Chase the late summer glow

We're all about making summer last as long as possible! Why not extend your summer into September, avoiding the rush while still making the most of the last days of sunshine. With everything a little quieter, get out and about on holiday and take your pick from what you want to do. To give you a helping hand, we’ve put together some days out for families, just the two of you, and places for your four legged friend to join (can't be leaving anyone at home!). Whether you’re in Cornwall, Dorset, Yorkshire, Scotland or the Isle of Wight, create amazing memories in the September sunshine.

Cornwall

You can’t come to Cornwall without admiring the stunning beauty that this county holds. We think the best way to explore the views is to pack a picnic, grab your walking boots, and get down to the South West Coast Path. Our Bude Holiday Resort has access to the scenic path so you can leave your doorstep and be on your way. Stop off at Duckpool and Woodford to spot the wildlife, walk along Bude’s historic canal where the sea views will give you the wow factor, and finish off with a bit of a twist at Dizzard Point which has some of Britain’s oldest woodlands. Your pooch will have their noses down smelling every blade of grass with their tails wagging in the air. They'll make lots of other furry friends along the way too!

Or if you’re looking for something a little more historic, the legend of King Arthur is something for you and the little ones. At Tintagel Castle you’ll hear the stories while standing on a clifftop admiring the castle and the dramatic coastline… you’ll want your cameras at the ready!

Believe it or not, Cornwall isn't all about catching the waves surfing. But there's always water activities to dive into. Newquay's coastline is stunningly dramatic, so you can get up close and personal by coasteering. You'll be able to explore the caves and cliffs from the best seat in the house, take on rock climbing, and see who make the biggest splash when jumping into the waves below. And the best part, it's not far from our other Cornish resorts, Newquay Bay Resort, Retallack Resort & Spa, and Newperran Holiday Resort.

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Isle Of Wight harbour

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight is the place of adventure and relaxation all in one. Being transported across the water to a little island of paradise, you won’t be short of days out. If you’re someone who likes to have your adrenaline pumping, our watersports at The Lakes Rookley in the heart of the island won’t go a miss. With single or double kayaking, see how fast you can paddle across the lake without getting wet. Or enjoy a leisurely float on our paddleboards but try not to get wobbly knees.

The Isle of Wight is famous for its sailing, so it would be rude not to find your sea legs, hop on a boat and feel the exhilarating breeze on your face. Or if you’d rather bob about on the water letting someone else do the hard work, a skippered boat trip is just right for you. To make it even better, there are boat tours around the Needles, now that’s something you’ll remember for a long time!

Want to tone it down a notch? The island has plenty of little shopping villages for you to mooch around in. Cowes town centre is a go-to for some more hustle and bustle, but if you want something a bit quieter, Shanklin is a little village with lots of independent shops that you’ll fall in love with (including a Christmas shop… it’s never too early!).

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Dorset Durdle Door

Dorset

Why huddle up on dry land when you can take to the sea and get the best view of all. Jump on a Jurassic Coastal Cruise for a round trip from Poole to Swanage where you’ll see the dramatic coastline and stunning landforms. You’ll want your cameras at the ready, as the sights are something to remember.

Escape to your own paradise at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. The blue seas will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island and it’s ideal for the little mermaids and mermen to splash around while the sun is still shining (hopefully!). 

Hop on the ferry across to Brownsea Island where you’ll be greeted by different species of wildlife. 10 points if you can spot the rare red squirrel too. There’s a café for you to stop of for a quick bite to eat, and you can’t say no to an ice cream while you're there.

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Yorkshire

Pop down to the Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery near Filey Bay where you’ll be shown how Yorkshire’s beloved whiskey is made… maybe have a little taster too! There is also a Pot Still Coffee Shop with melt-in-your-mouth homemade goodies, you won't want to miss out on.

If you’ve got the little ones with you, Glen Gardens has the space for them to run to their heart’s content. Whether the sun is shining, or the clouds are floating above, it’ll brighten your day to see all the different coloured flowers. And let’s not forget about the spectacular sea views. Grab a putt and see if you can get a hole in one on crazy golf. Or find a coin to make a wish in the wishing well. Your four legged friend will love chasing a ball here too. It’ll be your own haven of happiness.

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Scotland lake and hill scenery

Scotland

Scotland is full of stunning views, picturesque landscapes, and exciting wildlife, so it would be silly not to grab your hiking boots and make the most of it. Grey Mare’s Tail is a must see, with one of the UK’s highest waterfalls plunging 60m from Loch Skeen… it really is a wow moment! Look up to the sky and see if you can spot a peregrine falcon or an osprey fishing in the loch.

Take a stroll through Moffat’s community nature reserve where there are pops of colour wherever you look. You may think that by late summer all the nature would have calmed down, but you won’t be short of beautiful sights such as wildflowers blossoming and swans elegantly standing tall. 

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