The United Kingdom is a wonderful place to spend the summer, even though you’re likely to experience a fair amount of rain throughout the season. With average temperatures of 16-18 degrees every day in the season, it’s good weather for hiking, cycling and going to all the exciting festivals. Here are some of the things that you can do in the UK this summer, whether you’re a resident or a visitor.
- Explore the countryside
There is a wealth of English, Welsh and Scottish countryside to explore in Great Britain, and with everything just a train journey away, you can explore to your heart’s content. Lancashire in England and Llandrindod Wells in Wales are just two of the places where you’ll find rolling countryside around every corner. In the countryside, you’ll find activities such as horse riding, dinghy sailing and segway riding, and you can cycle, hike and run to your heart’s content. Suitable footwear is recommended even during good weather, and be careful to stay away from country roads, which are often narrow with sharp bends.
- Go to a festival
Whether you’re into horse racing or pop music, there are festivals for everyone through the year. From the fabulous Cheltenham Festival in March to the Leeds Festival which takes place in the summer, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. There are food and drink festivals held all around the country throughout the summer months, so if you’d like to try something new, go and see what’s on offer. Glastonbury is also a popular choice for a music festival, so why not check if your favourite bands are playing and book your tickets early?
- Spend a couple of days in the city
There are plenty of cities to choose from in the UK, from Belfast, Glasgow and Liverpool to London, the UK’s popular capital city. Research the cities that you’re interested in and book a night or two in a hotel. Since London and other cities are so big, you’ll need this time in order to see everything there is to see. In London, you can take a ride on the London Eye, visit the world-famous Madame Tussauds and gaze at Buckingham Palace with its grand architecture. Manchester is a city of industrial revolution, with the North’s Imperial War Museum and art galleries, and Liverpool prides itself in being the home of the globally recognised band, The Beatles.
- Visit the beaches
Apart from having some amazing cities and beautiful countryside locations, the UK is also home to some gorgeous beaches and coastal areas. Again, you might want to spend a few days relaxing in these type of places, since destinations such as Portsmouth, Torquay and Prestatyn have a lot to offer. A beach trip might also be perfect if you have children, since there are pools, sand, games and sweet treats for everyone to enjoy. Booking early could ensure that you get a great deal on your beach holiday for this summer in the UK.
- Expand your knowledge at the museums
If you get a rainy day in the UK (which isn’t too rare!), you can always spend it learning something new and interesting in the museums which are located all around the country. Whether it’s the RAF museum in London, the National Holocaust Centre or the famous National History Museum, you’re sure to find something which everyone will love. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow is beautiful to look at, while the Museum of Science and Industry is Manchester is highly informative and will give you plenty of insight into the history of the city.
If museums don’t quite interest you enough, there are plenty of castles to visit and old stately homes, which often offer just as much information. You’ll be able to walk around the rooms where people lived hundreds of years before, and marvel at how different life was back then. Try Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire or Chester Castle for ideas of old buildings and structures to visit this summer. You can gain entrance free of charge or for a minimal fee, but you can often save if you book online beforehand.