We are most definitely in holiday season, with most people either taking their Summer breaks now, or getting ready to jet off the minute the kids break up from school. But if you have yet to organise your Summer break, why not consider a break in the UK. After all, we are having the most glorious Summer weather wise than we have had in years with day after day of sunshine. Plus you can avoid the airport delays, decide exactly what time you leave and return from your holiday, take as much luggage as you can carry and get to enjoy the beauty of the UK.
One of my favourite destinations for a Summer holiday in the UK is Devon. I spent many Summer holidays as a child in Exmouth and Sidmouth, both beautiful parts of the county that boast stunning beaches with rugged coastlines, and bustling towns with plenty of pubs and eateries to help make your holiday a fantastic experience. As an adult though, I have had the opportunity to spend more time in North Devon, and have fell in love with the area in general, and in particular with Woolacombe and Illfracombe.
Woolacombe is a stunning, lazy, laidback place that is a total surfers paradise. The Cornish town of Newquay may be more famous for its surf, but Woolacombe is one of the best places for surf in the UK. The beaches are also incredible for sun worshipers, with white sands and Atlantic surf that have seen it twice voted the UK’s number one beach. The beaches are clean and spacious, and also have lifeguards that ensure families can have a happy safe time at the beach.
There are plenty of holiday camps in the area, but if you want a real home from home experience of comfort, then you could look at the cottages like those offered by Marsdens Devon Cottages which offer glorious sea views and luxury surroundings at a range of prizes.
Also on the North Devon coast, and another area of outstanding coastline, is the town of Illfracombe. Illfracombe is a place to visit if you want to eat really good seafood, as the restaurants that lead to the harbour offer delicious, locally caught produce that is second to none.
Illfracombe is a vibrant town, with lots to do, from the Aquarium to the foodie quarter, from a walk around the Victorian Town Centre, to one of the many boat trips that take tourists to Lundy Island, a wonderful haven for birds and wildlife.
Have you visited North Devon? Do you have a favourite place to visit in Devon?