Great long weekend ideas in the UK

The sun is out and this inspires everyone to make use of the weekend. Take a trip to a few of these luscious spots that are suggested below to recharge briefly your batteries before the start of the humdrum week.


St.Ives is home to the oldest hotel, established in 1540 and has been re-modernised to become stylish, spacious and extremely commodious. There are six rooms delightfully named in honour of local lighthouses with their own marked design and shuttered windows to add that nautical feel. If you can book the Godrevy penthouse then you will be blessed with stunning views from the private terrace and soak in the largest ever tub. You are greeted with brownies: breakfasts are sumptuous with freshly grown produce to be eaten in a light dining-room overlooking a delightful courtyard. There are walks that test your hill ability, cultural corners to feast your need for art in the local galleries. Despite no restaurant, it is still magical.


Putting the fab four aside, there is so much that can be appreciated. Liverpool is experiencing its greatest makeover ever in structural rejuvenation across Europe. Since 2008 it was voted the Capital of Culture in Europe with new museums and galleries, redevelopment of its dockyards and old warehouses transformed into the places for a night out that also includes the hippest boutiques plus a fabulous atmosphere, just like Kempton Park. Starting with the Albert Dock where the recreation began which is the heart of the city and its wealthy maritime heritage and now where Tate Liverpool has been enjoying in newest habitat. There too is the Beatle’s museum with many of the places where they have been but why not also take the Magical Mystery Tour? Take also a look at the stained glass impressions in the extraordinary Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, the city’s modern Catholic structure then catch a ferry over the Mersey where in the 19th century, thousands of emigrants left for the New World and cast a glance at the mesmerising skyline of Liverpool that will take your breath away.


For something completely different, there is Upper Battlefield in Shrewsbury where you will discover the Falconry Centre where you can book a two hour taster trip in order to become familiar with the variety of birds on site from like the owls and hawks. There are also walks and the chance to handle the birds under the care and guidance of the volunteers. Strolling through the woods is a magical experience as the birds are free to roam. If you are looking also for something a bit more sedentary and cultural, there is the Shrewsbury Castle with its museum that focuses on The Shropshire Light Infantry with numerous displays that will fascinate all the generations. The grounds are maintained by an extraordinarily dedicated team of landscape gardeners who have created spectacular floral displays.

Long week-ends can re-acquaint you with your roots.


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