6 Great Summer Getaways for 2023

With summer just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to start planning a getaway in the UK. You are spoilt for choice with locations. From glorious beach resorts to captivating rural retreats and everything in between, the whole family will love some time out in the British sunshine. 

So, what tops the list for great summer getaways this year? Below, we explore some of the top spots to enjoy fun, adventure and a lot of relaxation – all just a road trip away. 

1. Sussex 

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Whether you decide to travel to East or West Sussex, plenty of family-friendly locations await your arrival. The region boasts some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Plus, it’s home to the diverse and exciting coastal city of Brighton – a must-visit on your stay. 

Across the county, you’ll find a range of summer events to complement your great summer getaway. For example, in July, the Beach Life Festival is in full swing in Eastbourne, with local music, street food and seafront sports. 

For those that love walking, the annual South Downs Way Walk returns in June, covering the 100-mile stretch of the South Down Way route. And no trip to Sussex wouldn’t be complete without a day out at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. 

2. Pembrokeshire

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Located in southwest Wales, this beautiful part of the country is home to some of the most spectacular scenery on the west coast. There are endless routes for walking, hiking and cycling. Britain’s smallest city, St David’s, also provides a fantastic spot to sample local food and drink. 

Holidaying along this stretch of coastline enables you to experience unique nature-watching opportunities this summer. At Llangloffan Fen wetlands, there’s a variety of bird life and reptiles alongside beautiful plant life. Head to Skomer Island, where you can watch the puffins and thousands of birds. A stroll to Strumble Head may give you a glimpse of dolphins or even whales if you’re lucky! 

3. Devon

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Most summer getaways mean only one thing – days out at the beach! If you’re looking for a sun and sand-filled staycation, a trip to Devon is a great choice. This region has several award-winning spots perfect for building sandcastles and swimming in beautiful waters.

Woolacombe often tops the list of Devon’s best beaches. Various travel publications have also named it the best beach in the UK. The three-mile stretch of sand is a tranquil spot to enjoy days out and there’s a host of eateries and shops in the village nearby. 

For keen surfers visiting the region this summer, infamous Croyde Bay beach is just around the corner from Woolacombe. Sitting between two headlands, this spot is a haven for anyone looking to catch a wave. What’s more, Devon has two coastlines – its south coast, including Exmouth and Yarmer Beach, is just as spectacular. 

4. Yorkshire

If you’re looking for a great summer getaway packed with things to do for the whole family, Yorkshire is a perfect destination. The region hosts many fun attractions, heritage sites and nature experiences – all suitable for adults and children alike. 

To release some of that holiday energy, the kids will love The Web Adventure Park. This vast site is equipped with outdoor playgrounds, giant slides, acres of space and high ropes if they feel brave. 

For two days out for the price of one, a visit to Flamingo Land is a must. Families love this Yorkshire favourite because you can enjoy a fantastic theme park experience alongside a trip to the zoo. 

Other top attractions to visit on your stay include Yorkshire Wildlife Park, York Maze, The Deep and Eureka! The National Children’s Museum. Each has plenty of unique activities over the summer holidays. 

5. Lake District 

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For a mix of outdoor adventure and great events this summer, the Lake District doesn’t disappoint. While it’s famed for its variety of walking trails and peaceful lakeside retreats, you can also enjoy a host of celebrations in the summer months. 

A real local treat for visitors is the Cumberland Show near Carlisle in June. It’s a big celebration of food, country living and farming – jam-packed with food stalls, trade stands and entertainment. 

Another day out, perfectly timed if you’re also celebrating Father’s Day, is the Lakes Classic Car Show. This annual event sees hundreds of classic vehicles gather alongside tons of trade stands, attractions, games and entertainment the whole family can get involved in. 

6. Norfolk

Norfolk provides an adventurous and activity-packed summer getaway for all ages. If you visit in late July or August, its popular carnivals in Wells, Sheringham and Cromer create a huge buzz in the region. 

Another popular activity, particularly for kids, is crabbing. Norfolk is famed for its crabbing spots, such as Blakeney and Wells Quay, Cromer Pier and Gorleston Harbour. So, grab a bucket and net to catch them. 

For lovers of nature and the great outdoors, Norfolk’s unique Broads landscape is the place for you. The intertwined waterways and walking routes offer a tranquil experience. Plus, there’s so much nature and flora to admire along the way. 

You can also explore more of the area during your stay. The area’s coasthopper bus stops at all the villages along the shoreline, so you can hop on and off as you wish. 

Book a great summer getaway with kate & tom’s 

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There are plenty of destinations across the UK perfect for great summer getaways. At kate & tom’s, you can choose from luxury holiday cottages, country manor houses or a farmhouse to make your stay extra-special. 

Whether you’re looking for a large family retreat in the countryside or you want to be a stone’s throw from the sea – we have it covered. Don’t forget the little extras too. From swimming pools to tennis courts, our cottages provide a host of luxury additions to make your stay truly memorable. 

So, why not check out our summer availability and book your dream staycation today. Remember, you can contact us on [email protected] if you have questions about any of our houses.