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Alternative British Holidays

As temperatures hit 30C and parts of Britain hotter than the Costa, we find bring you some interesting British summer holiday ideas

Published: 16 Jul 2013

The long awaited and often elusive British Summer has well and truly arrived. Hooray! let's head to the beach we hear you cry. So with the holiday season upon us the team here at Buy British have searched high and low for some more unusual places to stay and things to do.

Eccentricity comes naturally to Brits and everyone knows that and we love our eccentric holidays as well.

While foreign holidays certainly have their place, have you ever considered a good, off the wall holiday or break in one of the UK’s more unsual places to stay?

You’ll be surprised at the range of alternative British holidays available and here are just a few ideas for you:

Meet the animals down on the farm

The kids will love you for taking them to a farm for their holidays: especially a working farm where they’re allowed to feed the chickens and the lambs and get to know the cows.

Todsworthy Farm in the Tamar Valley in Cornwall is one such place. Stay in one of two 18th century self-catering stone cottages (one was formerly a cider press and the other a hayloft) and as well as entertaining the children, you’ll be able to take day trips to the Eden Project, Dartmoor National Park, Bodmin Moor and the old market town of Tavistock.

Take an Eco Holiday

More and more British hotels and b&bs are embracing the ecologically-friendly lifestyle. This may only mean replacing the lightbulbs with energy-saving versions and asking you to tell them which towels you want washed, but some of them go further than this.

The owners of the Ashcroft House B&B in Blagdon (25 minutes from Bristol) source fruit, vegetables and edible flowers from their garden and use eco products whenever they possibly can. Best of all, they run wild-food foraging weekends, bushcraft and “making & baking courses”.

Aston Martin Weekend

During this Bond-themed weekend from Glasgow based holiday firm McKinlay Kidd, you can pick up a classic British car much like this Aston Martin 8 Vantage Roadster (well, not quite - it’s an Aston Martin DB9), visit famous James Bond filming locations like Faslane Naval Base (The Spy Who Loved Me) and Loch Crinan (it doubled as the Bosphorus in From Russia With Love). You’ll also learn how to make an excellent martini and your accommodation will be in a private island hideaway that James Bond would be proud to call home.

Tipi Camping

The first tipi site in the UK, Cornish Tipi Holidays, have been run by a local husband and wife team Elizabeth Tom and Alan Berry since 1997.

Each authentic North American tipi is kitted out with camping stove, groundsheet and rugs, ice box and cutlery. Medium, large and extra sizes are available to suit any family size.

The tipis are hidden among trees that cluster around a spring-fed lake and it’s possible to catch trout and cook them right there and then. Doesn’t that sound idyllic?

Stay in a train station

Dent station is a brilliantly converted self-catering accommodation that’s a heaven for train-spotters as well as those who love peace and quiet (apart from the odd train passing by their front door).

It’s the highest mainline station in England and although secluded, the nearby towns of Sedburgh and Hawes are within easy driving distance. Importantly, the Sportsman pub is a mile’s walk away.

So help Britain, Buy British and book yourself a British holiday in a quirky spot and enjoy!

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