5 summer short breaks in the UK

A summer weekend break away hopefully means good weather and a welcome respite from the daily grind. The UK is bursting with beaches, cities, castles and wildlife; you just have to know where to go.

Here’s our pick of 5 places to take a weekend break in the warm weather.

1. Collect colourful sands in the Isle of Wight

The beautiful Isle of Wight is a top British holiday destination because there’s so much to do and see. Active types can go on long hikes and bike trails to find white-sand beaches and old castles.

But there are also adventure parks to keep kids entertained. For a magical experience, head to Alum Bay to see the natural multi-coloured sand cliffs and collect some to take home as a souvenir.

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Alum Bay, Isle of Wight

2. Go wild swimming in Guildford

Get active and enjoy the great outdoors with some wild swimming in the River Wey, just a short distance outside Guildford, Surrey. The waters are calm and there’s even a small beach area where you can catch some rays. Take a picnic to make it a full day out for all ages.

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3. Plan a fun-filled time in London

Start your weekend break with a pump of adrenaline at the ArcelorMittal Orbit – the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide. Situated in the Olympic Park, the slide was created by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond and guarantees a hair-raising experience with a difference.

ArcelorMittal Orbit

From the 17th June, you can check out Tate Modern’s new extension- the Switch House. This twisty building has been rising up over the last few years and will feature a top-floor viewing level, restaurant and three new floors of galleries.

If it’s a real scorcher, why not cool off in the Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park? A playground, paddling pool and deckchairs are good reasons to linger. Open on weekends throughout May (including the May Day Bank Holiday) and 7 days a week from 1 June to 12 September. Adult – £4.80 Child – £1.80. Discounts apply after 4pm.

End the day watching the sun set over the Capital from Hampstead Heath or Primrose Hill. Both boast spectacular views over London.

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Hampstead Heath view

4. Feed the imagination in Norfolk

Get a boost of creative entertainment in the fascinating BeWILDerwood. Making the natural world a natural playground, BeWILDerwood is packed full of imaginative tree houses, zip wires and jungle bridges.

There are also regular storytelling events and boat rides. Learn more about Britain’s beautiful forests with a touch of magic and wonder.

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Little boy and mother on climb to treehouse

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5. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Set in 500 acres of rolling Yorkshire countryside, the UK’s leading open-air gallery features modern and contemporary sculpture by some of the best artists of the 20th century.  A great day out with family and friends, the ever-changing exhibitions means there’s something for every season and if it starts mizzling, you can always head to the exhibits inside!  Admission is free and there is a small charge for parking. Off the M1 in West Bretton near Wakefield, Yorkshire.

“Probably the finest exhibition site for sculpture in the world.” William Packer, Art critic, Financial Times

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

© Neil Theasby

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