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5 sizzling summer breaks

June is officially here! Banish the winter wardrobe and dust off the shorts and flip flops as the weather forecasters have promised us yet another scorching summer.

As we all know this most probably won’t materialise and we will be huddled under our brollies trying to imagine that we aren’t soaked to the skin and that soggy burgers will not ruin the BBQ dream.

Well, whatever the weather, come rain or shine here are 5 great UK short breaks to help you either shelter from the rain or get your pale pins out in the sun!



Head on up to Scotland and check out Dundee hotels for a weekend of shopping and bargain hunting. City Quay is a great place to escape a downpour and save money on designer labels in the factory outlets (the rubbish weather does have its plus points).

If the weather is on your side then pop along to Camperdown Wildlife Centre to take a look at the European brown bears taking a splash or head over to the University of Dundee Botanical Garden to soak up the rays.


Blackpool doesn’t always get a good press, but with loads of Blackpool hotels scattered around you can dig deeper than the Pleasure Beach and illuminations and find out what this seaside town has to offer.

Take a wander around Sir Peter Blake’s sculptures at the Great Promenade Show. With one of the sculptures a 15 meter high tide organ played by the sea, this is a must see!

Bitten by the Strictly Come Dancing bug? Then, head on up to the Blackpool Tower Ballroom where you can twirl away to your heart’s content, or if you have two left feet, it might be safer to take a seat, make the most of the Afternoon Tea and watch everyone else do the twirling.


The birthplace of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas has lots to offer and not just a trip around the Dylan Thomas Centre!

Visit the monkeys, fish and reptiles at Plantasia and pretend you are in a warmer climate while discovering the plants and flowers that survive in the southern hemisphere. After a day wandering around Plantasia head to Mumbles for some fresh oysters at one of the many Swansea hotels, restaurants or bars.


Head to the waterfront destination of Portsmouth for action, relaxation and retail therapy!

For an action packed day of sailing, canoeing, kayaking or power boating get yourself along to Portsmouth Watersports Centre where you can learn the ropes, show off your skills or keep your feet on dry land (just) by tackling the high ropes course.

If you don’t like being in the water, but love looking at the creatures that live there the blue reef aquarium will be right up your street. From fearsome sharks to the not quite so fearsome otters, there’s plenty to keep the kids (and the big kids) occupied on a rainy day.


Being slap bang in the middle of England, Birmingham hotels are easy to reach from anywhere in the UK and with lots to see and do there’s no excuse not to visit this summer.

Surely everybody has a sweet tooth and what better place to indulge than on a trip to Cadbury World where you can discover where chocolate comes from, how Cadbury makes it and last but not least (my favourite bit) actually stuff your face with it!

With a full stomach head down to catch some rays in one of the many canalside bars, restaurants or cafés. After a bit of relaxation and a stroll along the tow path I’m sure you will be ready for a bite to eat and maybe even a spot of shopping at the Bullring.

Miserable summer or not (do we believe the forecasters?), there’s plenty to see and do up and down the UK so pack your shorts and flip flops, willies and rain hat and at least make the most of the light nights!

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