Where and when to holiday in the UK

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The UK boasts some of the most varied and beautiful landscapes in the world. From the glistening shores of the Lake District to the snow-capped mountains of Scotland, and the chocolate-box villages of the Cotswolds, there are some spectacular places to visit. Each region offers its own unique assortment of outdoor pursuits, exciting attractions, annual festivities and gastronomic delights. With all these extraordinary locations the British Isles has to offer, the hard part is deciding where and when to plan a holiday in the UK.

Let us inspire you with some of our favourite UK destinations and the best times to visit them.

Lake District

There is a good reason why writers, artists, poets and walkers have always flocked to the beauty of the Lake District for inspiration. England’s largest National Park, now a World Heritage Site is awash with postcard panoramas of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns, mossy woodlands and tranquil lakes, and it boasts a plethora of outdoor activities. Luckily, this breath-taking destination is not overly dependent on weather. Whilst it’s hard to beat a ramble across the undulating fells of the Lakes under a golden sun in spring or summer maximising the far-reaching views, autumn and winter can be just as glorious and much less hectic, especially with the promise of a roaring fire at your journey’s end.

When to visit the Lake District

Spring: The Lake District comes alive in spring. Admire swathes of golden daffodils and bluebells spectacularly colouring the newly awakening landscape against a backdrop of bouncing new-born lambs. Historically, May is one of the driest months in Cumbria and is a good time to visit ahead of the summer crowds.

 

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Summer: The key time of year for festivals and events is during the summer, and as a result the Lake District is much busier with visitors. Summertime in the Lakes is a brilliant time for families to get out and experience the great outdoors, whether taking to the water on the wonderful array of water sports, enjoying a picturesque cruise, or making the most of the plentiful scenic walks and cycle routes on offer.

Autumn: As the crowds of summer begin to disperse, the mellow colours of autumn come into focus and peace is restored. Leaves in the valleys turn from green to gold, and are reflected in all their glory in the calm waters of the lakes.

 

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Winter: If you are prepared to wrap up warm and embrace the chill of winter, you are in for an invigorating and revitalising treat. The crisp winter air, snow-capped hills, clear blue skies and frost underfoot make for a thrilling day out. What’s more, the bare trees now open-up extraordinary views, previously obscured during the summer months.

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Cornwall

Blessed with the Southwest’s wildest coastline full of hidden coves, crystal clear rock pools and soft white sandy beaches, the ancient Celtic kingdom of Cornwall offers a vast playground of wonders for the whole family. Boasting some of the best art galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants and award-winning attractions, it is one of the UK’s favourite holiday destinations. Cornwall’s milder climate means it’s also a great all year-round haven to explore.

When to visit Cornwall

Spring: A sight to behold is the blooming of the famous Cornish magnolia. Its flush pink emblems are best viewed in February and March at one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall. Spring is also the perfect time of year to spot seals as their breeding season comes to an end. Take a wander on the South West Coast Path where the hedgerows are draped in colour and new life, and if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Basking Shark in the turquoise seas. For foodies, spring kicks off a series of Cornish food festivals including the Porthleven Food Festival and The World Pasty Championships.

Summer: Get your buckets and spades at the ready as summer brings a wealth of world-class beaches, watery pursuits, longer sunshine hours, and of course, scrumptious cream teas! Cornwall really comes alive in the summer months with carnivals and music festivals, to agricultural shows and cultural celebrations, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Autumn: After a full summer’s worth of attention from the sun, the sea is at its warmest in autumn. Combined with fantastic long-range swells, it is the perfect time of year for surfing the very best Cornish waves. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, you will find the beaches and pretty towns and villages much quieter out of season. The biggest and best food events also take place in autumn including the Falmouth Oyster Festival, the Newquay Fish Festival, and the Great Cornish Food Festival.

 

Cornish Gold.

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Winter: If you want to feel like you have Cornwall all to yourself, winter is an ideal time to visit. Layer up and explore the blissfully quiet beaches, frost-flecked moorland, and the bracing South West Coast Path. A blustery walk is nothing without a hot chocolate stop, and thankfully Cornwall is renowned for serving theirs with lashings of cream, all manner of sprinkles and an insatiable choice of weird and wonderful shots.

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Scotland

Home to arguably the most dramatic scenery in the UK, Scotland boasts majestic mountain-scapes, pristine beaches, glacial lochs, craggy terrain, and breath-taking views where golden eagles soar above. A magical base for far-flung staycations, there is so much to do any time of year, from monster-hunting in Loch Ness to exploring a wealth of scenic hiking and driving routes, touring whisky distilleries and even dolphin spotting.

