Welcome to 52 Great Weekends Away

Explore Britain's wonders

Over the next year, we are excited to share with you 52 great weekends away so you can explore Britain’s wonders. Written by John Sootheran, each destination has been thoroughly researched so you can read about all the great things you can see and do: from sporting events and historical attractions to amazing nature experiences and music and arts festivals. In simple terms, there’s something for everyone
(including the family dog!).

Week 1

Gotta love Land’s End

This west Cornwall region has so much to offer.

A HOLIDAY in the most westerly point of England won’t disappoint. The region, from the seaside town of St Ives, west to Land’s End, is incredible.


Week 2

Stunning St Ives

The Cornish seaside town where beach culture meets arts & crafts culture!

BEAUTIFUL ST IVES is a long drive from pretty much anywhere in the UK, but it’s genuinely worth the effort.


Week 3

Life’s a beach in Newquay

This iconic Cornish seaside town is a touring delight

THIS TRADITIONAL seaside town is a magnet to ‘surfy dudes’, but has plenty for ordinary folks, too.


Week 4

Cornwall’s reel adventures

Fishing trips and sandy bays don’t get any better

BASE YOURSELF on Cornwall’s southern coastline for a weekend of wonderful walks, dramatic seascapes and picturesque fishing villages.


Week 5

Lose yourself in Heligan

Lost gardens will transport you to a tranquil place

THE LOST Gardens of Heligan were ‘refound’ back in the 1990s, and were made famous by a Channel 4 documentary in 1996.


Week 6

Angling for a weekend break?

Fishing, the perfect past time to combine lots of relaxation and excitement

FOR THE enthusiastic angler, this weekend suggestion combines everything you need for the perfect break.


Week 7

Stunning St Austell

This historic Cornish town has so much to offer

ST AUSTELL is located a mile inland from Cornwall’s beautiful south coast.


Week 8

Ilfracombe, north Devon

Base yourself near this picturesque seaside town

NORTH DEVON is a delight for fans of touring. There’s so much variety in such a compact area...


Week 9

South Devon

There’s so much packed into this short length of coastline

YOU COULD easily fill a two-week holiday with varied activities on the coast between Exmouth and the South Devon Area...


Week 10

Tranquil Somerset will astound

The quieter southwest county has lots to shout about

THERE ARE many great reasons to visit beautiful Somerset, not least because it’s so much closer...


Week 11

Cheddar’s champion

This jaw-dropping gorge will blow you away

JUST A few miles south of the M5 motorway in Somerset is one of Britain’s most spectacula...


Week 12

Sensational Swanage

This south coast town is an ideal weekend destination

THIS DORSET town made a name for itself, first as a port to ship quarried marble and limestone out of Dorset...


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