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Best UK spots for a May Bank Holiday break
Summer is on its way. The weather is finally warming up after a week of heavy showers. BBQs have already been dusted off and with restrictions finally easing, we’re all pretty eager to enjoy our May bank holiday. And if there’s one thing that you can always rely on the good weather for, it is the ability to drag up the dormant desire to go on a beach holiday. And what better time to go on holiday than the Spring Bank Holiday weekend in May?
So why not make the most of it and take a beach break in the UK? If you’re looking to stay overnight, Last Minute is always a great place to look for accommodation. They always have lots of deals.
Our top May bank holiday destinations in the UK
Looe, Cornwall – a picturesque coastal retreat
Still very much a working fishing village, Looe is the perfect Bank Holiday destination – picturesque scenery, local events and things to do and – most importantly – lots of local British pubs. East Looe Beach is one of the most popular beaches to visit. Being close to the town centre, lunch, ice-creams and any other supplies you might need is just a short stroll away. It’s also one of the safer beaches as when the tide goes out, those with less than perfect water skills can enjoy.
For those interested in kayaking or canoeing, Looe’s south-facing beaches are a better option. And when you get bored of the beeches there’s also a monkey sanctuary in Looe that can be an interesting place to visit.
Margate, Kent – a trendy trip down memory lane
In the 1950s, Margate was the place to go on holiday. Over the years, however, it became a bit of a joke and fell into disrepair. However, over the past several years, it’s had a bit of a resurgence. The Old Town has been taken over by a variety of boutiques and small cafes. There are a whole host of trendy bars and there’s a Tate Art Gallery that has an enviable collection (and an enviable view). For those young at heart, there’s also Dreamland, a restored vintage theme park with the UK’s oldest wooden rollercoaster, plus, the nearby towns of Ramsgate and Broadstairs are only fifteen minutes away and are just as nice, if not better.
Poole, Dorset – A Dorset gem
If you’re looking for charm, Poole has it. Quaint pubs, incredible country parks and – to finish it off – Brownsea Island, the home of the red squirrel and incredible nature walks. Those visiting with kids, Sandford Holiday Park won’t be a disappointment. From Jurrasic crazy golf, bungee trampolines, high ropes course, virtual reality rooms, and laser quest, there’s something for all ages!
Why not pop down, take a long coastal walk and then stop in for a Dorset ale on the way back?
Llandudno, Wales – Breath-taking scenery and a family beach
Llandudno in Conwy, North Wales has everything – beaches, towns, pubs and tonnes of things to do. But the thing that takes the cake is the close proximity to Snowdonia. Within an hour, you could be hiking up a mountain, exploring the caves beneath it or just marvelling at the breath-taking views of North Wales.
Alice in Wonderland fans will be excited to hear that it was at the West Shore, Llandudno where Alice Pleasance Liddell holidayed. You can get an Alice Trail map and follow the White Rabbit footprints around town.
Hunstanton and West Norfolk – The best of both worlds – a historic town and scenic coastal views
Norfolk is an almost forgotten gem in the UK’s crown. It has the charm and heritage of a historic town as well as a whole host of scenic views, stunning coastline and incredible beaches. If you’re looking for a charming city break broken up by brisk coastal walks, Norfolk is for you.
Hunstanton famous for its striped cliffs, acres of sand and clear shallow water, is a popular coastal resort great for people of all ages.
- Author The Bamboo Team
- Posted 25 May 2021