UK Destinations with Something for Everyone
Published: Saturday 28th Jun 2014
Written by: Heather-Belle Russell
When holidaying as a group or large family, it’s important there is something for everyone during your time away. Luckily, the UK is blessed with destinations which offer a huge range of activities and attractions that will suit all different tastes and interests. Here are a few suggestions on areas to head to if you are looking for variety:
There’s something for everyone in North Wales. Lovers of the outdoors can explore the fantastic Snowdonia National Park — a stunning landscape of woods, mountains and lakes — and on the River Tryweryn near Bala visit the National White Water Centre to try activities such as white water rafting and kayaking. Gentler landscapes can be found West of Snowdonia on the island of Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula – both Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty offering mile upon mile of beautiful coastline where visitors can find wonderful beaches. Railway fans can enjoy the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways while traditional sandy beaches and seaside fun can be found on the north coast at the neighbouring resorts of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay. Heritage buffs can visit castles at Beaumaris, Caernarfon and Conwy.
There’s a wide range of activities and places to see in Dorset. Resorts such as Bournemouth, Swanage and Weymouth offer miles of sandy beaches plus all the traditional extras like ice creams and deck chairs. Adults and children alike who prefer their beaches to be more rugged should try out fossil hunting on Dorset’s famous Jurassic Coast – Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Seatown are the most popular locations but there are plenty of lesser known beaches. Watersports abound on the coast – at Poole Harbour holidaymakers can learn sailing and windsurfing while around Swanage climbing, coasteering and paddle boarding are on offer. For wildlife lovers, there are eleven National Nature Reserves in Dorset while history fans can see the iconic Corfe Castle on the Isle of Purbeck and the stunning Maiden Castle near Dorchester - the remains of one of largest and most complex Iron Age hill forts in Europe.
Everyone loves a beach and there are so many to choose from in Sussex whatever the weather. Camber Sands has wild sand dunes and kitesurfing while Cuckmere Haven is windswept with rock pools and dramatic chalk cliffs. Hove offers beachside cafes, roller-skating and people-watching. Away from the coast, the South Downs is a wonderful environment. Why not spend a day out on the South Downs Way – a fantastic chalk path running through the national park made for cyclists, walkers and kite flyers? Sussex also has a wide variety of interesting towns and villages to visit. Picturesque Arundel has
alots of independent shops, cafés and a magnificent castle; with its winding cobbled streets, Rye is an enchanting place to spend the day and Battle, as the name would suggest, is situated on the probable site of the Battle of Hastings where William the Conqueror defeated King Harold in 1066. A day out in London by the sea, as Brighton is known, is a must when visiting Sussex. Britain’s newest city combines a lively seaside vibe with culture and a cosmopolitan air.
With 50 miles of shoreline and a vibrant farming community inland, the Suffolk coast is known for the quality of its natural produce, so foodies will have a good time here – the farmers market at Snape and the best fish and chips in the county at Aldeburgh are two highlights. Art lovers have much to appreciate in Suffolk. Thomas Gainsborough was born in Sudbury and his family home is now a museum housing a collection of his works. Another man of Suffolk was John Constable. He painted his best known work – The Haywain – at Flatford Mill in Suffolk, now a National Trust property, where visitors can take in the buildings and pastures immortalised 200 years ago. More history can be found at Anglo Saxon Sutton Hoo – site of one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time, while the Wool Towns to the west, such as stunning Lavenham, have some of the best preserved medieval buildings in the country. Southwold is a wonderful seaside resort complete with pier, beach huts and sandy beaches and dunes.
Everyone can find something to suit them in North Yorkshire. The North Yorkshire Moors National Park is perfect for keen cyclists with a variety of road and off-road routes, while there are more than 1,400 miles of paths and tracks over heather moorland, dales and coastline for walkers and horse riders. The coastal resorts of Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay and Scarborough offer traditional seaside fun and activities like fossil hunting and surfing. Those who want to travel more sedately should jump aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which takes passengers on a journey through the rugged Yorkshire villages found on the moors. Those interested in heritage can visit the atmospheric ruin at Rievaulx Abbey or one of England’s most beautiful houses, Castle Howard. A day trip to York and the magnificent York Minster Cathedral should also be worked into the holiday schedule.