Looking to treat yourself to a mini break in the UK? You’re certainly not alone with an increasing number of us opting to get away for two of three days at a time. The popularity of short breaks being taken at home has risen in recent years with Brits enjoying 21% more UK based mini breaks in 2018 than they did 10 years ago. With travel providers offering everything from adventure weekends to trips to see top tribute acts you’re sure to find the perfect mini break to suit your interests and, if not, you can always create your own! Need some inspiration? We’ve put together some of our favourite mini break experiences so whether it’s abseiling or ABBA you enjoy, we’ve got something for you.
Take in a show
If you’re a fan of the performing arts why not centre your break around a trip to the theatre? Book a hotel or apartment near your favourite venue and enjoy a 3-course meal before losing yourself in a popular stage show. Theatre breaks can often be booked as a package to include dinner, bed and breakfast and a ticket for a top theatre show. Available across the UK, they can include titles like Mamma Mia, Les Miserables and The Lion King, making them a fantastic option for theatre lovers everywhere.
Cruise the UK’s waterways
A boating holiday allows you to discover Britain’s canals and rivers at a relaxed pace. From the endless sunsets of the Norfolk broads to the towering mountains around the Caledonian Canal, the UK’s waterways provide a unique perspective of our stunning scenery. Becoming the captain of your own narrowboat or cruiser you can decide what view you’ll wake up to each morning and where to disembark on your mini break.
Don’t camp, glamp!
If you love the great outdoors but prefer comfort to camping, glamping may be the perfect mini break for you. Throughout the UK you’ll find a wide range of glamping accommodation from traditional yurts, tipis, domes, cabins and pods to quirky treehouses, wagons and even converted buses – with proper beds and all the mod cons like running water, microwaves, fridges, Wi-Fi and even, on occasion, exciting extras like hot tubs and pizza ovens.
Be beside the seaside
Embrace the British tradition and enjoy a mini break by the sea. Britain’s diverse coastline offers a varied mix of fishing villages, golden beaches and beautiful coastal paths, ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of the UK’s major cities. If the quiet life isn’t for you then Britain’s famous seaside resorts could really liven things up. From the Northern lights of Blackpool to the Southern promenades of Bournemouth, slot machines, bumper cars and bingo could have you feeling nostalgic while the classic fish and chip supper, 99 ice creams and sticks of rock will give you something to get stuck into.
Sooth your soul and recharge your batteries with a relaxing mini break in a beautiful spa hotel. Enjoy a couple of days of uninterrupted rest to restore your equilibrium and take advantage of spa facilities like saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs, experience showers and hydrotherapy pools. Many spa packages include accommodation and you could choose a spa that offers a delicious dinner in an award-winning restaurant or a treatment of your choice to maximise the experience and ensure you leave all your stresses and strains behind.
Does attending high octane motor racing, thrilling premier league match days or world class tennis competitions get your blood pumping? Then a sporting mini break might be right for you. Time your break to coincide with one of the UK’s top sporting events like the British Grand Prix or the Grand National and you could experience a once in a lifetime result. Many travel providers will include accommodation and transfers to and from the event so all you need to worry about is how best to support your favourite team or sports personality.
Pay tribute to the greats
If your favourite music act no longer performs why not enjoy the next best thing, a tribute act? Bringing the music of some of the worlds most iconic musicians to life, tribute acts go to extraordinary lengths to look and sound just like the real thing. With acts like Elvis, Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Rod Stewart and Tom Jones headlining at hotels and music venues across the nation, music fans will be spoiled for choice. Choose a destination away from home and enjoy a change of scenery alongside some chart-topping entertainment to get the most out of your mini break.
Walk it off
Pull on your hiking boots and walk some of the most beautiful routes in the world, right here in the UK. Select a base for your rambling adventures and venture out in a different direction each day or choose a well-known path, pack a rucksack and experience new accommodation at the end of each leg. Book with a dedicated tour provider and they may even take your bags to your next accommodation for you!
Testing your limits can be an exhilarating way to spend a few days and the British Isles have no shortage of guided activities to help you discover exactly what you’re capable of. Classic options like sea kayaking, river swimming and orienteering are available alongside more challenging physical activities like coasteering which involves leaping, scrambling and swimming along a rugged coastline clad in a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and safety helmet. After a tiring day you’ll appreciate a comfortable bed before you do it all over again on one of these adventurous mini breaks.
If you’re planning to make mini breaks a part of your lifestyle during retirement a guaranteed income could come in handy. By purchasing an annuity using your personal pension savings you can ensure you receive a guaranteed income for life, making it much easier to budget and plan for your trips in advance.
Why not use our online lifetime annuity comparison tool to see how much income you could receive based on your current pension pot savings? Or, if you have any questions about annuities, our frequently asked questions page is a great place to start.