This summer’s heat wave has repeatedly broken records and provided superb opportunities to enjoy the best of the UK. And the good news is that with the glorious weather set to return there is still time to enjoy a UK getaway and the best of a staycation – a holiday at home without the hassle of long-distance travel. Whether you long to explore the other end of the country or are yet to really get to know your own county, there are plenty of wonderful options to consider for the last part of the summer holiday.
Take the Family to the South Coast
Travelodge offers excellent value hotel rooms for those wishing to explore the UK on a budget. Rooms at Chichester Emsworth Travelodge start from around £150 for two nights towards the end of August. You’ll be staying wonderfully close to a very picturesque part of the South Coast, with the fishing villages of Emsworth and Bosham to explore on your doorstep. Head up the road to see Fishbourne Roman Palace and to enjoy great shopping and culture in Chichester, or travel along to Portsmouth and Southsea to see the historic dockyard and to immerse yourself in naval history.
Find your rooms and raise 1% for charity in the process here.
Explore Nature’s Playground in the Lake District
A weekend in the Lake District starts from just £150 in September with lastminute.com at The Beech Hill Hotel in Windermere. You’ll get to enjoy a cooked breakfast, home comforts in your well-appointed room and incredible views from your accommodation. In the area, you can hike, cycle, row, bird-watch and enjoy plenty of fine local afternoon teas, ice-creams, locally brewed ales and great pub lunches. This part of the world is heaven for dog-owners, children, photographers, runners and all manner of hobbyists.
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Travelzoo Couple Breaks in the Cotswolds
You can raise a whopping 5% when you book a UK break with Travelzoo, and there are so many options to choose from. How about a romantic weekend in the Cotswolds for £145 at the Best Western Mayfield Hotel in Wiltshire? It’s located on the edge of the Cotswolds, which is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the perfect spot for enjoying some quality time. You’ll enjoy luxury extras such as a bottle of wine upon arrival, late checkout, a beautiful luxury room and plenty of wonderful walks, pubs and restaurants on your doorstep for the duration.
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A Big Day Out in London
If you can’t spare a full weekend away, then why not pack a holiday’s worth of activities into a packed day in the Big Smoke with Virgin Experiences? You can create the perfect package for you and a friend which includes activities such as the View from The Shard (£45), a Visit to Kew Gardens and Palace (£35 pp) or a three-course Marco Pierre Restaurant meal followed by a Thames Cruise for two (£67.50 per person – currently on offer). Once you’ve created your package, then either book Virgin train tickets for a rapid journey in around two hours or less from key cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham, or an overnight boutique hotel through Lastminute.com.
Create your day of thrill here and raise 6% for your charity in the process.
Treat Yourself and the Girls to a Spa Break at The Hilton
Why not gather up the girls and enjoy a spa break at The Spa at Doubletree at Hilton’s Chester spa and hotel? Raise 3% in the process and enjoy fantastic treatments, such as facials, massages and manicures, use of the spa facilities, including pool and sauna, luxury dressing gowns and slippers and fine dining. Sip on champagne as you relax and catch up and then visit Chester itself for the Roman ruins, great shopping and fantastic sightseeing.
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Which UK hotspot will get your last-minute staycation vote this summer?