This past year has taught us that there are plenty of beauty hotspots to discover right here in the UK. With a heatwave on the horizon, we've rounded up our favourite places to visit this August. Consider this an advance warming to put a pair of socks in the freezer. Prepare yourselves for an abundance of weather-based chat, order yet another desk fan and get those bucket hats ready. Whether you like relaxing on the beach or seeking some shade in the city, these destinations bring the heat.
Disclaimer: please check the latest government advice for visits to individual destinations before attempting to travel and be aware of any local guidelines or restrictions when booking a holiday.
What better way to spend your summer holiday than with fish and chips on the beach? Whitby's selection of famous chippies is unrivalled. Enjoy a bucket and spade day at West Cliff Beach. The two-mile stretch of sand lined with vibrant beach huts is the perfect place to bask in the August heat. For views like no other, climb the demanding 199 steps leading from the Old Town to the top of East Cliff. There are benches for much-needed water breaks along the way. Don't leave without exploring the spectacular, Gothic abbey.
For three weeks in August, the historic city of Edinburgh hosts the largest arts festival in the world. The cobblestone streets are filled with dancers, artists and comedians; no matter your taste, there's something for everyone. Between events, there's plenty of food stalls waiting to serve up Scottish classics and world cuisine. Those too excited to sleep can drink in midnight and early morning performances. If festivals aren't your scene, head to the seaside for some fun in the sun. Discover the iconic Edinburgh Castle or visit Arthur's Seat for panoramic views. Either way, you won't regret experiencing Edinburgh this summer.
Let's face it the sun is not for everyone; those seeking a touch of shade should travel to the mystical world of Puzzlewood. Located in Gloucestershire's charming Forest of Dean, the ancient woodland has inspired countless films. Check out the unusual rock formations, hidden caves and twisted trees. Take your kids to meet the resident animals, including donkeys, Shetland ponies and highland cattle. There's an impressive willow maze guaranteed to entertain the children. Close to the Cotswolds, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place for summer strolls with the family.
Make a splash this summer with a visit to one of London's open-air lidos. From Tooting Bec Lido, the UK's biggest freshwater pool, to the beautiful Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds, there's no shortage of places to keep cool. Rehydrate while catching some rays at Skylark Roof Garden, complete with daybeds and 10 minutes from Paddington station. Take shelter from the sun in one of the capital's many air-conditioned museums. You may even discover something new!
There's never a bad time to visit the Pembrokeshire Coast. The picturesque coastline, winding waterways and countryside attract an enormous variety of wildlife year-round. Visit Skomer Island to see puffins, guillemots and razorbills. This world-famous wildlife destination is not to be missed. Atlantic grey seals can be spotted in coves and beaches along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. If you're looking for a secluded spot to revel in the heatwave, Barafundle Bay might be just the place. Only accessible by foot, it's a half-mile walk from the nearest car park at Stackpole Quay.
Celebrate the soaring temperatures with a trip to Brighton this August. Whether you love discovering the latest independent shops, dining at spectacular restaurants, or chilling by the sea, Brighton has it covered. A coffee-obsessed city, combat the heat with an iced coffee on Trafalgar Street. Embrace your inner child with a treasure hunt or round of glow in the dark mini-golf. No trip would be complete without a sunny stroll along the iconic Brighton Beach. Head to the Victorian pier for traditional fairground fun.
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