Holidays are the perfect time to take a break from the norm and do things you wouldn’t normally try in your everyday routine. These experiences can provide unique memories and an abundance of good times when paired with a stay in a stunning location. Dotted across the country, there are plenty of exciting destinations where you can experience interesting and adventurous getaways.
From sleeping under the stars in an International Dark Sky Reserve to leaping off a cliff face into the deep blue off the Cornish coast, you’ll certainly find something suited to your tastes and boundaries. Take a look some of the best experience holidays across the UK and discover a stimulating and inspiring staycation.
Glamping under the stars
Enjoying the great outdoors needn’t be saved for traditional camping adventures, especially if you’re not a fan of sleeping in a soggy tent. For those that want a unique experience under the stars, a glamping holiday is an ideal choice. With a variety of beautiful yurts kitted out with everything you could need including some luxury extras or a quaint shepherd’s hut set in a secluded spot, these quirky accommodation options provide tons of cherished memories in the best spots across the UK.
Eat your way around an artisan food trail
Experiencing local food and drink on a getaway is one the perks of visiting a new destination. If you’re a fan of sniffing out the best eateries or want to indulge in a world of tasty tucker, taking a holiday near to some of the best food trails is a must. There are a range of options dependant on your tastes and you can experience trails such as the Cake Walk Monsal Trail; the route takes you to the best places to sample sweet treats along this famous path in the Peak District. Another popular route if you fancy a stay along the south coast is the English Riviera Food and Drink Trail which features some of the best West Country produce on offer in a stunning destination.
Try Nordic walking in the Peak District
What could be better than exploring the natural beauty of the Peak District National Park on foot? This stunning location is full of walking routes taking you through some of the prettiest villages and well-known destinations including Bakewell, Castleton and a top walking spot Kinder Scout. For those keen walkers amongst you, why not try a spot of Nordic walking to challenge yourself further? This popular activity not only keeps fitness levels up, it’s an ideal choice for seeing a range of beautiful destinations. You can also join a range of Nordic walking groups on your stay which gives you the opportunity to socialise too.
Navigate the coastline in Cornwall
The northern coastline of Cornwall is known for its rugged beauty and spectacular sandy shores. Besides the traditional popularity of surfing in the area, there is a unique and breath-taking experience that offers another way to appreciate the Cornish waters. So why not try coasteering on your stay? Not for the faint hearted, this activity takes you along the dramatic coastline, where you’ll see hidden coves, secluded beaches and caves carved into the cliff face. For adventure seekers, there are plenty of places to leap into the waters below too.
Ski the slopes of the Cairngorms
You don’t have to travel overseas to make the most of the white stuff. The Cairngorms has over 30km of ski runs and a fully-maintained snowboard park, perfect for a winter ski break. Of course, this can be dependent on the Great British weather and how much snow has fallen, but you’ll generally find between December and April is the perfect time to visit. Team your stay with a cosy cabin or charming cottage with a roaring fire and experience the perfect winter staycation.
Celebrate the festive season in Bath
The UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath is a fabulous city break at any time of the year, but during the festive season you’ll really enjoy the magical ambience. A stay in the city on the run up to Christmas offers you the chance to visit the renowned Bath Christmas Market. With over 170 chalets, twinkling fairy lights, unique trinkets and a backdrop of spectacular architecture, you’ll be mesmerised by its atmosphere and the aroma of mulled wine, freshly baked mince pies and cheery carols resonating around the market.
Go seal spotting in West Wales
The west coast of Wales is blessed with some of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the UK but that’s not the only reason to holiday there. To experience a unique and fascinating activity on your stay, head out by boat and admire the shoreline’s blossoming marine life. The region of Pembrokeshire is home to two types of seals and they are a common sight swimming in the nearby waters. There are regular seal safaris and cruises for the best chance to spot these beautiful creatures so hop aboard and enjoy an awe-inspiring experience which complements your trip to the coast perfectly.