With spring beginning to turn towards summer and the weather starting to get (slightly) warmer, it’s the time of year when everyone is starting to think about summer holidays. If you don’t have the time or the money for a full-length holiday extravaganza this year, or you just fancy taking a few weekends or days out from the hecticness of life, rather than a full two weeks, then below are some UK summer short break ideas that might be of interest.

Head to the coast, as there’s nowhere better than the British seaside when the summer months start to roll in. From short breaks in cosmopolitan seaside resorts like Brighton, to cottages on the south Devon coast, or surfing retreats in Cornwall, there are so many options by the sea when it comes to taking a trip away this summer.

Why not try: Surfing in Devon http://www.surfsouthwest.co.uk

Book into a country house hotel, as the UK has lots of them and they are set in some stunning locations, with facilities that knock the socks off their European counterparts. Whether you are looking for a relaxing spa break, a couple of days of fantastic feasting, outdoor activities and country walks, or just somewhere you don’t have to make your own bed, a short break at a country house hotel is just the ticket.

Why not try: Ashdown Park Hotel http://www.ashdownpark.com

Go in search of some culture as the UK is brimming over with ancient towns where you can wander the historical monuments in the sunshine with a coffee in your hand. The old spa town of Bath is a great place to explore; from the old Roman baths themselves, to the Sally Lunn Bath Bunn shop, and the brand new shopping centres where there are lots of modern day bargains to be had. Stratford upon Avon has all the Shakespearean heritage, with the RSC theatre, Shakespeare’s houses and the fabulous Warwickshire countryside only a stone’s throw away.

Why not try: the RSC Theatre: http://www.rsc.org.uk

Take an active break in one of the UK’s many centres of outdoor activities, whether you want to learn how to windsurf, or you’re keen to learn how to release the tension of daily life through yoga or meditation. From horse riding across the Moors, to kite surfing on the Sussex coast, learning how to drive a monster truck in Essex, sailing around the Isle of Wight, wine tasting in Gloucestershire or taking a spiritual retreat in the heart of the countryside, an active break can be an excellent idea for a short trip away this summer.

Why not try: sailing around the Isle of Wight http://www.iwight.com/just_visiting/yachting/.

Choose a mobile trip and explore the UK without being bound by train or bus timetables, or the cost of hotel rooms. Camping, campervans, yurts, luxury tents and eco-cabins are all becoming extremely popular with those who are bored of the usually hotel rooms and B&Bs and are looking for somewhere to stay that’s a bit closer to nature. Whether you want to pack up all your stuff into a campervan and hit the open road, or you’re keener to stay in one place, there are lots of great options for enjoying the UK on two wheels and under canvas.

Why not try: Eco cabins in Shropshire http://www.ecocabin.co.uk

Hit the capital – because London is one of the most vibrant and fascinating cities in Europe and it’s right on your doorstep. Although you might want to avoid the two weeks during which the Olympic games are due to hit the city (27th July – 12th August), at any other time the crowds are more bustle than hassle. From the incredible shopping of Bond Street and Oxford Street, to the riverside relaxation of the Embankment, historic sites like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace and all of the city’s wonderful open spaces (such as Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill), there’s more than enough to keep anyone busy on a short break to London.

Why not try:The Tower of London http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/

With these UK summer short break ideas, you don’t even need to think about getting on a plane this summer. There’s more than enough to see in this beautiful country!