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UK Mini Break Ideas for 2017

Posted in Holidays on January 18th, 2017

With Christmas now a dim memory and the interminable months of January and February along with their dismal weather taking their toll, it is high time to plan a little getaway to recharge the batteries and bring some good times back into your lives! Mini breaks are a great way to do this, with so many options that can cater for all tastes, budgets and ages. Breaks for couples, young families and families with those older youngsters that still haven’t left home! So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the options available for a mini break to banish the winter blues.

  • Alton Towers: Family fun and thrilling scares with an element of magic in the accommodation

What better way to blow away the cobwebs than a visit to the UK’s most thrilling theme park, Alton Towers? Alongside a fun-filled time on those scary rides, not everyone knows that Alton Towers also provides fantastic accommodation in the shape of Woodland Lodges in the Enchanted Village. The lodges are available to rent from just under £60 pp (based on 4 sharing), which is ideal for a family of four.

You don’t have to leave our shores to find a romantic forest setting punctuated by an idyllic log cabin and blessed with a deliciously warm hot tub, from which you can look up at the stars, drinking champagne until they begin to blur together, before retiring to your snug cabin bed to reconnect with your partner, but not before putting some wood on the burner to see you long into the night. Why not stock the fridge with your favourite nibbles, bring that luxury coffee to wake up to in the morning and take the edge off the champagne? Go on, treat yourselves.

England’s capital city really does have something for everyone. From a walk along the south bank to a browse in some of Britain’s best museums, a visit to the Sea Life Centre and a ride on the London Eye, the problem with London is not what to do but what not to do. Hyde Park offers hours of strolling potential (not that there aren’t other parks that do the same), while you can hop on the tube to go between some of the chic areas to do a spot of shopping and finish the evening with a show. Whether you go to London as a couple or a family you will come away truly enriched.

  • Harry Potter Studio Tour / The Grove Hotel

The Harry Potter Studio Tour is located near Watford, but also near the famous The Grove hotel, which has a stunning golf course and spa and is the hotel of choice for the England football team among many other celebrities. Its Glass House restaurant is more than worth the cost for a buffet dinner to destroy all others.

The Harry Potter tour itself has won so many plaudits since opening that it is a mini break for the family or the couple that is young at heart, that cannot be ignored. It is almost impossibly highly rated on TripAdvisor and everyone seems to come away waxing lyrical over their experience and you can even ride a broomstick (experiencing the green screen technology first hand) as well as getting lost in memories while you peruse the sets of such famous Rowling landmarks as Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾. The Warner Bros studio tour really does go the extra mile in ensuring that it is one trip that will never be forgotten.