Take a look at our summer staycation guide to discover Britain’s best beaches, some alternative escapes into nature, and some savvy tips for getting a great deal. Pass the suncream!
Love a beach? Here are four of the best
From bucket-and-spade classics to secluded coves, there’s a British beach for everyone....
Langamull Beach, Isle of Mull
With rock pools, white sands, and views so stunning you won’t believe you’re in Britain! It can be challenging to get to, but that only adds to the adventure.
Weymouth Beach, Dorset
Like a postcard brought to life, you’ve got three miles of golden sand, traditional donkey rides and fluffy candy floss. Don’t miss the free Punch & Judy shows on the beach.
Tenby, South Wales
Escape the crowds and explore the dunes at this Welsh gem. Top tip: avoid the pricey private car park and take the free park-and-ride shuttle bus.
Enormous sandy beaches and a traditional Victorian pier – bliss! If it’s a special occasion, try the area’s famous Cromer crab. If not, you can’t go wrong with fish and chips.
Or why not get in to the great outdoors!
If sunning yourself on the beach isn’t your thing, or you fancy a bit of a change, check out what some of the UK’s national parks have to offer.
Landscapes don’t get much more dramatic than this. Go boating or swimming in the lakes. Take a mountain walk. Or picnic in the valleys. There’s so much to do, plus there’s a selfie opportunity at every turn.
Top tip: the kids will love a visit to Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top house - it’s magical.
Snowdonia National Park
There’s so much more to Snowdonia than a huge mountain. Fly on a zip-wire, surf a man-made lagoon, brave a white water raft, cycle, swim, or sit on a beach and do nothing (after all, you are on holiday).
A few quick tips for affordable accommodation
When choosing a campsite, make sure you know what’s included. Ask if the showers cost extra, if you need to pay for any electricity, or if you’ll have to rent a key to the toilets. Then you’ll know if it’s really a good deal.
Discounts are plentiful when booking a holiday park – you just need to know where to look. Use comparison websites like Trivago, hunt for offers on Groupon, or check out The Sun’s £9.50 holidays.
Time to flex your haggling skills! Unless you’re turning up on the day with nowhere else to go, there’s a good chance you can beat the asking price. Don’t feel like haggling? Then search by price range on Airbnb. With so many eager hosts, the prices are kept competitive. Go explore!