Holidays in the UK are often underrated or over looked in favour of travelling overseas. However, there is so much to do here especially during the summer. Here are five of the best towns for summer outdoor activities to enjoy in the UK.
Blackpool – something for everyone
You might be fooled into thinking this old favourite is a bit tired these days. But tell that to the millions of visitors Blackpool attracts each year. There’s a new injection of fun and activity in this town situated on the Irish sea coast. Find family friendly beach activities such as swimming and visiting the zoo and amusement parks. Ride the tallest rollercoaster in the UK, and enjoy water sports along the long sandy beach. If the weather isn’t great for the beach, you can also find go karting and paintballing too!
Bournemouth – a vast place to explore
If it’s the outdoors you are looking for then Bournemouth delivers! Seven miles of sandy beaches and over 2000 acres of park and gardens means this is one of the top places to enjoy outdoor activities in the UK. Once a smugglers cove, Bournemouth now welcomes 88 million visitors each year who enjoy the activities centred around the beach. Water sports are the highlight here, with surf schools, kayaking, jet-skis powerboating and more. Plus, it’s easy to get to, being less than a couple of hours from London by road or rail.
Newquay – a surfer’s paradise
Surfers flock to the beaches of Newquay, both for the waves and the UKs biggest surfing events. Newquay is a haven for water activities and you’ll find everything you can think of to do on the water including fishing, surfing, diving and jet skiing. A new trend to hit the UK is Coasteering and Newquay is said to be the best place to try it. Whatever the weather you can enjoy water sports here as companies offer both indoor and outdoor opportunities.
The perfect place for a family holiday Southampton is friendly and welcoming with plenty to do. The top activity to do here is to walk the famed QE2 Mile. Whilst exploring the Old City, you can see the towns monuments and attractions including the Titanic memorial. As for water activities, Sailing and Yachting are the most popular ones to try. As an ancient port, Southampton has a rich sailing history which draws those interested in the old sailing ways. Other water activities include rowing, powerboating, kayaking and much more, which are offered by local activity centres. Weekday stays are best for families, whereas the weekends are great for stag, hen and group parties.
A seaside town with both modern and historic significance, where Victorians used to come to let their hair down and relax. Times haven’t changed much and Brighton is still very much a party town. Surrounded by the South Downs it is an excellent destination for hikers and explorers, especially the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. If you fancy getting out onto the water, then head to Hove Lagoon where you can take part in lots of sports and activities on the water. Kids and grownups will love the penny arcades and amusement rides too, from tea cups to roller coasters there’s something for all.
What is your favourite summer town in the UK?
Do you have a top UK summer destination in mind that isn’t included in this list? These fabulous towns are just a taste of the great places you can visit during the summer in the UK. So let me know if there are other places readers should try.