It was the best summer EVER and I didn’t even leave the UK! Check out my UK staycation ideas and find out how you can spend a great summer in the UK!
THE BEST UK STAYCATION IDEAS FOR YOUR GREAT BRITISH SUMMER
A staycation is defined as a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
Having a great summer holiday is usually associated with traveling abroad but I’ve just had the most amazing summer and I didn’t even leave the UK!
How is it possible without traveling to far exotic lands? Check out the snapshots of my magical UK staycation below!
UK STAYCATION IDEAS: THE LAKE DISTRICT
The exceptionally hot British weather encouraged me to explore some of the most picturesque UK locations.
I spent a week in the beautiful Lake District in Cumbria.
The Lake District is a mountainous region in North West England. It’s famous for its stunning lakes, forests, and mountains.
The Lake District really is a magical land and sometimes I felt like I was in the middle of a fairy tale. It just seemed too beautiful to be true and I could not believe I was still in the UK!
Because the weather was absolutely amazing I was even able to swim in the crystal clear lakes. There are sixteen lakes in the Lake District; I managed to swim in eight of them which made me a very happy girl!
My two favorite lakes were Buttermere Lake (because of its fairy tale setup) and Coniston Water (great for swimming and paddleboarding, not too busy, good facilities).
Driving through the Newlands Pass leading to Buttermere Village was quite an experience, the views were truly spectacular! This road is not for the faint-hearted though as it’s a narrow winding mountain road with some steep drops.
Although lakes are naturally the main attraction of the Lake District, there is so much more to explore.
I recommend visiting Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s 17th-century farmhouse surrounded by beautiful gardens. It’s located in the dreamy village of Near Sawrey.
Beatrix Potter bought Hill Top with the royalties from the first of her little books, The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
The magic of Hill Top is seeing Beatrix Potter’s stories brought to life in the place where they were created. Readers of her little books will be able to see the rhubarb patch where Jemima Puddle-Duck tried to hide her eggs and the view up the slate-flagged garden path, captured in The Tale of Tom Kitten.
Another experience I highly recommend if you visit the Lake District is gorge scrambling.
Gorge scrambling (or ghyll scrambling) involves scrambling directly up a mountain river, but in the water rather than by taking the path along the side.
I had so much fun and the views were absolutely stunning! I was slightly apprehensive about sliding down numerous waterfalls at first but it turned out to be beyond amazing!
Check out the Lake District Activities by Lakeland Ascents website who organized our gorge scrambling adventure. In addition to gorge scrambling, they offer other exhilarating activities such as waterfall and rock climbing, abseiling, mountain scrambling and canyoning.
The Lake District has so much to offer for everyone, from spectacular hiking trails to various water activities. It was my first visit to this fairy tale land but definitely won’t be the last!
UK STAYCATION IDEAS: THE ANCIENT TOWN OF RYE
This was not my first visit to Rye. It’s one of the places I like going back to as it makes me feel like I have traveled back in time.
Rye is located in East Sussex, two miles from the sea. It’s full of narrow cobbled streets, antique shops, cute cafes, and restaurants.
The Mermaid Inn is a Grade II listed historical inn located on Mermaid Street in Rye.
It’s not only a truly unique historic building and a favorite place to stay for celebrities but also one of the most haunted hotels in Britain, The Mermaid Inn, located on Mermaid Street.
The current building dates from 1420 and has 16th-century additions in the Tudor style, but the cellars date back to 1156! As the Mermaid Inn is well known for its hauntings, it has been subject to an investigation on the Most Haunted TV series.
If you want to read some ghost stories reported by the guests, check out my post THE MOST HAUNTED HOTEL IN THE UK: THE MERMAID INN.
Famous guests who stayed at the Mermaid Inn include Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Sophia Lauren, Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, Dame Judy Dench, Pierce Brosnan, Andy Garcia, Prince Edward and Elizabeth (Queen Mother).
Will you dare to stay the night?
UK STAYCATION IDEAS: THE ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE
Due to the extremely high temperatures, I tried to escape to the countryside as often as I could.
I don’t enjoy the hot weather when I’m in the city and I never really understood the excitement of a heatwave coming from people who would be stuck in the office and traveling in trains with no air conditioning. I think this year for the first time I saw people in London being ecstatic about the rain when it finally made an appearance after several weeks of constant heat!
The English countryside is beautiful and my favorite place is just over an hour’s drive from London so this is where I spent most of the hot weekends.
I found a beautiful quiet spot by the river where I could swim. It was like being on holiday in a hot country but I enjoyed it even more because it was so peaceful and private. I had a large natural swimming pool all to myself!
