British Summer Time, oh how we’ve missed you! With the evenings getting lighter, it’s time to think about getting away for Easter. We’ve taken a look at bookings for this two-week holiday period in 2017 and what did we find? A glorious list of UK destinations rocketing in popularity for Easter getaways. One thing’s for sure: coastal locations seem to be winning you over, with 8 out of the 10 spots on our list being beside the seaside.
So what does everyone booking a holiday in these spots know that you don’t?! Read on to find out (and maybe pinpoint your next getaway destination…)
It’s no surprise to see Wales listed as a favourite destination, but the charming village of Trearddur Bay has emerged as one of the most popular spots in the whole of the UK for the Easter period in 2017. Tucked into an inlet on the Holy Island coastline off North West Wales, its sheltered Blue Flag beach provides the perfect playground as the weather starts to get warmer.
To reach Holy Island and Trearddur Bay, you’ll cross the iconic Menai Bridge to Anglesey after admiring the mind-blowing landscape of the Snowdonia National Park. It’s a hidden gem in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK.
Positioned on the pretty Pembrokeshire coast in South West Wales, Tenby’s ancient fortified walls set it apart from other typical seaside towns. While it may already be an established tourist destination, it keeps gaining momentum among visitors looking for a memorable stay in a holiday home. And it’s easy to see why: pastel-coloured houses, boats bobbing in the harbour, the beautiful beach next to Castle Hill and St. Catherine’s Island, all complete the postcard scene. Never been? Book a stay and see it for yourself!
Situated on the famous English Riviera, Brixham is as charming as seaside towns get. History buffs will love discovering its exciting past featuring swashbuckling pirates and sneaky smugglers, while foodies will be in their element surrounded by superb fish restaurants. Head over to the jet ski area at the marina and you might spot Sammy the seal; this cute character has been hanging out there recently and is keen to make friends, it seems.
However you spend your stay in Brixham, you’ll be glad you paid a visit.
The Isle of Portland is just 4 miles long and 1.7 miles wide, connected to Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast by a causeway running along Chesil Beach. Despite its size, it’s punching well above its weight when it comes to Easter holiday home bookings this year. And we’re not surprised: its white-cliff coastline offers spectacular scenery, while the historic Portland Castle adds a dash of 16th-century drama. And there’s no more quintessentially English seaside sight than its red and white striped lighthouse, Portland Bill.
Visitors also love discovering that Portland Stone, used in iconic buildings around the world including St. Paul’s Cathedral, is still quarried here.
Welcome to Saundersfoot, a charming town on Wales’ south west coast which is enjoying an uplift in Easter getaway interest. Designated a conservation area, Saundersfoot’s award-winning Blue Flag beach is the main attraction. And as spring ushers in (slightly) warmer weather, the town’s sheltered sand and sea are ideal spots for a splash. If you love nothing more than a coastal walk, put your best foot forward on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Tenby; its ups and downs lead you to the hidden gem of Waterwynch Cove, offering views of this magnificent stretch of Welsh coast. To sum up, it’s simply an ideal location for a family trip with everything you need for a memorable visit.
Dartmouth has been a winning holiday destination for decades. But it’s continuing to gain admirers as a desirable spot, especially for the Easter period. Why? Well, we can think of a few reasons! Aside from its scenic coastal location and sandy beaches that wouldn’t look out of place in Spain, the town has a unique character with historic buildings dotting its streets and the spectacular 600-year-old Dartmouth Castle standing over the harbour. It’s heaven for foodies, too, with local South Devon crab the must-try speciality. And if that’s not enough, the town’s vibrant social calendar means there’s always a local event to get involved in.
If you’re looking for a nostalgic slice of seaside tradition, look no further than Llandudno in North West Wales. From the slapstick spectacle of a Punch & Judy show to donkey rides along the town’s two Blue Flag beaches, it’s all here. The town’s seafront is graced by its historic pier, one of the finest in the UK. For unrivalled views of the Creuddyn Peninsula and out over the Irish Sea, catch the tram up Great Orme (a magnificent limestone headland) and take the cable car.
Nestled in a Lake District valley and surrounded by picturesque peaks, Keswick is easily a contender for the prettiest town in the UK. And what better time of year to visit this rural wonderland than Easter? The fields will be dotted with lambs, the landscape lush and blooming with life. As well as the fresh air and fell walking, the surrounding landscape offers mountain climbing, abseiling, and kayaking. But if you’re in the market for a more sedate activity, a gentle boat trip on nearby Derwentwater is the way to go. But anyone with kids (of a particular liking for stationery) shouldn’t miss the unexpectedly brilliant pencil museum.
Situated on the Kingsbridge Estuary, Salcombe clings to the steep cliffside and overlooks the English Channel. The town’s wealth of attractions and activities, as well as surrounding Devon’s divine rural landscapes, make the recent uplift in holiday home bookings easy to understand! The calm estuary waters offer many different water-based activities, including kayaking and wild swimming. But if you’d rather stay dry, visit the National Trust gardens at Overbeck’s where exotic palms and banana plants thrive in the warmer climate.
England’s largest lake has been the leading light of the Lake District for many years. But instead of traditional hotels, it’s now holiday homes that are seeing a surge in interest. At one end of the 10-and-a-half-mile lake is the walker’s paradise of Ambleside and at the other, the charming hamlet of Newby Bridge. Pretty villages like Bowness-on-Windermere (home to the charming World of Beatrix Potter) dot the surrounding hillsides, so no wonder fell-walking is one of the most popular pastimes for holidaymakers during their stay.
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