When to visit Scotland

Spring: The best time to see the mountains, lochs and countryside in all their splendour is during the spring when the landscape is ablaze with colourful blooms and the forests are teeming with wildlife. It’s also a great time to indulge in outdoor pursuits such as hiking, cycling, fishing, golfing and sea kayaking.

 

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Summer: As the days become longer and warmer, Scotland welcomes its annual festivities with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Highland Games, and the renowned Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the biggest event of its kind in the world.

Autumn: Take a wander through the woodlands of Scotland in autumn and you will feel like you’ve been transported into your very own fairy tale with the crunch and crackle of golden leaves under your feet. The skies have a wonderful purple and orange glow, and the wildlife is thriving with activity. Autumn is most definitely the best time of year for keen outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the best of walking, cycling and wildlife spotting.

Winter: From festive markets to cosy pubs and restaurants with warm log fires, and the magic of traditional Hogmanay celebrations, winter is a wonderful time to plan a holiday to Scotland. It is also a brilliant time to hit the slopes and enjoy the thrilling skiing opportunities.

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Cotswolds

Characterised by quintessentially English honey-coloured towns and villages, lively galleries, vibrant festivals and beautiful rolling wolds countryside, the Cotswolds is a popular choice for a holiday in the UK. Covering an area of 790 square miles across five counties (Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire), it is the country’s largest officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Each season in the Cotswolds has intrinsic appeal, with a wealth of outdoor pursuits, festivities, and extraordinary landscapes to explore.

When to visit the Cotswolds

Spring: Spring in the Cotswolds brings with it a floral delight, from blossoming trees to dazzling daffodils lining the quaint streets of its historic market towns. It’s the perfect opportunity for long, rambling walks through the countryside and indulging in mouth-watering hot cross buns in the plethora of welcoming cafes.

Summer: Visit the Cotswolds in summer and be delighted by its array of charming English gardens and centuries-old castles. Visitors are sure to be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and events, from refined festivals to more unusual Cotswold traditions including cheese rolling at Cooper’s Hill and the Tetbury wool sack races.

Autumn: For a quieter atmosphere and wonderful auburn leaf colour, holiday in the Cotswolds in autumn and visit one of its spectacular arboreta, Westonbirt or Batsford. The season’s golden hues make for a magical escape, and the region is simply bursting with beauty spots, perfect for an autumnal picnic.

 

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Winter: Frosty morning walks and toasting your feet in front of the fire are a couple of the highlights of a winter break in the Cotswolds. If you’re lucky the region’s idyllic unspoilt villages will be dusted by powder white snow, so it is the ideal time to blow away the cobwebs, breathe some fresh crisp air and enjoy the abundance of picture perfect walking trails. If it gets a little chilly, seek out a traditional Cotswold pub to cosy up in.

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Wales

Offering a myriad of opportunities for escaping into nature, the Welsh landscape boasts dazzling waterfalls, impressive castles, coastlines of smugglers caves and staggeringly beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains and tranquil river valleys. Steeped in history and mythical wonder, there is so much to discover, and it is one of the best destinations in the UK for active holidays.

When to visit Wales

Spring: During spring Wales celebrates its National Day, St David’s Day. This is a great time to enjoy a holiday in Wales with joyous celebrations taking place across the country on March 1st. You’ll see children in red shawls with black chimney hats proudly wearing bright green leeks and yellow daffodils as accessories.

Summer: This is a great time to spend by the sea or on the stunning 870 miles long coast path. Wildlife watchers should take a cruise to Skomer Island, a ‘Mecca’ for thousands of puffins, gulls and manx shearwaters. On the journey you might also spot dolphins, porpoise and seals. Summer in Wales is also the time for festivals, from a variety of music to food and literary festivals.

Autumn: Wales is a vision in the autumn and you don’t have to go far to enjoy its glorious colours in the countryside, gardens and parks. Whether you visit the Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons or Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks, the photo opportunities are bountiful. In terms of wildlife, Pembrokeshire is an excellent place to see baby seals, and wild fallow deer are often spotted in the country parks. This is also the season for sport in Wales with a wide variety of live games and events taking place.

Winter: Visit Wales in winter to see the landscape transformed into a wonderland of snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and gushing waterfalls. Take a bracing walk on the Wales Coast Path, high above the sea and feel the spray as the waves slam into the cliffs with impressive force. When it’s time to thaw out, settle down beside a log fire in a friendly pub and enjoy the glow.

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Posted by Kate Atkin on 18th January 2018