PEOPLE in Redditch concerned about the cost of holidays this summer are invited to look at what the UK has to offer.
There are places not too far from Redditch, including beaches, forests and historical sites to keep the kids entertained for around £150.
The following ideas are based on travel during August for a family of four with two children travelling from Birmingham – just a short hop from Redditch.
Traditional fun at Clacton on Sea
If you are in search of the traditional pleasures of the seaside with a modern twist, Clacton-on-Sea is the perfect destination. Whether you come for a day out at the seaside, the fun and thrills of the fair or to visit the seafront gardens you’ll be sure to have a great time. This is the ideal location for either a long weekend break, family or group holiday! Accommodation ranges from holiday parks, traditional B&Bs to comfy hotels where prices remain very competitive.
From Birmingham, hop on a train to Clacton-on-Sea from Birmingham Moor Street station with Virgin Trains and Abellio Greater Anglia for £25.50 return per person.
Warwick, which was listed as sixth of Europe’s best 2016 destinations by the Lonely Planet is famous for its castle and historic charm. Heading there with the family this summer will allow you to enjoy events such as the Folk Festival as well as the many museums, parks and gardens and architecture.
From Birmingham, take the train direct using Chiltern Railways for £14.80 return pp. If you prefer the bus then prices are slightly higher at £19 return per person.
Culture Vulture in Cambridge
Hop on a train from Birmingham to Cambridge with the family and weather permitting you can enjoy a spot of punting down the River Cam, a picnic in one of the cities stunning parks or join a walking tour of the city and soak up the history and beauty of this university town.
From Birmingham, take the MegaBus for £8 return from Victoria to Cambridge direct per person.
Escape to Edinburgh
From the medieval tenements, vennels and wynds of the Old Town to the sweeping elegance of the Georgian New Town, Edinburgh deserves its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and a great spot to visit with the kids.
The National Express Coach is the best way to get to Edinburgh from Birmingham with prices starting at £35 return per person.
Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire, split by the stunning River Esk. On the East Cliff, overlooking the North Sea. Home to the ruined Gothic Whitby Abbey was Bram Stoker’s inspiration for “Dracula” this is a great place to escape with the kids for bank holiday. If you’re feeling fit then nearby to the town centre is the Church of St. Mary which can be reached by climbing 199 steps and offers stunning views of the coast. If the weather fails, The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived has lots of displays of local paintings and maps. And if the sun does shine then pop down to the west of town which is home West Cliff Beach, lined with beach huts.
From Birmingham, get on the MegaBus from Hill Street station in Birmingham to Middleborough before getting on a short train to wonderful Whitby! Return journeys per person are just £20.
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