Count Down to the Summer


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Posted by Becky

Torquay Harbour

With the last Bank Holiday before the summer now a distant memory and July creeping ever closer it’s the perfect time to start planning your summer break. Whether you will be travelling to London for the Olympic Games, enjoying a seaside holiday with the family or exploring new towns and villages there is plenty going on across the country.

We’ve picked some of our favourite destinations to explore this summer, from blue flag beaches to cultural city breaks, historic castles and stunning scenery there is a great selection of panoramas to choose from.

 The Peak District:

Within easy reach of Nottinghamshire, Lancashire, Derbyshire and Cheshire the Peak District attracts millions of visitors every year. Spreading across over 500 square miles there are four visitor centres to offer you information on exploring the area. From the picturesque town of Bakewell, home to the famous Bakewell pudding, to the stunning Chatsworth House and an array of spectacular scenery, walking trails and picnic spots the Peak District offers an abundance of activities to enjoy.

The English Riviera:

Home to 22 miles of sandy beaches, quaint villages serving perfect cream teas and the seaside towns of Torquay, Brixton and Paignton the English Riviera is a great destination for a summer break. Enjoy a walk along the beach, discover the animals at Paignton Zoo and the award winning Living Coasts or step back in time with a trip onboard a life-size replica of Sir Francis Drake’s Golden Hind. Torquay is renowned for its connection to the famed author Agatha Christie and it is here that you can follow the Agatha Christie Literary Trail – perfect for any fans of the Queen of Crime.


Head to the Scottish Capital this year and soak up the fantastic atmosphere the city offers. With a great selection of events and festivals taking part across the summer you are spoilt for choice. From the International Film Festival to the renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the world’s largest arts festival the Fringe Edinburgh thrives in the summer months. It’s best to book early if you are planning an Edinburgh break this summer as with the huge number of visitors heading into the city it can get very busy with hotels filling up throughout August.

What are your plans for the summer?

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