When it comes to the summer holidays, it can be difficult to come up with new and exciting places to go that will keep the whole family entertained. Fortunately, the UK has plenty of locations perfect for fun outdoor activities. Here are our top UK summer holiday destinations!
We’ve put together a list of inspiring places in the UK to whisk your family away to. With a range of lakeside villas and glamping experiences to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Bring your bike or your fishing rod and get outside in the sun. We’ve even found fab places to stay that allow pets – after all, they’re part of the family too.
Best places for fishing
Sumner Ponds | Sussex
Whether you're a professional angler or it’s your first time holding a fishing rod, Sumner Ponds in Sussex is the perfect place to cast a line. With access to the onsite ponds from dawn till dusk, there’s always an opportunity to spend time by the lake. If fishing doesn’t catch your fancy, spend your day relaxing in the café, soaking up the cosy atmosphere and enjoying the home cooked specials on offer.
After spending your day by the water, make your way back to your camping pod for a cosy night in. Alternatively, visit in the summer and enjoy one of the many events taking place including live music and a quiz night. A full list of events can be found on Sumner’s website.
Anglers Paradise | Devon
With over 30 lakes to fish from and 250 acres to explore, there’s always a chance to discover something new at Anglers Paradise in Devon. The onsite accommodation can cater for up to nine people, making it the ideal for large families and groups wanting to embrace a countryside holiday.
If you fancy exploring the area surrounding Anglers Paradise, there’s plenty of choice. The Eden Project is less than an hour away and historic cities like Exeter and Dartmoor are within driving distance – there you’ll find an array of cultural sites and also places to eat.
Lake Pochard | Cotswolds
Lake Pochard in the Cotswolds is a popular choice for both families and groups of friends. The Scandinavian timber lodges are kitted out to high standards plus the 10 acre lake makes this a fisherman’s paradise. Be sure to visit the Waterside Café to take in the view of the lake whilst indulging in the array of homemade food and cakes.
The Costwolds is an area renowned for its striking scenery and stone built villages. However, drive down the road and you can enjoy a day of culture in the market town of Cirencester. Scope out established restaurants like Côte and Giraffe, or end your day at Cirencester’s number one restaurant The Falcon Inn.
For the best fishing and bait tips, make sure you have a copy of Total Flyfisher or Total Carp magazine by your side at the lake.
Best places for cycling
Magazine Wood | Norfolk
Magazine Wood is a fantastic place to stay when exploring picturesque north Norfolk. With a 93-mile cycling route available, weave your way along the coastline or enjoy a more rural trail that will take you through beautiful woodlands and historic estates.
Once you’ve explored all there is to offer on two wheels, you won’t be lost for things to do. Stately homes such as Her Majesty's own Holkham Hall grace the area and the local farmers’ markets happen regularly – attend to sample some of the local, artisan foods on offer.
The Spread Eagle | Oxfordshire
Take the chance to bike your way around the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside by day, whilst spending your evenings in the grade I listed boutique hotel, The Spread Eagle. The 20-mile Phoenix Trail starts and ends in the town of Thame and takes you along a disused railway line. The ride is a gentle one that gives you plenty of time to take in your surroundings.
After you’ve ridden around the area on your bike, there’s plenty to see on foot. Book in to a chocolate figurine making class at Rumsey’s Chocolatier or make your way to Oxfordshire Golf Club, just a short drive away from the hotel.
The Schooner Hotel | Northumberland
If you aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, spend a few nights at The Schooner Hotel, said to be one of Britain’s most haunted hotels. Ghostly activity aside, its central location in the coastal village of Alnmouth makes it an ideal place to return to after a day of cycling through the Northumberland landscape.
Cycle routes cover a wide breadth of Northumberland – try out the 20-mile track along the coast towards Seahouses or go south towards the stunning castle at Dunstanburgh.
Treat yourself to some new bike gear to get the most out of your trip. Cycling Weekly, Bikes ETC or Cycling Plus are good magazines to read when preparing for your cycling holiday.
Best places for pets
Beechan Glamping | Hampshire
Nestled in the Hampshire countryside, Beechan Glamping aims to provide an outdoor experience like no other. With nature reserves aplenty and the South Downs Trails on your doorstep, exploring the countryside has never been easier. The grounds and lodges are also pet-friendly so bring your pooch along too.
Beechan Glamping has a plethora of options when it comes to dining out – whether it’s a light afternoon tea experience at The Anvil Tearooms or a classic British pub lunch at The Hampshire Bowman. The range of dog-friendly restaurants in Hampshire is vast so latch on that leash and go on an adventure.
Pasturewood Holidays | Carlisle
With the Lake District only 20 minutes away, Pasturewood is a great holiday location for any group seeking a peaceful, rural retreat. Dogs are also welcome on the site – costing only £5 per night, there’s no reason why your favourite furry friend can’t enjoy the family holiday too. Beyond the gate are the vast fields of Cumbria – a stunning place to explore with your pooch in tow.
After a day in the countryside, the log pits and BBQ’s back at your lodge mean you can flame-grill delicious treats whilst the sun sets. Don’t fancy cooking? There are plenty of well-known restaurants and highly rated independent eateries just a short drive away in the town of Carlisle.
Want to get the most out of your holiday with your dog? Grab a copy of Your Dog to brush up on pet care and how to best look after your pet when not at home.
Bleathwood Lodges | Shropshire
Get lost amongst the woodlands and enjoy peace and quiet at Bleathwood Lodges. The cosy pods can sleep up to four guests. Small dogs are also welcome, making it the ideal place to relax and recharge with all the family. The surrounding woodlands are a delight to explore on a morning walk with your dog or just a place to wander amongst the wildlife.Visiting the nearby towns is stress free as there is a minibus service that runs exclusively for Bleathwood guests. Pop to the local pub or for a more urban adventure, travel to Birmingham and spend the day shopping in the city.
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