Patricia Carswell shares 10 fantastic summer day trip ideas.
It’s easy to let the summer slip by without doing more than a barbecue in the garden and a trip to the DIY store. Patricia Carswell shows us how to make this one more memorable with 10 fantastic day trip ideas.
1. Eden Project, Cornwall
Spend your Nectar points on an inspiring day out the Eden Project, where you can marvel at the world’s largest rainforest in captivity and attend gigs and concerts. Admission from £19.50 (adult).
2. Puffin-spotting, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire
Skomer Island teems with fantastic wildlife, from sea slugs to seals. Take a boat trip to the island for a closer peek at its famous puffins. Boat fare and landing fee: £21 (adult).
3. Bure Valley Railway, Norfolk
All aboard a steam train for a nostalgic journey through the Norfolk countryside. Make a day of it and take a boat cruise around the Norfolk Broads, too. Train and cruise: £19 (adult).
4. The International Agatha Christie Festival, Devon
Grab a magnifying glass and head for Torre Abbey in Torquay for The International Agatha Christie Festival on 14-21 September, this year guest-starring crime bestseller Sophie Hannah.
5. White Park Bay, County Antrim
Take a picnic to the gloriously sandy White Park Bay. If the tide’s out, take a walk over to Ballintoy Harbour, aka Lordsport in season two of Game of Thrones.
6. Ironbridge, Shropshire
Britain’s industrial past is vividly portrayed at this World Heritage Site, with its famous Iron Bridge across the River Severn and ten award-winning museums.
7. Malvern Autumn Show, Worcestershire
Don’t miss the last big Royal Horticultural Society show of the year, on 27-28 September, showcasing edible gardens, landscaping demos, giant vegetables and, on 28th, an appearance by Mary Berry. Admission £15 (adult) or £14 (member adult). Don’t forget you can use your Nectar points on a Royal Horticultural Society Membership!
8. The Lowry Trail, Northumberland
Follow in the footsteps of the man who painted the ‘matchstick men’ industrial scenes with this free, self-guided walk around the walled town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
9. Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Cheshire
The ‘Castle of the Rock’ isn’t just an ancient ruined castle; on a clear day it enjoys a view of eight counties, and has woodland and wildlife trails to explore. £6.10 (adult) or free to English Heritage members. Don’t forget you can spend your Nectar points on an English Heritage Annual Membership.
10. Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, Suffolk
More than 80 producers will be celebrating Suffolk’s thriving food scene with a stellar line-up of chefs including TV’s Valentine Warner and Galton Blackiston, on 27-28 September. From £8 (adult day ticket).
Patricia Carswell is a freelance journalist and award-winning blogger specialising in health, fitness and active travel. She has written for a wide variety of national magazines, including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, the Observer, The Independent, The Times Online, the Daily Mail, and the Daily Express.
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