flake-skewered Mr Whippy on a traditional seaside holiday in Morcambe, Lancashire. At the heart of this very British affair is the stunning art deco Midland Hotel, which has been restored to its former glory with an £11m renovation. The curved glass frontage overlooks the uninterrupted coastline of Morecambe Bay, offering idyllic views to the Lake District.
For more info see www.midlandmorecambe.co.uk
City break in London
Whether you want architectural wonders, cutting edge fashion, masterpieces of art and design or a bit of razzle-dazzle in the West End, there’s not much that London can’t offer a city lover. If the excitement all gets to much head for the tranquillity of Somerset House with a picnic blanket and a good book or catch one of the open air films shown during July and August.
See www.somersethouse.org.uk for more information.
Eco holiday in Yorkshire
Reduce your carbon footprint with an eco holiday in rural East Yorkshire. Built from with locally grown wheat straw, the straw bale cottage uses renewable energy, and guests are able to order organic and fair-trade food from the local shop. If the pleasures of the countryside aren’t enough to entertain you, the historic town of Howden is only three miles.
For more information visit www.strawcottage.co.uk
Spa break in Bath
Spoil yourself with a weekend of treatments at thermal spas in Bath. The natural springs have long thought to have healing properties and were used to treat rheumatic and muscular disorders, skin ailments and respiratory problems. At the very least pores will be opened and muscles relaxed.
For more information see www.thermaebathspa.com
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Blow the budget with a stay at the luxurious Babington House in Somerset. Sitting within 18 acres of land, this exclusive members club has an indoor and outdoor pool, tennis courts, sauna, gym, crèche and even a cinema. Stay in one of the huge master suites and marvel at the razor-sharp bespoke interiors.
For more information see www.babingtonhouse.co.uk
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