4 Bank Holiday Weekend Getaways without Breaking the Bank
by Tamara Southward 24 May, 2019
New Forest, Hampshire
You know what they say: there’s no Wifi in nature, but you’ll get a stronger connection. This vast and enchanting national park in which woodland creatures (yes, that includes ponies) roam through the valleys is a photographer’s dream, and on another note, is a true source of medicine for the soul. While New Forest has its fair share of amazing dining spots, you’ll want to visit the area’s many markets for a hands-on experience exploring the local produce and treats. Previously a coach inn, the Beaulieu Hotel is the perfect place to book a room for rest between your outdoor adventures!
The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire
It doesn’t get much better than the Cotswolds. Arguably one of the country’s most picturesque towns, this weekend’s getaway will undoubtedly be the stuff of movies. Book a room at Hatton Court or at the Snooty Fox Inn to unwind, before or after meandering through the rolling hills and winding village streets dotted with pubs and unique little shops to die for. And make sure to check out some artisanal favourites such as the Cotswold Cheese Company. You won’t be able to put your camera down all weekend!
Bembridge, Isle of Wight
Buzzing with life in the summer following its winter hibernation, the Isle of Wight is famous for Cowes Week and other events attracting Londoners in need of some sea breeze, and yachties from all over. On the most easterly point of the island is Bembridge, home to the stunning Whitecliff Bay, whose views are best enjoyed on a long walk or bike ride down the coast, or through the town’s hidden overgrown paths. For lunch, make sure to pop in to the Best Dressed Crab for some freshly-caught shellfish on the island’s most charming floating restaurant! Then check out the Pilot Boat Inn, Mulberry Cottage, or the Crab & Lobster Inn for a quaint weekend stay. On top of everything, an advantage of the island’s small size is the ease of hopping from town to town - and the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is beyond worth the 20 minutes’ drive!
Ninks Wagon, Ellesmere, Shropshire
A unique form of glamping, Ninks Wagon allows you to spend your weekend away in a vintage circus wagon, once the traveling home of a 20’s showman. Complete with a wood stove, a cosy space for reading and unwinding, and gorgeous countryside views, this authentic little getaway is quirky in the best kind of way. Just minutes away are the stunning castles of Chirk and Whittington, as well as scenic lakes and the beautiful Ellesmere.