Whistle Stop Tour: United Kingdom
Whilst many of us are flying abroad for our summer holidays, there’s a lot to be gained from grabbing yourself a staycation. The UK is home to some incredible destinations, so whether you go north or south, east or west, there is somewhere beautiful on your doorstep.
Famous across the world for its surfing culture, Newquay is the perfect place to enjoy the sea. Fistral Beach is home to the International Surf Centre and Boardmasters Festival which is taking place in August. Yet, if you want something a bit quieter, try Tolcarne Beach - a stunning crescent shaped bay set against a backdrop of cliffs. The beach offers soft sand, east swimming, surfing and the unique ‘Tolcarne Wedge’ for boogie boarding. Don’t forget to pick up your t-shirt from Fat Willy’s Surf Shop - did you even go to Newquay if you don’t come home with one?!
The walled city of York is steeped in history, meaning there is historic sites galore! Perhaps it’s most famous attraction, the gothic York Minster is Europe’s largest medieval cathedral. York Castle Museum, is one of Britain’s leading museums of everyday life where you can see how people lived in the past, through the recreation of rooms, shops and streets. York also has a National Railway Museum - the biggest in the world. With more than 100 locomotives, the place is crammed with fascinating items - you don’t need to be train fanatic to enjoy! For the sweet-toothed people out there, pay a visit to York’s Chocolate Story. Try making your own chocolate bar and learn all about York’s famous confectionary families - Terry’s and Rowntree’s - and yes, there is tasting involved!
Royal fever has once again sweeped the nation due to the latest royal wedding, so what better place to visit this summer than Norfolk. Norfolk is where the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge call home, and the rest of the Royal Family choose to spend each christmas in Sandringham. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall is often spotted shopping in Holt in the upmarket Deli, Bakers & Larners for Prince Charles’ favourite sloe gin & red wine. Whilst in Holt, be sure to visit Byfords, the self proclaimed ‘Posh B&B’, for delicious food and a fantastic, cosy atmosphere. Burnham market is another perfect place to shop & dine. Be sure to check out The Hoste, a restaurant that delivers a constantly evolving menu of imaginative modern British food, plus it’s said to be enjoyed by the Royals!
Dorset’s incredible natural beauty hasn’t gone unnoticed in TV & Film shooting locations (and our stunning front cover image by Jack Anstey!). Fans of the ITV series, Broadchurch may well know it was filmed in Dorset, and you can visit the imposing cliffs of West Bay for yourself. The iconic filming location where the character of Danny was found, is instantly recognisable to viewers, and is a beautiful place to take a walk along the beach. Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed Dunkirk relives the evacuation of soldiers in WWII, told through accounts from land, sea and air. Starring Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Harry Styles, this star-studded film was shot across Dorset and includes scenes from along the Jurassic Coast, Swanage and Custom Quay Harbour in Weymouth. More recently, a film adaption of Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach starring Saiorse Ronan has been released. Check out Jack Anstey’s incredible photographic journal to see more stunning images from along the Jurassic Coast.
The seaside town of Brighton is colourful and cosmopolitan. Visit The Royal Pavilion, a remarkable, exotic building of Indian-inspired architecture, complete with lavish interiors. Brighton Pier is a 1,722ft long Victorian pier, located in the heart of Brighton & Hove’s 8 miles of coastline. With a traditional funfair and many different restaurants and bars, there’s something for everyone. Whether it’s fish & chips, milkshakes or ice cream - you’re in for a treat! For something a bit more grown up, go behind the scenes at the Court Garden Vineyard and Winery and find out how this family-run vineyard had been growing grapes and producing wine since 2005. Finally, don’t miss out on the amazing shopping opportunities that Brighton has to offer. The Lanes offer a selection of independent shops and boutiques, whereas Brighton Marina has some of the best waterfront shopping around.