On our flight to Madrid last Sunday, my boyfriend remarked that in the past year alone we have been out of the country five times. Blessed as we are that we can travel so easily and visit so many amazing places, it is in my nature to get away from England as often as I can (I get itchy feet if I stay in one place for too long) and I do work unbelievably hard to be able to treat myself in this way. Our trip to Madrid was for four nights – with life as hectic as it is, we couldn’t find a whole week free between now and November! – and we had a great time exploring the city and relaxing.
This weekend, in England, is the Spring bank holiday so many people will have the long weekend off before work again on Tuesday. As I had my little holiday already, I have family coming up to visit and haven’t planned on doing much except eating lots and relaxing.
Although last minute flights out of the country might be the plan for some of you, for those who do want to do something a little closer to home, here are a few suggestions:
- Spring Bank Holiday weekend always sees Birmingham Pride hit the city. With live music, a huge parade, a market, and a street party, there’s something for everyone at this diverse and inclusive LGBT event.
- If the weather’s nice (and it should be for some of the weekend at least), pack a picnic and head to Cannon Hill Park or Lickey Hills Country Park – I love that Birmingham has so many amazing outdoor spaces in and around the city.
- One of my absolute favourite places to visit in the Midlands is Ironbridge. Not only is the town beautiful but there are loads of attractions you can visit too including Blists Hill Victorian Town and Enginuity (a fun hands-on science and technology centre).
- Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon are packed full of things to see and do and a day trip to either is a day well-spent. I haven’t yet been to visit Warwick Castle but it comes highly recommended from a number of friends.
- Camping in the Forest of Dean is a fond memory from my school days and is definitely on my list of overnight trips this summer. It’s such a stunning part of our country and not too far a drive from Birmingham (about an hour and a half). Camping isn’t for everyone but I love packing up the car and heading out for a night or two and some fun hiking in the countryside.
- As the train strikes thankfully aren’t going ahead this weekend, why not jump on the train for a day trip to another great British city – Cardiff, Manchester, London, Oxford, Liverpool, Bath, and Bristol amongst others aren’t too far by train and they all have so much to do and explore.
Have a fun weekend, everyone!