With warmer days heading towards us, it is time to start planning your summer holiday! Many mistakenly think you have to travel abroad for a fantastic summer trip, but this isn’t the case when you live somewhere as gorgeous and varied as the UK. So instead of booking a flight, consider renting a motorhome and heading to one of these amazing summer holiday destinations right here in the UK. We’ll provide you with our favourite summer holiday ideas, and the opportunity to find campervan hire near you.
1. Great Yarmouth
Sometimes you’re after a traditional British seaside holiday, and for those times look no further than Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. From sandy beaches to a well stocked pier and pleasure beach, you’ll spend the trip laughing and gorging on traditional fish and chips!
Accomodation: Vauxhall Holiday Park - a campsite fit for an exciting seaside getaway. They offer a variety of activities, including minigolf, a swimming pool and playgrounds. Also situated only 2km from the beach and 2.5km from the centre!
£14 per night, N 52.61892, E 1.71520.
Things to do: Catch some thrills at Pleasure Beach, enjoying the variety of rides and attractions. Visit the oceanic exhibits of SEA LIFE, for underwater marvels and delights. Or if you’re looking for something a bit more educational, why not stop by the Time and Tide: The Museum of Great Yarmouth Life? Set in one of the UK’s best preserved Victorian herring curing institutes, it is Norfolk’s third largest museum and renowned for having a great cafe!
In the steep-sided Glencoe valley, you’ll find this charming region and picturesque village. It is an area renowned for waterfalls and high-climbing trails. This tranquil hideaway is perfect for nature lovers and those looking to spend their holiday hiking and spotting wildlife, such as red deer and golden eagles!
Accomodation: Invercoe Caravan & Camping Park. Situated by the stunning Loch Leven, you’ll struggle to find a better view to wake up to! Ideal for those looking to escape the bustle of daily life and get back to the roots of camping.
£25 per night, N 56.68639, W 5.10538.
Things to do: Well, hike, hike and hike! You can explore the various trails spanning Buachaille Etive Mor and Bidean nam Bian. Aside from that, visit Loch Leven, perhaps even taking a boat trip to the islands within, and stroll around the ruined Loch Leven Castle.
3. The English Riviera
This classy title refers to Torquay, Babbacombe Bay, Paignton and Brixham. South Devon’s beautiful bay boats shimmering waters, endless beaches, award-winning attractions and more. The perfect escape for families, friends and lovers, especially during the sunnier months. There are plenty of festivals, events and attractions to ensure you’re never bored!
Accomodation: Devon Banks Caravan and Camping Park - Your dog will be as welcome as you are at this friendly campsite on the edge of Exmoor.
£15 per night, N 51.14065, W 3.89675.
Things to do: Head to the Babbacombe Model Village, a family-friendly attraction consisting of an impressive miniature village, along with stunning gardens and a breathtaking illuminations show at night. Spend some lazy days at the beach, going for walks and reading a good crime novel. Explore Kents Cavern Prehistoric Caves, an ancient cave network and a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest - just be careful not to get lost!
Known for the North Shore Beach and 19th century Llandudno Pier, Llandudno is a delightful seaside escape that has managed to evade hordes of tourists. Head to northern Wales this summer for a week of sandy beaches, traditional seaside fun and (hopefully) sunshine!
Accomodation: Tan Yr Allt Hall - Quite a mouthful, but certainly a campsite worth pitching at. Strolling distance from the centre and beaches, the elevated position provides a great view of the nearby sea and over to the Great Orme. It is a more rural campsite, so be prepared to let the amenities of daily life go!
£16.50 per night, N 53.3177, W 3.8049.
Things to do: Your trip would not be complete without an afternoon spent at Llandudno Pier, playing arcade games, eating delicious treats and enjoying the seaside air. Hike the ancient tunnels down to Great Orme Mines, or visit the Little Orme nature reserve if weather permits. Be sure to check if any events are on at Venue Cymru, which often showcases touring musicals and comedies, and features a delightful seafront restaurant.
5. South Dorset
When considering south Dorset, your mind (hopefully) goes straight to the famous Jurassic Coast, and this is certainly one of the reasons you should visit this gorgeous region! Other reasons include delicious seafood, romantic spots, seaside towns and great hikes!
Accomodation: Higher Moor Farm Campsite - great facilities with a view of the Dorset hills, only 6km from the centre of Weymouth.
£25.50 per night, N 50.64641, W 2.48567
Things to do: Visit the inspiration for Enid Blyton’s Kirrin Castle, you’ll find this ruined Corfe Castle at the top of a hill with a stunning view to match. For a change of pace, head to the village of Tyneham, a ghost village abandoned during WWII. Here you can explore the ruined houses and even visit a beautifully restored 1940’s schoolroom.
6. The Causeway Coast
I know, I know, what an obvious choice! And yes, the Causeway Coast is known for being a stunning region with the Giant’s Causeway, but have you actually visited this UNESCO World Heritage Site? If not, it is time to change that! Make a road trip of this coast for an unforgettable summer holiday.
Accomodation: Plenty along the way, but one you should definitely stop at is Ballyness Caravan Park, a spacious site walking distance from several attractions. It is renowned not only for clean facilities, but for helpful staff with plenty of advice on the local area! £25 per night, N 55.19418, W 6.51898.
Things to do: Giant’s Causeway of course! A breathtaking site, where you can also take a guided tour to learn more about this UNESCO site. You could visit several Game of Thrones filming locations if you’re a fan, and take some wonderful hikes over the rolling hills and next to the shimmering waters.
7. The Cotswolds
If you’re hoping to discover the true English countryside, then the Cotswolds deserves the top spot on your list of summer holiday ideas. So quintessentially English, this postcard perfect destination is only 2 hours from London. You could spend your summer holiday exploring the various beautiful towns and destinations within the Cotswolds, with Castle Combe, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water in the must-visit category.
Accomodation: Cotswolds Camping - Friendly, quiet, simple, what more could you want? Spots for campfires and a nearby holistic retreat centre to further help you relax.
£20 per night, N 52.009091, W -1.550061
Things to do: Explore Cotswold Wildlife Park to get closer to wildlife than any zoo would allow; the lemur and rhinos will have you questioning if you’re still in the UK! Spend an afternoon at the Sezincote Estate, a 4,500 acre estate with a 200 year old Mogul Indian palace. Perfect for a stroll in the sunshine, with a delicious picnic to follow!
With these 7 summer holiday destinations spanning the UK, you’re sure to find the perfect getaway. Whether your summer holiday ideas involve the whole family, a group of friends, or a romantic trip with your partner, one of these superb destinations will leave you refreshed and relaxed. Do you feel we have missed summer holiday destinations? Let us know! And consider Goboony for your summer motorhome hire in the UK.