Much like British cuisine, British summers have quite a poor reputation, both in the UK and abroad—dreary, drizzly days spent cooped up indoors are what usually come to mind. As a result, most Brits tend to hop across to Europe for summer holidays spent on Portuguese, French and Spanish beaches, rarely giving a thought to the brilliant ‘staycations’ they could have right here in the UK.

At Loyalzoo, as the UK’s only provider of a mobile rewards scheme app specifically targeted at independent local businesses, we’re huge advocates of appreciating everything you’ve got right at your doorstep. So, as much as we love travel, we’d like to encourage you to explore all that Great Britain has to offer before you book your holiday abroad this year.

Below are just a few of our suggestions for awesome trips and outings you can plan right here in the UK, no matter your interests—and they’re all Loyalzoo-approved!

Beach lovers

You don’t need to go to the South of France to enjoy beautiful beaches. The south coast of the UK boasts stunning coastal gems with everything from quaint scenic villages to bustling, youthful cities like Brighton, Bristol and Bournemouth that have a vibrant social scene to keep you going from dusk ‘til dawn. Meanwhile, Newquay and Cornwall’s waves make them summer hotspots for any surfer guy or gal.

Adrenaline junkies

If you’re more of a thrill-seeker, Thorpe Park and Alton Towers are just a car or train ride away, while nature-loving adrenaline junkies with hiking experience can tackle Scotland’s Ben Nevis, the highest peak on the British isle.

Whether you’re exploring the Scottish Highlands, camping in England’s Lake District or visiting the Welsh national park Snowdonia, the UK’s vast and diverse natural beauty is sure to take your breath away once you take the time to discover it.

History buffs

Britain is a veritable treasure trove for history fans, with tourist attractions like Stonehenge and the Roman Baths in England, along with equally impressive historical sites like Scotland’s Skara Brae, one of the best preserved Stone Age villages in Europe, and Northern Ireland’s Beaghmore Stone Circles which date back to the Bronze Age.

The list of historic sites, abbeys, monasteries and castles across the UK provides an almost endless scope for planning immensely interesting mini-breaks and holidays throughout the year.

A summer of discovery

If you think we’ve given lots of suggestions, that’s only the tip of the iceberg, so get onto Google and start planning! While you’re at it—why not start exploring your neighbourhood, too?

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