Top holiday destinations for summer

Horse riding in the Scilly Isles

Make the most of your summer with last-minute dashes to the seaside, serene countryside breaks and cultural evenings in buzzing cities. Disconnect from modern life as you lose yourself in the tall grass on a family adventure in the Norfolk Broads, admire the Roman Baths by torchlight with your better half on a balmy summer evening and join the biggest ballooning fiesta in Europe for an eye-popping summer spectacle you’ll never forget in Bristol.

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Discover the seaside charm of South Shields

Discover the seaside charm of South Shields

The picturesque coastal resort of South Shields is full of quintessentially English seaside experiences, gorgeous sea views and good food.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

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Learn a craft and hone your skills in rural Lincolnshire

Learn a craft and hone your skills in rural Lincolnshire

Stay in beautifully restored 18th century stables in rural Lincolnshire and learn something new on a day-long course during your visit.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

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Be inspried by Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District

Be inspried by Swallows and Amazons in the Lake District

Whether or not you’ve read Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons, any holiday splashing around on lakes will bring out the adventurous child in you.

Location: Coniston, Cumbria

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Enjoy a cocktail masterclass at the home of Bombay Sapphire

Enjoy a cocktail masterclass at the home of Bombay Sapphire

Become a cocktail-making master at the home of Bombay Sapphire gin. Enjoy a hands-on experience with gin experts, before embarking on a self-discovery tour.

Location: Laverstoke, Hampshire

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Grab your bike for a cycling tour of the Cotswolds

Grab your bike for a cycling tour of the Cotswolds

Get off the beaten track with a Cotswolds Adventures guided cycling tour in the summer sun. Meander through lanes, villages, and stunning countryside.

Location: Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

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Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Watch creatures fly at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Join thousands of spectators in Portsmouth and watch kites of every shape and size take to the air in mid-August.

Location: Southsea, Hampshire

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Take a canal walk across Wiltshire’s heartland

Take a canal walk across Wiltshire’s heartland

Relax and enjoy a slower pace of life on a Wiltshire break by walking along the towpath of the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Location: Wiltshire

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Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Discover military history at The Royal Armouries

Britain’s national museum of arms and armour is home to a fascinating collection, including the only existing suit of armour built for an elephant.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Soak up the night sky at Summer Nights film festival

Sit under the stars and take in a blockbuster film under the watches of Wollaton Hall and its scenic parkland at the Summer Nights Film Festival.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Experience a summer of celebrations in Manchester

Experience a summer of celebrations in Manchester

From jazz to street carnivals with much more in between, Manchester is a city of celebration this summer.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Immerse yourself in 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace

Immerse yourself in 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace

See where Medieval meets Art Deco with a visit to Eltham Palace, and explore rooms never before opened to the public and its beautiful new gardens.

Location: Greenwich, London

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Soak up the sights along Kent’s award-winning sandy beaches

Soak up the sights along Kent’s award-winning sandy beaches

Come and enjoy the laid-back vibe, breathtaking sandy beaches and classic seaside heritage of three of England’s best-loved seaside resorts.

Location: Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, Kent

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Free-wheeling fun in Leicester & The National Forest

Free-wheeling fun in Leicester & The National Forest

From a city full of fresh cycling ideas, to off-road biking excursions in The National Forest.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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A theatrical experience with a difference

A theatrical experience with a difference

The compact and cosmopolitan city of Lancaster has a vibrant cultural scene during the summer, including the UK's biggest Walkabout Theatre experience.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

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Follow the last journey of the ‘Pendle Witches’

Follow the last journey of the ‘Pendle Witches’

The Trail of the Pendle Witches tells a tale of witchcraft and suspicion woven through the moors, valleys, villages and castles of Lancashire county.

Location: Forest of Bowland AONB, Lancashire

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Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Enjoy creature comforts at the Dandelion Hideaway

Down on the farm there are tents that think they’re cottages, roll-top baths, proper beds, fresh food, plenty of fresh air, and plenty to see and do.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

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Live life in the great outdoors with Alfresco Adventures

Live life in the great outdoors with Alfresco Adventures

Alfresco Adventures’ mission is to inspire people to enjoy and experience all the great outdoors has to offer – for any adventure great or small.

Location: Reeth, North Yorkshire

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Escape to a romantic rural retreat at Champneys spa

Escape to a romantic rural retreat at Champneys spa

Enjoy some time out for just the two of you with a sumptuous pampering and walking break in the heart of Hampshire’s countryside.

Location: Liphook, Hampshire

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Relax and reconnect on a romantic Cornish coastal break

Relax and reconnect on a romantic Cornish coastal break

It’s all about you and your time together at Headland Hotel and Spa, where you can connect with each other, the ocean and the wild Cornish coastline.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

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Ditch the tent in favour of glamping at Teversal Campsite

Ditch the tent in favour of glamping at Teversal Campsite

Spend an action-packed day in rural Nottinghamshire before retreating to a luxury tent or log cabin for an evening of al fresco drinking and dining.

Location: Teversal, Nottinghamshire

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