There’s nothing quite like the English countryside for rural escapes, I highly recommend it for recharging your batteries, clearing your head and catching a breath!
UK STAYCATION IDEAS: GODRIC’S HOLLOW
Godric’s Hollow is a fictional village in England featured in the books and film series as the birthplace of both Harry Potter and his wizarding headmaster, Albus Dumbledore.
Although Godric’s Hollow is fictional, it was based on a real place – Lavenham in Suffolk. Described by The Guardian as ‘one of the most beautiful small towns in Britain’, it was chosen as the location for scenes in Godric’s Hollow.
Full of half-timbered and colorful medieval cottages, Lavenham is a truly magical place and I felt like I was really walking through Godric’s Hollow. I am happy to say it’s the most charming English village that I have visited so far.
See my previous post: GODRIC’S HOLLOW: THE PLACE WHERE MAGIC WAS BORN for more details and photos of my visit to Lavenham.
UK STAYCATION IDEAS: GLAMPING
I am a big fan of glamping!
For those of you who are not familiar with this term, glamping means glamour camping and it’s basically a camping type of experience with luxury private facilities. This means you have your own private bathroom, kitchen, electricity, TV, etc. You don’t have to bring anything with you and you just show up just like you would to a hotel.
Glamping can sometimes be more expensive than staying in a hotel, but paying a little extra is worth it if you are bored with hotels and seek something unusual and quirky.
There are many different types of glamping accommodation, such as Shepherd’s Hut, Glamping Pod, Narrow Boat, Showman’s Carriage, Bell Tent, or Tree House and I have stayed in most of them.
This time I traveled to Norfolk to stay in a wooden Glamping Pod called Freddie at Waveney Meadow located in Toft Monks. The place was surrounded by a stunning rural landscape. The pod was very cozy and I had the best sleep ever!
As the weather was wonderful, we decided to rent a Canadian canoe from the Waveney River Centre and cruise around the Norfolk Broads.
It was a very blissful experience and the views were truly hypnotizing.
UK STAYCATION IDEAS: LONDON AND BLOGGER EVENTS
London is so beautiful in the summer! I really enjoyed exploring the city and taking photos of its cute little secret spots.
The city was blooming with gorgeous floral displays outside of shops, restaurants and art galleries. Very Insta-worthy!
Blogging has given me so many amazing opportunities that I would not have even dreamt of before and I am very grateful for every single one of them. As a blogger, I get invited to various launch parties and press events which are a great opportunity to discover new brands and products as well as meet new people.
This summer has been filled with numerous great events that I have been very lucky to get invited to. Have a look at my favorite three events below.
IROHA NATURE UK x VICKY PATTISON
I was invited to the Iroha Nature fabulous event to celebrate the brand’s new celebrity ambassador, Vicky Pattison and the launch of their new Divine Collection. As a Geordie Shore fan, I was delighted I could meet Vicky who is such a sweet girl! She looked absolutely stunning in her Victoria Beckham black midi dress.
I am very impressed with the Hydra Firming FOIL Sheet Mask with 24K Gold. It makes my skin feel firmer and amazingly hydrated.
I also had an opportunity to meet Stacey Solomon.
KISS x BILLIE FAIERS
I was kindly invited to the launch of the brand’s new celebrity ambassador, Billie Faiers. It was a wonderful evening, complete with manicures, lash-overs, henna tattoos, live music, and delicious cocktails.
I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people like Gillian McKeith and her two lovely daughters, Afton and Skylar. I was also introduced to the star of the evening, Billie Faiers.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY
It was quite an experience to be surrounded by Christmas trees, the smell of cinnamon and ginger cookies in the middle of July’s heatwave!
The event was an opportunity for brands to present their Christmas gift collections to the press and bloggers. It was a very interesting day and provided a solid foundation for a Christmas gift guide, as well as this year’s Christmas presents for my friends and family.
The events I mentioned above were organized for bloggers however if you are not a blogger there are plenty of other exciting events taking place in the summer in your city every single day so you can easily fill your calendar with rooftop parties, outdoor movie screenings, local music festivals, flower shows, sport events, etc.
UK STAYCATION IDEAS: HAVING FUN WITH FRIENDS
The most beautiful places or the most fabulous events mean very little to me if I can’t share them with people close to me.
I have noticed that I am being more selective in terms of choosing my friends now I am in my thirties than I was in my twenties. Nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes but the important thing is to figure out who you can really trust and rely on. These are the people I want to spend my time with.
I have been incredibly lucky to spend the summer with my close friends and made some wonderful memories.
If you are planning to spend the summer in the UK this year and need more inspiration, check out these 5 QUIRKY UK ADVENTURE IDEAS.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and I have inspired you how to spend a great summer in the UK!
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