Essential UK Summer Trips 2015: Making the Most of the Sun

NathalieM By NathalieM, 30th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Whether you’re planning on doing some travelling, heading to a music festival, hitting up the beach or just relaxing at home, the summertime is special. It’s scientifically proven that the sun’s UV rays help brighten up our mood and can almost magically change the Monday morning doom and gloom into a journey of happiness and positivity.


Making the most of the summer sun is something I know of all too well living in the UK, so every year it rolls around I drag my husband out the door and onto our next exciting adventure. Sometimes we like to go all out and sometimes we spend as little as possible, either way here are some of the best things to do in the UK when the sun is shining and the weather is sweet.

Brighton Beach

Brighton is insanely popular during the summertime, around June and July the beach becomes packed to the gills with visitors from London and beyond. Many who visit Brighton beach tend to sit in the same place beside the pier, forgetting that Brighton beach actually extends quite far in both directions, so if like me you would rather avoid the large crowds, simply move down toward either Hove or the Marina and you’ll likely have much more room.

Brighton beach also offers plenty of places to sit and have a drink during the day, such as Fortune of War or Coalition which also usually has a DJ spinning some delightful summer tunes. You’ve also got plenty of choice if you’re looking to eat, ranging from bistros and pub-lunches to seafood and Italian, as well as shops with a great range of unique gifts for men, women, and children alike.

The Eden Project

The Eden Project is a series of experimental biodomes based in Cornwall. Inside the man-made domes, plants that naturally grow in disparate environments around the world live side-by-side, brought together in one of the most impressive and diverse collections of organisms on the planet.

The artificial domes which house the plants simulate tropical and Mediterranean environments in order to recreate eco-systems that could not persist in the UK. The Eden Project regularly houses special events, lectures, and one-off activities, so check in advance to see what’s on. Once you’re done, you’ll also have the picturesque and relaxing Cornish town of St. Blazey to explore.


Oxford is a vibrant city steeped in rich historic beauty, something you can instantly feel as you traverse and explore its sprawling cobbled streets taking in the sights and sounds on a pleasant stroll. The summer is a great time to visit as the bustling atmosphere contributes to a great feeling of jubilation. There’s plenty of interesting things to do, such as visiting the many fascinating museums and historical gardens including the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers, and Museum of Natural History.

During the summertime, a spot of punting along the River Cherwell should also be at the top of your ‘to do’ list for a number of reasons:

• It’s a highly traditional thing to do when visiting Oxford

• There are many beautiful sights to see as you gently glide down the river

• It’s great fun with a large group of friends (about 4 or 5)

• Pushing each other into the water is allowed (and encouraged) which heightens mischief


The site of the famous pre-historic monument is a magical experience, a wonder still standing in the modern world and a vital link to our Neolithic ancestry. Head up to Wiltshire and see the ancient monument for yourself; the surrounding fields and natural environment is also beautiful and a visitor’s centre is open every day to welcome tourists and offer food and drink.

Each year, the Summer Solstice brings around 20,000 people to Stonehenge to watch the sunrise. This is considered a peaceful and important occasion to many people, honoured as a celebration of light, life, and fertility for the earth. The occasion is also meant to honour our ancestors who brought us here and built Stonehenge to commemorate the joy of summertime. What better way to spend a sunny day?

Alton Towers

Finally for the thrill-seekers, Alton Towers is the ultimate adrenaline ride and far from a relaxing summer activity. The park has consistently been rated as the best in Britain, with thanks to excellent experiences such as the defying speed of Rita, the uncompromising twists of Nemesis, or the steep drops of Oblivion. Riding a rollercoaster in the summer heat is an experience unlike any other.

To ensure you get as much rollercoaster time as possible, the Alton Towers hotel is also a great place to stay, relax, and enjoy during the summer. The hotel offers plenty of activities, live entertainment, plenty of bars to boot and themed rooms to choose from, including a Chocolate room, Coca-Cola room, and apparently a Mint room…for mojitos perhaps?

Thanks for Reading

I hope your summertime is as enjoyable as mine so far, and if you got a chance to visit just one of these amazing places, you’ll have made the most of our fleeting summer. Please take a look at some of my other Wikinut articles, and follow me on Twitter for more summery shenanigans.


2015, Country, Couples, Day Out, Day Trip, Family, Summer, Summertime, Tourist, Travelling, Trips

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30th Jun 2015 (#)

I've never been to Brighton. I would, however, love to visit Oxford and Stonehenge. I'm also following you on Twitter. I enjoyed reading your article of places to visit. Thankyou. =)

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3rd Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it :)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jul 2015 (#)

Nice presentation, makes one keen to take in what is on offer, thanks Nathalie - siva

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