Best holiday destinations in Yorkshire, England & Europe!

Best holiday destinations in Yorkshire, England & Europe!

Even though its nearing the end of summer, there’s still plenty of time for a holiday! September can be one of the best times as there are less tourists, children have gone back to school and prices are much lower. So whether you’re wanting to stay in Yorkshire, discover a new part of England, or find a cheap European break, we’ve found the best places to go!

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North York Moors – 1400 miles of natural beauty including heather moorland, pine forests rolling hills and wildlife, there’s plenty to discover in the picturesque and tranquil moors! Explore historic abbeys, castles, priories and traditional pubs nestled in hidden villages. Perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding. Best towns: Guisborough, Helmsley, Pickering and Rosedale Abbey.

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Yorkshire Dales – If you haven’t been to the beautiful Dales, you need to go now! The Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty are full of breath-taking scenery. Southern Dales is less remote, whilst the north is rich in rugged scenery, perfect for hiking, and the West Dales are known for pretty villages and small towns. Best towns: Skipton, Pateley Bridge, Malham, Richmond, Settle and Ingleton.

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Yorkshire Coast – whether you want a traditional seaside resort, or something more peaceful or quirky, Yorkshire’s coastline has it all. Head to Robin Hood’s Bay for a ‘lost in time’ getaway, with its raw coastline, staggering cliffs and quaint fishingcottages. For a more traditional feel, Filey is the place to be, with sandy beaches, bustling promenades and the best fish and chips. Flamborough is the best for wildlife with rugged white cliffs and clear seas, perfect for bird watching, hiking and sea canoeing, along with a scenic nature reserve and two ancient lighthouses. Whitby is one of the classic Yorkshire seasides, with windswept beaches, cobbles lanes, vampire legends along with cosy taverns and lively bars. If you want something a little different, you’ll love the quirky vibe of Bridlington, with kitsch seaside entertainment, elegant promenades and a fascinating Old Town.Holiday3

Peak District – Be enchanted by the Peaks moorland, rolling hills, scented meadows and leafy forests. The perfect active holiday with climbing, walking, mountain biking and horse riding all on offer. For some culture and history, visit Chatsworth House, Renishaw Hall Gardens and Bolsover Castle. Best towns: Ashbourne, Matlock Bath, Chesterfield and Buxton.

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England

  • Bath – World Heritage Site, Georgian crescents and terraces, theatres, museums and culture, cosy B&Bs, a thriving, ever-growing restaurant scene
  • Cornwall – 300 miles of dune and cliffs, unspoilt coastline, medieval harbours, wildflowers and remote beaches, rock pools and marine life, surfing and bodyboarding
  • Brighton – Eccentric city, lovely beaches, 98 stunning parks and gardens, unique museums, boho North Laine with quirky shops and sleek restaurants
  • Norfolk – Perfect for relaxation, clear coastline, nature reserves and wildlife, market towns, magnificent castles and churches, little rainfall
  • Devon – Caves, cliffs and cream teas, good food and great outdoors, surf breaks, strolls and picnics, artisan farmers’ markets
  • Lake District – Britain’s finest scenery, incredible views, glistening lakes, towering valleys, fascinating woodlands, perfect for walkers

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Europe

  • Budapest – the top budget city break in Europe, mix of neoclassical, baroque and art nouveua architecture, rich Jewish heritage, fantastic food scene
  • Prague – bustling city with a dark past, reflected in storied churches, looming Prague Castle and statue-lined bridges, a hidden gem to visit before prices start rising
  • Lisbon – Portugal’s capital set on 7 hills, coastal city, laid-back charm, colourful old buildings, cafe culture
  • Barcelona – sea and city, culture-rich, museums, markets, breath-taking gothic churches and cathedrals, beautiful architecture, lively nightclub scene
  • Amsterdam – a network of canals, house-boats, bustling cafes, intriguing museums, cute buildings, Red Light District, leisurely bike and boat rides, renowned art galleries

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Fun low cost summer holiday activities!

Fun low cost summer holiday activities!

With the summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking how to keep your children occupied! But trying to think of six weeks’ worth of activities that won’t break the bank can be a challenge. No need to worry though, we’ve compiled a list of fun activities that are either free or low cost to do with your children this summer that will keep the boredom at bay! We’ve got everything from day trips in Yorkshire, outdoor activities and things to do on a rainy day (which is very likely in Yorkshire). Enjoy!

Day trips

  1. Camping – there are some great campsites in Yorkshire that give you a nice break without the hefty price of going abroad. Check out our camping blog for the best ones.
  2. Go hiking – Yorkshire is full of beautiful hills to explore- Peak District, Nidderdale, Roseberry Topping and loads moreYork walks3
  3. Go to a lake/park/waterfall – such as the Malham Tarn lake, Thornton Force waterfall in Ingleton, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield
  4. Attend an outdoor concert/movie – Millennium Square in Leeds and Kirkstall Abbey are hosting some great outdoor screenings this summer
  5. Play mini golf – there’s a glow in the dark course at Xscape in Castleford, and a pirate crazy golf course in Hull, and loads more across Yorkshire
  6. Go to the beach for a day – the East Yorkshire Coast is a must visit
  7. Visit a museum/art gallery – there are loads all across Yorkshire from the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield to the National Railway Museum in York, and everything in between
  8. Go for a picnic – Yorkshire is full of stunning nature that provide the perfect spots for a summer picnic
  9. Visit a local landmark – Castle Howard, York Minster, Kirkstall Abbey, Brimham Rocks to name a few
  10. Go to a farm – Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is just 50p for children to visit and Goodalls of Tong in Bradford is freeDepp Hull
  11. Go on a boat ride – Skipton and York have some great boat tours
  12. Visit an amusement park – Light Water Valley, Flamingo Land, Fantasy Island and Pleasure Island are all in Yorkshire
  13. Explore a new town/city in Yorkshire
  14. Learn about wildlife – Yorkshire is home to some of the best parks and centres including Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster, Tropical Butterfly House in Sheffield, and The Deep in Hull
  15. Go to one of Yorkshire’s many festivals held throughout the summer such as The Great Yorkshire Fringe in York, Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival in Skipton and so much more, suitable for the whole family!

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Outdoor activities

  1. Plan a road trip
  2. Go on a bike ride
  3. Go strawberry picking
  4. Grow flowers or vegetables in your garden, or create a cute fairy garden!
  5. Have a back garden campout
  6. Host a BBQ for family and friends with a fun theme
  7. Have a water fight
  8. Wash the car – if it’s a sunny day do it in your swimsuits!
  9. Create a scavenge huntSummer tent
  10. Host a mini Olympics in your garden
  11. Have a picnic in your back garden
  12. Do some volunteering
  13. Go to a local fair, parade or carnival
  14. Try a new sport
  15. Watch the sunrise/sunset

 

Indoor/rainy day activities

  1. Do some baking
  2. Make ice lollies, homemade lemonade or ice cream78492ecc9a2a51c764de9fc33a04f748
  3. Try some crafts/painting
  4. Make a homemade present for someone
  5. Make tie-dye t-shirts
  6. Have a clear out of your house
  7. Redecorate a room
  8. Have an at-home spa day
  9. Make a blanket fort if it’s a cold and rainy outside
  10. Organise an at-home film night or movie marathon for a rainy day
  11. Watch a live sports event
  12. Story time – the summer holidays is the perfect time for your children to read any books they want, try reading/giving them one of your childhood favouritesSummer journal
  13. Board games – dig out all your old board games on a rainy day
  14. Keep a journal or scrapbook of your summer adventures
  15. Make a family photo album