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Great British Breaks

By Jennie Carr from

Are you, like me, done with airport hassle? I simply cannot stand in another queue at some ungodly hour, shoes off, clutching my trousers as now beltless, whilst trying to grapple my laptop out of my rucksack and pop my lipstick in a plastic bag that’s always too small or won’t close properly! No more can I do it. It is Great Britain for me this year. And upon investigation, there are some seriously good holiday options available. Of course, wall to wall sunshine cannot be guaranteed however one of the many of the things we do so very well in Great Britain is stoic. How many times have you sat on a beach with small children, wrapped for near Siberian temperatures, only to report, once back home, that it was a cracking holiday and the weather didn’t matter? My children report wearing bobble hats, and not as fashion accessories, on a beach in Yorkshire one August Bank Holiday, it’s done them no harm at all. There is much to do around this island, take a look below!

Self-catering, a British favourite
Keeping with the seaside theme, Haven Holidays have 36 sites around the coast, where you can spend really happy times, taking advantage of the amazing array of activities and facilities on offer. Swimming pools and water features are taken for granted, think spas, golf courses and fishing lakes, as well as restaurants and fun evening entertainment. The accommodation ranges from deluxe tents, even yurts, through mobile homes to chalets and lodges.  
And if you’d prefer to be in the countryside, then Forest Holidays has 9 locations, where you can immerse yourselves in peace and tranquillity surrounded by woodland, doing just as much or little as you’d like. The beautiful cabins, different designs and sizes, many with hot tubs and log burners, are dotted amongst the trees, providing a high degree of privacy. A central reception/shop/restaurant provides a good meeting place and can organise trips, cycling, ranger walks, archery and more!      

Escorted Tours & Coach trips, there’s nothing better.
Rest assured, the coach trip these days is a fine way to see Great Britain and have a holiday. There’s a plethora of variations on the idea: take a Shearings Holidays coach to the south coast, for example, and stay in a comfortable hotel with daily visits, travel in a luxury mini-bus from Collette around Scotland to see the sights, staying in different hotels each night or join a group with Just Go! Holidays which takes in National Trust properties and gardens with expert guides. Coaches really are high quality and superbly comfortable, letting you truly enjoy the journey wherever you’re going. Tour managers are highly experienced and knowledgeable, which means you have no need to worry about a thing.


Cruising & Boats, for our island nation
Fancy a gentle trip along the inland waterways, manning your own narrowboat? ABC Boat Hire will help you access 1500 miles of canals where you can slow life right down. Or should you prefer to looked after, English Holiday Cruises take their 4* hotel boat, the splendid Edward Elgar, around the Cotswolds Severn Vale for beautiful middle-England journeys.  Many of the larger cruise companies voyage around the British coast, some visiting the Channel Islands and Scilly Isles too. Try Cruise & Maritime Voyages for traditional British cruising or Voyages of Discovery for specialist garden visits. 


Trains Journeys, an easy way to travel
You might be amazed at just how many unique railways there are in Great Britain, from the Settle to Carlisle route or the Bluebell Railway, historic steam trains are an exciting adventure still. Or there are tours around Great Britain by train, allowing you to visit major towns and cities on a Great Rail Journey. Christmas is a superb time to take the train to visit British Christmas markets in luxury with Steam Dreams.

Activity Holidays, to keep you busy
Why not explore the Great British countryside on foot with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays? Uphill and down dale in the Lake District if you’re up for a challenge, or in more leisurely fashion, along the Jurassic coast. Walks are graded so you’ll be able to find what’s right for legs and fitness level.  Perhaps you’d like to join a group for a painting, photography, music or yoga holiday, based in friendly country house hotels, where there are lively evenings spent in friendly company. HF Holidays have been providing great activity breaks for over 100 years, so you’ll be in safe hands here.

Hotels, to do just as you please 
A few days of pampering can surely never go amiss! Head for a Warner Leisure Hotel to down tools and relax, with spas, a wealth of activities and fine dining. Or pick one of Kirker Holidays carefully selected hotels to enhance your Great British city break. They’ll create a very special trip for you, with a city tour, theatre and restaurant concierge service too. Shearings Hotels are all about treating yourself to some of Great Britain’s loveliest locations, with coastal and countryside breaks, where you can come and go at times that suit you.

With so very much to do and see without leaving Great Britain, you really are spoilt for choice!  There are holidays here to keep you at home for years. You can find out more about all these holidays, and many others at



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Recommended companies for your Great British Break


Forest Holidays


Go Collette

Just Go Holidays

ABC Boat Hire

English Holiday Cruises

Cruise & Maritime Voyages

Voyages of Discovery

Great Rail Journeys

Steam Dreams

Ramblers Holidays

hf holidays

Warner Leisure Hotels




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