With the projected date for the opening of B&Bs, hotels, guest houses and private accommodation within the UK being set to April 12th, the countdown is on until staycations can resume!
It’s clear that holidays within the UK are going to be big business in 2021/22/23, with plenty of families having already booked their first domestic trips for the year ahead - so, where will you be heading at the start of the summer?
The UK has no shortage of great destinations, whatever you’re looking to get from your trip - sometimes it’s difficult to know where exactly to start! To help you make up your mind, here are just a few of our top picks for UK destinations to visit in June.
Cornwall is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most beautiful destinations, and Padstow could certainly be seen as the jewel in the Cornwall crown.
Famous these days for the award-winning restaurants within the area, including a chain of seafood spots owned by celebrated chef Rick Stein, this is the perfect place to stay for anyone who’s looking to do a little fine dining during their trip! However, that’s not to say that there isn’t plenty of other attractions on offer.
Padstow is located just ten minutes from a number of beautiful sandy beaches, including St. George’s Cove, Hawker’s Cove and Tregirls, all surrounded by vast blue waters - thought to be some of the clearest in the UK. There’s also no shortage of shopping opportunities, with plenty of charming independent shops and boutiques in the area.
If you’re a city-dweller, Padstow makes the perfect change of pace - especially as we move into the warm summer months.
Visitors may recognise Plockton as the location for the iconic 1973 horror movie, The Wicker Man - however, this part of the UK is anything but scary!
Calm and tranquil, Plockton looks over the beautiful Loch Carron, offering spectacular views of the beautiful summer sunset. If you were hoping to head somewhere a little warmer this year, yet are reluctant to head abroad, you’ll be pleased to know that Plockton also boasts one of the mildest climates within the United Kingdom. In fact, the front of Plockton’s harbour boasts a number of cabbage-palms, a tree often only found in the world’s most tropical climates.
While Plockton may not make the most ideal destination for families who are looking to pack their itineraries with thrilling attractions, it’s certainly the perfect spot for those looking to take a break and slow down for a while, enjoying a quieter setting.
Tadcaster is a charming country setting, famed for its long history within the brewing industry - the area even boasts Yorkshire’s oldest brew-house, Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery. As you can imagine, this has led to no shortage of quaint village pubs popping up in the area, making this the perfect destination for those who love to stop for a pint and a roast on a Sunday afternoon!
There’s plenty of natural beauty to be found in the area, situated right on the banks of the beautiful River Wharfe. Be sure to pack a picnic and take a walk along this stretch of the river one day if you do decide to pay a visit to Tadcaster this summer!
Those who are looking to mix a little more action into a calmer trip away need not be disappointed, either - the village is just ten miles from the historic city of York, which can be easily accessed via a short train journey.
There’s seaside fun to be found for all the family in the Merseyside town of Southport! Kids will enjoy a visit to Southport Pleasure Land, the town’s fairground attraction, with rides to suit all ages and plenty of other amusements, too. Meanwhile, older visitors can savour in a summertime stroll around Southport’s Botanical Gardens or the misleadingly named Rotten Row - a park which is, in actual fact, the very opposite of its name!
There are also plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and galleries in Southport’s town centre. This is an area where you can easily blink and realise that you’ve spent a whole day attempting to get through your packed itinerary before the sun goes down.
Those are just a couple of the things to do in the area, which also boasts several speciality museums, arcades, a water park, several theatres, a cinema, a vast beach and - just for good measure - the second-longest pier in England. Phew, we’re tired out just thinking about it!
The Lake District, Cumbria
Perhaps the UK’s most expansive area of natural beauty, The Lake District encompasses several beautiful towns and villages, all surrounded by expansive hills, mountains, lakes and forests. If you’re really looking to get away from it all this summer, this part of the UK should be at the very top of your list.
Lakes to be enjoyed in the area include Windermere, Borrowdale, Coniston and Buttermere, all located next to historic rural villages. In the village centres themselves, visitors will be delighted by the cobbled streets, old country pubs, quaint tearooms and classic souvenir shops - if you find yourself in the area, be sure to pick up a delicious Kendal mint cake!
The beauty of the entire area also means that you’d struggle to pick out any accommodation which doesn’t come with a stunning view, making for the perfect wake up every morning.