Every now and then I like to write about my travels, whether I’m going across the world somewhere sunnier or just a few miles down the road in good old England. With summer officially winding in, it’s possibly going to be a while before it’s nice enough to enjoy a sunny day out in this country again. The weather has been a real mixed bag lately, but we’ve still had the odd sunny day. So before we properly say goodbye the UK Summer, I’ve out together a little bit of a mini round-up featuring some last-minute days out or weekend breaks I recommend, before its time to get out the autumn wardrobe. There are so many great places in the UK to visit that you barely need to leave your home to find somewhere amazing. So here are my recommendations for a last-minute “summer” breaks.
The Peak District
I’m lucky enough to be pretty close to several National Parks. There’s the Peak District to the southeast of Manchester. And then there are the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District in the north. For anyone who loves to keep fit, they’re fantastic places to explore. Of course, if like me you don’t always feel like keeping fit, you can always find a tearoom for an afternoon tea. I like the Peak District for its proximity to me, and all the things there are to do. And the beauty scenery, too! You can go for a walk, try out canoeing or explore historic houses, castles,
Blackpool is another location that Manchester is quite close to, and it’s great if you’re looking for a fun day out. It’s about an hour’s drive from Manchester, so it makes it perfect for a quick day trip from here. One of the main reasons to visit Blackpool has to be for the theme park – that is, if you love roller coasters as much as I do! But if it’s not your thing, you can always see a show, go up Blackpool Tower or just walk along the beach while the weather’s still acceptable.
In August, Edinburgh gets incredibly busy with the two arts festivals and the military tattoo. But it’s died down now, and it’s a much quieter place at the end of summer. In fact, I think it’s better to go now if you want to see the city properly. It’s a little harder to do a day trip to Edinburgh if you live in England, as it’s not close to anywhere. But it is perfect for a weekend break, and you can easily find a cheap hotel. Plus, you can fly from Manchester to Edinburgh in just over an hour. With fewer tourists about, there’s more space to enjoy the sights like Edinburgh Castle and relax in the local pubs and tea rooms. The last time I visited Edinburgh was for my sisters hen weekend back in 2012 (which I highly recommend as an ideal hen weekend location) so I’ve included some snaps below from the trip…
Of course, London has to be my ultimate place for a day out (after Manchester). There’s so much to see and do that you could never do it all in your lifetime. If the sun is shining, spending some time in one of the city’s parks is a great thing to do. But if not, I guess you just have to go shopping or discover a really nice restaurant!
I’m giving myself four more weeks of making an effort before the Winter officially kicks in!